I was off today and Yeoldfurt was not, so I just hung out with the critters. First things first, I had a saddle date with my horse. Possibly more fun for me than for her, though she likes the attention. But for her, it's really all about the treats she knows are coming AFTER the ride.
"Enough with the camera already ...go get my cookies!"
I couldn't play the whole day, so after my ride, I got cleaned up and went into town to look for bargains. I found a few at the dollar store and a few more at Wally World. It was a worthwhile run. The only thing I came home with that was NOT on the prep list was this cute bib for $2 at the dollar store.
My new little granddaughter is due any day. This will be her first Halloween and might be the only Halloween that she's young enough for a bib this small ...so I just couldn't resist. It's a grandma thing!
Realizing that in some circles shopping falls under the category of play rather than work, I decided to do some yard clean up after I got home. We lost several big trees in the drought last year. This one is in the backyard and is slowly shedding it's bark and smaller limbs. I'm hoping when it finally comes down, it at least misses the house.
I've been trying to help it along by pulling the lower branches down, using the thicker ones to whack the ones I can't reach to encourage them to come on down. It's worked but now I can't reach any more. So Mother Nature or Yeoldfurt's chainsaw will have to finish the job.
I did gather a good wheelbarrow load for the burn pile though.
These tall pine trees along the driveway succumbed to the drought too. There are ten of them altogether, probably 60 to 70 feet tall and dead as doornails.
The power company is making it's rounds over the next couple of weeks to trim trees that threaten the powerlines. We are hoping to convince them to at least top these trees. If they fall, they will take out the powerline ...and the fence ...and possibly the garage or a vehicle. *sigh
People always say cats are curious but I'm tellin' you, I can't go anywhere without these little feather butts underfoot.
Left to right, they are Reba, Red and Dora. As you can see, one of them seems a little distracted. That's Dora the Explorer, always looking for the next adventure.
Reba and Red are seldom distracted by adventure.
They are more interested in food, usually each other's.
While I was out, I did a walk around of the house and rescued these poor bulbs. They were laying on top of the dirt, unearthed no doubt by the hens who are always in search of crawly things to eat.
I know from the years we lived here before we had hens, that these bulbs will produce beautiful flowers in the spring. So I rescued them, will keep them safe until late fall and then replant them in such a way they will be safe from the hens.
I tried talking to the hensitter but she says her job description only says to keep the hens safe.
She does that.
She insists that if I also expect her to control them, we need to renegotiate her contract.
After all the chores were done and the animals bedded down, I took this picture of the western sky. This is the view from our patio where Yeoldfurt and I like to spend a few minutes at the end of the day.
What better way to wrap up a great day than to spend a few minutes appreciating a gorgeous sunset? The only thing that would have made this day better would be if Yeoldfurt had been home to enjoy it with me.
Labels: Animals, Common Sense, Friends/Family/Festivities, Personal Challenges, Simple Musings and Silly Stories