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Summer arrives

Summer has arrived here on the homestead, and with the summer comes sudden thunderstorms.  The last one to move through took out the top of one of trees near the house.

With a downed tree in the yard it was time to bust out the chipper.  Unfortunately the chipper decided to continue its winter slumber a little while longer and educate me on how to work on small engine carburetors.

While walking out of the goat barn the other morning I found one of my wife’s new puppies hanging around.  This one was not as soft and cuddly as the last.

This is Vivi, our oldest and highest producing goat.

She was not milked correctly by one of her previous owners and has blown out/ballon teats.  This makes it much easier to see when she is full of milk versus when she is empty.

Summer is bringing the first crops of the season, including squash, beans, melons and tomatoes.

The ducks continue to wander the yard leaving eggs like the water bunny.

The wife found another puppy she wanted to keep.  This one is one I’ve looking for, though.

Have a great summer, world.


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Day off observations

Tuesday’s are my day off from the pharmacy each week.  It provides a day to not only get stuff done around the homestead, but also to just observe what’s going on.  I walked down to the small koi pond that is outside our kitchen window and found a green friend.

Perhaps he was asking if I had seen his cousin recently, and unfortunately, I had.

A dead frog in the pool is a very common site, and part of the day off-chores is removing such to a proper resting place. Near the pool is a young Magnolia showing off its white blooms to the world and making the air smell so good.

Of course my chore list has to include cleaning out the goat stalls since our ladies arrived.  Unfortunately Caro always wants to help by being in my way at every step of the process.

With the hot days and frequent rain showers, our basil has shot up which means I get to make one of my favorite dishes: pasta with homemade pesto.

Oh so good.  Well goodnight for now, my friends.  Time to get settled in and watch the USA vs Costa Rica soccer match.