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good morning all -
it was beautifully sunny here yesterday, I think close to 60 degrees but back to cold when the sun went down. I had put a bucket of red maple saplings that I have soaking in water outside to enjoy the sun but I forgot to bring them in overnight- sure hope they are okay! I will check on them after I get dressed and go out for my newspaper in the box.
yesterday I had lunch with my daughter / SIL and then I took her grocery shopping and we all watched "Big Hero 6" - cute Disney movie.
Jo- I hope you are feeling better? we don't really have any cardiac history in our family but I imagine that must be very scary.
Roxy- I'm sorry you had such a difficulty time with SS- how crazy is that?!?!? I feel so badly for you, I had absolutely no trouble at all with my phone call from them, we did it a week after the funeral, it went like clockwork. I'm wondering if the calls are generated from one location for the whole country? or geographical centers? I hope your next try goes much smoother. Great Danes are wonderful, aren't they? my office manager brought hers to the office one time because she had injured a front leg and wanted me to xray it - that was fun. They are such gentle giants, thank goodness !
Joan- glad you are feeling so much better, being sick is "the pits" as my mother used to say! I'm with you on the Amazing Race, the blond nurse was SO annoying with all her " I told you so". I did think the men in makeup and pantyhose were hysterical !
Leanne- I'm sure you are glad that big job of burning is finished - can you come over and do my pile, now? haha. Mine is in the middle of the back yard, not sure I want to set it alight, I will have to chop and haul. How wonderful that you found a video of Abby - tears, of course, but happy memories also? It will be hard for Zane, I imagine, I hope someday there will be a smile with all the tears. How is he doing? I'm trying to imagine how one sews a tent- you must have a huge work area? I have enough troubles with any quilt over crib size !
Sandy "down under"- sounds like you were busy with all that yardwork ! I guess we all have that to look forward to when spring finally arrives. I bet Aria was glad to have you "help" her finish all that grass !! I bet you were mad when you dropped that plate- it's so frustrating to work so hard on something and have it ruined at the end ! I hope your son can fix it.
Sandy "Sasue"- I have not yet had the pleasure of a long post disappearing her, but I have lost other stuff I've typed for work- sooooo frustrating !! Makes me think of the cartoon showing a duck lifting a huge sledgehammer over his keyboard and the caption " Strike any key to continue" - don't I just wish I could ! Maybe we should start doing like Biddie does and write a new message box to each person ! lol -
Twink- how is your BIL? reconstructive surgery always is so time-consuming. Are you still freezing? I can't even imagine weather that cold- here in N. Georgia when it gets down into the teens that is a big deal.
Lorita- a new baby !! how exciting !! how many are you expecting this spring? it sounds like you will have quite a lot on your hands.
what about your outside kitty? did he make it? poor thing.
I'm glad to hear that Cheryl received your order okay and is working on your pendant. You will be so happy to get that in the mail. At first, I never took mine off but I think the pool chlorine has affected it, so now I take it off for water exercise class. I had to buy a nice chain to put mine on, I don't wear jewelry and didn't have anything that would do. I wanted to be sure to have something sturdy enough not to break and lose mine. Of course, I can always have another made as a spare- thinking I should do that soon.
LindaDee- did you feel like you were providing the entertainment for the whole place ?
I've never heard of someone removing their own stent- wow. How is your daughter now?
it was pretty here, yesterday, too. Did you enjoy your sunshine?
Shirley- how wonderful that you have Bill's voice to listen to, I wish I had some of Dan. I shot some cel phone videos of some of his rants in the last 6 months of his life but then I foolishly erased them. I never thought about keeping anything to just listen to his voice.
I know exactly what you mean about stress weight gain- some people lose their appetite and lose weight, some of us stress eat and gain. AND it's so hard to lose, too. I always thank my mother for her gene pool ( sarcasm font) whereas my father was 6' / 130 pounds! Wish I had taken after him !
Dana- I watch the Amazing Race, too ! I'd love to have been on that zip line but there are a lot of things I've seen over the years that I would NOT be able to do. I remember one time, they had to eat a 2 pound bowl of caviar in Russia. They'd have to just send me home on that one, I would have refused to do it. yuck !!! It always annoys me when they show all the arguing and fighting between the couples, but I'm sure a lot of that is creative editing.
it's time for me to go upstairs and get on my treadmill for a bit. I'm going to miss my water exercise classes tomorrow and Wednesday because I'll have Emma with me while her mother works early ( 5 am !! ). I know I've missed some of you - so sorry ! I find myself opening a second screen to scroll back and read and then I post on the first screen, otherwise I would not remember what everybody has said !
