Saturday, August 9, 2008

Day 28 - Donkeys

No - not mine - thankfully - I have enough critters.

A neighbor down the road. He's a doctor and I think these are his stress relievers (hard to imagine, right?). He started with two females - and has added, apparently has both now as there was a baby. He called the first one's his "girls".

Friday, August 8, 2008

Day 27 - Halloween, not the holiday - my cat!

It seems I'm on a tear with the animals. Halloween is my outside cat. She "was" THE barn cat while Chuck was alive. He went down to the barn every day to feed and talk to her, and she would follow him around the field when he was out there. Over the years she had MANY kittens (Fluffy was one - though they look nothing alike), and caught many mice and....

Her mother had come to our barn and had a litter of kittens - then got out in the road and got killed. Chuck raised the kittens and over the years they all disappeared except Halloween.

When Chuck died, she moved to the back yard - then she moved to the deck... where she presently lives. When she moved to the deck it was time to visit the vet - I did NOT need a constant supply of kittens.

She thinks the dogs are there for her to rub on and , she's become quite tame over the years. She has a nice box and bed on my deck and I feed her on a table where the dogs can't get her food.

She's 13 years old - and that's a long time for a barn cat to survive. She still appears as agile as she ever was, but doesn't usually stray very far from the deck.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Day 26 - My parents house

Though they've both been gone for years, I still think of this as their house. They built it and we moved in when I was 12 (that's almost another lifetime ago).

My mother watched every nail that went in and if she didn't like it, they took it out and fixed it to her satisfaction. Needless to say, she wasn't real popular with the contractor.

It didn't look quite like this when it was first built. It's been added to and spiffed up a bit. But trust me, it's probably the best built house in Marshall County.

Fortunately I have WONDERFUL people living in it now (though that wasn't always the case) and it's well kept and always looks good.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Day 25 - Goats & geese together

This is the corral where I feed the goats - and obviously, the geese too, though they're usually fed on the bank of the dry pond.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Day 24 - Goats

The white one is "Casper" and is my only male at the moment (thank you God).

And this is "Sweetie". She's an old lady at 12 years old. I bottle raised her as her mother rejected her - so she's still spoiled rotten. She's also the main boss lady - ALL the others do what she tells them.
I only have 5 now - but we've had 50+. There are more pictures here when we had LOTS ...

Monday, August 4, 2008

Day 23 - View from my back yard

I've been working inside most of the day so dashed outside to take this photo. It's one of the views from my back yard - looking toward the side actually. There's a road just beyond the fence and then another field. Lots of green in the summertime.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Day 22 - My geese

Meet "Duke & Duchess". They are Canadian geese who think they own the place.
I gave them to Chuck for Christmas the first year we had the pond - their wings had been permanently clipped so they cannot fly, however, they roam my entire field/pasture.

Unfortunately, their pond has dried up in the last two years since this has become the desert southeast - SO, I had to get two kiddie swimming pools for them. The geese make a terrible mess in them and they are not easy to try and clean. They've raised babies every year and most of them stayed around till the draught - now I'm just back to two (which is fine with me).

It's funny to watch them when I feed the goats - they'll go up behind a goat and bite/pull the hair on the back of a leg - goat moves out of their way.