Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Weather or NOT

A nice swarm of mosquitoes caused by our local weather - heat and rain.
But I hope that cooler temps may slow down the build up of our local population.

Current weather

52°F Cloudy
High 58°
Low 40°
Humidity 82%

Five-day forecast

Hi: 65°

Lo: 51°

May 25 Thursday
Hi: 55°

Lo: 44°

May 26 Friday
Hi: 57°

Lo: 45°

May 27 Saturday
Hi: 64°

Lo: 48°

May 28 Sunday

Hi: 68°

Lo: 48°

May  29 Monday

The winds and rain have stopped our county's efforts at mosquito abatement, however I did get them to come out and fog my property.  For all of the good it did I might as well have not bothered.  When they showed up there was hardly a mosquito to  be seen. I think they had tapped the phone line. But the next day they were back with a vengeance.


And they brought their friends the black-flies, midges and other biting bugs.  I just doesn't pay to tick them off !!!  And speaking of OFF....it doesn't work either...

I guess that before I go outside today I had better load up the shotgun, maybe I will have better luck shooting them.  But first I had better check with the DNR and see if I need a special license.

But I probably better just get used to this....

....as our gardens are only half planted and when the rain finally quits and the ground dries enough we will have to venture out and finish them.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dancing Goat Girls

We have been goat parents for 2 weeks now and just love to watch the antics provided by these two.
When we let them out in the morning they run around the yard in circles and then jump on the picnic table and dance around for a few minutes before repeating the perfomance.

It is very difficult to get a good picture of this performance and even the dismounts just don't turn out looking quite right.  They don't just dance on the picnic table....
my golf cart also gets abused by their antics.

And now they have taken to riding on it with us too.

Even Wifey's little rock garden gets a workout.

But things are settling down to a routine, the fight is over and Peaches now not only accepts her bottle but even asks for it in her own little way, she will come up to Wifey and start sucking on her fingers.
She is now drinking 8 - 10 oz. per feeding and is a regular little eating machine.  She is less dependant on Fern for moral support and doesn't mind going off on her own to graze.
Fern on the other hand is both jealous and concieted.  She always has to be the center of attention and has no qualms about pushing poor little Peaches around to get it.  But she is a very lovable goat, who just happens to crave attention.  She is also as stuborn as a mule.  And for the last few days has started nipping us.  That will have to stop. 
We had a BBQ party for my youngest daughter who came home from Florida for a short visit.  The goat girls were the hit of the party.  My sister's 3 little grandsons who were at first scared of them, soon started feeding Fern from their plates ( note to self :  DO NOT ALLOW DORITOS AT ANY FAMILY FUNCTIONS HELD HERE ).  Fern is now a full blown DORITOS junkie and will stop at NOTHING to get them.  She also has a strange attraction for BUDWEISER and I am afraid that if she ever gets a sample will indeed become an alcoholic immediatly. 
I can see it all now:  Fern laying on her sloppy hay couch, scratching her beerbelly and bellowing at Peaches to go out and get a better job to support her ever increasing Bud and Doritos habit. Not a prettry sight.
Maybe that is why she is nipping us.....Dorito Withdrawl

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Let the Fighting Begin

In this corner weighing just a few pounds, is Peaches the current champion.
I never knew that you could cross a goat with a mule, but here she is.
Her opponnents again are 2 humans weighing..........just never you mind !!!  

The referee is giving last minute instructions.......

and called in an assistant to monitor unorthodox holds.

It looks like the champ is going down ..............

But no, after the initial pinning she kicks out and repells the bottle !!!
For the next three rounds she continued her defense against the brutal
intrusion of the nipple and repelled all attemps to force milk into her system.

The winer and still champion....Peaches