Shirking her duty

I guess Rose (our livestock guard dog) decided that she was going to take a snow day night and not do her job as at least one of our guinea fowl fell prey to an owl this morning.  I thought I heard the guinea(s) calling.  I looked out in the snow and saw what I thought was one of my cats, Boo-Boo.  There was no movement and I got worried so I opened the door to go outside and “Boo-Boo” (really Boo-Boo’s cousin as he looks like an owl) flew away.  I went out and retrieved the guinea to feed to the dogs and cats.  Most of the cats were less than impressed, but I’m sure Mica will enjoy it.

Hopefully there’s only one gone and hopefully the guineas will go up with the chickens tonight.  It’s kind of odd, some nights they go up with the chickens, others they sleep in the pine trees.  Of course, we cannot make that decision for them like we do the chickens and ducks.

I made a batch of homemade laundry detergent yesterday afternoon using this recipe.  I plan to use it tonight and will report on how it works.  It sure smells good: it has a fresh, clean smell to it.  I don’t like heavy smells and I’m surprised I like this one.  I hope it won’t bother my skin.

I made a fantastic supper last night: I sauteed some onions and garlic, then added sausage (from our pigs) and browned it.  Cooked pasta and reserved some of water when I drained it.  Tossed in some arugula and other greens from our garden, the sausage and some Parmesan cheese.  Oh was it good!!!!!!!  Even Wally liked it.  Prior to now, he would not have been able to tell you what arugula was.  He’s doing good for a redneck.

The only thing we really got done yesterday was to tighten up the chicken coops, add more straw to the coops and Gwen’s house and make sure the tarps covering the round hay bales were tight.  We drove out to look at Merlin (the horse I bought from the auction and sold last summer).  I don’t know if he truly looks worst than what I remembered or after having quality horses like Trophy and now Sudi I realized he simply wasn’t a very well-put-together horse.  To have thought he might have made an endurance horse.  Nope.  He likely would not have cut it as an endurance horse.  He was just as skittish about being handled and difficult to catch as he was here.  The guy that has him loves him and I guess that’s all that matters.  We didn’t drive out to see Merlin but to look at the Jersey heifer he bought a while

We are getting a snow storm today.  I’ll bet people up north would laugh at how excited southerners get by even just a little bit of snow.  Almost all of the local schools are closed. Wally just called me and said that the driving is bad and that he slid in his truck while in four-wheel-drive.  His truck is a lot heavier than mine.  He also said that they were going to close his plant down.  The manager at MM just called me and they may not even open so I may stay home.

Until later …

2 Replies to “Shirking her duty”

  1. After being involved in Christmas season and visitors, I have finally had a chance to catch up on your Journal. I always enjoy hearing about what’s going on at Spellcast Farm. Learning something new every day has got to be part of the attraction for you, and I experience it vicariously (from a warm chair in a warm house.)

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