I knew going back to work was going to be hard, and it really isn’t too awfully bad, well, I feel pretty bad right now.  It’s 5:00 AM and I’m taking a few minutes to write before going out.  Actually, I’m waiting for water to boil in order to make coffee … yes, hot coffee!  It is deliciously cool this morning, as it was on Sunday.  As is almost always the case when I have to get up at a certain time, I didn’t sleep too well.  Lord knows I should have for as little sleep as I’ve been getting lately, but I’ve never been a good sleeper.  We got to bed well past midnight Saturday night and I was up at 6:30 on Sunday.  I won’t have to go in early again until Saturday so hopefully I can catch up on some sleep.

We didn’t get as much done on Sunday as I wanted to, but we did accomplish one major project:  we got the small ShelterLogic shelter set up in Gwen’s pasture to be used to milk her in.  We re-arranged the electric fence so that it comes up and around the shelter.  Next weekend, we’ll install the drop down stall that we put in the hitching area off the milk parlor and then we’ll be ready to go.  Not sure how milking her with a calf is going to go.  It will be a learning experience.  I do know I won’t be able to use Gel to move her once she has the calf on her as she’ll be way too defensive.  Not that Gel can’t handle her: he can; but it will be better if I lead her rather than using Gel to move her.  Lately she’s been going deep into the woods and it’s been nice to be able to use Gel to get her out.  If she continues to go that deep into the woods with her calf, we’ll have to fence her out of the deep woods as I don’t want to have to go in to get her.

Ticks!!!!  They’ve made a resurgence, with a vengeance!  We’ve probably pulled 100 off Gel over the weekend.  In frustration, I shaved him last night so we could more easily see the damned things.  He looks odd, but he will be cooler and picking ticks will be easier.  Interestingly, we can’t find any ticks on Rose, likely because her fur is too thick.  Gel has a silky, frilly coat.

I wanted to get two more beds dug and installed on Sunday, but that didn’t happen.  I did spend an hour or so cleaning out the garden.  I brought up three tubs of weeds, dead tomato plants, over-ripe cucumbers, tomatoes and green tomatoes to the pigs.  They were thrilled!  I like watching pigs eat: they seem to enjoy their food more than any other creature I’ve ever seen.  They are growing really well and I’m looking forward to the sausage, chops, etc.  This time I’m going to have the processor save me lard, fat back, etc.

I best get my butt in gear and get the chores done.

Until later …