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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Overdue Update Roundup

The last few months have been a whirlwind to say the least, so let's jump right in with a matching whirlwind of an overdue update from the farm...

Our exciting news that I mentioned in my last post is the addition of a miniature donkey to our farm family in early July. Levi is four years old and serves as a permanent companion for our oldest and retired horse Pebbles. He's unexpectedly become a nonstop source of entertainment and now has his own Facebook Fan Page that gives the world a peek into his mischievous adventures.   
Egg production started promptly on August 1, and by the end of the month we were gathering between 4 and 5 eggs on average every day. Now that we are in the last days of September (and the beginning of Fall), eggs are decreasing to about 3 a day. The girls are doing great, and our rooster is still behaving himself.

Out in the garden... Early on in the summer we lost our yellow squash and zucchini to vine borers. Our Brandywine tomato plant produced only a couple tomatoes before going into a production coma, but our Jellybean tomato plant kept us supplied for quite a while until we ripped it up to make room for fall veggies. (It was going to take over the world if we didn't step in for an intervention.) Our bell peppers and banana peppers are STILL producing, so we've been freezing, canning and eating what we harvest. They've done so well this year that I've saved a good amount of seeds for next year.
Johnny Cash has been doing some traveling... between showing and being in training, he's been an adventurous boy lately. He was bred as a halter horse and it's still obvious both physically and mentally; it continues to be his strongest weapon in the ring. His under saddle training is progressing, but he struggles sometimes to focus on given tasks. He came home this weekend after being at the trainer's barn for six weeks. Unfortunately it has been pouring rain every day since we arrived home Sunday afternoon so I haven't been able to do any riding.
The Boy has been busy with his bike, like usual, training and competing as well as participating in the big annual BikeMS event that raises money for the National MS Society. This is his third year participating and raising much needed money. 

As for me, I've been swamped with overtime at work every week for the last three months due to us being short staffed. The extra money has been nice, but the hours have been wearing on me and I feel so behind on everything (hence the missing updates). I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel by means of a new shift on the new schedule that will have me back to normal, more humane hours and I can't wait. I'm also eagerly counting down the days to our vacation in a month...

So that's it for now. I'm sure I've skipped over a lot but it's time for me to get ready for work in the ER tonight. Have I mentioned that we are on day four of downpours thanks to Tropical Storm Nicole? Yeah the rain seems to be parked right over top of us this week and isn't letting up. We've been suffering from drought conditions for months now and I guess Mother Nature has decided to make up for it all at once. I might need a boat to get to work this evening...

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