Howdy sportsfans!

So here is what I have not done since February……I have not planted one seed from the seed delivery I got from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds. This is mainly because I have not properly fenced out the deer that hang out in the garden area.  I have not re-done the flower beds either……a typical landscaper/shoemaker issue.  I haven’t put in a pool; dern.  I have not made a new pasture, because that would involve fencing, and luckily my crew is pretty in the ATL working for people who (sometimes) pay us.  We have not had any baby goats – Gertrude had an ultrasound and she had an hysterical pregnancy!Image

ps – by I, I mean We…..

We have travelled a bit – Costa Rica in March, and Albany, GA and Little Rock, AR in May.  

We had our first shearing day on May 1, and successfully got all 11 alpacas sheared with the help of the UGA Small Ruminants Club, Isabella and Joseph Strong and Nancy Miller.  There was not one spitting episode, which made me pretty proud.

We have rescued 3 new dogs, two of whom are living here now.  Their names are Redbud and Muscadine.ImageRedbud is happy!  The other dog is a pit bull who is still at the vet…..

We got an Olde English Fighting Cock from animal control in Fulton County.  His antics are becoming legendary….

We (David) are (is)Image painting  and stripping the kitchen

So, dear folkses, that is the news from the lil’ ol’ front!

Howdy folks and what’ll it be?  We have been having us a time here at Sweet Olive!  Since my last post in October, we have 2 new goats, Tarnation and Grandpap from animal control, and a white alpaca baby named Blossom who was born to Fairy Dust in November.   We also now have a pig named Eva, whose parents had to go live in Norway for a while…  We just acquired another dwarf pygmy goat named Tumbleweed, also from Fulton County Animal control, where we have been the lucky recipients of 1 sheep, 4 goats, 5 chickens and a pig!  We are working on our non-profit rescue status, which will allow us to fund-raise to help feed all these critters!  There are 3 Toulouse Geese as well, 2 rescued from someone’s Christmas dinner table and one who was being ornery to a nice lady in Jefferson after his mate got killed on an electric fence.  They are characters!

My farm hands showed up this past weekend to help us get our huge garden prepped.  My farm hands are my nephews, Robby, James and Tommy.  They are really good workers and they spread about 50 wheelbarrows of manure on the plot that was disced up by our neighbor Ande’s brother, Tim.  Then they covered the whole top garden area with black plastic, to kill out any weeds or seeds or other stuff that may interfere with our bounty.  of course, it rained and drizzled on the poor boys the whole time, but they got it done and we had a great meal around the kitchen table afterward.  We will re-dic the garden when we return from Costa Rica on March 24.  We plan to buy Tim’s tractor and disc harrow, bush hog, 2 plows and a draggy thing for driveways, along with this really big trailer!  So, now you know who to call for all you tractor needs!

Our beloved watchdog, Rufus, passed away peacefully at the end of January.  He had suffered years ago from lymphoma, which we assume had returned. He was a great dog and we miss him so.  Also, Banjo has gone to live with Susan’s dad in Albany for a while, since he beat up Lil’ Bit. Naomi the black hen passed away yesterday of unknown causes.  She was our 3rd chicken that we got out in Lexington while Brian form Ft. Lauderdale was visiting.   She had a lovely head of feathers.  Big Crowy got his eye pecked out while we were in New York last month, and now has to be sequestered from Lil’ Crowy and Bushel, the newest lil’ rooster.

The grass is growing, hopefully the bees will soon be buzzing and we are about to place our seed order from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  The ponies are racing around the pasture and the goats and sheep are actually gambolling!  Dot, our teeny black Surama hen is setting, and her chicks should hatch on Tommy’s 16th birthday.  We now have 17 acres to wander around on, so come see us!

Muv, Susan and I went to my birthplace, Macon, GA for my double-nickel birthday.  Of course, we had to stop at Stuckey’s on the way from Winterville…

I just love pecan logs

Our next stop was Nu-way hotdogs!  Yes, I am a vegetarian, and yes, they were delicious.  Susan was also fond of their grilled cheese.  We especially enjoyed the view from our window counter seats

we were glad the man finally made it across the parking lot...

It does not take much to make us happy!

my grandparents used to pack me 12 hotdogs for the ride back to Athens-they did not make it much past Gray

Then we went to see Nana and Papa’s house – it looked pretty good!

1224 Mimosa Drive

Then we put flowers on all of my grandparents’ graves!

Alley

Forsman

Then we went to my old house

208 Tucker Road

My mom made lobster thermador when we lived here. It is across the street from Wesleyan College, so we had a lot of fun running all over the place until we moved to ATL when I was 8.  Papa used to take me fishing in the lake at Wesleyan.

our fishing spot

And no birthday trip of memories is complete without a visit to Fresh Air BBQ in Jackson!  My sister, Ruth hates it.  Susan enjoyed the crackers…

they had put fresh sawdust down just for us!

this road was the road from Macon to Atlanta before 75 was built.

We had a great time driving on a rainy day through the backroads from Winterville to Macon and back!  Clearly, you can go home again!

My Mom came over yesterday to watch Dancing with the Stars and spend the night!  We like to watch the show together every season.But first came critter feeding and fox patrol, so we figured a little imbibement wouldn’t hurt……

Muv et al!

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feeding Cisco, who is well enough to nibble fingers

yes,children, there is an alpaca

Culprit needs some attention

a brave little soul

getting ready to plow

every child needs a Mr. Thelma

hanging with Mr. T

sharing is fun

boy with firehat followed by dog

what's not to like about kids, dogs, and tractors?

And now a word from the world’s worst dog:

And now a word from the world's worst dog:

obviously he is mistreated

he loves Namama's bed!

oh, that's Mr. Thelma

playing London Bridge

And he is always happy to see us!

he also thinks people are comfortable

Those are just a few of Banjo’s special activities!

We got Cisco back yesterday (well, by now on Saturday)!    We picked him up from UGA at 9:30 in the morning.  We also got to meet a donor cow named Norman and his companion goat, whose name I have forgotten… The vet school is AWESOME, and they clearly saved Cisco’s life.  We met with his doctor, Axel, who showed us how to treat the wound and give him his antibiotics every 12 hours.  Then, the vet school folks loaded Cisco into the suburban and away we went!  We had a slight detour, as it was game day against South Carolina (wah! we lost)….I tried to tell the cop that there was a horse in my car…..She just pointed to the left.  At least I wasn’t drinking! (Right Anne?)  Finally we got to the farm and opened the back hatch.  It became painfully obvious in 2 seconds that Susan and I were not going to pick up this little horsey and set him on tierra firma….So, we had to MacGyver it!  I got some plywood and 2 x 4’s, and nailed them into a ramp while Susan held Cisco in the Suburban.  Then we folded the rubber backed carpet from the ‘burb and put up the ramp!  Susan sweet talked the lil’ feller down the ramp and before we knew it (one hour later) he was in the pasture!   With Culprit glaring from above!  Oh, Lordy, it is a miracle that he made it home.

Cisco leaves the vet school

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