Saturday, 11th: Went home, ate lunch. Farm, hooked trailer up, Petersburg, loaded bread, came home, unloaded bread/fed up. Thief had twin girls. For those of you who don't know who Thief is... she's the raggamuffin bottle baby we had last year
. She had twins, she was a twin (sister was MIP -- Missing in Pasture). Daughter of Cocoa (now dead) who was a twin (also girls) who was the daughter of Eighty-Six (bought at auction, has a single on the ground from the summer and is currently carrying). Watched Saw
and part of Saw II
Sunday, 12th: Farm all day. Opening bread/feeding up. Sow outside (she doesn't have a name) had a litter of piglets -- don't know how many, just know there are four now: two girls, two boys. Watched Saw II
all the way and watched The Ugly
Monday, 13th: Ran to town, made groceries. (50-cent/pound apples at Wal*Mart :O !) Opened bread and fed up. Light Red (sow) had a litter of nine piglets. One was runty and didn't make it. Watched The Brothers Grimm
Tuesday, 14th: Farm all day. Opening bread/feeding up. Spot (sow) had a litter of eight piglets. Loaded four ram lambs and 32 head of goats ages two- to nine-months. Managed to wallop the top of my head right hard on the trailer and ended up with a welt about the size of a peanut.
Wednesday, 15th: Fed and watered up. Met the auntage for a day at the stockyard! Mum, the lobster, the auntage and I went to Blackstone (VA) and had lunch at the Cow Pen. Sold the 36 animals we loaded the day before. Don't worry, we've still got plenty -- all but one of them were boys, anyway, and we had no use for them. This was the first time the auntage had ever been to a livestock auction and she fell in love with the baby day-old calves. Needless to say... we now have three of them living at the farm being raised on the bottle. Blackstone (black-base brown bull calf), Firestone (brown-base red bull calf) and Cobblestone (black/brown and white holstein bull calf).15.2 QH Two Eyed Jack stud, 18 years old, $500.oo -- gentle riding, handles like a dream. Serious people only.
No lines to Impressive
. Yale, VA. I know the guy who's selling. Lemme know if you're interested.
Thursday, 16th: Met the auntage. Fed the baby cows. Mum and I fed up while the auntage and the lobster started renovating an old school bus. Yes, the calves will be raised in a school bus once everything is finished on the inside. Left the farm, went to Petersburg and loaded bread. Tasted new Twinkie (very good stuff). Went to Bells Road, loaded bread. Came back home, stopped by the Tastee Freeze and picked up a snack. Fed up again -- met auntage and fed baby cows before going home. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
-- Red Eye
Friday, 17th: I managed to somehow wear green to bed the night before. Yella (the blind goat) came to the farm with us. Met auntage. Fed baby cows. Fed up rest of animals. Brushed Cinni down really well and watched her belly move about. Met auntage again, fed baby cows and went home.
Saturday, 18th: Met auntage. Fed baby cows. Fed everyone else. Got a sow up to herself because she was coming close to having. Spotted another sow having in the pen and getting mauled by the other pigs so we're beating the other hogs away and trying to get a sow into the barn while she's in labor. Great. We manage it -- she has seven piglets. Petersburg for bread run. Unloading/feeding up when we got back. Met auntage. First sow we put up had eight piglets while we were away. Fed baby cows, went home. Watched episodes 1 and 2 of the new Doctor Who series -- the auntage recorded it on DVD for me.
Sunday, 19th: Met auntage. Fed baby cows. Fed everyone else. Went home, packed up, went to Chester for dinner, came to the apartment. The rest is history.
But, seriously? What's with this weather change? Friday (10th) it was humid and you could easily go outside in shorts. 80-degree weather. Then, snap, it's 30's, 40's and mid- to upper-50's. I'm sneezing like mad and, basically, I've got a cold. Plain and simple. It's just not right!