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Ain’t no sh*t like pig sh*t

I’ve shoveled a ton of sh*t in my days – cow, dog, goat, donkey, and even some from a septic tank (I’m referring to the cell phone incident of 2013, but that’s a story for another day). Pig sh*t is hardcore – it’s not for the faint of heart.  And since it was my idea to…

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New beginnings

Whitetail deer are beautiful, graceful creatures.  Our farm provides a great home for them, with green pastures for grazing and dense woods for bedding down. Throughout all my years here, though, I have never found an antler shed – one of the buried treasures of the woods.  Every year, a whitetail buck will shed his…

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Oink

The piglets are growing by leaps and bounds.  Today, they discovered they like grapes and kale.  It took a few tries with the grapes – they weren’t exactly sure what to do with them!  Once I squished them, though, they quickly ate them up.  Sweet potatoes are next on the menu. After a good meal……

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

MUSE is the theme of the Weekly Photo Challenge.  I used to love taking pictures of my kids. Now that both are in their late teens, sitting and smiling for the camera is not in their repertoire. Teenagers… So, I turn to the farm animals.  They are always happy to see me, never complain and…

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Slippery manure and other unfortunate mishaps

THE “HERE A PIG, THERE A PIG, EVERYWHERE A PIG, PIG” INCIDENT The piglets arrived.  I quickly learned that they are deceivingly fast – I mean NASCAR fast.  And nearly as impossible to catch.  You wouldn’t think that a big-eared, fat-bodied, stumpy legged animal could have such an unbelievable amount of horsepower under the hood…

How the hell do you milk a donkey?

Donkeys…  their stubbornness is legendary.  They don’t want to do something – game over. Come back tomorrow and try again.  But there’s more to these animals then them just planting their feet in the ground and refusing to move.  They’re loyal, gentle, and protective. So, when the little guy arrived, it was an exciting time.…

Our hearts are unbroken

Change is inevitable.  Sorrow is a difficult part of life.  The loss of a beloved animal is extremely difficult to bear.  When we lost our oldest Australian Shepherd this past February, we were all heartbroken.  But as human beings, we are able to reason and understand that loss.  What added to the pain we were…

Spring refuses to arrive

Yesterday was officially the first day of spring.  Instead of being heralded with the arrival of geese and a crocuses poking through the thawing snow, we patiently sat through another winter snow storm. Having contracted an EXTREME case of cabin fever, I felt the only cure to my ailment was to lace up my winter…

Here we SNOW again

More snow is predicted for tomorrow {sigh}.   Fortunately, the cattle don’t even bat an eye at the snow and colder temperatures.  They constantly turn down the opportunity to be in the barn and choose, instead, to bed down by the round bale feeder. The donkeys tell you what they want:  outside when there is…

Please do not tip the cows

Tommy:  “What you do, is you put your shoulder into her and you push.” Paul:  “And?” Tommy:  “They fall over!” Paul:  “This doesn’t strike you as kind of… dumb?” Tommy:  “We’re family.  We’re going to be doing lots of dumb stuff together.  Wait ’til Christmas.” Tommy:  “You keep your feet shoulder width apart.  Stay between…

Sunbathing cows and a taste of spring

Mother Nature gave us a little reprieve yesterday.  The days was filled with blue skies, above-freezing temperatures and plentiful sunshine. The girls enjoyed it immensely, munching hay and soaking up the sun. Some of them were so content, you could almost get close enough to hop on their backs, before they opened their eyes to…