Finally, a day off …

Here it is 7:30 and I am sitting in front of the computer with most of my outdoor chores done.  I didn’t milk Gwen this morning so the chores are minimal.  All I need to do is to move the goats and cows down into the lower pasture.

We have a few chores that we want to get done today; namely cleaning out the goat shelter and getting windows on one more side of the milk parlor.  I am going to take Trophy and go for a good, long ride … somewhere, not sure where we’ll go yet.  Waiting to see if a friend of mine is going to be able to get off work early enough to go with me.  If not, I’ll ride by myself.  The plan is to take Gel with me where ever I go.  He’s still getting used to my working during the day.  He had such a long time with having me home day in and day out.

We put a saddle on Al Bin yesterday evening and lounged him with it on.  He was really good about it!  When I get back from my ride on Trophy, I’m going to leave the trailer in a location where I can start to work on getting Al Bin to load.  The plan is to commit to riding several times during the week when I get out of work.  My schedule is going to stay reasonably set so that I can get home by 3 or 4 which will leave me plenty of time to ride.  I want to start ponying Al Bin off Trophy during these rides.  Once I get him loading reliably, I’ll start taking him on my rides with Trophy.

Trophy is the horse I should be riding; Al Bin is the horse I really want to ride …

The kitten that I found on my ride last Sunday is doing well.  I think she’s already expired at least two of her nine lives.  I had been putting her outside during the day and bringing her in at night.  Friday night, we couldn’t find her.  We looked everywhere for her.  I got up several times over the night to look for her, but she wasn’t to be found.  We thought for sure she was gone for good.  Saturday morning when I was out feeding the cats I heard her meowing.  Looked and looked, but couldn’t find her until I walked past the trash can.  She had fallen in the trash can and likely spent the night in it.  Brought her in and let her drink her fill of warm Jersey milk.  Wally went to get another load of venison scraps Saturday afternoon and she gorged on that.  This is one very lucky kitten.  Needless to stay, she’ll stay confined when we are not around to keep an eye on her.

We made a pig shelter out of straw bales and a piece of painted plywood (for the roof).  It seems like it will work okay for them.  It’s only 40 degrees this morning.  They seem to be doing okay on the scraps I bring home for them from the restaurant.  While these pigs are not being fed as well as the last two; one would think that vegetable scraps, cheese and pizza crusts is as at least as nutritious as regular pig grain (usually ground corn and soy).  Almost everything that is served at Mellow Mushroom is prepared from fresh ingredients.

Until later …