We’ll make this quick, since we’ve covered it before. Castrating. Never fun. Has to be done. This time it went fairly quickly. I can say that because I wasn’t the one holding the piglets.. this time. Jeremie anticipated quite a bit more struggling than last time because these pigs were quite a bit older. But, even he agrees, this went smoothly with much less struggle than he anticipated. But I was still glad I didn’t have to help.
Isn’t Tn gorgeous?
The summer has flown by for the kids and me. It seems only yesterday that we were packing away our winter things, and now fall is quickly coming. Our friends invited us for a last summer hurrah. It was a beautiful day to take advantage of their beautiful pool. The kids had a blast and wore themselves out. Jack just liked to sit on the ladder bossing everyone around. Summer, don’t leave us just yet.
So my kids are hoping to get more readers to comment on the blog. They love to see “who’s been here?!” They want to have a weekly riddle contest. Every week we will post a riddle. Every right answer will be entered into a drawing. At the end of the month we will pick a winner. The prizes will be things like an embroidered dish towel, hand knit washcloth, wooden puzzle, soap, candy etc… So, go ahead, make my kids’ day and comment with your answer! We will pick a winner the end of Sept since Aug is almost over.
“Where do cows go for fun?”
Our kids received a lot of ribbons and awards for the crafts they entered into the fair. This year’s check was the biggest they’ve ever received. It was a win-win-win situation. They loved doing the crafts, they loved displaying their crafts, and they love the pay-off!
Normally we like to wait to introduce food to our babies until they are close to a year old. Ruthie decided she was hungry and didn’t want to wait that long. So she stealthily scooped up some dirt when I wasn’t looking at swallowed a whole mouthful She seems to enjoy it. All that bacteria and fungus is bound to be good for her immune system… right?
Doesn’t taste like Mama’s milk!
Whew! It’s been a whirlwind of activity around here this past week. The fair and all it’s splendor has come and gone once again. This year was an especially exciting year for Katie because she chose to show a lamb in the livestock show, a first for her. Her lamb, Sebastian, turned out to be a fantastic show lamb. She has worked with him and has been training him for months. There are special ways to make a lamb “brace” to show off his muscling and confirmation, and sometimes a lamb doesn’t like to cooperate. But in the show ring, Katie made it look easy, effortless. She was in the middle weight class and won second place. It was a hard choice, the judge said, choosing a winner between Katie’s lamb and another competitor. Sebastian fetched a nice price at auction and we all miss him already. Charlotte also showed Sebastian in a competition specifically for pre-4h’ers. She walked the lamb around the ring without a halter, as serious livestock exhibitors always do, no easy feat. And showed him to his best advantage. This was a challenge for her, seeing as the lamb weighed over a hundred pounds and was not easy to maneuver. Charlotte won first place in her division and got her picture in the paper! Now who’s ready for a nice MLT- mutton, lettuce and tomato? (name that movie)
Not much going on in the garden this week. After a couple months with absolutely no rain, we much enjoyed a gentle sprinkle on Thursday night. Fall corn is looking good, but it is a gamble as to whether or not is will ripen before fall. Vines need to be pulled up, beans need to be pulled up. Spotted some huge squash bugs on the zuchini plants, but they haven’t seem to be doing much harm. Just pretty much an ugly time of year. But my fall crops are started in the ground and in the house, so I am excited at the thought of getting some greens! How is your garden growing?