Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
The little monster is home from the vet now. He got laser surgery instead of the old-fashioned scalpel method. And wouldn't you know it, he's ready for trouble and already sent to bed for roughhousing. No doubt he can use the rest anyway. He's also got his big-boy rabies tag too.
Here he is singing the blues about the hard hard life of a male puppy, the night before the big snip...
And the "after" photo, with Fergus inspecting the vet's handiwork...
We also got word that Stella is doing well enough to come home next month! So we'll be out finishing up the hotwire fence and making sure the barnyard is buttoned up and ready for a little heifer. Today's errands included the brew store, where we got the makins for pumkin ale. We bought a couple pie pumpkins at the farmer's market, which will be roasted prior to being chucked in the brew kettle. And lucky for us, since the goats ate all our garden pumpkins this summer, our neighbors are giving us their sugar pumkpins after they're done serving as outdoor holiday decor. Most likely more pumpkin ale and some pumpkin bread are on our up-coming menu.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
This weekend we (that's the royal we) plan to venture under the house to shore up some sagging insulation and bug bomb (we'd rather not encourage any "wood destroying organisms" to winter over with us). It's also a good time to see what's under the woodstove, for future plans to have the brick chimney rebuilt. Hopefully the floor can support more weight. If not, we'll need to have a mason build a platform there first.
So here's the customary critter pic. It's Stew, graceful as a gunny sack of cornmeal mush, wrasslin. Get a good look at his little dognuts. By tomorrow afternoon he'll have "celebrated" his Unmanhood Day at the vets, and joined the ranks of neutered males in the household.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Check out Stew's do! He arranged his ears all by himself and wore them that way for a good 10-15 minutes, an eternity in puppy-time.
Both of us are sick, and the weather is finally rainy, so not much going on this week. Hopefully Saturday's errands will take us by the brew store to get ingredients for pumpkin ale. There are a couple of pie pumpkins on the back porch, waiting to be roasted and added to the malt and molasses and other beery goodies. We also have a batch of heather flower mead ready to be racked over to a different carboy, and a small batch of cider bubbling away nicley. Can't wait to try it!
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Hopefully we'll have a few more pictures later today. It's an under the weather kind of weekend, unfortunately, with one migraine and one nasty cold. The original plan was to run errands in town, divvy the flock, then take the dogs to Nooksack Falls and bring home a growler of beer and grinders from the North Fork Brewery. For now, we'll just call it good at groceries and chicken wrangling.
Here's a heartwarming photo of brotherly love to tide you over:
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Stewart is the star pupil at puppy class (the only pupil, actually) and is growing like a weed. Here he is relaxing after a hard day of playing and being naughty -
Check out this egg one of the Red Star hens laid today. The older hens are pretty much done for the year, and the 2 new gals are stepping up to the supply chain with gusto. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the bigger egg is 2 or 3 times the size of the rest. We can't even close the carton on it!
We ended up staying home today to plant the blueberries, roses, bulbs and heathers we got at Bakerview Nursery this weekend. Which is a good thing, or we might have missed the treat our neighbor brought over - 4 gallons of fresh pressed cider from his orhcard! One thing about making hard cider, is that you need unpasteurized, preservative-free juice. So being good brewsters, we found a nice ale yeast in the freezer and started some yeasties bubbling. Tomorrow they'll go into a carboy of honey and cider to ferment into sweet loveliness!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Like go to the beach. Here's Stewart and D at Semiahmoo spit park today. He was more interested in the smells than the water, especially a tasty crab claw sans the crab. A tad ripe no doubt, so we stopped that action right away. Tonight is his second dog-kindergarten class, which he seems to enjoy thus far. It involves a lot of treats, so what's not to like??
The wood shed is about done and filled. We have just about enough wood left to stack... to fill this little bit of the row where the kindling tote is sitting. (Actually a bit more to be chain-sawed as well. Not sure where that's going... but hey! We're darn close to a wrap on it!!)
Here's a bit of the transforming shed area and J getting the mower ready this afternoon. Especially cool is the chairs around our new fire pit, which we dug the past week. The old one was way out in the pasture, and too far to be very convenient. We were given some bricks and interesting stones from D's co-worker yesterday, and hope to dress the pit up with those soon. Were also pondering the purchase of one of those Forest Service style steel pits with the heavy-duty grill that can be hinged up or down.
At any rate... cow or no... life proceeds at Seven Trees.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Cows, and other grazing critters, often ingest bits of metal or plastic or other junky stuff that always winds up in a pasture. Sometimes it can be passed ok, sometimes not. It's just one of those possible livestock problems that can happen to anyone.
The breeder did offer us another heifer, a full sister to Stella's mom, who is one month older. We're thinking, though, that this is the one she mentioned wanting to keep, since the calf is the last heifer from a really outstanding bull. We let her know we're interested in that one, as long as it doesn't interfere with her herd plans. We sure would hate to have to start our search all over again, or wait til next spring's babies, but we'd also hate to take advantage of the breeder's sense of obligation in this sale...
We'll keep you posted.