Saturday, May 30, 2009

Milk in your eyes.

The perils of being a greedy pig.
Erinn woke up feeling half way decent this morning! No fever... she wandered outside at 7:30 and asked me if I had seen Glory. Next thing I knew she was riding Glory bareback and asking me if it looked like she was limping. No limp, thank goodness! (Glory stepped on a piece of wire a week ago, and after Kris pulled it out she had a bad limp for 3 days.) She rode for half an hour and when she came in the house I was washing up the milk bucket, etc. She looked pale and exhausted. A quick temp check revealed that the fever was back... :o( Ah well, I am thankful that she managed to get a quick ride in this morning! It is a rare thing nowadays.
Our wonderful neighbor brought us brisket for lunch! And when we gave him some new potatoes out of the garden that an armadillo had dug up he offered us the loan of various kinds of snares and traps. I'm just guessing it was an armadillo because everything in that section of the garden was rooted up, but not eaten. When I dug around some more pulling up the tiny potatoes it didn't look like anything was eaten. But, I found lots of big fat juicy grubs, which I am sure the armadillo (or whatever it was) had found too.
Our wonderful neighbor has also invited Kris and Mooky to go down to his catfish pond this afternoon to shoot at some water moccasins he saw a few days ago. His sight is failing, and although he shot at them, he is sure he missed. I'll update with pictures later if we get to go.

RELIEF! last.

Today was the best day of my.... month.

I was exhausted and overwhelmed. FRAZZLED, to say the least. It was taking an hour to feed 12 kid their 12 individual bottles. An hour FOUR times a day!
By myself. Previous attempts to teach them to drink from the bucket had been a failure.
Kris has been working!! Yippee - lots of small engine repair. Thank you Lord!
Mooky has been a HUGE help to me in a million ways, but he does not have the "bottle baby touch".
So, this morning I filled up the lambar bucket with milk, and forced myself to leave all bottles in the house. I went out there and said "You either drink from the bucket, or you go hungry." It took over an hour, but they all learned to drink from the bucket. WHEW! Stubborn little piggies.
At the 11 o'clock feeding it only took 45 minutes.
The 3 o'clock feeding took 30 minutes!
And the 7 o'clock feeding was a 20 minute breeze.
I feel much better now. :o)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Mattie kidded

..on 5-24.

She was SO fat that I was absolutely positive she would have twins. I actually had two people who would have bought doe kids from Mattie. But, she labored long and hard and finally pushed out this behemoth. As soon as I saw the size of his front feet and all those spots I knew it would be a boy. Very rarely do we get a girl that spotted.

Erinn is still feeling miserable, and we are in the midst of working on getting her in to see an Infectious Disease doctor in San Antonio, and also working on getting an Igenex lyme test done. The problem there is that her regular doctor refuses to do it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Gabby is an expert weeder! Look at that beautiful boquet of weeds that she pulled for me. She got them out by the ROOTS.

Then, after all that hard work, she decided not to waste a single weed.
She started feeding them to the goats.

Then along came Dum-Dum, who can be a little pushy. But, she handled him quite well.
While feeding weeds to him she backed slowly away, and the girls moved in to get their share of weeds.

Thanks for all your help Gabriella Citronella!

Goat Herding

Our neighbor needed to move some of his goats a couple miles down the road to another pasture. So, one evening at about 8, he called and asked if Mooky could come help him.
Kris, Erinn, and I went out to the road to watch and take pictures, and then we ended up following along. Only two trucks came by, so it was a simple process.
One of the little babies got pretty worn out so Erinn held her in the back of the truck and she got to ride the rest of the way. The goats were funny to watch because as they trotted along they were snatching at weeds and grass. Quite a few of them had long weeds hanging out of their mouths, which the other goats tried to snatch from them.