Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hung up in lockers

I took Holly for swimming lessons Monday night. As she was changing she hung up every article of clothing in the locker. I'm sure if she could have figured out how to hang her shoes and socks, she would have. 

Notice the fancy shoes on the top shelf!

New Splint for Sadie

Sadie has a new splint.  This one pulls her foot forward without putting undue pressure on the joint.  We are hoping to avoid the soft tissue damage that other splints caused. 

She does get around better with a splint on, but she is back in the barn due to soggy, sloppy ground conditions from the storms we have had. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Boat Building Project

Tim and John are working on a project to build a boat. They purchased a kit from Chesapeake Light Craft in Maryland.  It came Ikea style, flat packed in boxes. Tim cleared out a space in his garage a couple of weeks ago, John loaded the boxes on his trailer and set out for Tim's. They spent a lot of prep setting up a work table and Tim invested in the toolbox he's been wanting. 

The project is coming along, they have been epoxying and sanding and this weekend starting to stitch pieces together. 

Not sure how well you can see it, but boat parts in the back of Tim's truck, and you can also see the hitch he installed for towing. 

It's starting to look like a boat!

Final progress picture of the day


Sadie is making progress.  We made her a high tech splint out of plastic barrel material that encourages her to straighten the leg.  Every couple of days we remove it so she can get air, it can sometimes cause soft tissue damage.  Working on changing the way the dressing material attaches to the splint to try to mitigate that.  

She can now hobble to the hay ring and water trough. We grain her daily wherever she happens to be. It will be a long road to healing for her, but it's good to see her out and about and gaining weight again. 

Messy Eater

Chocolate chip granola bar


No success overwintering bees this year.  It was just too cold for too long.  There was honey in the hives, since we wanted to make sure they had fuel for the winter.  Colony collapse syndrome for one of the hives, but the other one had a knot of bees trying to stay warm.

This year we decided to do one hive, and prep the other for possible swarm.  

Here is PapaJohn pulling out the sugar water can.

And pulling out the queen cage

Bees pouring out of the package.

Hoping for some honey this year!

Hot Dogs and Beans

Saturday night, what else would we eat?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

My new addiction...

Refridgerator jars.  There is something about them that fascinates me. Jars with corners.  

I've been picking them up in antique shops. 

I said I would use them for leftovers, but then I got so attached to them I couldn't do it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Big Dogs, Big Love

We have had a Great Pyrenees on the farm almost as long as we have had goats.  They are a working dog protector breed. They don't herd or chase, when you watch them work, they just LOOK and WATCH. They can do this from a supine position, and when something is suspect they erupt into full motion to check out the threat. We love this breed, and were heartbroken when we had to let Annie go to the Rainbow Bridge.  Big dog, big love pretty much described her to a tee.

Last week we stumbled upon this big sweetheart. 

And knew we had to visit her to find out if she would have that same big love.

We saw her on a Tuesday, and picked her up that Saturday. 

Bella is fitting in just right.