Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It's Hot Here

I just want to make sure that my friends in other parts of the world have a clear understanding that it's hot.

Here's a pretty sight that met me on the west side of the house this morning when I went around to see the dogs coming home from the fields with baby bunnies in their mouths. (They were cheating at hunting because a blacksnake had found the nest and they hogged up what he couldn't get down the hatch in time.)

I think the sky and trees and moon look so pretty this morning.

In the heat.

So Many Rough and Tumble Boys


Momma Bonnie, sister Polly, Gooseberry, and Blizzard are missing from this photo shoot because they were wisely hanging out on the cool front porch doing dainty lady cat stuff while the baby brothers Jase and Furby romped in the heat with Uncle Clyde.

In case you haven't gotten the idea, it's hot here today.

Come at me, Bro!


It's on like Donkey Kong!


Uncle Clyde. Babysitter and fellow playmate.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

We're Expecting!



A little seven pound bundle of joy will be making an appearance around July!

On our table.

Sliced.

It's Katie's baby watermelon.
She's gardening in the big garden and also in containers and she's making a splash in the agricultural arts her first time around.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Plastic Bags as Baby Toys

You can see from the pics of Furby (orange) and Jase that the the responsible adult of the household is out of town.
Kittens love plastic bags.
Especially at night when the house is otherwise quiet.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Black Bear!

Here are two pictures of the bear tracks going across the new path.
You'll have to trust me on this because they really don't show up well in pictures. I tried to outline the bigger track to illuminate the print for you, but it still looks like... mud.
While we were all looking down at the fresh tracks, we heard a sound in the woods. Joe Houndog was lurking, as per his usual manner.
I will leave you to draw your own conclusions about what happened to my heart rate when I realized an animal was in the underbrush next to the bear prints.

New Trails

Here are shots of the bulldozer work from yesterday and today. First the girls are riding past the oak tree, about to take a left at what we'll term for the public blog, "A.Q." The special clearing for a future cabin.


Turning left off the main trail.


Fat Suburbanite Dad's tree marker deep in the dark woods- till now.


Scott in the new clearing. Orange tree marker on the left outside the picture.


Looking left coming out at the creek from "A.Q." and looking at the new lane in the road through Beaver Crossing.


Monday will bring more new roads, widening the creek road, and making actual trails through the woods where the tree markers are.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Uncle Jamie's Summer Nanny Job


Poor momma Halvah's been trapped in her pig pen for her own safety because Opal and she fight hard, and also because she's so dadgum wild I'm afraid she'll get through the field fence and leave.
Today was so nice and green that I let her into the securely fenced yard to graze.
She was so grateful that she even let me pet her.
Jamie takes care of and plays with Halvah's eleven sons and daughters while she takes some time for herself.
Here they are eating grass and weeds behind the blueberry bushes, but not the actual blueberries. Don't try this at home, kids!
This may be the first time an animal has accidentally left an important plant standing.