So today was a typical day for me with some special surprises mixed in. I bet you can’t wait……..
Every morning I wake up (duh) and I throw on some shoes and clothes depending on what I’m wearing. If you live in a hot area with no A/C you wear pretty much whatever gets you through the night. I have, luckily, been having some pretty breezy nights so it makes for better sleeping. So back to the morning. Blue and I go outside to feed the animals and let them loose from their coops. Blue actually just pees/poops and looks for rabbits to chase. I always prep the birds first because they are kept in coops away from their food and water and want out asap. Every other day or so I empty and refill the duck’s pool because they will not get in it unless it is clear water. Yes, I have diva ducks. One of the girls believes she needs to hatch eggs and mostly sits in the coop on everyone’s eggs. I have to note there is no male duck due to the fox apocalypse last year. We have since moved the ducks to a safer place and all is well. The fox will do well not to show his face around here again. The ducks are closest to the back door so they are first, then I go to the chicken coop, throw food on the ground, refill water, and let them out. The minute I lift the door they come shooting out like a rocket and super clumsily I might add. It looks like the coop threw up chickens. If I can keep myself from looking at the garden at this point I head to the goat pen. They are already out so it’s easier to do them last. I check their water and I throw some flicks of hay over the fence to them. Hay bales have sectioning to them. A flick is one of those sections that pulls away. They are usually 2-4 inches thick and very compact depending on the hay you purchase. Ours is compact and it is Alfalfa. After that I head to the tack room to get them their morning scoop of sweet feed. They go bonkers for this. Now that I have the baby in there, I have to go further by separating some hay and sweet feed out for her. The big girls don’t want to share food. Sometimes I even have to stand between her and the big girls to make sure she gets enough to eat. They will literally leave a large flick of hay to go eat her tiny hand full. Can you say greedy? Blue and I eat after all of this.
Once my morning chores are done and I sit to eat some breakfast, I catch up on my YouTube subscriptions. They are mostly about farming, gardening, and livestock. I get a lot of tips and tricks from there. I do follow some Cancer vloggers. A couple have passed away which is sad but also inspirational to see them live their lives to the fullest in the face of diversity. It make you really think about the silly things we complain about everyday.
The daily view of the garden. I live for waking up and seeing new growth in my garden. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. What seeds sprouted, what has new leaves, is anything blooming, and in my case, what has been eaten. Today my new bug deterrent is coming so I am hoping to strike out the “what has been eaten” part of that series. Just to titillate your senses, I currently have the following plants out of the ground: swiss chard, basil, cucumbers, corn, white onions, scallions, zucchini, flowers, and some tomatoes. Everything is very small but at least is growing. OH, I almost forgot, I also planted pumpkins and watermelons up on my berm, they have a lot of room there and out-of-the-way. Today I watered up there and I have about 6 pumpkin plants out of the ground. I should be seeing watermelon sprouts anytime now. I also want to put some cantaloupe up there as well. I turn my soaker hoses on about 4-5pm when the sun isn’t beating down. I am also awaiting some sunflowers that I planted near the front of the property. Everything has to be strategic due to the high winds and storms we can get.
Today I ran a grocery store errand to pick up some random groceries and items for Blue’s food. We make his food. He has a hard time gaining weight so we were told to add Flaxseed Oil to his food which is more fat. Hopefully this will help him out. We have had him to the vet and he is very healthy just a skinny guy I guess. Probably has something to do with all the rabbit chasing. Blue also had his bath today which he despises with a passion. I came home from the store, emptied the car, put food away, and noticed something odd about the ducks. Usually when all three of them our outside of the coop (remember one thinks she is hatching eggs) something is up. By up I mean there is a snake in the duck coop. This has happened several times now. They want to eat the eggs and their coop is closer to the ground. They have only ever been Bull snakes which are not poisonous but they will still bite you. I was thrown head first into this problem when I was the first to see it and no one was here to help me. Sorry if this makes anyone sad but I had to dispatch the snake with my son’s pellet rifle. The darn things won’t run away if you try to scare them off. The hunger is more important to them. Anyways, I look in the coop, praying I am wrong. There was a super fat/long Bull snake. It was the biggest I have seen so far. I will spare you the details but he was dispatched after a struggle to get to him for about 45 minutes. After that I have to pull them out and get rid of the body. As I am walking around to move this snake out and get rid of it, I see another snake tail hanging out the back door of the coop. Not 2 minutes since I pulled out the first one. I had a total brain fart for a minute. My instant thought was, did it break in half? Don’t be silly you only used a pellet gun. Once I exited my brain fog, I realized another snake had just slithered right in. Thankfully a smaller one that also did not want to leave. I had to handle that one as well then clean out the coop to start fresh again. I thought later about where that second snake may have been and was it just stalking me the whole time? If you want to give yourself a shudder think about that!
In the end of the day, I do the same thing with the animals just in reverse. Of course I have different projects thrown in during the day and you will be sure to hear about them. I have a crazy picture of a snake eating an egg but I decided not to post because some of you are deathly afraid of snakes and I would like you to come back and visit my blog ha ha. Message me if you want to see it…
“Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools” – Napoleon Bonaparte