Monday, March 20, 2023

Scaly Leg Mites Be Gone!

 I don't want to jinx things, but Marigold's footsies may have turned the corner.  Since we've been treating them over the past two months they have improved pretty dramatically from the scaly leg mites but we hit an impasse with one foot.  The only option left (to my knowledge) was schmearing her with ivermectin.  I had been using Green Goo and Prid.  Of course any and all ivermectin is now securely locked up at Tractor Supply (since covid).  I've been buying ivermectin paste for horses and donks for over 30 years and I still can't get used to this.  Anyway, this photo is from March 14.

See the little "knobs" on the right foot.  Well after one dose of the ivermectin one of them is gone.  Hallelujah!

And the little girl continues to feel perky.

After the girls are let out of the coop in the morning and wander around a bit, she's usually the first one back demanding breakfast.  Well demanding might be a bit harsh; she has a little chirpy voice.

Here are the troops charging out for their morning constitutional.

 The donks will be so happy to have the warmer temps this week to even out the quite bumpy ground in the donkey yard.  When it warms, gets muddy, and then freezes we all have inches deep divets to maneuver.  Spice especially was hesitant to try to traverse the worst area.

Here her sister, Sugar, steals the last bit of Equine Senior.

Although Spice is allowing it her ears are back indicating her displeasure.  But Sugar has established her place as food stealer and both Gabby and Spice usually allow her dominance.

With limited room to place food bowls (out of snow) this is a typical scene of me getting blocked.

 And, no, in the midst of chores it's not funny.

I'll leave you with a quick shot of the living room foliage.  I thought it made a charming scene.

Look just to the right of the white humidifier and you'll see Stella the hibiscus.  She's leafing out more and more by the week.  

Monday, March 13, 2023

Is It Spring Yet?

None of us on the teeny tiny farm are especially happy with arrival of more snow coming in dribs and drabs.  Well, except perhaps Phinny.  I've sat at the computer and watched him bound through the snowy woods, apparently having a ball.  

I, on the other hand, have not been joyously bounding through the snow to feed the chonkeys.  More of a trudge or perhaps a slog.

And because the walkways are narrow in the donkey yard I almost got knocked over by a 300-lb donk who was a bit too eager to get to her hot slop.  It's tricky business out there.

To revive spirits, let's take a look at some true spring photos.


Turning to plants, Stella, the hibiscus, continues to green out.  Bear in mind I was absolutely sure she was a goner.  But she just needed some winter sun to perk up and is now, although not lush with foliage, pretty perky.  

And hey!  The orchid is feeling pretty perky too.

 At least in the house there are signs of spring.  Sigh...

****** Vegan Delights ******

Rick made a most delicious and easy vegan bean soup recently.  So I must tell you how to whip it up.
You will not miss the ham.

I can't tell you amounts, except for the beans, so use your good sense.

Boil chopped carrots until slightly tender, add chopped celery.
Saute vegetables plus chopped onion in dairy free butter.
Add basil, salt and pepper.
Dump in two 15-oz cans (with liquid) of great northern beans.  Please note:  if not using organic beans, check ingredients on the can carefully to make sure you're not adding icky stuff with the juice.
Add enough veg broth to thin slightly.
Cook roughly 10 minutes.
And voila.

Monday, March 6, 2023

What a Rollercoaster

 In the past 10 days we've had two ice storms and a snowfall of 10".

Scenes from an ice storm

donkey bowls are ice filled and stuck solid to the ground

transporting water and a torch to the chonkey area 

It was impossible to open the chicken porch (ice buildup  blocked the door) and the horse trailer where all chicken food and supplemental salt for donks is stored.
Thank goodness the chicken feed supply in the barn was full.

Scenes from a snowstorm

Thank goodness for the manger shelter Rick built in 2019
It allowed for immediate feeding outside of the barn.  Then I got to work shoveling a couple of other feeding areas.

With a snowfall this big, I had to shovel paths for the prima donas. 
It was tough with heavy wet snow.

Their bowls were lost under the snow.  We finally unearthed all three today.

Chickens faced a wall of snow outside one of the little doors

As it stands tonight, snow has melted somewhat and everything is accessible -- thank goodness!

****** Vegan Delights ******

One of my taste treats.
It's a bit pricey so I ration it.  :)