It doesn't take much to excite the troops.
"Who wants to go to work?" is all I have to say,
and everyone scrambles out the door.
At times there is competition for riding shotgun.
Cooperation is demanded and everyone is appeased.
These two... my companions whenever the gator motor is started.
These two just love an adventure... any adventure...
but insist on reliable transportation.
We are out and about on a garden mission.
We pick the day's ripe tomatoes and peppers.
Harvest is waning.
The garden is growing more and more barren.
Soon it will be time to tuck the garden boxes in for the winter,
beneath a blanket of homegrown compost.
After leaving the garden, we headed up to visit our senior center.
Yes, the goat pen has become the geriatric center of the farm...
with the queen of the elders...
As close as we can figure, Jill is about 16 years old.
She gave us many adorable kids in her day,
and now spends her days relaxing in the shade and grazing in the cool evening.
Months ago, we moved our three remaining Nigerian dwarf goats in with the fainters.
All three seem to enjoy the company of the others.
You might remember that Star had quite a large mammary tumor.
(This photo doesn't show her tumor...just her wide belly...which she has always had.)
Dr. Becky felt it was a cancerous growth, but since she did not seem to be in distress,
we opted to not put her through any treatment.
(the surgical success rate is relatively low, apparently)
She has lost weight over the months, but still seems to enjoy life.
We are preparing ourselves for her eventual passing...
and will assist with that if she seems uncomfortable.
For now, though, she just keeps keeping on!
We leave the goats and stop outside the pig yard.
Several chestnuts have fallen on the road, so I stop to pick them up.
These will be a tasty treat for later when the pigs get their meal.
You might also remember a few weeks ago that we had several skunk attacks.
We feared that a skunk may be living beneath the tarp that covers our large woodpile.
In an effort to prove this, Hubbs set up our three game cameras on that side of the house.
Sure enough... there is the culprit.
And here is the solution...
a stink-free skunk trap that will not harm the skunk,
but will allow for transport to a distant location.
(If you find a new skunk in your yard... [wink] don't blame us!!)
What does one use to bait a skunk trap... so that one's kitty will not end up in the trap
instead of the skunk?
We shall see how this works.
PS....thank you for your sweet and heartfelt comments...
I am happy to be a small part of your day.
I'd love hearing more about you!