This acreage is 10 acres – more than two old people can keep up with – almost. But I don’t want it any other way. I have to keep reminding Rick that I’m not raising livestock but that these animals are my life. He gets it but at times he grumbles. When it comes to going after feed, hooking up heat lamps, cleaning out the goat pen and hauling away the manure, he handles it all. I do all the daily care – there is not a day that I can sit in the house and not go to the barn. If I’m sick, those animals still expect to see me several times a day. The transition from fall to winter is a big one.
The manure needs to be hauled away from the barn door after Rick cleaned out the goat pen. Luckily we have a tractor.
The goat pen has sweet smelling new bedding. (I hope this photo doesn’t post three times – more problems with a WordPress.)
The chickens have all claimed their spot to roost at night. Here are three of the Fab Five above my head.
Here’s the third rooster roosting with Delores on top of the door.
Here are some of the hens.
And then we have the kittens that I want to stay in the barn so it needs to be comfortable enough to encourage that – ha!
Oh, I forgot to give you an update on Alfalfa’s horn – I found it on the floor so I took it to the house. Who else has a goat horn on the kitchen counter???
Here’s an interesting view of the inside.
The live traps are ready for action again if Hazel finds any more possums.
Here’s the possum hunter with me at choretime.
These old green coveralls belonged to my dad who probably wore them in the 50’s and I’m still wearing them. As you can see I had to patch the knee with a flag.
While doing the chores, Hazel plays fetch which means that chores take twice as long. Of course I think she’s worth it so I comply while using a Chuck-It, compliments of Connie who had several of these toys for Lucy, her yellow lab from years ago.
Connie and I are working hard on the quilts for the book – I quilted one on the machine last night and I’m so relieved that it’s finished. Now for binding.
Brrrrr, it’s 14 degrees this morning with a strong east wind – I think the chickens have to stay in the barn today.
WordPress has had several updates and each one presents a new issue when I post. I hope I can get this post to publish. There may have been a partial post about halfway through so I apologize if there is.
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And that’s our life on the farm for this week.