Things That Happened Yesterday


Mr. Pibb peed on my foot. Through the fence. That seems rather deliberate. It required aim. I thought we had such a good relationship! I was right in the middle of telling Adam how Mr. Pibb was such a nice buck!

Adam, with his sidekick Robbie, set up my creep feeder and shelter for winter feeding the goats.

Super handy. I can toss their hay right over the fence into the feeder bin. It keeps the hay off the ground, which reduces waste, and protects the hay from weather. There’s also an area for grain, protected from weather. This is one of those small things that will make a big improvement in my winter feeding situation. I’m all about planning carefully for winter management. They also tightened security on the goat yard gate for me and repaired the fences in the field across the road.

Then Adam said, “That rooster is limping, do you see that?” I hadn’t noticed. Then he spied a string wrapped around the rooster’s leg. He sneaked up on it and grabbed it. Robbie cut the string off while Adam held it. If Adam hadn’t noticed that, eventually the string, which was tight (and who knows how the rooster got it wrapped around his leg anyway), might have eventually cut off circulation and he’d have lost his leg.

And I’d have been wondering why my rooster’s leg fell off. (Ack.)

One of my cats sat on the sewing machine table, got up, somehow entangling himself in the thread going to the needle and bobbin, and ran circles around the living room and dining room table pulling thread all the way.

I went to my new milking parlor to check on something and found myself locked in. The doors to the stalls in the barn are on overhead rollers. Apparently, when I rolled back the door, I rolled it too far and it rolled off the tracks and the door wouldn’t move. I wondered briefly what I might do if this happened when I was alone on the farm, but dismissed that thought as too dire and called for Adam, who was in the barnyard.


After setting the door back on its tracks, he fixed a stopper so it can’t roll off the tracks anymore.

Dave finished the first stage of the deck work.

This stage included a handicap-access ramp, a small platform mid-way up, and a roof over the existing side deck (which was a very hot place to sit, and also allowed the sun to beam into the studio, making the studio hot). The deck is not finished–I have more planned, but deck work is expensive. The deck probably won’t be completely finished until some time next year.

Kelly Walker and her artist cohort Linda arrived at the farm!

They set right to work making plans for what they will do in the studio.

Last thing in a very busy day–Ross let me know that he is planning to make a last-minute trip home this weekend. For those of you who are coming to the party, you might get a chance to meet him. Today is all about getting the food laid in for tomorrow’s shindig. If you’re coming, see you here!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on June 15, 2012  

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  1. 6-15

    I wish I could come! Have a wonderful time!

  2. 6-15

    The dominant emptions of a cat are:

    1. Nap time!
    2. I see prey — attack it!
    3. Feed me, or else the houseplants have had it!
    4. Rub me (but only the way I like it).
    and, last but not least
    5. Aliens! Invaders! Total panic!

    The other day one of our two cats got tripped by the cord from my computer headset. By the time the panic attack was over, the laptop had been pulled off the stand, the headset ripped out and dragged around the house a few times, and said cat was hiding under the bed meowing for dear life.

    And no, she doesn’t avoid the laptop as a result. Learning by avoidance is not her strong suit. I expect a similar incident in the future.

    Cats. Gotta love ’em.

  3. 6-15

    Whew! What a flurry of action. More fun on the way, wish I were there.

  4. 6-15

    Wow, you’ve gotten so much done! You must be loving having Adam there, he’s a real asset. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I SO wish I could be there, and enjoy your time with Ross!

  5. 6-15

    A male of any species that can aim? The world is coming to an end! :snoopy: Have a great party, I can’t wait to hear about it next week.

  6. 6-15

    I sure do wish I could come to the party, but will be looking for your great reports.

    To Ross 8) Fair winds and following seas, from a retired Navy wife.

    Party down people and animals. Good luck with the fundraiser. :moo:

  7. 6-15

    I don’t know how you keep up with everything.
    The deck looks wonderful.

  8. 6-15

    Everything looks great. That feeder will be fantastic in the winter – or any time I guess. I wish I could borrow those guys, I’d love to have a deck built by someone reliable and trust worthy that isn’t out to rip me off!

    Can’t wait to come out and see you and the farm tomorrow – I’m excited! :snoopy:

  9. 6-15

    Never a dull moment at your farm. The cat and the thread cracked me up.

    I’m glad there was someone there to rescue you when you got stuck in the milking parlor, but it occurs to me that when you ARE alone there, you should be careful to have your cell phone with you at all times. Just in case.

    The new deck work looks great. I hope you have a good time at the party and raise lots of money.

  10. 6-15

    First – had to laugh at Old Geezer’s cat, especially item #4! Yes, mine is the same way. Even when she comes up looking for rubs, she sometimes decides it’s time to bite me. I’m a slow learner, but I finally learned to move my hand quickly when she turns her head around toward me!

    Oh, Mr. Pibb! Do you suppose he doesn’t like all the changes? Or is it just the ongoing activity? I hope everything goes perfectly tomorrow, and that you have saved some energy to have fun!!!

  11. 6-15

    Coming and bringing the grandbabies – and a bunch of cookies!


  12. 6-15

    You guys have fun tomorrow! Eat, drink, and be merry. Christen the farm for it’s maiden voyage as an agro-tourism destination. Don’t worry about the rest of us. We’ll be fine. :hissyfit:

  13. 6-16

    Wow everything looks great and I love the feeder ans the deck. Gotta love those bucks!!! Would have loved to come but doing an adopta-thon for the animal shelter.

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