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Monday, April 3, 2017

ewe lamb

Cute little ewe lamb was born last Tues.  She is doing very well.  Day before yesterday I was given a baby to try and keep alive.  He had not been fed for over 24 hrs and he didn't make it.  His mother was a bitch.  She had twins and wasn't feeding either of them but her little ewe lamb somehow was stronger and made it and is now doing ok.  The boy never got a good feeding and just couldnt recover. They were not my sheep or it would have lived probably because I would have tied the ewe up so he could feed. oh well I tried. 

Laura and Greg Hamer stopped by for a couple of days.  We sent ot Rainbow river state park and we went swimming in the headwaters.  It was lovely.  I will definitely go again. I bought a poo noodle for the next time which may very well be today. Hot today but cloudy.

Kip has been lame for 2 months and the vet seems to think it is related to a disc.  He is on homeopathic meds and I am confining his activity because when he runs , he gets worse..
Journey is the same.  He is also on a new homeopathic so I am hoping that will do something.He can breathe and the infection is gone, but he cannot clear his own nose out and does not have a normal wet nose. He did start to work a little better when he could breathe, but the jury is still out on how talented he may end up being.  But darn he is cute and entertaining.

My lessons here have dwindled to nothing. Some of my students were snowbirds and they have left.

I am starting to plan my trip home which won't be for another 6 weeks.  Need to get my ducks in a row. 
Speaking of ducks, i took the ducks out to work them and Edge stepped on one and broke a leg.  We splinted it but who knows if that will work. Ir was broken in more than one place.
These muscovys aren't very good to work.

Hopefully next year I can get something else. And some chickens too.

At the beginning of the month I was on a mission to rid myself of cactus from the fields. It took me 2 weeks of 1-3 hrs daily to get the majority dug up.  I still go out daily and find new ones, but at least I can take the dogs out and not really worry about their feet.  And it's kind of addictive to dig them up. I don't know why.

I had Greg cut a tree down next to the dog pen yesterday, It was on top of a bottle brush plant so I am pretty sure it was not supposed to be there. It does let a lot morelight into the deck and even into the house.  Still trying to get used to that.

I haven't updated this blog mainly because I ran out of data.   Still not finding a good internet service down here or a good way to do hotspot.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sheep dies

I went out to work the dogs this morning and all the sheep and the goats came down from the pasture to get fed.  I separated them and then realized I was short 1 sheep. It's not that hard when you only have 8 head of livestock to begin with. Anyway I went out to look for her with the golf cart and the tarp that I have been picking up cactus with dragging  behind. I found her dead up in the corner of the pasture.  She was stiff and cold and had foam coming out of her nose and mouth. reddish foam   I tipped her over onto the tarp and dragged her right out to my car.   I thought about calling my neighbor to help me get her in the back but ,  I didn't think he would like it too much.  So I dragged over a piece of plywood and tipped her onto that and lifted one end of the plywood onto the back of the car.  I the tied a rope to her feet and hopped (hahha) into the back and dragged her up the plywood into the car onto a piece of plastic.  And off we went for a joyride.

I don't know why she died.  No animal attack, possible snake bite.  possible weed poisoning  but there is not much coming up out there yet.  No clue but hopefully she is the only one.  On an up note, I think maybe one of my ewes is bred and bagging up. 

I have spent hrs daily in my golf cart digging up the 5 acre field of cactus.  Today, I feel I am close to finished. I am letting the dogs back out there and I am having a much harder time finding the little buggers.  I think I got most of the big ones and all that is left is the ones that are hard to see. BUT the freaking golf cart is stopping and not starting much more often and driving me nuts.  Tomorrow I will call and see if they will come and get it and repair the damn thing.

I have been looking at some upcoming trials, but Kip is dead lame still.  I may enter, but probably not him.  I will call the vet again tomorrow and get him in for an xray this time.. 

