Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Hummingbirds have been hitting up all of my feeders. I need to refill this one. They buzz each other and fight over this one even when we are sitting out here.


A fan of the fan

Well, actually, four of them. You can barely make out the frame of a box fan attached to the back gate of the barn. The horses have discovered the cooling benefit. Sadie, apparently is a fan hog.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cat Update

I took the boys to the spay neuter clinic. Biscuit and PeeWee are all fixed up. Bing was found to have feline leukemia, so he did not come home. :-(. I wondered, as I could not keep weight on him. Even the vet was sad to have to put him down. When I talked to him on the phone he said, " it's always the nice cats, the mean SOB's are healthy. Grrr." On the 23rd, MamaKitty, Pumpkin Pie, Sprinkle, and Cali go in for their turn.

What I Did On My Lunch Break Today

The milk parlor was starting to get extremely spidery, and generally gross. So at lunch today I put my barn clothes on and got to work. The milking stand was first. I took down the top shelf that the big goats keep bumping into. Pulled down Papa John's drill/milk pump experiment. Then I took a broom to every spidery corner, rerouted loose cords and put up new shelving.


Next I got rid of all the loose bagged feed, put everything in containers, and swept the corner out.


Next, I cleaned out the dog and cat food area and swept. Put away in the nifty pink cabinets all kinds of things that had been left out. Swept that area good.


And finally, took down all the shelved items above the sink, broomed out all the spidery bits. Disturbed a big old wolf spider that crawled down my neck and off my arm. Reorganized everything back onto the shelves that belonged, and scrubbed out the sink.


Ready for an enjoyable milking tomorrow.