My week started out at 7 am Monday morning with a young man by the name of Zach who came to help me clean out the barn. Shoveling manure is hard work but I was determined to work right along with him. We took a break at 9:30 and he met Ernie Joe Mauer – they liked each other a lot. We kept working and finishing putting down the new bedding by 1 pm. Zach did a great job – he’s a hard worker and I’ll definitely hire him again. I jumped in the shower but by 2 pm my back was seizing up and I had to retire to my chair where I spent the afternoon. Oh, what a backache! It rained and blew and rained some more that afternoon while I watched from the porch.
I’ve had a really bad week with the guineas – I have only one left. I cannot prove it but I am quite sure Telly has chased them, they sailed over the fence into the grove where she has pounced on them and killed them. It makes me just sick – when I caught her chasing one that got away, I punished her severely but the next day another one was gone. The one that’s left “calls” over and over again for her friends. I dreamed about them last night. It is very sad for me.
Lori brought her new granddaughter, Jenna, into the shop this week to meet everybody. Her son is planning to raise his 6 week old daughter as a single dad – and with support from friends and family, he will do just great. What a darling baby!
The minute it quit raining, I jumped on the lawn mower. With lots to mow, it’s really hard to get it all mowed between rain showers. I even mowed through a shower yesterday. I will not complain about the rain however because I remember how desperate we were last summer for an occasional rain shower that we didn’t get.
At 5 pm I let everybody out of the barn and it’s fun to have the goats wander about as I work on my plants. Susannah likes to eat the pampas grass and would ruin my houseplants given the chance. I have started many succulents in pots that I hope to share with my friends. I have also planted many assorted “planters” with hen and chicks that I ordered as plugs from a nursery in California. Many of these collectible containers do not have drainage so these plants must be kept on the dry side. Too much water is the main reason succulents die in the pot – their base simply rots away. Be kind to your succulents and water sparingly. The lilies are starting to bloom – I love this time of year! There are weeds in my lily garden but until the lilies have quit blooming, I won’t go in to weed. The prairie mallow (my mother-in-law’s miniature hollyhocks) are blooming everywhere! We sell an envelope of seeds for $4.00. They self-seed and come up in the cracks of the sidewalk – very easy to grow! They hydrangeas are beginning to bloom, too – everything is very lush and green in North Iowa.
Today is my 66th birthday – much too old to be cleaning the barn! Ha!
Grace and Rex Tesene have been staying with Grandma Connie and Grandpa Roy this week. They are from Aurora, IL, and their parents run a business called Two Bostons, a pet accessory store which you might even want to find online. We have enjoyed seeing them in the shop every day when Connie comes to work. Two little kids can certainly change one’s daily routine. Just ask Connie!
Happy 4th of July! Remember the shop is closed on July 4, 5 and 6 so we can all enjoy the holiday!
Just for a laugh…