Busy, busy, busy

I had an extremely busy, but productive weekend.

On Saturday morning I went on a shopping spree.  I bought more drought-tolerant plants for the garden behind my house, mostly all fragrent, flowering herbs: lavender, Russian sage, rosemary, thyme and St. John’s Wort and 15 bags of mulch.  I also bought a good-sized ceramic pot that I filled with water, some water plants, a Beta fish and a goldfish and put that in my sitting area.  It looks very pretty.  I bought a few more chimes to put in my sitting area as well as the wooden snow fence that I had been intending on putting up to keep the sheep and cattle out of that area so I could start to plant in there.

I bought a pleasure book!  Something I haven’t done for years.  I used to read a lot, but now with my commute, I listen to books on tape.  That service costs me $40/month which could buy a few books, but you can’t read and drive. I bought The Story of Edgar Sawtelle  and I’ve only read a bit of it, but so far, it’s living up to the reviews  it received.

It rained a bit on Saturday and while it was raining, I planted the new plants and mulched the whole area.  While I was planting, I noticed a heavy stream of raining coming from one section of my roof towards the middle of the garden.  I put a five gallon bucket under the stream and the bucked filled up in no time.  Note to self: need to get the rain barrels done.

When I’m home to keep an eye on them, I put the sheep and cattle out into the side pasture to graze.  I’m very quickly running out of forage on the property where my house sits (seven acres).  They are supposed to hay the back field, I hope soon, but there isn’t any shelter so when it’s this hot, I don’t like to put the sheep and cattle out there.  The farthest back field has been hayed and is growing up pretty well.  Moisture from the river helps keep that area greener than others.  In a week or two I should be able to set my fence out there.  Until then, however, I may have to feed some hay.  Not good. 

It can be difficult locating the sheep and cattle out in the fields when the grass, in some places, is over their heads.  I have to rely on Gel to find them for me and he does, every time.  He really has to lean on the cattle to keep them moving through grass that tall.

On Saturday night I realized Gel finally understands the concept of driving.  He was bringing the cattle towards the gate and when he got within ten feet of the gate, I flanked him all the way around to the heads of the cattle in order to drive them back out.  By that point, the cattle where at a trot and really didn’t want to turn around and go back the other way.  It took a few redirects and a couple of nose bites to get them going in the opposite direction, but he did it.  Once he was comfortably driving them in a straight line and the cattle were moving cooperatively, I flanked him around again and let him bring the cattle back through the gate.  Success!

On Saturday afternoon I was supposed to go to an agility demonstration in Salisbury, but around 11 one of my cats, Matrix, came home with a hunk out of his rear foot.  That necessitated a trip to the vet’s and half my paycheck.  The wound is healing well and Matrix is getting around pretty well on three feet.  The vet didn’t think it was a bite wound.  It looks like he got it caught in something.  If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Given that I couldn’t go to the agility demo and it was a bit cooler after the rain, I decided to put up the snow fence.  My hands are killing me from pulling the fence, but it’s up and looks beautiful.

I spent most of the day on Sunday in bed sick with some version of the stomach flu.  I’m still feeling a bit under-the-weather.  Hopefully I’ll feel better soon.