I hope everyone has a good Sunday-
Well, bold isn't working for me this morning, sorry.
Colleen, the babies this year will be spread out over a few months instead of confined to two - hopefully, we'll have 18 or 19 but usually end up with around a dozen - some of our cows are older and past the calf-bearing stage - but I won't sell them - I know what would happen to them. So, they'll live out their lives here on Green Acres with me.
The vet came this morning. I'd watched and watched for him and sure enough he got here and I didn't know it. He already had Sally almost in the chute before I got out there. He checked and all four quarters are good but baby hadn't nursed or broken them loose yet. I tried one yesterday and I guess my hand wasn't strong enough. Baby nursed one out completely and picked it back up by herself so it will be small enough for her. I'll watch and if it looks she hasn't nursed, I'll either give Sally some feed and get the baby back on or give a bottle. Mom's milk is best.
The kitty didn't make it. I knew he wouldn't. He was always wanting to come into the house and got in many, many times to eat some. I don't know what in the world was wrong with him but every time I went in the bathroom and said something to him, he'd cry. I buried him in the barn with all the others.
I'm glad everyone seems to be doing all right this morning. It's cloudy here but kind of warm. I think I've figured out how to fix the flagpole. I found a piece of pipe that's big enough to fit over the part that's still there so I'll try that. Part of the flagpole will be different but I can paint in silver and it'll be okay. I'll probably have to get up in the PU bed to do it though - that's what I've done in the past. I have another flag to put up so that's okay.
Barclee had chicken nuggets for breakfast and the cats had some after their regular breakfast. It was part of a package I had left. Charles Ray loved them. I think I have some chicken tenders in the freezer, too. I'm going to have to get the freezer straightened out so I can give my cousin and her husband the meat products.
Twink - yesterday I was watching NatGeoWild and the story was about dogs. They had a segment about Springer Spaniels (I think that's what Norton was and what your new puppy will be). The people who had this one had sheep, too, and some of the lambs were orphans. The dog would actually hold the bottle for the lamb to nurse. They said he just started doing that. It was amazing - holding it at the right angle and everything. So, they must be really smart and good with other animals.
There were several geese on the pond yesterday evening - really pretty. I don't know if they've just stayed around all winter or if they're from the flock south of here. I guess it's getting close to the time for them to go back north though.
Sandy, sorry you dropped the plate - I'm sure that was so frustrating for you to work so long on something and then have it break. It still seems odd to me that we're all getting ready to go into spring and you all are getting ready to shut down for the winter. I'm still considering mowing our yard this year. The yard doesn't have that much grass in during the summer but the area north and west of the house does. Not sure if I want to tackle all of that in the hot summer or not.
Colleen- I'm looking forward to getting the pendant. I think the chain I have may be too delicate for it -I'll have to see how heavy it is. I want to be sure to have one with a lobster-claw clasp on it so I won't lose it.
It's supposed to be a little rainy tomorrow but I need to get into town for more colostrum and to return the dog food. Maybe I should keep one sack - seems like the girls aren't eating the TOTW too well - might need to ease them into it. I may wait until Tuesday to go to the VARO - just really dread delving into all of that but it has to be done. Simone and Tico are still sneezing a little bit so I need to pick up a bottle of Amoxi-drops for them. They seem to feel okay - might be an allergy.
No name for the new baby yet. I'll keep them up for a couple of days so she can get into the barn if it rains.
Better go and fill the birdfeeders. I have the front door open and one of the cats was watching the birds around the one in the front yard.
I'm going to have to start watching The Amazing Race - hope they're not too far into it for me to catch up. I'm curious about this blond you all keep talking about.
Hi jfkoc -
Yes, usually about a dozen. At one time Ray and I had more than a hundred head and we'd have lots of little ones running around 20-30. The cows having the calves didn't seem to bother me quite as much then but Ray and I pulled most of them ourselves, if necessary. I don't attempt that by myself now - always afraid I'll get one "stuck" and can't complete the birth. If they're well-started or I can see the hooves all right, I can do that.
