Just a few random thoughts on the day to day happenings of a mom surrounded by chaos. Come and enjoy my life with a family, corgis and the other creatures at Foggy Bottom.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It's official..I'm having panic attacks now.


So what did your baby do today?  Mine?  She officially signed her Army Reserve papers.  Count down begins....362 days till boot camp.

Just sayin'

C

Monday, June 15, 2015

Happy birthday to the Castle kids!

Quick shout out to the repeats...aka the Castle litter.  Wow, two years old??? Where did the time go?

Hoping your humans love you just as much as I still do...well, depends on what Kevin has decided to eat on a particular day.




Mr Ruggedly Handsome, Duffy.
The girls:  Ms Martha, Lanie, Jenny(Rose) and Alexis(Allie)

And our little minion....Kevin.

Good Lord, everyone knows Kevin.  He's got a life all his own-poking the ring stewards legs during figure 8's, eating fan cords...and lots of other things along the way, plus totally loving life with his kid.  I don't think anyone has ever watched him in the show ring and said he hates it.  Far from it...tail wagging so hard that his butt bounces.  Not sure how he's gonna handle 6 mos with out his girl while she's off playing soldier.

Have an extra cookie on me!

Later gators,
C

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Horsing around

It's that time of the year.  And thank goodness we have our own horse trailer now!   Which means the only nights we aren't doing something dog, horse or poultry is....next Friday, then the following Thursday, till the end of June. 

Muff has been doing more training on Ladybug.  The ever amazing pony is, well, amazing everyone.  She has had her first ride in english attire.  Natural.  Did a barrel pattern last night at the clinic.  Going to concentrate on turns this week but she's just the bee's knees.  

And my main man, Rio, is finally sound(for the most part) and will start his new adventures in life.  First it's halter classes.   Which means he's gotta go out in public.  Oh boy.  As nervous as I was about that, he was really an angel.   Loaded right up, came out, little wiggy and I think I'm deaf from all his whinning in my ear.  But overall, not one nasty moment, he investigated it all and I think we are on to something.  After fair, he's headed off to do 30 days and see what we get back from the trainers.  


And then there's this...........

Oh boy, talk about princess.  I think this time it's a bus load of puppies.  Hope she makes it to the end of June!

Later gators...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

April showers...wait it's May?

And yet again, we have rain.  The grass is growing.   Lawn mower broke this weekend.   Arena is knee high, but that's okay, never dry enough to really work a horse.  Well the recovering horse that is.  

But perfect weather for pony rides in the front yard!

I'm so over it--though it is keeping down the buffalo gnats.   I guess it could be worse, we could be in Texas?

Later gators....
C

Friday, May 22, 2015

Public service announcement!!!!

Boy, do people just not read things through these days??

Effective immediately, Iowa has cancelled all poultry shows at fairs(state and county), birds swaps and no birds will be allowed to be sold at exotic swaps, meets or auctions.

This is due to the Asian Avian Flu strain that has crippled the western part of Iowa as well as affecting many other states in the Mississippi flyway.

The key here is....read the announcement:

 http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/press/2015press/press05212015.asp

Swaps, sales and auctions can still happen, just no BIRDS at those events.

Fairs and shows are looking at other avenues, especially for our kids that put their heart and souls into their projects.

If you ever have any questions, go to the source.  Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship---IDALS, has confirmed to me directly that you can still buy privately from an individual or purchase chicks/birds online.   Quarantines are in place in the affected counties.  Other states are not banning sales of birds from Iowa or to Iowa.

BUT..............  it is imperative for all involved in the poultry industry to practice even better biosecurity and make sure to report anything to IDALS!!!  Quarantine new birds for up to 30 days.  Keep the flock away from wild birds as best you can.  Clean boots in, dirty boots stay.  Wash, disinfect all equipment coming and going.

For that matter, we are putting a little more restrictions on those that come on to our property.  We ask that you call ahead and please, don't go wandering around.  Though we try to raise a free range flock, we do have areas that are off limits and we ask you to respect that.

Okay....now.... I still need to get those chicks out of my house!!!   Time to start hardening them off!

later gators....
C

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Everyone in their places

Ah, no loose ponies, no chicks running amok but those darn ducks.  I will figure out who has grown thumbs.  But really no worries there either.  The barn manager has been fine tuning a new skill:  poultry herding.  Yes she's vying for the June employee of the month parking spot.  And no I'm not kidding.  The cat has helped Muff herd the chickens and ducks in for two nights.  Heck, she's better than the dog!

Hum, wish she weren't spayed....I'd be breeding herding cats!

Later gators...
C

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fences make the best neighbors....

except when a certain ladybug figures out the creek fence.  Sigh.

Last night was the "let's run around loose" event.

Pulled in the driveway and who is there to greet us but Bug.  Easy peasy, walk to the side paddock gate, open, she walks in and is on the correct side of the fence now.

Turn and hum, why is there a flock of ducks and geese in the pasture? Yep, some bird has developed  opposable thumbs and can undo the gate wire.

Milling around under the horses feet now, herding them back in and Frank(rouen hen) and Ethel (runner drake) are missing.

Down to the creek and they look at us like, what?  Move along, nothing to see here, of course we aren't supposed to be here.

Herd them back up, Frank voicing her opinion the entire way.

Walk in the house....wait for it.....

One of Muff's d'uccle chicks is wandering around the study....with a granny dog watching intently.  Luck the little bugger wasn't a snack.

Today-poultry gate shut tight.  Checked for thumbs and didn't see any, wondering now which chicken was in on the jail break?

Bug and Moo, securely placed in front yard paddock-only thing they can do is eat grass and maybe scoop some poo-ha.

Chicks-top on brooder box.

I dread coming home tonight.

Later gators,
C