Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Year's

I haven't posted much this past week. I was actually, enjoying some time with my lovely hubby. He had three days off, and that meant time spent together, as well as time to get some things done around the farm. In the last few months, we were never off at the same time, and since I quit my job (and haven't started substituting yet), we've had a few days together the past two weeks. I love our time spent together.

We used the last few days to put up/repair fence in a far pasture (that I didn't even know existed when we bought the farm!) that will give the horses a lot more room to roam. We aren't quite done, but I must say, I think we've done a pretty good job, having never put up fence on our own before. I'm excited to get the horses out to the pasture because they've been cooped up in the barn the past week and a half, and this pasture is HUGE. Lots of room to run around, and lots of things to explore. We can't put them back out in the pasture they were in because it is really torn up from all the rain we had the last two months. I'm almost worried it won't recover in the spring! Here's B leading my girl Sugar to the new pasture.

We were able to put them out a bit while we worked on the fence...they don't go far when there is grass (even if it is dead) to eat and as long as their buddies are around.

We spent more time with the animals, which I always love. Jackson and Chief pretty much go with us wherever we go on the farm. It has been a real treat for Jackson, who before we brought him to the farm, was locked up in a house most of the day (I'll post more about that whenever I write my profile of him). What makes me laugh about them is that if we forget something at the house, we take the four-wheeler back to get it...mind you, this happens a bit, so we have to go back and forth from the field to the house a few times. Every time one of us goes somewhere on the four-wheeler, the dogs follow. Chief will always be up with you (even going 25 mph!) and seems to have unlimited energy. Jackson gets worn out. He isn't used to running so much! The running joke is that we have to look behind us to make sure he is still coming...and he will be FAR behind! Here he is enjoying the sun we had.

Hopefully we get the fence done by next weekend. We'll see. We also had a little visitor in the barn...a raccoon, who was injured...something bit it in the neck. B and I gave him an apple and water and when we returned the next day he was we thought. We figured that meant he must not have been too bad off. Little did I realize that he was still in the barn, hiding in the hay, and when I went out to feed the horses yesterday, I almost stepped on him! I guess he seems to think he has found a home. Not sure how I feel about this considering we have barn cats, and I don't think cats and raccoons get along. Also, not sure if he is carrying anything. We've had a variety of animals in our barn the last few weeks...possums, raccoons...I wonder what will be next! And it seems that more and more cats keep ending up as residents of our barn. We had two, added two more from their kittens, and have spotted at least 3 more now. I'm hoping none of the new ones are females...we spayed the two females that were originally in there, but the two kittens are males...who we didn't fix...we don't want more kittens...

As an update to my post from earlier in the week, I did send my friend a quick email. It was difficult for me...but she did write me back and I'm glad she knows that I am here for her/thinking of her. Thank you for all the advice.

I hope in my next few posts to talk about some goals (NOT resolutions) I have for this year. I've never been much of a goal maker, but I think it is important to have some. So I've been thinking about them.

Happy 2009!!


Mama Wheaton said...

I love your life. I use to think I wanted to live on a farm and if I had a different personality I would but as sad as is it to admit it I'm a city girl. Glad you got to spend some quality time with your man.

Anonymous said...

I'm so jealous of your farm life!!!!

When we visit our friends in the country we play around their four-wheelers and our dogs LOVE running around the land chasing us!

mommytoalot said...

Wow, I think your farm life is beautiful. It was always my mom's dream to live a life like that. I am sharing this blog with her. She's an anmial lover.
Love your pictures too.

ann ominous said...

*deep sigh pretending to be breathing in farm and horse smells...*

cats and raccoons and possums actually can get along quite well. Granted that my parents old house was a little microcosm of weirdness, but it was fairly regular that we would find a raccoon chowing down on catfood WITH the cats and one time my mom thought there was a new kitten curled up on the pillow in the garage with all the barn cats...and it was a possum.

we also had a cat that led our blind dog around the i said...strange little piece of the planet.


Safire said...

Your blog is a breath of fresh country air. Wish I could smell the horses and all the animals! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear that things with your friend worked out. And the farm seems exciting!

Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

What kind of horses do you have? Are you new on the farm? We're still putting up fencing and building things. Just finished building my arena.

You can probably find a wildlife rescuer in your area that could help you with the racoon. They're adorable but you don't want to encourage them to hang around because they will rip your grain apart, etc.

Great that you got your cats spayed! I fix everything too.

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