Saturday, May 20, 2006

Two New Kids Arrive

This morning, when we checked the herd, we found some good news! Two new kids hit the ground overnight! Both are doing well. Their mothers are taking great care of them. They are doing so well that both of them headed out into the East Pasture with the herd.

This morning's major project was treating the puppies for fleas. At least the puppies are easy to catch. Start playing with one, and the rest appear to join in the fun. Because of their age, we use diatonomous earth and rub it into their fur. It is non-toxic, inexpensive and safe to use on very young puppies. It takes a few days, but the fleas disappear. We have already placed an ad in the local classifieds newspaper, both under the headings for dogs and for livestock. We hope they sell quickly, or else they will eat up our profits - Purina® Puppy Chow® gets expensive fast. And do these puppies eat! Although only six weeks old, they weigh over ten pounds apeace. Of course, when full grown, they will each weigh between 100 and 140 pounds without being fat.

The site for the garden is starting to take shape. We started cleaning up the downed tree which fills most of the plot. About two-thirds of the broken branches are now moved over to the firewood pile. It will help us cut the heating bill this winter. Once the rest of this little stuff is cleaned up, we can start cutting up the bigger branches with the chain saw.

Tonight, we are babysitting our tennant's niece and nephew. Our tennent, along with her sister and brother-in-law and some other friends, are going to see one of the local "heavy metal" bands in concert at a local club. It's been over a decade since we had children this small in the house.

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