Journery's nose is pretty good, but he does not appear to have a normal discharge from it.  It's dry a lot of the time which causes it to get clogged up a lot. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

I have made a huge error by hiring someone to mow my fields 2 yrs in a row.  I have spread the cacti far and wide and so I am spending 2 hrs a day digging up cactus.  With Kim's help, the field next to the house is done, but compared to the big filed there was not much cactus in it.  The big field is just loaded .  So much so that I would hesitate to send a dog in there to gather the stock.  So I am going to dig the little bastards out by hand.  I could spray but then there would still be all those sharp needles out there for the dogs to step in so I am removing them.  I have probably gone over 1/3 of the field so far. It's kind of hard work, but makes me sleep at night.

Journey's nose.  Ahh what can I say, it's just not right.  I should not have to pick his nose every day  to keep it clear. There is still blood on the inside.  I wonder if that is from the surgery or from the rhinoscopy 4 mos ago. 

Kip has been lame for over 4 weeks now.  It might be from fence running so I am trying to keep him inside and not allowing him to run or work.  Not sure what else to do .  Why are there no clearcut answers to my problems?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

excited too soon apparently

It looks like the ice maker in the frig worked for a couple of days and now it appears to not be working again. Yay

I found the exact Mexican sink at a yard sale yesterday that I was shopping for online. Online it was about $140 and I got it for $35  Whoo hooo SCORE!!!

I picked up a couple of other things too. I ceramic planter and a couple of cute kitchen towels and an oil painting. cute but not old.

Journeys nose is still plugged up every morning.  Not happy. me or him Tomorrow is our follow up visit for this little surgery.

Betty and Tom are on their way down and should be here this afternoon.  They are staying for a few days and then we are all going to Rogers for an ASCA trial.  I haven't worked my dogs for a while. Kip is lame in his right front but I dont' know why. I have a suspition (sp) but I hope I am wrong. 

Friday, February 10, 2017


This morning he pulled the coffee maker off of the counter and broke the top off. It will still work,but It' s not fixable.  I moved the sofa table away from the couch because he was walking all over it but now I have to keep him from jumping from the couch to the table.  He'll kill himself.

How dumb is he?  I moved the dog crate from it's normal position in the car so when I opened the door to let him out(it's a side door) and I did not stand directyl in front of the door but to the rear of the crate , he could not figure out how to get out.  Hmmmm

Nose looks really good at this minute of this day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

I'm so excited

My ice maker is working again in my frig!!  In Oct when the pump went, I got a lot of sediment in the lines and it blocked a valve.  I replaced the valve 2 weeks ago but the ice maker would not turn on so I though maybe I needed to buy a new ice maker or " a new refrigerator" but I procrastinated and low and behold last night it decided to work and today I have a pan full of ice and I am a happy camper today,
Now if Journey will just get better.  His nose looks a little clearer today and probably no bleeding today.  He did pee in his crate this am because I did not get up when he whined a little this morning.  He was in there for a long time last night. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Jaby baby

  I have never ever ever had a puppy that got in so much trouble all the time.  I have to keep him inside and handwalk him for the next week to keep his nose out of the dirt so this morning I let him out of the crate and I watched him. First he goes and pulls stuff off the counter and I follow him around and pick it up and put it farther back.  He tried it again. He goes to the island and tries to grab a bag of peanuts so I move that back. He wanders around and takes the end of the string on the wooden blinds and bites the end off which is wood so it is not easily replaced. I pick that up and he picks up a toy for a while.  I sit down and he grabs  a sneaker to chew on. I get up take the sneaker and put it in the other room . He follows me , jumps on the bed and grabs a loose tissue and tears it apart. I take that away and go sit down and he walks by the coffee table and starts to chew on the corner.  I yell which causes no reaction and start to get up and he stops.  He jumps on the couch and then from there jumps on the coffee table , grabs my earmuffs and runs off. I finally get the earmuffs and put them in the other room and he comes back in and starts chewing on my muck boots. I stop that and he goes back to the kitchen and tries to get some meds off the counter to chew on. I push them back farther and there is nothing there now that he can reach. So he wanders into the living room and tries to pull the plug to the computer out of the wall. Then finds a cardboard box he wants to chew up but I dont' want him to.  FINALLY  he lays down and goes to sleep.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Jaby Baby 2

