Dogs, Chickens, Goats and more

First let me say please forgive my absence from the blogging world. I just haven’t felt it lately and I will tell you why. In my last post I told you all how we were a year mourning our precious Sara Lee. We finally decided it was time to get a pup because Hemi was so lonely. We ended up rescuing two of them. They are adorable German Shepherd and black lab mix.

 

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Phoenix and Onyx napping while we plant potatoes!
Phoenix and Onyx napping while we plant potatoes!

 

Sweet pups
Sweet pups

 

 

 

 

Hemi learned to love them and they were getting along so well and then the unthinkable happened. We got a call…Hemi had been hit by a car. A year and a couple of weeks after Sara Lee. Oh how our hearts hurt. I know you must be wondering so I’ll go ahead and say it..We live at least a 1/4 mile off the road. Hemi did not go to the road. She had no reason to with all the fun here. Last year we determined that she and Sara Lee ran across the road chasing deer.  This time no deer, no reason to be there. Trees around us were cut and it is more noisy out here. We are hearing cars and seeing neighbors lights that we’ve never heard and seen before. Our best guess is that she heard something she thought needed investigating. The person who hit her was kind and apologetic and that helps but our son is still aching for his sweet Hemi.

We got our goats finally late January. They are boers and we are totally in love with them. Buddy, Daisy and Butter Cup bring us a lot of joy. Hemi had been totally fascinated with them. I imagined that she was thinking “What kind of dog is this? She stayed beside them for weeks.

 

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Peek-a-boo

Since Hemi’s passing we are focusing on each other, the pups, the goats and chickens, ducks, and the garden. There is always so much work to be done. Life is still good out here on the farm despite the losses we have faced. I know all of you understand. Sometime life is just tough. However, we are taking things one day at a time and counting our blessings and not our sorrows.

Can I drive this thing?
Can I drive this thing?
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Precious Memories

Our hearts hurts. One year ago, January 27th when we came home from work we found our precious Sara Lee was injured, hit by a car. She couldn’t walk. I hadn’t seen her yet and wondered where she was. When Farmer Cheese got home she came out from under a building walking on her front legs and dragging her entire lower body. We were both stunned. We put her in my car and raced to the vet. When I think about it feels like it was yesterday. The days we spent at Auburn University veterinary School, the hope of recovery only to be dashed by bad news again and again. The heartache, the pain, the weeping, the joy on our sweet baby’s face every time she saw us…It all still feels so fresh. The day we lost her, Feb. 1st was the longest and possibly the hardest day of our lives so far. And yet some how we did manage to go on. We take comfort in knowing we and the skilled doctors did everything humanely possible to save her. We take comfort in knowing she is now longer suffering. We take comfort in each other and our other dogs who still miss her too. So many times a day I am reminded of her sweet face, her loving snuggles, her incessant bark, her demanding us to throw her a pine cone. Our hearts will always hold the precious memories of our dear sweet Sara Lee.

A collage of memories.
A collage of memories.
Before surgery kisses
Before surgery kisses

How to make the easiest “scare-person ever”!

We had a horrible problem with deer in the garden last year so we decided this year we needed to put noisy little people in the garden to keep them away. You would think with 3 dogs they would stay out but our dogs are so spoiled they think they are people. 🙂 And that is another story.

To make the scarecrow I started with a fence post that easily moves from one place to another. These are about 4′ tall and just stab into the ground.
I placed an old shirt on a wire clothes hanger and slid it over the top hook. No hook? Duct tape works wonders. I used a sharpie and drew a cute little face on pie tin and then used my handy pocket knife (every country girl has one) and cut a slit in it and tied it near the top. It will move around and rattle against the post in the breeze. Next I put an old hat on top and used duct tape to secure it to the post.

Easy Scare-Person
Easy Scare-Person
And there you have it a scare- person in about 5 minutes! It took me longer to find the old hats and shirts and talk Farmer Cheese out of them than it did to make my little people.

We have also hung up some human hair around the garden in stockings to help make the deer think people are out there! I may add some hair to Mrs. Cheese’s pie tin head lol!

I hope these ideas help you and I’d love to hear what’s been successful on your homesteads. Until next time,

Veletta

We have Spring Fever!

Warmer weather is here. Although the forecast calls for lows in the 40’s and highs in the upper 50’s later next week warmer weather means it’s time to start planting! Finally. This has been the coldest and longest winter. We are so ready to move on. We managed to get the ground ready and get some transplants and potatoes planted this weekend. I believe we now officially have Spring Fever. 🙂
Sara Lee had surgery on her tail Wednesday this week due to a huge gash she managed to rip in it somehow. She is on on antibiotics and wearing a cone. Poor baby. She enjoyed a little outside time today too, but it has been very hard to keep her calm and clean!

We trimmed the Rose  "trees"
We trimmed the Rose “trees”
This is the mess we trimmed off the roses!
This is the mess we trimmed off the roses!
A little lettuce, cabbage, sugar snap peas, broccoli
A little lettuce, cabbage, sugar snap peas, broccoli
Herb garden
Herb garden

Just chillin
Just chillin
Covering the taters!
Covering the taters!
A cone can't keep her down!
A cone can’t keep her down!
Hide and seek
Hide and seek
Poor ill cone head
Poor ill cone head
Gotta ride, even if injured!
Gotta ride, even if injured!

What do my dogs say?

What my dogs say!
What my dogs say!

What do my dogs say?

My dogs go woof, they sit and beg. They just can’t wait to get their eggs.
Their tongues go lick, their eyes get big. Please, please, give us those yummy grits.
We want some toast, some homemade jam, maybe even a piece of ham.
We want our eggs, we want our grits and we want them now, now, now!
But there’s one sound that no one knows………
What do my dogs say?
Feed me, feed me, feed me eggs,
I love, I love, I love eggs
More, more, more, more, more, more, eggs

That’s what my dogs say!

Snow/Sleet days on the farm in South Georgia!

Iced over Coops

Iced over Coops

This has been an interesting winter to say the least! Our dogs have seen snow once and they were not very fond of it. Sara Lee was just a young’un and she played in it a couple of years ago when it actually stayed on the ground, as long as we were out there too! The older dogs not so much. Now the cat and the chickens, this is definitely a first for them. The silly cat keeps trying to go outside, I keep trying to keep her in. She runs outside or just takes a look out the door and runs back in! In the meantime I’m saying “hurry up silly cat you’re letting out the heat!” The older dogs crunch across the ice slowly as if to say, “what is this stuff and why is it on my porch and grass?” Sara Lee doesn’t really care, she’s always full speed ahead.

Icicles
Icicles
Icicles make pretty decorations
Icicles make pretty decorations

This winter has been some of the coldest weather we have had in a long time. We have closed vents and windows on the chicken coop, secured the doors tightly, fed the chickens scratch in the evenings all to keep them warm. Why? Because we thought they might be cold. Everyone deserves a warm place to sleep at night and duck into during the day to knock the chill off. Well,these silly chickens absolutely loved this wintery mix we just had. They got out there and pecked ice, sleet and snow and stomped around in icy cold puddles! We were up like we are in the arctic and they are playing and having a blast. During the short time I had my mittens off to take pictures I thought my hands were frozen solid! But they are not cold, so I am no longer worrying about them in the daytime anyway. Yes, I will still give them scratch to warm their tummies, and close the coop up to keep it as warm as possible but these birds are resilient! I am no longer a worried chicken mama. Except I can’t help but worry about foxes, coyotes, hawks; I hear owls are a problem too. Oh my, I’m putting back on my worried mama title. 🙂