July 2009


   Have you ever had one of THOSE weeks?  You know. . . your man goes to Europe without you. . .  you fall out of bed trying to hit your snooze button. . . Your dog runs away (more than once!). . . and you almost kill your pepper plants from underwatering? 

  I was successful at feeding and watering the cattle with a bit of help from neighbor Mona.  Thank you Mona! ! !  And thank you for taking care of my stupid dog, who wrecked the sliding screen door trying to get back into the hosue during a horrible thunder storm!   Oh, yeah that door won’t be going back on the frame. . . DH was not happy about that one. 

   Well, I’m so glad it is another week.  Another Sunday in which to blog and share a little bit of our lives with you.   And oh yes, in this nearly end of July in the Carolinas. . . our air conditioning unit is on the fritz. . . It attempts to cool us, but it’s just not as cool as it was last week. . .  DH reminded me that we did get a home owners insurance policy. 

     Perhaps the next time I write we will be a bit cooler (artifitially speaking!).  Have a wonderful week all!

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   Some of you know that my license plate tells everyone I’m a Doggie Mama. . . but this week I have the added pleasure of being a Cattle mama too!    DH and a number of his co-workers are in Europe this week on business. 

   It’s not my favorite thing to do, but since Saturday afternoon I’m the feeder, waterer and mover of our “ladies”.    They get to enjoy the front pasture in the late afternoon to early morning.  The grass is better and there is more of it.   In the morning after I feed them I move them to the back where there is much more shade. 

    They are really amazing animals.  I suppose it has something to do with the fact that they are mammals. . . but they like their routine.   Like the dogs do.  They know that at specific times of the day someone should be attending to them.  And if they don’t get the attention, they will CALL you!  And they will call!  some of them are more vical than others, just like people.   And it’s not just the girls.  We have a couple of vocal males too. 

    And speaking of which. . . DH says he has agreed to buy another male, he’s a full Dexter.  This one is still in-tact. . .   In other words it’s a bull.   This should be interesting.  He is a youngster so he’s not fully developed.  But once his secondary hormones start kicking in, my guess is that there will be some interesting goings on in the pasture.  I’ll have to let you know how things go. 

    Anyway, DH hopes to breed him to the three full Dexter females we have. . . My goodness we don’t even know if the first one we’ve bred has “killed the rabbit” yet.  I suppose these things take time! 

    Well, it’s another interesting week at the Smiling J Farm.  I hope you enjoy your week as much as I will here!