A Week “Off”

Randy’s Dad and Stepmom came for a visit this past week.  When they come we take a week off of work and use the week and their help to get our little farm ready for summer.  We worked in the garden, planted flowers, planted grass, weeding, and had a sewing lesson.  The guys were mechanics for the better part of the week woking on our pickup, Honda Express, and servicing both the cars. 

They were great help as always and got us off to a great start for summer.  It was such a fun week and went by way to fast.  Now it’s back to work.  Randy and I were really dreading today.  At least we have a long weekend to look forward to. 

We went out to do chores last night to find a ewe with bottle jaw which is a sign of worms.  It was nearly 90 degrees with a 30-35 mph wind and really humid.  I was hot and tired and in hopes of an easy evening of chores, a cool shower, and a early night to bed.  Instead we were wresting and doctoring sheep and looking them all over really well to make sure they were all okay.

All eleven of our cats have upper respiratory infections so I doctored them Saturday evening and will do the same tonight.  The one who got sick first and spread it to everyone else I cannot catch.  I’m going to get serious about it tonight and use a blanket to try to catch her.  I don’t know why she is so wild.  We have 2 out of the 10 who are really wild for some reason.  They were great as kittens, but little by little have just turned into little wild messes.

Randy and I are in hopes of starting and sticking to a nice little exercise routine now that summer is upon us.  I have been walking on my breaks and lunches, but have a feeling that will come to screeching hault once it gets hot out. 

I’m trying to get a game plan together for the kitchen.  I baked a loaf of bread Sunday, and we (the dogs included) nearly had a heat stroke the house was so hot.  We will be eating “cool” foods this summer for sure.  Egg sandwiches are a staple at our house and utilizing the grill and the 1/2 a beef we just got will be at the top of our menu list.

I am watching the clock until it’s time to head home and curl up in bed early.  Hope everyone is having a great Monday.


1 Response to “A Week “Off””

  1. 1 Roger & Brenda Lammon
    May 25, 2010 at 11:56 am

    It was our pleasure. We always enjoy coming out and helping on the farm and spending the time with both of you.

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