Private Property…

18157389_439Ticck bite747279711866_9143502753469033927_nI noticed the first intruder this morning while sitting down to my morning coffee. At first, when reaching around rubbing my back at about the kidney area,with the lack of good feeling in my fingers, I couldn’t tell for sure! (photo)

After fumbling about the area with my useless fingers, was pretty confident it was a trespasser!! “Carol, is this a tick?”…As she and my son Jess located their tools of destruction my mind did a pat down of the body, seeing if any parts had that hot type feeling.

The only part answering the call was the tip of my left ear…Upon hearing ‘we got him’ I told the wanne-be doctors to check that ear…After a thorough poking and prodding examination, the diagnosis was negative, only a bite! Thank God for my empty head…one bite, he got nothing…jumped off!

Receiving a clean bill of health from my health care team and a ‘let’s be careful out there’, I headed off to work, ready to take on the world not knowing those treespassers were coming back with a vengeance!

All was fine during the day, at least I thought that was the case…Then during milking I started, well lets say, doing a lot of  adjusting like baseball players do! The more adjusting I did the more I knew more trespassers had arrived and this time they’re on private property!!!

After further inspection with  a flashlight in hand I went to find Carol, who was haying her calves for the night… When handing her the light and asking the dreaded question,’ is that another tick’, first came a loud scream, followed by lots of laughter and a ‘ you got to be kidding!’ I politely replied ‘just remove the damned thing,PLEASE…( no photo op for this one)

Remember the one this morning, simple one try no pain, gone? Well this one took three tries, lots of blood (different kind of tick), and yes pain!!! Haven’t figured that one out yet…

And for those calves in the calf barn where the procedure took place, don’t tell me that animals don’t laugh!!!

LOOK…

Yeah, over there…turkeys milling around by that hedgerow over across the hay field! One of the many things that is seen while fence fixing today. Only a couple of minutes later two deer come walking up the bank just ahead.

Then, as I was walking along, the remains of a deer coyotes must have gotten late winter and I think I heard it happen; see, if looking to my right there is the farm straight shot, give or take, quarter mile away and back after one of those late snowstorms came out of the barn on a full moon, cold night headed toward the house to  hear howling and snarling of a pack of coyotes…I swear they were right in the hay field opposite the farm house…I remember actually walking out to the road and listened to what now I know, was the downing of this deer!

As I was looking over the crime scene with the deer, two crows from my gang of five flew over giving a sound similar to a bark;something they don’t do often, which caused me to look up in time to see a lone coyote running away, a bit ahead along the fence line.

Get back to work, only to see more turkeys coming my way!! Continuing to do my thing, those four hens followed closely by a younger tom with what looked to be a six inch beard; strolled right by me about 40 feet away, not caring one bit about me being there pounding fence staples.

Another interesting day working on the farm, when taking time to look around at my surroundings! Even better when it is done in SHORTS!!!

Carol took the two photos above, one of Willie Peacock on the roof of the calf enclosure and the other of the once again returning Barn Swallows. Spring is really here….

Thank you–Thank you!! from My Farmer and Me…

18198761_43last of shirts8550329831561_7867207826014133094_nHave caught up on the shirt orders…the last one and the biggest order so far, went out today. Thank you so much!!

Ed and I were talking about making a scrapbook of our Blog friends. So…I am making a small request: would anyone who received a shirt send us a photo nothing fancy, just through email, of you wearing it if possible, with something depicting where you are located. We are just amazed that this old farm couple has followers in some amazing places through out the world…yes I said world… Ireland, Italy, Germany and Hawaii, to name a few…

If you did not order a shirt, it doesn’t matter…please, if you have a moment, send us a photo, would mean the world to us… would love to fill our scrapbook and you all give us so much to be grateful for.

So, thank you for your interest in our lifestyle through the Blog. It truly means the WORLD to us,quite literally!!!

My Farmer and Me…Spring has arrived???

18194885_4piper38506489835945_8809839781310242609_nPiper is enjoying this sun-shiny day. I had to put blankets back on him and HiHo when it got back down to the 30s at night. They would shiver when they got their warm milk replacer. Going to give them one more day and then take them back off.

