Summer Sorrow

The pond out back is drying up and lily pads are shriveled.   I can still see my grandson, jeans rolled up, wading in the muck with his younger brother, looking for frogs, frog eggs and strange insects.  Sorrow came in Aug, when he  left this earth far too early.  His memories are everywhere.  The little kid goats, hysterical cries, while being weaned, blend and mix with the tears and sorrow surrounding the farm. 

The pond out back is drying up and lily pads are shriveled.   I can still see my grandson, jeans rolled up, wading in the muck with his younger brother, looking for frogs, frog eggs and strange insects.  Sorrow came in Aug, when he  left this earth far too early.  His memories are everywhere.  The little kid goats, hysterical cries, while being weaned, blend and mix with the tears and sorrow surrounding the farm. 

Battle the thistle

Cleared the brush, planted seed, and now the on going thistle battle.  Thanks to my father, I have a vintage tractor and brush mower.  Once over with the brush mower (where possible), and a hand held scythe (plus my ninja swing, will slow them down.  Little touch up with my riding lawnmower as well.  11 am and getting dark with thunder, time for 2nd cup of coffee.   

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Pink is for girl power

Every year my home disappears in pink, briefly.  Celebrating pink, for girl power.  Discovered I could do several things on my own:  Drench a large ram that weighs more then I do, trim  goat hooves, and give 3 large LGD's yearly vaccinations.  Never underestimate the power of persistence and a good butt scratch (ram), hotdog treats and "good dog" praise, as well as, the learning capabilities of goats.  Billy goat did require some extra persuation with the lemon water spary bottle.

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Trying to remember why I thought farming was a good idea.

Checking, checking all night long, finally twins (doe &buck) around 1 am.  Tiny little doe, is proving to be a finicky eater, at least mother has accepted both of them.  1:30 am feed the Leicester bottle lamb and to bed around 2:30am.  Up at 5:15 for chores, feed the lamb and off too work.  I am lacking several of the necessary requirement's for my job today;  alert, clear mind, able to drive many miles and trouble shoot wound vacs, dressing changes, and be kind and courteous no matter what.  Oh, yes, rush back home at noon and feed the lamb, back to work and a lot of coffee. 

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Lambs

1st Babydoll  ram lamb arrived yesterday eve.  1st time mom, did it all on her, bonding well.  They are both pretty black (photo not accurate color).  Tiny guy, little breathing difficulty immediate after birth.  Little nuflor and doing good today.  He will be a smaller ram or wether, for sale in the future.  

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