The past week was a very busy time for us here on the farm.
First, we cleaned out a house we rent out. You never know how renters are going to take care of a place until it's too late. These people trashed the place so badly that the farmer finally asked them to move out; since the house is on one of our properties it made the whole place look bad. It took about six weeks for them to move, without paying rent, and they left the house filled with stuff! Honestly, I don't know what they took with them to wear, for it seemed most was left in garbage bags or on the floor.
The little calf, Spittin' Image, has been very sick, almost to the point of death. One afternoon I noticed his mama bawling for him and when we found him we knew he was sick. The farmer gave him an antibiotic shot and the next morning he was so weak he could barely stand. When he tried to walk he wobbled. Young calves often take what we call "scours" and will soon dehydrate. So we're always prepared to give them an oral hydration, electrolyte solution, (which is mostly a mixture of glucose, sodium chloride, and potassium), using a bottle with a long tube which is put down their throats to insure it gets to the stomach. This takes a little skill to do; the tube shouldn't go down the windpipe! He was given the treatment three times and responded well; yesterday I saw him run just a little and he's taking milk from his mama again, so maybe he'll be o.k.
Two days were spent getting the plumbing work done. The drain pipes to the kitchen and laundry room were almost totally plugged after almost 46 years of use. In the days when this house was built, l968, drain lines were cast iron and after time the insides rust and stuff starts to build up on that rust until they become plugged. Now I can use my dishwasher again! I did hate to see holes cut in my wallpaper though.
The last three days of the week were spent in the hay fields, baling, hauling, and wrapping; some of these days ran as late as "dark-thirty" before we were finished.
The last picture shows the damage wild hogs can do overnight in the fields. Of course this is only one spot out of many over the field.
So, yesterday morning, at church, when people asked, "How are you?", I replied, "I'm very, very tired."