The udder or "bag" as most people call it is kind of roundish-squarish divided into four quarters, each with a teat and it's own milk supply. We have several cows that have six teats, four full sized and two smaller ones that stick out at the back - and they also have milk.
I'm so glad Luke is doing better and hope everything will be all right with him. I think I may call the woman at the Animal Shelter to see if they have a little dog for inside. Barclee's sweet as can be but he's so quiet that I almost forget he's here. A little, noisy one might liven things up here in the house. Maybe I'll stop by on the way home from town.
I bet Dick's glad Luke's home so they can be pals. Is Dick still able to get up and down the stairs all right?
Our snow is almost gone - just a little bit left on the north side of the barn but today should take care of that.
jfkoc - does your generator come on once a week to check it and keep the battery charged? Steve told me ours would and yesterday at 4 p.m. I heard this loud noise - I thought a truck or tractor had driven up. It actually sounded like they had brought the liquid feed and were pumping it into the feeders. I went out and looked and couldn't see anything - finally traced the noise to the generator. The sound diminished in two or three minutes but it ran for about ten minutes altogether. Just wondering.
Have a good afternoon and tell Dick and Luke hi for me.
Oh gosh Lorita, the photo of Charles Ray is awesome. He looks just ready to start speaking. He was also a handsome man. This photo really brings to heart how much he must be missed. I sure can understand your loving that likeness.
So, you are a Gran again. Like to see the rocking chair you'd rock that one in! It sounds as though everything went okay, but I am sorry for kitty. Poor wee thing.
Darn daylight savings time has me turned around. I fell asleep in a wink last night, but woke up around 3:00 am and could not get back to sleep. So now I'm just a half-baked lollygagger.
Lorita, did you watch Downton Abbey? If so, disregard the rest of this. If not, it will rerun on PBS from the beginning from time to time. If you see it come up at season one, you might want to start watching. Really, really good story and just wonderful sets and costumes as only the Brits can do. I especially like Lady Violet, played by that wonder, Maggie Smith; she was worth the entire series, what a talent she is.
I watch Doc Martin too; love the program. We are wondering if they will ever have a new season of that; sure hope so, but haven't seen a word about it anywhere. We are re-watching it, (have to start that from the beginning if one hasn't seen it before, or one won't get the worth of what is going on); anyway, we like it as much the second time as we did the first. So hope they make more.
Did you watch the, "Last Tango in Halifax?" That was also British and pretty darned good. Just had it's first season and on into the second. Don't know if they will come back.
Well, have to get moseying along once again, I've been online for the longest time screening and doing other Forums too, so I need to go throw some stuff in the wash and make an entrance.
Good afternoon to all,
Johanna - I've never watched Downtown Abbey or Last Tango in Halifax but I do love Doc Martin. Last week and this we haven't been able to see the series - they've having their semi-annual fund raiser for PBS. They've been showing how the series is made - pretty interesting.
I think I need to start watching The Amazing Race though. Everyone seems to think it's pretty good.
Thanks for the kind words about Ray's picture. That picture is one I'm really glad I took - makes me feel kind of like he's here - I've seen him look like that so many times.
I talked to my friend in KC for a while this evening. Her husband, son and grandson are in Muskogee until midweek. They've emptied their home and it's up for sale. They'd lived in that house for almost 50 years. I know it must have been hard for them to do especially without Karen being there to tell them what she wanted done. She seemed in pretty good spirits - said she'd been able to sit up in her wheelchair for three hours today. What a hard time since Christmas Day she, Carol and I have had. She talked tonight about how a person's life can change in an instant - and that's so true.
Not very much going on here today. I did go out and sit on my tree limb for a while this afternoon. It was cloudy and damp feeling. I think there was some rain south of us.
I can't believe it's already 9 p.m. I've been yawning all afternoon. Really don't like this time change but will have to deal with it anyway. I checked the rose bushes this afternoon and most of them have little leaves. I'm afraid I did lose at least one Tropicana - and they're hard to find anymore. I think I have the flagpole repair figured out. Maybe I can work on that tomorrow or sometime this coming week and get the flag back up.
I just kind of feel at loose ends and not wanting to do much of anything. Maybe when Springtime gets here it'll be better. I've snacked all day and not really had anything substantial to eat - maybe some soup or apple after while.
