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Ducks, Cows, Clotheslines and Cats

A photo of Lisa and familyThe following picture is now off limits for me. I have been told by my hubby not to use it for awhile. Oh, I miss it. But it falls off its track at the other end, and when that happens Dave has to climb on top of the barn and then put a ladder on the roof of the barn to reach the wheel and the clothes that have gotten stuck up there. Not the most ideal situation. I don't really want my hubby breaking his neck for a few clothes.

Clothes Line

Otis the calf went to the big pasture up the road last week. Dave actually walked him there. A friend of ours stopped and said, "Aren't you supposed to walk your dog? Not your cow?"

Dave said, "I don't have a dog, so the calf will do."

J. and Otis the Calf

Otis found a friend in the pasture. That night we went to visit him, and he had actually made friends with a larger Holstein in the pasture. It was kinda cute, since all the rest of the cattle were what I call meat cattle and a few Jerseys. But there was only one other Holstein in the bunch and they became friends. I wonder if cattle are prejudiced? Ha ha.

Pretty soon people are going to start calling me the crazy cat lady. We have a new addition to our cat family. It's not by choice. She kinda adopted us. This pretty stray has been eating the barn cats' cat food for months now, and she's decided to become a bit friendlier. Well, really it's amazing what a determined 9 year old and a couple of bags of cat treats can accomplish. So that means we now have 5 cats. Ugh.

J. and Black  Cat

Dave went to the cattle sale a few weeks ago and sold the twins. Sniff, sniff ... But we cannot keep them all. I didn't get much for them either. Bummer. $66 for 2 twin goats. Not good.

But while Dave was there he thought that he'd surprise us with a treat. So please meet our 3 new ducks. Or as I call them, "Supper for the wild minks." One has a bum leg, but you can't get with 20 feet of them. They are really petrified of humans. Hmmmm ... I wonder if a few bags of cat treats and a determined 9 year old would work on them?


This past weekend was gorgeous, and J. and I did some gardening.

J Gardening

Well, I have so much to blog about, but it's going to have to wait for another post. I only have so much time today to write.

Have a blessed Evening,


robyn dolan
6/25/2010 1:15:46 PM

Lisa, WOW! $66 for twin young? goats?! We're lucky to get $10 each at auction here. Love the ducks. Kids are great for socializing the smaller animals - gives them something to do and good for the critters too!

6/23/2010 5:24:03 PM

Dave, You should see that tiny little flower garden now. The flowers we planted are now overrun by a Chinese Wysteria and hostas. Oh well, J. had fun while he did it. The clothesline is still not fixed, too many other things to do. Glad you liked the update. You can read more at my blog Lisa

nebraska dave
6/22/2010 7:40:37 PM

Lisa, I am so glad to hear that Otis is doing well. He must have recovered from his hair loss issue quite well. He looks like he’s been growing some. I often wonder about how animals think. Some times you can just tell what’s going in their minds but other times it is interesting to see how they react to new situations. It appears that Otis was ready to make his mark in the big herd. I’m so sorry to hear that your solar clothes dryer is out of commission. I hope it can be fixed real soon. I’ve been contemplating the resurrection of what looks to be a retractable one that once lived in my back yard. It did have the old fashioned four-line cross bar clothes line in the back for a few years but no one used it so I dug it up and gave it away. It took up a lot of valuable room that was good play space when it was removed. That’s a mighty fine garden you have there. I just hope that mine doesn’t go to all foliage as we have been getting unprecedented rainfall here in Nebraska. Eleven inches and counting just for this month has fallen. We normally get around 15 inches for the year. It’s a good thing that I have raised beds or the garden would be good for planting rice. I thinking that it needs to dry out some or we will be in serious trouble with gardening in this area. Thanks for giving us an update about what’s going on in your part of the country.