So much going on at the farm that I don’t even have time to write about it! Connie and I have sent out all but 3 of the quilts and I suppose we’ll be receiving those last 3 checks very soon. We definitely have to make some more rules before we ever do this again. Some readers thought they could just send their check and they’d get the quilt – NO! So for all of those people who didn’t get the bid on the blog through the comments, we had to send their checks back with an explanation. Now really, think about it – a quilt sale could not be conducted in that manner.
Hazel helped Rick with the lawnmower. She’s really growing tall and somewhat lanky but strong and wirey, too. Her “piranha” habits are still evident but I’m hoping she’ll grow out of some of that biting.
Remember that cord that we hung the head of cabbage on in the barn? Well, it makes for a great rope to pull on while I do chores and it keeps her occupied.
Bo is also staying with us this week but he’s almost more than I can handle on top of Hazel, too. He’s a 6 month old lab and very active and is not kept as a house dog. He lives in a kennel and needs more socialization. He has not learned any manners and we are having a tough week but he’s so darned lovable that it’s hard to get mad at him. Can you tell who’s chasing who? This is definitely an action shot taken when we were working in the yard Monday afternoon.
And here’s Emma relaxing on a bench by the barn.
And here’s the most shocking news yet – Barn Kitty will now be named Mama Kitty! Yes, I saw her laying under a table in the goat pen for several days in a row and on Easter Sunday I peaked under. Much to my surprise there was something moving and I wondered how baby chicks got under there. Ha! Baby kitties instead – sweet as they can be and tiny, about 3″ long. I haven’t seen a newborn kitten in at least 35 years. I did try to trap Barn Kitty in a live trap because I was afraid this might happen but I couldn’t get her and I didn’t even know she was a she. She would be here for several weeks and then I wouldn’t see her for several days. She’d show up again and let me get within about 5 feet of her before she ran. So now my main job is to get her tamed enough to get to those kittens when it comes time to find them a home. Oh, please Dear God, let it be so! This is a poor picture of her but look hard and you’ll recognize her.
I am feeding her everyday and trying to gain her trust. Here’s another picture after I had reached in just a bit too far.
She was not happy – see that look in her eyes?
I’m working on the wedding quilt. Since their last name will be Rose I made them a yellow rose block.
Another bit a news – with the help of a friend who has been feeding her dogs like this for 25 years, I am now feeding my dogs a raw diet. I ordered Honest Kitchen base mix which is dehydrated fruits and vegetables that get reconstituted with water and then I add raw protein. I bought a meat grinder and grind up raw chicken parts, bones and all and mix with the base mix. I have never fed my dogs anything that they love more than this. We cannot believe it! They gobble it up and I don’t have to coax them to eat. With boarding dogs here, I can’t leave food in bowls to be eaten when my dogs feel like it. The food isn’t attractive – it’s sorta green and looks like ground up alfalfa – ha! But I don’t have to call them twice for mealtime.
Here’s the meat grinder in action.
I am grinding chicken thighs in these pictures – yes, bones and all. I have learned a lot about dog food and what is best and I’m willing to give this a try. It is a lot of work, grinding and mixing all the time and needing to do it in advance so I have food on hand for everybody. Did you know raw bones are good for dogs whereas cooked bones become soft and then they splinter and become dangerous. I’ve been doing this for about a month now. Even Hazel gets it and loves it.
This is the book I am using — it was recommended by my friend who has been doing this for 25 years.
I realize this is not practical for everyone but I wanted to try it and I do have the time. I am no expert at this yet however so I can’t answer all the questions you might have. Read this book if you’re interested at all.
Everything is turning green in North Iowa – finally! Yard work is almost fun on a beautiful spring day. I was glad it rained today though because I believe I might have overworked yesterday. Oh, what a stiff sore old body this morning – ha!