It’s been a crazy spring. Cold and wet. We’re closing in on the middle of June, and the fields are not fully planted yet. Lee has been planting as the fields dry out, but he still has to plant around the wet spots. It’s raining again today so no planting for a few days. We just haven’t been getting enough time between the rains to let the ground dry off. We just have to be patient and wait and see how it all works out. Lee’s definitely feeling the pressure.
The good news is that the rains have brought lush growth to the pastures. Too lush for the minis, but the sheep are benefiting from all the lovely grass. Of course we went from seldom mowing the dry, brown grass last summer to frequent mowing this spring.
It’s been fun watching my bird feeders this spring. So many colorful birds. I had two indigo buntings coming to the feeders for a few days. They must have been just passing through because I haven’t been seeing them lately. I saw at least half a dozen orioles in a tree just in front of the house. It was before the tree had fully leafed out so it was a gorgeous riot of color in the tree. The orioles have been using the nectar feeder I set up for them. Lee’s favorite birds are the cardinals and he also likes blue jays. I think because he can easily identify them. We’ve had lots of turkeys, our sandhill couple is back to nest here again, and we’ve been seeing deer come out of the woods every day. We can sit at the kitchen table and enjoy seeing the wildlife while we eat a meal.
Charlie has a new collar, which has a QR Code tag. It can be read by any smart phone that has a QR Code reader app. It also will send you to a website if you don’t have a reader. On the website is Charlie’s ID page, which has contact information and health history. It was very inexpensive. The collar with tag was $10.99, I think, and you can get just a tag for less. Just go to FurCode.com, or they also have a Facebook page.
Charlie is 10 years old now and he’s begun to have some health problems as he ages. Recently he injured his back, but healed quickly, thank goodness.
We are going to Oklahoma in July, and we’ll have to board Charlie at a kennel. He’s only been boarded a couple of times and the last time was a bad experience so I’m nervous about doing it again. We’ll be taking him to a different kennel this time and I got references from the vet, so I’m really hoping it will be okay.
The family are all doing well. We’re so excited to be going to OKC for Leah and Craig’s wedding. It’s turning out to be a wonderful family reunion too. I just can’t wait to see everyone, and this will be the first time in years that I’ll be together with all 3 of my kids at once. It’s going to be fun to have Lee coming along. It’s so hard to get him to leave the farm.
Here are fairly recent pictures of Carys (at her archery lesson), Payten at 3 years old, and Noah.