Got to work in the berry garden. My raspberries and blackberries have spread out so much this year…Just hope they all bear fruit… Then hopefully I will get to my onion sets in my big garden. Lost them last year when the garden got flooded — they rotted in the ground. Am hoping this year will be better.

Happy spring!

My Farmer and Me…Ka-Snee visits Willy across the road…

KaSnee is a Brown Swiss cow that had a large calf that made for a hard delivery. She has been bred numerous times artificially and also by Willy. The vet could not find a reason for her not getting pregnant, so Ed gave her GNRH – Cysterelin that will help her ovulate and hopefully Willy will be a father again…

And yes, I apologize for the bit of ‘farm reality, breeding’ that I caught on the video, but this is something that gets done often on the farm…Also, because Ed has been out in the fields and woods, now I gotta go check him for ticks!!!

Hot Damned…

18157744_4shorts38506456502615_6543601307001175085_nMy shoulders are feeling the use of muscles I haven’t used since fixing fence last year…The pile of posts is going faster than expected so dug some out from last year that never got sharpened due to dull chainsaw chains and running out of time…they actually were my stash for building a new fence around woods and clear cutting…turning the area into a pasture for steers/bulls! I’ll probably have to use some of them but I hope not all…

Have put up two new sections, one with new wire, the other reusing the page wire that was there…Just took it all d own, cut all the brush, most of which was that damned multi-flower rose which is like blackberry bushes on steroids! My hand are beginning to resemble hamburger with nails…

Do feel on pace to wrap  fencing up by the end of the weekend…the actual turnout time for animals most likely will be the second week of May if weather continues warming as it has. Which, by the way, means tomorrow is the big day…I will be wearing shorts, hopefully on a daily basis til lets say November!!! ( hey, it is Carol…I snapped this photo right after he got up from the ground looking at something under the tractor–check out the knees!)

For a few days do not, I repeat, do not look directly at the legs unless wearing a welder’s helmet!! I cannot be held responsible for eye damage due to the brightness!!

Also have put my request in to Carol to check me for ticks, getting a little chuckle response, and a ‘yeah, Sure’ as she headed to the other room, throwing a pair of tweezers on the table where I am sitting…Okay, maybe tomorrow; if nothing else I can be persistent…don’t succeed, try, try again!!!

First…

Best memories are farmRemember the first time you threw astone and broke a window or some other stupid trick? For me this time of year brings back that first time I tried to plow…

My parents had gone some where that early spring day, leaving this nine year old ‘ I can do anything’ jackass, in charge of the farm for the sunny afternoon!

Now most kids would get on their bike, maybe go fishing; pretty much goof off doing nothin… Not me…instead I got out the old Massey Harris 30 tractor, hooked onto some old two bottom plows we had and decided to plow up part of the barnyard, so we could have a big old garden, growing taters, some cukes, maybe even a batch of sweet corn instead of always eatin old field corn!

Knowing absolutely nothing about plowing, even though I had watched it being done since I could crawl, I pulled into the barnyard, shut the gate, dropped those suckers in and off we went…

Now, it was early spring and the cows weren’t on pasture yet so about 10 feet into plowing my garden, I came to a sudden standstill, as I was surrounded by cows! Like I said before, Jackass me never thought about having those darned cows wanting to share my garden.

Just ruined my brain fart of instead of lugging all that shit in the barnyard out to the crops, bring the crops here…save time…besides I hated pitching that manure out of the spreader because of a broken bed chain. It was bad enough to pitch it on, then the damned old manure spreader would break before chores, every time, so after milking it was pitch it out , fix it for tomorrow time.

Now this is when those kid things began entering my mind…the bike and fishing! After lots of screaming and some words a nine year old most likely shouldn’t even know ( or maybe that should be ‘thought he knew’, I got the tractor and plows turned around just in time for dear old dad to show up!

Thin I knew some words…should have heard his!!! Got taught how to plow for real a couple weeks later, right after all that shit got drawn to the fields and the old spreader broke umpteen times.

Most likely why I never did the Tour de France or became one of them Bass Pro fellers…