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Spring sunset 2010 (yeah we still had snow!)

Recently I have discovered more about myself, actually an ever evolving process, right ?  Yeah, it is.  I understand all too well about the march of time, the heaviness of the issue.  I see life appear and disappear.  I have rescued many animals, having success in rehabilitating them is a joy – something that cannot be explained.  Especially to people who say to me “why bother ? It is just a __________. Fill in the blank.

Some brilliant soul wrote a few lines about saving creatures, big or small.  It goes something like this.  “A woman walked along a long stretch of beach.  The tide had receded far back from the shore.  There were thousands of stranded starfish, dying in the sun.  She would walk a few paces, pick up a starfish and toss it back to the sea.  A person came along and asked what she was doing.  They said “it’s just a starfish, there are so many”.  But the woman said to the person ” perhaps to you, but to this starfish it is everything.”

Each life deserves its rightful place in our universe.  If I can help, I will, two or four-legged alike.  To me, it is a life, plain and simple.  I have not always made the best choices, but I have always tried to make a difference.

For some reason, today has been a batch of ten minute intervals.  Woke up at five.  Closed my eyes again.  Opened in ten minutes, three or four times.  Gave up, got up.  Went back to check the local news………ten minutes later.  Saw one of my favorite chickens outside – Brownest Chicken in the World.  She is being BAD.  She didn’t get in the coop the last two nights, which means she has a nest of un-fertilized eggs somewhere.  Next is the egg hunt for me…..likely not until I follow her to the hidden site in the am.  I have no rooster with the ladies so there won’t be chicks, but it is the predator problem that makes me very nervous.  We have had raccoons and skunks here.  Not a fun thing……one situation I will do most anything to avoid is having one of those animals get to the chicky ladies.

Ah ha !  It has been twenty-three minutes, so the ten minute interval cycle is broken!  Ha !  Enjoy your day all, and stay COOL if you can !

Toffee

This is Toffee, one of the two Pygora goats we have here.  She is 12 years old.  A Pygora goat is a cross between a Pygmy and an Angora goat.   Ideally they are sheared yearly, and the wool is kept to be spun into yarn.  I had always thought I would do that, but 1. I never have learned to spin and 2. I don’t knit or crochet (yet).  But that does not keep me from having to shear them.  I actually did Toffee’s shearing and half of Nutmegs the day before yesterday.  Yesterday I could barely move.  I will hopefully get to the second half of Nutmeg today.  We shall see.

Stay cool out there !

Under the lilacs...ready for birds !

I love birds.  I have raised wild songbirds and released them to live their lives where they were meant to live for many years.  Before I figured out how to do that, I raised my first bird, a house sparrow named Myrtle.  Myrt was a big part of the family for about 14 years.  Same with a mourning dove, brilliantly named Dovie.  She was with us for 17 years.  Lovely critters.

This season brought more rain and snow late.  Very late freezes killed any hopes of my lilac trees blooming.  It also made grass grow in places where we have never had grass or weeds.  I am still catching up on that……..but that is another blog.  Point being, when nature goes nuts, the animals do too.  Ground squirrels by the scores.  There are SO many birds, that there is literally a line up at the birdbaths in the late afternoon.  I think I am going to set up the third one.  I have a dozen small dishes set out for water for everyone.  I provide water anywhere it is needed.  Nothing  quite calms the nerves than the odd “scrape-scrape” noise when approaching a 70 gallon water trough.  Just when I get just close enough and think long enough I realize it’s a  “SQUIRREL in the WATER  TROUGH !!!” and run for my rake or pitchfork or piece of wood to dip the poor exhausted from swimming critter out and lay it in the shade.  They usually make it.  I have found a number that did not, thus the abundance of small water dishes.  Birds too. Ugh.  Just doing my part to try and help nature.

Amazing sky !

The photo above was from the last month or so.  I finally downloaded all the photos from my camera.  All 229 of them 🙂  Now I need to get my camera unloaded too.  The sky here is just weird.  There are streaks of sunlight, and the photo above makes it look like our old goat barn and the chicken coop (the green structure on the right) are emblazoned with celestial light.  Just another day on the ranch, right ?

I have just finished chatting with and mostly listening to one of my friends, who had about a quart of coffee today.  After almost an hour and a half I said well, sorry, gotta go to bed…….she was chagrined and still chatted on 🙂  So, now it is hours later than I thought I would post this, so here you go.

Stay safe, and make sure your property is fire safe !!!  Three fires to the south of us tonight, likely compliments of the lightning strikes.   Just weird weather today…….Now I THINK I have linked this blog to my Facebook page……we shall see what happens.  Now that it is almost 11:00, goodnight all !

Chocolate chip bundt cake anyone ?

Because I have not blogged for far too long.  I have a couple hundred photos to download between my camera and my cell phone.  No real escuses, just that life has been hectic.  Mom is doing fantastic – now almost 4 weeks post total reverse shoulder replacement surgery.  PT is going well, and this was with a big setback due to an allergy to the steri-strip glue.  Yay mom !!!

I will get to the camera soon, I promise.  Bundt cake is haunting my subconscious, might have to make one soon so I can have a small slice.  Hmmmmm.  Did you know that there are people who bake cakes like my cake shown above and sell them for a TON of money ?  Like over $ 40 each plus shipping ?  I thought about doing just that for a while…..still might when the holidays roll around, which will be here next week by the way time flies.

A not so great thing is that I just noticed that one of my pygora goats is beginning to hair up with the start of her winter coat.  In mid July.  The earliest we have seen that before was the first week in August, which was last year, and our low temp was -19 .  Yes nineteen BELOW zero.  Eeeeeeee, hope that does not happen again.

Hug those near and dear to you and let them know you love them 🙂