Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Week 40

It was already dark, but he had to go down to the barn and feed the bottle fed calves.   

The little buggers were counting on him as Tj was still down helping with the grandsons.   Identical Twins!   How cool is that.   Her job sounded a lot more fun than his:  Up at dawn,  feed the calves and other barn animals.  Throw something together to eat for breakfast and lunch, drive down the road to work and drive a bulldozer or haul gravel all day.   By 5 he's back home to drive around and feed the cows and their newborn calves.   The grass was growing, but it wasn't enough quite yet.   Good thing more rain is in the forecast.  After an hour or two he heads back to the house to feed himself and  the 2 little calves again.   Now, that the days were getting shorter, it was in the dark.  

Turning on the barn light two startled eyes and a set of brilliant white tusks surprise him.   A wild boar is inside eating the domestic pig's feed.   Quickly he starts lifting and closing the portable panel.  He'll catch the darn thief and deal with him later.  Just as he goes to hook the chain the 400 lb beast barrels into the panel and he jumps away as the boar runs out into the night.   

The heritage hogs got called in and put away as it isn't in the plans to cross with a wild Russian boar nor to feed expensive organic feed to him.   Hunters have been called and soon they will have a freezer full of pork and a trophy for their wall.  Hopefully....

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Week 39

Having new grands from our first born son had us digging out the baby book.   We found this photo taken of us as we left the hospital 33 years ago.   Teenagers!
Looking at this photo I feel such compassion for my teenage self.   I expected too much from her and emotionally and physically I struggled.  There is only so much a mom can and should do and I didn't understand the limits back then.  I'm glad I can now come alongside my kids when they have babies and give them a little help.  

Btw:  the twins are now home and doing great.  

The hollow tree babies are doing well too and beginning to eat solid food with their mama.  Our DIL has found homes for 3 of the kittens.  Thank you Jo!   We still have 2 adorable ones left and their dam is a great hunter and cuddler.  Any takers?
Another week of warmth split and stacked.   It's hard to imagine cold weather though when the thermostat says 98 degrees!!!  

Which is quite unfortunate as the recent rains brought up some green.  We are worried that this heat wave is going to kill it.  Just like last year.  Oh well.   You can't control the weather.   
And you can't control these beasts too much either.  We are just glad they do their foraging outside the yard.  Apparently they have manners.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Week 38

The identical twin boys arrived right before midnight on Tuesday.   They are doing great, but are spending a little time in the NICU to gain strength in nursing.  They arrived a day short of 36 weeks old and Liam weighed in at 6 lbs, Maddox 5 lbs. 13 oz. , big boys for their age.   I'm having fun taking care of my grandson Zane, while his mom and dad go back and forth to the hospital.  
At 16 months of age, he doesn't have any idea that he now has brothers.   

Mark came down for a long weekend because, (drumroll please),  we got significant rain at the ranch and it was too wet to work in the dirt.  
His boss/friend took over all the animal tending so Mark could come.   It was great.   Mark also brought a trailer and was able to buy a load of hay from of his brothers.  Win. Win. Win. 

Last night I shot this while driving to visit some nearby family.  They received rain down here too and everyone is happy, happy, happy.  Hopefully it keeps coming to dry California.