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Workhorse
Workhorse – these are my favorite overalls which I am inspired to repair to keep wearing.  Read about a socially conscious art installation here where Michael Whaling of Scoharie County, NY works & creates a variety of art.

Today, being Labor Day and all, I thought it would be fitting to share the work of the day.

Early – finished preparing & delivered pies, set eggs out at end of driveway for egg customers after my cup of coffee with this chap:

My date for early coffee today
My date for early coffee today

Mid-morning – finished rest of barn chores including moving the lambs to one pasture, the ewes to another, etc., etc.  Neighbor friend came by to groom horses and train pony.

Hurray!  Nite Nite didn't mind her saddle or her rider at all!
Hurray! Nite Nite didn’t mind her saddle or her rider at all!

Mid-day – finished pony-work, delivered neighbor-friend back to her home, snagged a Red Solo Cup of freshly prepared Cucumber Soup that neighbor’s dad shared with me, drove home & had lunch, including said-soup(which was delicious.)

Afternoon, all of it – cut all of the thistles and burdocks from the pastures and hedgerows around the barn.  Trundled it all together.  Put it in the back of the truck to haul off where it won’t reseed the pastures and barn vicinity.

Little frog friend that I found on Char's back while we were hacking burdocks.
Little frog friend that I found on Char’s back while we were hacking burdocks.

This job uses a machete & large lopping shears.  The tools are the awesome part of the job.  The heat-stroke I nearly suffered was not an awesome part of the job.

Late afternoon -attempted to get into a thicket surrounding a boulder near the roundpen to rid it of thistles & burdocks.  Saw a snake skin.  Freaked out and called it a day on that location.

Later afternoon – attempted to hack down the overgrown sumac and various other gigantic wild beasts in my front perennial garden.  Ran into a yellow-jackets’ nest.  Heart-rate escalated as I ran super-fast away.  (I have a bee allergy and it is a sad set-back when I get stung.)

Late, late afternoon – a lot of meh-ing from the barn.  Ran out to find that two of three goats had escaped.  Well-behaved goat was telling on the others.  Poorly behaved two goats were stuffing their faces in the tack room on sheep grain, which they’d uncovered and dumped.  Collected them by the horns and led them to their paddock.  Well-behaved goat was satisfied.

Poorly behaved goats, headed back to their stall
Poorly behaved goats, headed back to their stall

Late, late, late afternoon – a lot of meh-ing from the barn.  This time I asked Char to please go get the goats and stow them into their stall for the night.

Late, late, late, late afternoon – a lot of baaah-ing from the ewes.  Put on my boots and headed out to the barn to find about 8 or 9 lambs had escaped from their pasture and were milling about near the apple tree, the garden, the horse paddock.

Lambs on the lam - again.
Lambs on the lam – again.

Early evening – took about an hour to stow the whole lot in the barn for the evening, fed the horses and put them out into their night pasture.  Tucked all of the chickens in, including the silkie that thinks I can’t see her on the aluminum garbage pan which houses their grain.  Tucked all of the ducks in, in about 2 seconds, because they’re Runner Ducks.

Evening – made chocolate hazelnut cookies for the second time this weekend & had two for dinner.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies - recipe from King Arthur Flour -delicious!
Dinner

I think, except for the dishes in the sink, I might be done for the day.

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