A week on the ranch (July 6 - July 12, 2009)
by, 07-13-2009 at 02:39 AM (941 Views)
Not much to report this week. It has been uneventful, which is sometimes a good thing!
The population of the ranch has temporarily increased by two, as I am pet-sitting this week and next. My co-worker's two little Chow Chows are hanging out until next Saturday. They are blind, but they've been on my property enough that they are very comfortable moving around it. They also use my two dogs to help them, when they get a little confused. Angel, the male, always wants to shadow my dog, Riley. It is fun to watch, but poor Riley gets tired, I think, of having his pesky "little brother" on his tail all the time.
They are great little watch dogs, though, maybe because their hearing is better. I had an unexpected visitor today, and I knew before he was anywhere near the house, because all four dogs barked their heads off. (Turned out to be a realtor looking for a property that was for sale. I think my charming personality, reserved for those people who ignore the closed gates and multiple "no trespassing" signs, failed to win him over.)
The weather has been spring-like, and it even rained yesterday, which was completely unexpected!! The garden is flourishing, still providing me with squash and beans, and even the otherwise dry and dusty hills are showing a little bit of green!
I spent some time today with the bunnies, giving them a more intensive grooming on their undersides. Colton is a sweetheart, and when you flip him on his back in your lap, he has all the energy of a wet cotton ball. If he gets tired or you accidentally hit a mat in his fur, he will turn his head and look at you, or flick a paw. Polly, on the other hand, is akin to trying to give a feral cat a bath. So I have little scratch marks ALL over my legs and arms, thanks to her. She doesn't try to hurt you, she just tries to get away. But the results are the same. I look like I was whipped with a straw.
The big goat pen project is FINALLY done, and none too soon! The vet is coming back on Monday, and I am hoping my new design works!! We have another 16 goats to vaccinate, and she needs to re-check Carly's eye (which looks 100% better, btw).
On the arts and crafts front, I finally finished a shawl that I've been working on, off and on, for months!! I also started knitting a pair of socks for a swap with kmonokwe (Lindsay), and I am trying to teach myself how to crochet. I picked up a book from the library that I am using. So far, I haven't mastered much more than single crochet, but I am plugging along.
Well, I had better stop now, before this week's entry puts EVERYONE who reads it to sleep!! Sometimes, no news is good news!!