Rest well tonight. I may check in later. Still thinking about another dog that can be inside or outside before the Great Pyrenees. Maybe a frisky little dog will liven things up around here.
I'm glad you go to go visit Harv and that he's doing well. also good that everyone else there is feeling better. I'll be so glad when this flu thing is over. When I go into a store I wipe down the shopping cart with disinfectant wipes and when I get back to the PU or car I wipe the steering wheel if I've touched it and use hand sanitizer. May be overkill but I surely don't want the flu. My BIL says they do the same thing. Ray hated hand sanitizer and I'd have to watch him to be sure he didn't put it in his mouth.
Isn't the Amazing Race on Monday night? Anyway, I'll watch next time it's on. Need something to look forward to watching besides QVC.
It's good that you're making the recordings of Harv. They'll mean so very much to you in the future. I have some I made of Ray years ago but can't watch them yet. Looking at pictures is hard enough.
The weather was pretty nice here today - cloudy but fairly warm but it felt damp. I think we're due for some rain tomorrow afternoon. If they don't bring the liquid feed in the morning I'll go into town and get a couple of mineral tubs and return a couple of things to WM. I'm planning on going to the VA Regional Office to see the ODVA Svc. Officer Tuesday and get that over with.
Thanks, Joan, I'm sorry about the kitty, too. He or she was grown but liked to come in the house. She laid in front of the electric stove in the bathroom all afternoon so she was comfortable. I can't imagine what happened.
I'll be sure to take a picture of my pendant when I get it and I'll post a picture. I hope she can use the fingerprints I sent. She sent me an e-mail saying she hadn't had time to be sure yet so I'm anxious to hear.
I'm glad Sally has milk, too. I'm really glad the vet gave the baby some antibiotics this morning so that should take care of her cold. He'll be back Tuesday to put out hay for the cows so if she's not better, maybe he can give her some more medicine. I have them in the barn tonight. Maybe by tomorrow she'll feel better and latch on by herself.
It's already 10 p.m. and I'm not sleepy but I haven't recovered that hour of lost sleep - maybe in the morning.
Better go and find a bite to eat - not hungry but I think I need something.
Rest well, everyone.
Leanne, I'd love to see all those birds - I don't believe I've ever seen a live swan but I do collect swans - I just love them. They have a pelican festival every year at a town about 70 miles north of us. We went one time but didn't see the pelicans - guess we went on the wrong day.
So far the baby has only worked on one teat but did a pretty good job on that one. This morning she drained one and the vet said that was enough for her. She's not very persistent, probably because she's not feeling too well I hope she'll feel better in the morning. I may give her part of a bottle just to be sure.
You mentioned harrowing the meadow. What's the reason to do that? I haven't let the cattle down in ours the past couple of weeks but probably sometime this week because it's going to be warmer. We still have some pretty tall grass on ours because we baled in mid-June and the cows grazed after that.
Making and repairing tents sounds like quite a job. I used to sew a lot but never attempted anything nearly as big as a tent or as heavy - just clothes and curtains and things like that. It was very relaxing though but I don't think it would be now.
Colleen - I received an e-mail from Cheryl today - just now found it. She sent drafts of three of Ray's fingerprints and how it would look. There will be enough room on the 7/8" crooked heart to put his initial on front if I want to. I think I would like that. She also said the copy I sent wasn't too clear and that instead of distinct lines it would be more like texture. Also that the black lines would be imbedded in the metal and the white lines would be somewhat raised. Does your pendant have distinct lines? I think I remember you saying you could feel the lines. She said I might take a picture of the prints that would be clearer. I just did and I can't tell too much difference. I don't know how to scan but I don't think that would be much better. Maybe tomorrow I'll work on the scanning thing and see if I can figure it out. Just wondering if you can really see the lines on the fingerprint.
Better go and get that bite to eat and get to bed.
Oh Lorita; I love swans too. When you mentioned that, it brought back some wonderful memories.
My husband and I loved to go to wine country up in Napa Valley and spend a week or so at a time. We would take a picnic hamper and fill it with delicious everythings we would buy at a huge deli inside of a winery.
Then we would take that and a bottle of wine and drive down to the very end of the valley. There was a winery on beautiful grounds. They had two gazebos; and we'd reserve one. Had to walk down a hill, around a bend past beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers and then over a lacquered Japanese style bridge.
