Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Yesterday was so busy I didn't take a single picture. After morning feeding and milking it was time to do the dreaded disbudding on Nitra and Thundertoes. This was really dreaded as William has always been the one to burn the buds while I help hold (with my eyes closed). Yesterday it was me doing the burning and the mighty warriors and hired hand holding. The hired hand choose to answer his cellphone when we started on Nitra so the mighty warriors proved to be very brave and mighty. They held Nitra very very still while I did the disbudding (with my eyes open). The mighty warriors didn't like what had to be done but they stuck it out. With Thundertoes the hired hand was back and proved not to be as strong as the mighty warriors in holding. Zack had to reach and hold where the hired hand was holding because Thundertoes was moving to get free. Once Zack got his hold on things went smoothly and the job was finished. We have Nod to do today or tomorrow but his brother Winkin is lucky in he is polled. Meaning he has no horns. He and Willow are dancing around the homestead because they don't have to face the hot burning tool. The boys also helped me in the soap shop, picking beans, okra , tomatoes and cukes. They cleaned up the yard and of course had to have a fire in their fire pit. What mighty warrior doesn't like fire! We did 3 loads of clothes and are building up good arm muscles cranking the wringer. We moved a few goats around and open the chicken pen so the chickens can free roam during the day. The mighty warriors even remember to close them in at night. We had a very bad lighting storm during afternoon feeding yesterday. There was lighting, thunder and high wind but not a drop of rain. Very strange and spooky. We sat down to a supper of pinto beans, homemade mac n cheese, potatoes, tomatoes, cukes, and cornbread. Kinda starchy but hit the spot. The potatoes are so good but so easy. Just slice them like fries and put them on a baking sheet. Pour some ranch dressing over and mixed them up. Put in 350F oven for about 15 minutes then sprinkle shredded cheese over and pop back in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes. They are soooooo good! Woody loved them so they have to be good! Will try to take some pics today. After a full belly I had one mighty warrior asleep before 8:30 and the other was snoring before 9! Thats amazing for 13 and 11 yr olds. The boys will be going home Friday and I will be getting ready for Quintin, Gabby, Will and Harvey's visit.