  I took him back to the vets today for his 10 day follow up. He has been on clavamox,steroid  noise spray,decongestant pills, and opthalmic drops in his nose.  His nose cleared up quite a bit but when you looked at the nostrils they were not as open as the other dogs. I made that comment and the vet looked at him and said it looked like he had extra skin or growths blocking  his nostrils.  So she put him out and cut out the extra tissue.  IF AND THAT IS A BIG IF , that was the problem then he could not clear his own nose out when he breathed so he kept getting infections. 

I have to keep him in a crate and hand walk him for a week so he stays out of the dirt and keeps the wounds clean and they heal right up.  So he is already driving me nuts.  He howled and cried while I was giving a lesson and then when I came  in  after I fed him, He cruised the counter and ate my leftover lunch which was my supper.  Now he is back in the crate because his nose was bleeding a little.

ON a more positive note, I worked him yesterday and I was actully quite pleased with his work.  Maybe that nose thing is the problem. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


 I may be wrong but I dont' think Journey is going to be a working dog.  I am not seeing anything that tells me he wants to work livestock. Today I let him wander out to the big field where the sheep were and he looked at them and ate sheep shit and they moved and he moved to eat some more but never once did he offer to control or gather them.  So I am no the hunt for  a new pup.  It may be because he has been sick since Aug or it may be his age , but I was not really impressed when I first got him home and put him on ducks and everybody kept saying "he' just a baby" And he still is a baby but I should be seeing something. If he wanted to chase the hell out of them I would be happy but he just doesn't seem to care much.  sheep or goats although he is more interested in flighty sheep.

And he is incorrigible.  He is into everything. I can't leave him alone for 1 sec or he is picking up somthing that he shouldn't or on top of somewhere that he should not be. Still trying to keep him off the counters. No is not in his vocabulary. I love the little bugger  but he is a lot of work.

This week he is on new nose meds and clavamox again.  His nose is clearing up again but he needs to sneeze out what is caught in there so the inflammation will go down and stay down.  But what the hell money is no object.  At least it wasn't when I thought I was treating a working dog, but now I am treating a pet.

I bought some no climb fencing tonight because I want to redo my working pen and also make a pen around the old stone grille parts that were dumped out back and then the goats and sheep can jump on it and hopefully wear their feet down.  I worked on a take pen today which is all done except for attaching the cattle panels to the posts.  I need some wire ties and need to hammer in some staples.

I gave the paperwork for homesteading this place into the appraisers office and got some more info on filing for and Ag exemption which is not has hard as I thought but they said the appraiser would be out to check out my property which means I need to have livestock on the property when he comes and I have no way of knowing when that would be so I may have to hold off on that until I sell up north.

Saturday, January 21, 2017


I went to an RV repair place yesterday to drop trailer off to have the damage underneath fixed , but they told me they could do it while I waited because it was so minor and how lucky I was that it did not destroy the side of the trailer.   Yay.  It only cost me $110  and another $100 for a new spare .  I had to drive to 3 different places to get the spare.  Of course it is a size that is odd and costs more.

Last night, I went to Gale and MIkes for dinner and talk around the fire.  It's always a good time and they make me feel very welcome.  good people.

Today , Shane is trying to fix my frig and touch up the ceiling in the bathroom.   I think the frig ice maker is not going to come back to life. Bummer.  I managed to buy a part at an appliance repair store in Ocala for $30 instead of online for $60 but if it's not going to fix the problem then Not sure where to go from here. May have to wait for kitchen reno and new appliances.

My Feb clinic is not filling. Great Another clinic that is going to cost me money.

Journey's nose is back to being stuffed up because the meds ran out.  I am waiting for an order of colloidal silver and I am going to use that in his nose and hopefully that will work.  Running out of hope here.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Leaving campground

Last night while I was trying to park the trailer, I had to drive it around the camp 3 times before I could find a spot that I could actually hook up sewer and water and it's because my water hooks up in the rear of the trailer and most campgrounds put the hook up closer to the middle when you park. My hose is just too short and I'm too cheap to buy another.