Then we'd come to our gazebo with table and chairs which was on a beautiful lake. As we sat and ate and sipped wine, beautiful amazing white and black swans would be swimming gracefully by. Serendipity. I had never seen a black swan before. Gorgeous. Those trips are all packed away inside my heart in a special place.
Leanne, tell us about the tents. Is this a business? Do you make tents or restrict that to repairs? How did you get into that line of work and how did you learn to do that? Do you do other things too? I sound like a three year old with the questions, but inquiring minds want to know!
Joan, I am so glad Harv is doing much better. Good that P.T. is going to get him in their care now that he is getting more chipper.
Grumble, grumble . . . it is 10:40 here, but my body says, "Heck no; it's only 9:40!" Time changes turn me around each and every time. Funny how we are creatures of habit and can "feel" the time. Ah well; should go brush my teeth and get ready for bed so I start getting used to the time difference.
We are having icky heat once again. Last week it rained like crazy and was SO cold I was back in a turtle neck and sweater with extra blankets on the bed. Today it is plain hot. We're supposed to be in the low 90's come next week. Crazy, crazy weather this year. It can't seem to find it's spot. We are not ready for the chill to completely disappear, so guess I shouldn't pack those sweaters away yet.
Okay; off to the toothbrush, nitey-nite and sweet dreams,
good morning all-
my son washed my car yesterday, so naturally we are now expecting three days of rain after a beautiful, warm, sunny weekend.
yesterday I bought a repair kit and re-wired my grandmother's antique lamp all by myself - whoo hoo ! I love to fix things. Of course, I couldn't have done it without some youtube video instruction- I am so glad that stuff can be found online.
Lorita- I'm glad you heard from Cheryl. My pendant is definitely engraved- I can both see and feel the fingerprint and the reverse side has a little heart with Dan's initials inside. It looks like after the engraving is done, some black ink is wiped over the pendant and goes down into the engraved areas- leaving the untouched , higher areas still white/silver. The fingerprint is a bit degraded now, though, because I stupidly hate to take it off and wore it into the pool for a couple of weeks.
the Amazing Race used to be on sunday nights after 60 minutes but this season they moved it to Friday at 8 pm. It's only been 3 episodes so far, I think, so it's not too far gone to start watching. The blonde is a trauma nurse and she was blind-date paired with a Navy doctor. He was very patient with all her nagging last week.
also I love Downton Abbey, but then I love all things British. Have been to England twice and love it there. I don't watch Doc Martin, saw it once I think.
I think I would like to take care of cows, when I was little we used to go visit family that had farms and had a great time. Of course, it's a lot of hard work too.
I'm sorry about your outside kitty I'm sure it was a comfort to come inside where it's warm for his last time on earth.
I'm glad your friend was in good spirits and is making progress. She is so right about how a person's life can change in an instant- some people don't realize what a life changing event can mean until it happens to them.
Joan- I'm glad Harve is doing so well. I do think it would be good if PT can walk Harve as much as he is capable or willing. I had Dan in respite care for a week, I don't think they walked him at all. When I got him home, he basically never walked again so it didn't take long to lose the little leg strength he had left. Of course, his entire decline was very rapid anyway. I hope he gets his new wheelchair soon - that will be much more comfortable for him.
Jo- How are you doing ? don't you just love Dowager Countess Violet? and Isobel- they make such a wonderful pairing. I'm forever saying " What is a week -end?" haha- since I don't go work everyday, I honestly feel like that sometimes. I saw part of one episode of Last Tango but then never got back to it. I think it had already started the season when I saw some so I guess I just couldnt' get interested. Same with Doc Martin- but my mother loves that one. I bet we will be watching that together when I go visit her in May.
Your trips to Napa sound heavenly- I lived for years in the Bay Area and never made it up that far except to summer camp every year in Sebastapool. Of course, we were never wine drinkers. But the picnics and the scenery sound beautiful- and what treasured memories for you.
the time changes never bother me but sometimes I feel like we should abandon it and go back to how the farmers do it- up and down with the sun whatever the time of year.
