Monday, July 24, 2017

Ducks IN and Ducks OUT!! A Country Sunday and Monday!

Sunday was our last full day to be on Critter Duty!

We ride our bikes back and forth and use this time for 'exercise!'

Louis Dean does the goats.
We can't decide which are the MOST stupid - chickens or goats!
The goats are definitely contrary and it's just a real good thing they can be charming in spite of themselves!

Louis Dean takes them out of goat pen in the mornings and likes to chain them up in an area where they have access to water so he doesn't have to figure out a way to haul it to where they are. They turn over all but the heaviest pots. Thumper was happy up by the big tank.

I take care of the ducks and the chickens.

The ducks are easy and as soon as I open their gate, they head straight for the little tank.
Normally, they do that - UNLESS I am taking a video and then, of course, they remember I can FEED them first!

And so I do!

Next come the chickens. I like the mornings when I go to each hen house and sprinkle the food around and leave the door open so they can go out and peck around the place at their leisure!

There are three hen houses and I usually gather in a few eggs each morning.
Then I cook breakfast!

Sunday I worked on the door we got through a barter.
I had done one side on Saturday.......

So this was the other side.

Louis Dean replaced the glass inserts with plywood.
Sanded and first coat.

We had to make a quick trip to Waco Sunday afternoon and enjoyed the storm clouds that were blowing in!

This was the sky at the ranch when we returned.
No rain here at all.

We arrived back and it was Critter Chore time again.

Louis Dean put the goats up and I had plenty of  table scraps as treats for them.

BBQ is NOT his favorite critter right about now.
He had to rescue him several times this weekend after BBQ stuck his head through the fence and his horns prevented him from getting it back out!

The chickens are easy.......
Now I know what is meant about 'the hens come home to roost!'

Good Girls!

I always enjoy leading the ducks back to their pen but yesterday I found them trapped in a hen house!! Poor things! They were not happy about that door closing on them!

I rescued them and I was happier about that than LD was about rescuing the goats!

Sunday night was such a nice evening to sit out under the stars!
I hung up my Edison light and thought it looked cozy back up in the new room.
You can still see the camper as we have not closed in that wall yet. Step by step.

Robert put a dryer drum on top of the rim he used for the fire pit and that makes it perfect for when I burn our trash. We save the bottles and all food things are saved for the goats or horses.
Everything else can be burned.
Louis Dean added a few logs and we were set for some star gazing!
I saw TWO shooting stars! One BIG and one small.
They BOTH count!

I have been sleeping so well since we have been here!
When I wake up in the night to go to the bathroom - I have to PULL my eyelids open.
I love deep sleep like that!

Since my toaster oven is outside, I made a batch of blueberry muffins - from a mix!
But it was good! We had our breakfast and coffee plus our reading before we started our 'work' day.
In addition to the One Year Bible, we are reading:

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
The Autobiography
It Doesn't Take a Hero

Edwin Way Teale
A Walk Through the Year

Melody Beattie
Journey to the Heart

My personal reading?

The Mystery of Lucy and The Dark Woods
D. Diana Kosmoski

I didn't get a photo before he started on the 'Star Gazing Deck' this morning.
That's it right in front of the open door.

I had a 'busy' day doing dishes and planning meals.....

I used the peacock feather to make a card for Rayne.
I'll bike down to the gate and mail it in the morning.
Had to wait for the Mod Podge to dry.

I finished the door!
What a difference!!
Solid wood and HEAVY!

I decoupaged the area under the baker's rack.
It was just cheap trailer wall before. 
I love the quirky feel of our camper.
It looks anything but cheap and plain.

While we DO have plans for an elaborate outdoor kitchen......

THIS will have to do for now!

My sweet husband!
This trip is much more relaxing than last month's was.

And tonight's Country Supper which we shared with Dean and Sherry!
Sherry is in a great deal of pain - BACK pain!
I'm becoming extra compassionate to those suffering from back pain.....
which brings me to my Summer Dee!

I wish I could tell you she is so much better - but she isn't!
Still she smiles and has the biggest heart of anyone I know.
She was on her way home from therapy and saw this lady walking with a suitcase.
It's a summer day in Texas and she thought, "This is some one's mother and I bet they would not want her walking in this heat!"

She stopped and gave her a lift to the local aTom Thumb grocery store.

She sent me this photo and said the lady is from Europe and her husband passed away on June 6th. She came to the USA on June 9th and has a daughter in California. Her other daughter with the two grandchildren is still in Europe.
I don't know the rest of the story but Summer told her about Walmart online with Uber delivery.
Free 1st time and then $9.95 after that.

It's never wrong to do the right thing!!
I'm so proud of Summer!!
Even in pain - she is still thinking of others and doing her best to help someone!!

Now! Louis Dean did, indeed, finish the Star Gazing Deck so I am going out to join him on it.
I gave him a head start since I saw two last night and he didn't!