And then the hot water wasnt working very well so I unhooked the water and cleaned out the filter and then it was better. Always something.  I have a little quartz heater I have been using since I have been in Ga and I put it right in the bathroom (because there is no heat in there--WTH?) Makes a huge difference in comfort.  Loved it.

So big breakthru with the puppy.  He absolutely asked to go outside to pee last night. It was not a mistake  because I brought him in too early and he immediately scratched at the door to go back out and poop.  Don't like the scratching at the door, but just gotta be quick so he doesnt' wreck anything.

So this morning, there was no water because the hose was frozen and I had to bring the little quartz heater outside to thaw  both ends and the the end of the sewer pipe and in between  I used the air pump to add air to all the tires.  Probably got a flat because it was underinflated and there is damage underneath which will need to get fixed or there will be rot.

So everything is all set except I can't get the  antenna down all the way. Must be frozen  and I don't carry a ladder.  I drove it up front to pay and parked in the sun.  I asked the guy to help me with the antenna but he said ladders were in locked storage and I would have to wait for owner to get there.  50 min later, I tried again and it went down and I took off.  The rest of the trip was uneventful.

Sheep and goats were hungry and happy to see me.

Journey and Kip are outside playing and Edge is in with me sleeping.

The Georgia Chill trial was a lot of fun with great people and great dogs and in spite of the miserable cold , I really enjoyed myself and felt really welcome .

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Day 2,3

Yesterday was an Am/Pm trial.
Kip did not Q on cattle. He had a hard time so I crossed the line and helped him so he did Q today on CAttle and Placed 3rd
He got a 1st and a 2nd on sheep so HIT sheep yesterday and 2nd today to Edge

On ducks he won today and got HIT and yesterday HIT and  a 2nd place

Edge got 2 3rds on cattle but scores less than 100 and today  a 3rd but got a 102

sheep 2nd and 4th ysterday --today 1st HIT
ducks 2 scores over 100 yesterday  today a score over 100

so Kip cattle 1.5 pts this weekend
sheep 5.5 pts  pts
ducks 6 pts

Edge cattle 1.5
sheep 6.5 pts
duck s4

And then south of Atlanta on my way home , a trucker pulled  up next to me honking and pointing so I pulled over and I had bad flat on my trailer. The tire was shredded. I called Good Sam and they were there within an hr.  I think there is damage under the trailer but it was too dark to see.  I pulled over shortly after to a campground and went round and round trying to find a spot that I could hook up the black water as well as get water and elec because of the way it's set up on the trailer.
I am hoping the hot water will work perfectly tonight so I can take a long hot shower and go to bed.
I'm tired and it has been a long weekend.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Day 1 trial

It was cold today but bearable.  Small trial and we were done by 3 .

Edge started the day on cattle and he had a cow who chased him all over the arena and then when I told him to hit the cow was not impressed and tried to pound him  into the ground so I repenned them. Kip had a better run but not great.
Sheep were light .  Both had scores over 100
Kip was 2nd Edge was 4th
ducks Edge 1st , Kip 2nd

Thursday, January 5, 2017


  It was 450 miles but I stopped at a KOA last night.  They gave me choclate chip cookies after I checked in.  It was right off the highway and it was noisy but I still slept pretty good. I didn't start driving again until 11 because I only had 130 miles to go. 

We got to Padgetts after a slight wrong turn down a dead end street. Thank you Gps.  Some nice man let me turn the trailer around in his driveway and even helped me so I didn't put it in the ditch.

I have the trailer all filled with water and the heat is going and it's nice and cozy in here, but the water pump is no longer putting out  enough water pressure to the on demand water heater so that my hot shower is barely hot. Works fine when I have a direct connection to water but not when I am using the holding tank.  Too bad because this weekend I'm really going to need some hot showers since the temp will be below freezing and there is going to be a wind chill on Sat too.  And I left Fla for this.