The City Girl Farmer


It’s Not Always A Winter Wonderland
November 30, 2008, 9:58 pm
Filed under: Weather
After some snow

After some snow

Normally when we have a bit of snow, it looks like this:

ice crystals on the gate

ice crystals on the gate

Cows across the street

Cows across the street

Frost on the cottonwood

Frost on the cottonwood

But today it looked a little different.  We got up with the intention of going to church, looked outside, then at each other and realized we wouldn’t be going anywhere today.   After about 5 hours of blizzard conditions the weather alerts finally started to come in.  Apparently, they changed their minds after looking out the window.  Brrrr!  This is what it looked like this morning when I went to bust the ice in Jazzmin’s water trough:

It's not always a winter wonderland

It isn't always a winter wonderland

Miserable cows

Miserable cows

And then there was poor Jazzmin.  No longer able to graze in the pasture, she found her way to the barn where hay (oatmeal without sugar compared to the pasture grass) awaited her.  Here is what she looked like this morning after giving up hope of finding any more fresh grass.

Poor snow-encrusted horse

Poor snow-encrusted horse

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That Bad Horsie Chucked Me Off!!
November 20, 2008, 9:38 am
Filed under: Horses | Tags: , ,
So sweet and innocent

So sweet and innocent

Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth!

Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth

I had my first horse accident as an adult a couple of days ago. I’m only blogging now because my pride is hurt. I’m pretty convinced that it is simply because she thinks I’m an idiot and sees no reason to do what I want her to do. Unfortunately, there are no pictures but Thomas saw it and described it to me. We were taking turns “riding” her while the other one led her by her halter rope. Kind of like those little pony rides you find in a park. The idea was to get her used to us and used to being “ridden” until we had the tack we needed to go for a real ride. Well, I climbed on her and she decided that wasn’t what she wanted. She started bucking and Thomas let go of the rope (good boy!) and got out of the way. He said it looked like the rodeo, only somewhat less violent. I probably stayed on 3 seconds. I remember not being able to see very well and deciding not to try to hang on anymore and the next thing I knew I had landed on my right side, head and butt, glasses gone. I was a bit stunned for a few seconds. Was I wearing a helmet? No!!! Had I been told to wear a helmet? Yes!! OK, so now I’m going to buy a helmet. I landed in the gravel in our driveway. Thomas came over to me asking if I was OK and I said yeah. I was just a bit dizzy from being whacked on the head. Then he noticed I was bleeding, so I went inside, calmly informed Juliana that Thomas said I was bleeding and that she might have to do the first aid and went upstairs to see what I could see. I saw a trickle of blood down the right side of my neck and figured I had a scalp laceration. I explained to the kids that scalp wounds are usually pretty small relative to the amount of blood they produce so not to worry. I got out the first aid kit and told Juliana what to look for and she patched me up. (Typical home school mom: when life craps on you, turn it into a home school lesson in first aid.) I am a little sore today. My neck feels like I was in a rear-ender, a little rodeo whiplash, my head is scabby (I think there is more than one cut) and I have a bruise on my right hip. It was a cheap lesson. I think I will talk to someone about getting some basic horsemanship lessons just because the learning curve will be too slow and potentially dangerous if I do it myself. And yes, I’m not getting on again (nor is anyone else) without a helmet.

One of the cuts in my head

One of the cuts in my head

 

 

Ouch!

Ouch!

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First Snow This Year
November 11, 2008, 1:47 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: ,
snow falling off the barn roof

snow falling off the barn roof

It’s late this year, but boy was it pretty!  I went out to break the ice on Jazzmin’s water trough and to feed her this morning and it was unbelievably peaceful.  The silence was broken occasionally by Jazzmin’s BF calling to her.  It was kinda cute.  She grabbed a bite of hay and then went trotting out to see him, head and tail up.  It looks like she would rather rummage through the snow for food than eat hay in the stall.

Jazzmin in the distance

Jazzmin in the distance



Cleaning out the Chicken Coop
November 7, 2008, 8:55 pm
Filed under: Chickens

We finally decided to tackle the project of cleaning and repairing the chicken coop.  It was quite a nasty job.  After the flock was disposed of it looks like no one bothered to clean the coop.  At least it was dry.  We used masks since we had been warned that it might have been contaminated by rodents.  Didn’t see any of those.  It  looks like such a cute little thing off in the distance there, doesn’t it?  Nothing cute about a dirty chicken coop as we soon discovered.

 

Chicken coop

Chicken coop

Thomas and I started raking and shoveling, getting wheel barrow loads out.

 

 

Thomas cleaning behind nest boxes

Thomas cleaning behind nest boxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we continued, we found a rather suspect looking thing back there.  It turned out to be a chicken carcass, a poo-encrusted chicken carcass.  

 

 

 

Carcass buried under years of chicken poo

Carcass buried under years of chicken poo

Ewwwwww!!!

 

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Second round of Manure for the Garden
November 7, 2008, 12:52 am
Filed under: Garden | Tags: ,

We have had unseasonably warm and dry weather for the most part this fall and Thomas and I have been taking advantage of the sunny days to get that garden ready for the spring.   We got our next load of alpaca manure from our friends up the road and are busy layering it along with the cardboard left over from moving.

Thomas in the garden area

Thomas in the garden area

Second layer

Second layer



Baby Alpaca
November 7, 2008, 12:28 am
Filed under: Other animals | Tags: , ,

No, we don’t have any alpacas, much to Thomas’ dismay.  We have some friends who have an alpaca farm about a half mile up the road, though, and they have alpacas.  Joshua was born the first week of October and his mother didn’t produce enough milk and couldn’t nurse him.

Meet Joshua

Meet Joshua

His owners have a day job, so Juliana and Thomas have been feeding him twice a day while they’re at work.  He’s quite adorable as you can see.

Joshua in his blue blanket

Joshua in his blue blanket

The kids are having a great time taking care of him.

Taking turns feeding

Taking turns feeding