It's been a week, hasn't it? It's been a stressful week that felt like it would never be over... and it still isn't I imagine... at least at the time of this writing. I am sure you are drained, as am I. And so you will understand that I just did not have the mental fortitude to research and write a Friday's Food For Thought.
There is still enough fodder for a blog post just on the subject of daily farm life.
Yesterday began like this...
I love mornings, and especially the mornings that I reach the barn before the sun rises. Nothing starts my day off better than witnessing the start to the day - as the sun peeks above the horizon and night's shadows retreat. At certain times of the year, a cacophony of birdsong provides the soundtrack. However, at this time of year, the sun makes its entrance without applause. It silently moves to center stage almost as if in a dress rehearsal. The audience is there, though, silently waiting. Silently... appreciating.
The day progressed as all days do. And as the hours passed, the mercury rose into the mid sixties again.
The farrier came and did his bimonthly hoof trimming for all of the equines.
We changed Daphne's dressing. This time she was not as stoic. The farrier had enlarged the entrance to the abscess a little, and she was quite sore. I would gladly have taken that pain for her. I hate to see an animal in pain.
Once her dressing was in place, though, she walked about quite comfortably. And the good news is... the dressing remained in place all day long. (Thanks to that which fixes everything - duct tape!)
I spent the afternoon hours out and about - enjoying the warmth and the sunshine.
I took the opportunity to work on the pigs' hoofs... trimming MaryAnne's feet as she quietly lay beside me.
Ginger was another story. After minutes of cajoling her and trying to get her to lay down for a belly rub, she finally acquiesced and allowed me to trim one foot.
We were lucky to catch a flock of migrating Evening Grosbeaks at our bird feeders yesterday afternoon.
I mentioned that the one we saw last weekend was the first either of us had ever seen.
So, seeing a flock at our feeders was quite a treat.
My camera got a good workout!
I've had quite a number of requests for more winter/holiday face masks. I am in the process of finishing up another 90 and should have them in my Etsy shop by Saturday morning. If you are interested... I will warn you - they sell out quickly. I am hoping that this will be the last batch to make. I selfishly am ready to move on to something different for a while.
Have a wonderful weekend. I'll be spending mine here on the farm getting caught up with some garden chores as the weather is to continue to be quite temperate.