What a wonderful day we had today! I think the high was around 83 beautiful degrees. I was actually trying to find things to do to keep me outside. God knows there was/is plenty to do inside. It was very productive outside. I began by moving some manure around, preparing it for nutrient rich fertilizer for our fields and garden. Next, I did a ‘patrol sweep’ through the pasture. My search was for remaining shingles following the late fall tornado/straight line winds which hit our home. I also check the fencing for weeds which were touching the hot wire. Due to the high coyote populations, it’s very important that the wire is working. Our operation is a bit different than some in that we have a hot wire at the top of the fence and at the bottom where a sneaky coyote could slip into the pasture. Safety of our animals is a high priority.
Later in the afternoon my hubby worked to mulch the muddy areas down around the sheds to prevent the steers from twisting a leg. Generally, both of our steers are friendly and would prefer to remain in the pasture. Today, one must have had a bit of Summer Fever. When Mr. Sneaky Steer realized my hubby was driving the mulch in wagon by wagon, he say an opportunity. Exhausted from my morning accomplishments, I was resting on the couch. I just happened to open my eyes to see the steer run by the family room windows. I must put a plug in for the FlyLady…even though I was resting I still had on my house shoes, a habit the FlyLady taught me a couple of years ago.
This may have saved our steer because I didn’t have to stop, put shoes on and tie them. I took off running and was able to circle him, forcing him to run about 200 yards, straight back into the pasture. I’m sure it was the glare I gave him…it spoke to him, telling him who was boss! Ha!
Anyway, he had his little bucking and fun run. And, I was rejuveanated and ready to start working again.
Currently we have planted:
- Three types of tomatoes
- Three types of peppers
- 25 Strawberry plants
- 1 Grape vine
- 1 Blueberry bush
Tomorrow I hope to begin work on my herb garden…I will be reusing an old metal feed bowl for the pot. Also, watch for my post about dandelions…very interesting!!