Leanne- I have sometimes wished for an industrial-quality sewing machine- I'm sure I could make good use of one on several projects. I have a very expensive, quality sleeping bag that is about a foot too long for me and hard to get into the stuff sack- I'd love to find somebody to lop off the bottom for me and stitch the end closed. Are you sewing all these tents from start to finish? is this your employment or "spare time" activity? I'm like Jo, I'd love to hear all about it ! I love camping and all assorted gear- I've got a huge amount in my basement after 10 years of Dan & I having a boy scout troop. The cook stove came in handy when we had no power for 5 days from a record breaking snow many years ago. Are your sweeties used to the time change yet for their meals?
well, it is time for me to head to the pool and then back here to work in my office for the afternoon. Nobody else is home today until supper time, I rarely get the whole house to myself and I'm going to enjoy it !
hope everybody has a calm day, no drastic weather or temps.
Johanna - your trip sounds wonderful. How much fun you all must have had. On one of our trips to Arkansas we went to a place that had a gazebo out over the water They had some kind of fish - can't remember what kind - but you could see them swimming around - such a beautiful place. Also had lots of different kinds of ducks on the water and such beautiful flowers. Those trips now mean so much and will to you, too. I'm glad you have those memories tucked away.
I'd love to have some swans on the ponds but with the coyotes that would never work. We do have geese and some years they raise their little ones there. There's always one of them on watch for anything that comes near.
I'm not adjusting to the time change either. I woke up this morning and there was a little bit of daylight - but it was 7:30 - which would have been 6:30. I hadn't set that clock forward yet so turned on the TV and was really surprised. Now, it's past noon and I feel like it should be midmorning. Guess it'll just take some time.
Colleen - your story about the lamp reminded me - years ago I found parts to an old lamp in Ray's tool chest - have no idea where they came from. I finally found all of them and rewired it and it's now the lamp on my desk. I have another one that I need to do. It really does give you a feeling of real accomplishment to do that.
I'm going to watch The Amazing Race - seems like all of you enjoy it and my sister's watching it, too. She told me a while ago that The Bachelor is to make his choice tonight. I haven't watched any of it but she tells me about it. I may watch to see who he chooses. Do any of you watch that? I think pretty soon Dancing with the Stars begins again. Ray and I watched it several seasons but not lately. I'm interested if there's one or two people on it that I'm familiar with, otherwise, not much interested.
I've looked at the fingerprints I have here and they're not much different so I may go with what Cheryl has. I think I will have the initials put on front - not sure if they'll be in the heart or not. Even if there's not much definition, I'll know it's Ray's fingerprint because of the little, round scar on his finger. I don't blame you one bit for not taking your pendant off - I know I won't be taking mine off. I want to find a chain that I'll be sure won't come loose so I won't lose it.
I've been reading about scanning and I'll check on that. I tried to take another picture of it and that's not much better. Maybe I'll try another copy - maybe I made hers too dark.
I'm with you on the time change - just think, many years ago they didn't go by clocks or watches. Daddy could tell the time of day within a few minutes by looking at the position of the sun. I think there's some states that don't do the time change,isn't there?
The feed store just called and the man apologized for not having the feed brought out - he's been sick with the flu and his daddy just forgot - got too busy. That's one busy place, only one in town. They have about five places where you can back up to the dock to the loaded and many times you have to wait a while to get in place. I'm glad they're going to bring it so now I won't have to go in after tubs. Couldn't today anyway because we're having drizzle and it looks like there's lots of rain coming up from Texas.
The baby still sounds congested but she was interested in eating this morning. I got her latched onto three different teats this morning and she nurse on all three. I have her and Sally in the barn so she won't get damp. I have the other side of the barn opened so the cows can go in if it begins to rain - and they will.
Better go and decide what to do - I'll be back later..
Joan - the baby is nursing but she wants me to help her. I've gotten her on all four quarters. When she wants to nurse, she looks at me so I'll help her get the teat in her mouth. That will end shortly but I'll keep on as long as she wants the help. She's still a little bit congested but I've kept her and her mom in the barn all day and tonight. If the vet comes in the morning, I'll have him listen to her breathing in case she needs more medicine.
Happy Bee - I've never seen MOM or the Big Bank Theory. I've tried the Amazing Race a couple of times and I'm going to try again. I just finished watching the last episode of The Bachelor. He didn't choose the one I liked.
jfkoc - I kind of use the terms ,cows and cattle, interchangeably. Cattle would include bulls, heifers, calves and cows. Cows really should only include cows but I say cows anyway - just easier than cattle. I hope they're all in tonight but if it's not raining much, they'll be outside eating hay. They're beginning to drift off and graze during the mornings and nights but return to the hay.
