Born today. Merry is her name. (Or Chris if it’s a boy.)
We mourn our Gracie, who passed through the gate into the heaven of dogs.
The dog who “swims with ducks.”
The dog who rode everywhere with her master. She waited for him with every breath, her eyes never left him.
The dog I fell in love with, as she would run around the cabin, her ears flying and a grin on her face when Momma came home from work! Every day.
The dog who taught me that it was okay to love her and not have my guard up, for fear of getting too close.
Dog of Love.
I will miss you!
Cats. Can you do it? Can you truly invite them into your home as a guest?
No. I’m afraid not. You invite them to rule. They dictate. Even at a tiny age. This is what we have endured and enjoyed for the last 3 weeks.
They were “dropping like flies” in the milking parlor. Kittens mixed in with cows haven’t got much of a chance. The cows are gentle, yes, but they are BIG. And kittens tend to get lost outdoors. So, as a last ditch effort, as we found, we brought into the house (even though forbidden by the farmer, the farmer brought them in)!
This is Olive and Rambo. There is always someone mewing! Olive can be quite vocal. And she talks in her throat quite a bit too, when not commanding.
We have learned to tiptoe so as to not wake them. (I have dubbed them screaming meanies–they hear and they come running, they all start mewing and trying to climb upon you! You hide in the bedroom, hoping they will fall asleep, and the last 3 nights, they have found us anyway, and climbed into the bed with us, I gave in, what can I say?)
Very smart, they took right to their facilities and have eaten quite well. We spent time on the internet to try to figure it out, kitten milk vs. cow milk and digestive systems, etc.
Being so little, we have had to teach them to bathe. They get bathed daily. So far they don’t know that cats and kittens don’t like water. And then they get a blow dry.
They are front and center on love.
Or waiting for it.
They have warmed their way into our hearts!
They all will have new homes today. And we will have kitten liberation.
But we will miss them, just a little bit!
The farmer said, “There are baby ducks on the pond, with their mother.” So I went to see what I could see, grabbing the DSLR from it’s dusty shelf.
The ducklings and mama hurriedly raced through the water and ducked behind the island for safety, and out of view. I waited, but they stayed. I turned and walked up a bit, to see if I could take in the barn with the tree in the foreground, when suddenly …
“Mom? Is that you? What are you doing up here? You’re not supposed to be here!” said Eliza. She steps closer…
She stared at my as if to let me know it was not my place to be there, but hers. So I started down the hill. Satisfied, she walked away…
There is something special about Eliza. She and Sofia ate peaches last summer, and there’s just something peaceful about both of them. Creatures from God, with life lessons for us.
Let’s not forget the promise of tomorrow…
As I sit and watch the flies multiply, I wondered what was out there to combat it besides the old-fashioned fly swatter. And keeping the door closed (not an option here, folks). I found the following, and must share these natural ingredients to aid. I have not tried them yet, but then again, I just found it. We can all try and respond! I appreciate comments from those who have tried or are working on these homespun remedies.
Citronella – Well known for its anti-mosquitos properties, citronella also works incredible well for other flying pests.
Peppermint – Works as natural pest deterrent not only for flies, mosquitos but also for mice and spiders. It is also a heavy hitter in the garden and also works as a natural insecticide for squash bugs, aphids, beetles, ants, flies and fleas.
Clove – Do you remember grandma’s old trick of putting cloves into a apple and setting it on the picnic table to keep the flies and mosquitos away from the food? That “old” trick still works because the smell of clove is highly hated by flies. Clove oil is great for more then just flies, its also an excellent immune booster and a key component in the highly sought after Thieves oil. It was used in the 15th century by the original “four Thieves” to boost the immune system and keep the plague away.
Rosemary – Rosemary is a time honored herb, praised for its antioxidant properties and applied topically it’s said to treat muscle aches, improve circulation and arthritis. This potent herb is also an excellent resource for pest control not only in the barn but in the garden, working to deter cabbage loving larvae, like caterpillars.
Glycerin – Glycerin is simple a “host” or a emulsifier for the oils. I use food grade glycerin from Azure Standard, but you can also get it from Amazon HERE. Considering I also use this in homemade cosmetic’s and as a key component to teat wash its a excellent essential to have for the DIYer.
Further instruction from the site I have found was the following recipe:
“I spray my cows with Homemade Fly Spray before every milking. This will keep the flies at bay and save me from trying to milk a irritated cow. I choose to double the recipe and make up a big batch using a 32ounce spray bottle. During the heavy summer months, this will typically last me for 2 weeks. Which isn’t bad, considering I have 6 cows that I’m spraying.” (In quotes because this is not my recipe
There are many recipes out there, too. While this is just the tip of the iceberg, here is the link I’m sure you will all find interesting! http://livinlovinfarmin.com/homemade-livestock-fly-spray/