Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Not Always Happy Days at the Homestead
Some days just seem to start off bad and go down hill from there. I got up and started a load of laundry before heading out to walk Kuma and Rusty. When we came back inside the kitchen floor was flooded. Seems William left a screw in his pocket and it punctured a hole in the outer tub of the washer. Using a ton of towels I got the water all cleaned up, leaving me with even more dirty wet laundry. I go out to feed and find that Tessa had gathered all her babies underneath her for the night. The night that the low was 89F! She lost ALL her sweet little baby turkey. They overheated underneath her. She was very upset and so was I. I go to feed Tinker and find that she is holding one of the ducks down with her front paws. She being that she is a livestock guard dog has decided the ducks are not allowed to come to the goat side of the pen. She keeps the goats on one end and the ducks on the other. Tinker didn't bite or try to hurt the duck she just stopped the duck from going near the goats. If she took her paw off the duck it ran toward the goats end to get away from her so she would sit down with her paws over the duck holding it down. I got the duck from her and took it to water to drink. Don't know how long she had it held down but the poor duck just drank like crazy. After breakfast we go see if we can find the special glue we need to repair the washer. The pickup decides not to crank when we come back outside the store. When we get home I find Whiskers carrying a squirrel he has caught up on the back porch. The poor thing didn't make it. Even though the washer broke I have my washtubs and wringer that I love so laundry got done and I had time to think and watch the birds while getting it done The glue is ordered to repair the washer and will be here in a few days Until then I will have the time to enjoy the birds and thinking while washing in the washtubs. Tessa lost her babies but we at least know now she and Fred can hatch babies. She also still has her 2 chicks she hatched and is mothering over them. Tinker may be a puppy but is turning out to be a good guard dog for our animals. The duck has learned where it needs to be to stay out of trouble and Tinker patrols her domain with pride. The pickup was a simple thing that was fixed in a matter of minutes.The squirrel didn't make it but Whiskers the cat has proven to be a very good hunter of snakes as well so can count on him to keep those pests away. Things go wrong. Things break. We stress. We worry. It's just part of life. God never promised us a perfect life here on earth. If everything was happy, healthy and perfect then why have heaven? What would we have to look forward to? Things that go wrong in our lives aren't God's doing. He gave each of us a mind and a heart for a reason. So we could think and do for ourselves. So even though things might go wrong and I stress out there were still blessings to count at the end of the day.