It was too muddy today to get the liquid feed so I called them and told them to wait until I called to bring it. I'll check in the morning. The weather just said we only got about .3" - I can't believe that - there's water everywhere. I didn't feed tonight either but I will in the morning.
Leanne - I just saw that it was in the 60s today in Montana - warmer than here. You'll have grass growing for the kids before long if that weather keeps up. Hope you got the tent finished today. I'm putting things off - not able to concentrate too long on one thing. If it's not raining tomorrow and it's not supposed to be, I'll see what I can do with the flagpole.
I think I'll wait until Wednesday to go to the VARO. I don't like the idea of going to town very much. After that I'll have to go to the County Seat to take care of some more things - another trip.
I've been kind of at loose ends today, not wanting to do anything, just kind of wondering around and watching TV inside and being outside some in the rain. I just remembered I didn't even go to the mailbox but I'm not expecting anything so guess that's all right.
Colleen, I'm sending Cheryl an enlarged fingerprint and one that I didn't darken on the printer hoping she'll be able to get some lines on it. She said she'd send some options of what the pendant will look like when it's finished so I can decide on one. Did she do that with you or maybe the fingerprint you sent was really clear.
The cats and Barclee are quiet tonight - sleeping but after I go to bed they seem to wake up for a while and make noises in the LR. It's already 10:30 so guess I'll stop and go to bed. I really dislike this time change and I'll be glad when I get adjusted to it.
Sleep well, everyone.
Twink, wanted to tell you before I forget; saw a TV bio of the winter caretaker at Yellowstone, he's been there 42 years! He has a crew which starts winter close preparation mid November and he's alone until early spring. Showed him clearing the roof of the lodge; he uses a rip type saw to cut blocks of snow and shoves the blocks off. Said it took him 2 years to learn 'not' to shovel, really saved his back. His photo's were beyond beautiful. The show was CBS Sunday Morning 3/8.
Need to run, hope everyone has a good day.
Hi all, Lorita I hope you watch Amazing Race, it's a great way to see the world, and more fun through others eyes! Trying to not make every jealous but...., finished planting the veg garden today. Had to, getting warm too early. Joan, have you tried planting the tomato pots on wheels to catch the full sun, easily movable and exercise. Leanne and Twink, that Yellowstone guy was way too cool. How'd he put it? 'I'm not a hermit'? Thought of you immediately Twink; anyone who enjoys the NH winter might find refuge in that open world. What a great place to live for 40 years, and he aged rather well! Colleen and Lorita, have gotten both parents prints to send to Cheryl. Not sure if I'll show them when I get them. Leanne, if you can make a tent, you can make a car cover. You might be able to motorize the cover to remove winter snow? Sort of like a convertible top mechanism, but might have to fit like a back hoe? Table's big enough, be fun to try? LOL, just think'in. I'm not having much trouble with the time change, keeps me outside later in the evenings; thank heavens the bugs haven't detected the change. Hope all is well with everyone I missed,
Good Morning to each of you.
Today will be rod's first day at Day Club without me. Day CLub is a 4 hour program for alz/dementia patients. It is sponsored by our ALZ Alliance which is like Alz Association but is strictly local. The purpose of day club is to provide 4 hours of respite for the caregiver while offering activities for the LO. Rod really enjoyed last week and I am hopeful he will like it without me today.
Twink I glad you are getting some thawing. I still cannot imagine living in the conditions that are your "normal". We have had 2 days of dreary rain and no sunshine. The sunshine should be back today and I am so ready for it. During the past two weeks we have had some ice an snow but of course in true East Texas style it melted within a day or two of falling. BTW I think it is neat you feed the deer.
Lorita, I am glad the first baby of the season arrived so easily and am also glad he is nursing better.
Leanne, sounds like your sewing has been a strong business in the past. I like to sew but only clothes and small crafts.
Sandy, what kind of plates did you break? The ongoing story of them makes me wonder if you paint china. That has been one of my many hobbies for a long time. Rod's grandmother taught me all that I know. I seemed to learn it quickly and easily. It is fun but it takes a lot of time that I have not had in recent years.
I hope everyone has the best day possible.