Weird Life

I debated about posting this… there’s probably a few ways to say either 1) I’m lying, or 2) I abuse animals. Those of you who read this blog know better… so I will go ahead and share the weirdest thing that has ever happened to me!

I was mowing my yard, and it’s 74˚ today (which seems HOT after snow last week), so I go inside and get a drink. I come out, forget that I only have a smidge of grass to mow, and I walk over to my flower bed that I’d turned over with a shovel yesterday. I’d also shoveled a layer of manure on top of that, and I knelt down to start breaking clods and mixing the layers. I had my audio book going… hmmm. That’s a weird bird call. What kind of bird is that? I turned off my audio book so I could hear better.

Well… that’s not a bird… it’s a… kitten! Booger must have had her kittens! But where was it?? Did she just have it out in the grass? There was Booger, outside my yard… Yup, sure enough, her hefty tummy is now slim and loose. But where was the kitten? I stood, tilting my head, trying to pinpoint the sound.

I took a few steps, opened my gate, and left my yard. No… the sound is back where I was. I returned… I had moved some flower pots around so I peered inside, behind, around them all. No kitten.

But there is that distinctive high pitched mew.

I move to the wood shed… no, that’s not right. I swear it’s coming DIRECTLY FROM MY FLOWER BED.

Again, I kneel. I rake my hand moving a few handfuls of dirt. Eden is right there next to me, ears pricked, tilting her head side to side, echoing what I had done a minute before. I nudged her back with my elbow and right then…

RIGHT THEN!

This grey furry *thing* rises up through the dirt! HOLY MOLY!!! I’m not ashamed… I SQUEALED! THERE’S A KITTEN BURIED IN MY FLOWER BED!!!!

Now my iPad is right next to me… remember my audio book… so I grabbed it and took this photo.

Two seconds later, I had the kitten out of the dirt and in my warm hands.

Poor little thing was dry but cold.

HOW THE H*&^ IS A KITTEN BURIED IN MY FLOWER BED????????????????

I wander around, looking here and there for the rest of the kittens, but don’t hear or see them. Booger is there, and on closer inspection I decide she is looking worse for wear, matted and wet like she does when Eden “plays” with her. EDEN? Hmmmm.

Booger lays there, soon purring as I rub her back. I place the kitten next to her, and she grabs it, almost biting (not the gentle pick up and carry bite)… I take it and place it at her belly again. And again. The fourth try finally she licks it once, twice, and rolls over to give it access to her belly. I can see she’s been nursed, so there are other kittens!

Booger’s patience has worn thin though, and she jumps up, picks up her kitten, and marches the few steps to the wood shed, where she ducks under the floor to relative safety.

My conclusion? Booger had her kittens this morning under the shed. At some point, Eden reached under, though she can only get her head under the wood shed, and drug Booger out… probably simply to see what the mewing was about. Perhaps little “Lucky”, as I’ve named it, was enjoying it’s first meal… Eden doesn’t hurt Booger, but she will mouth her, so I imagine she was relatively gentle. Booger escaped, but that left Lucky to Eden’s devices.

What does Eden do with things she wants to eat or play with later???

She buries them.

In a flower bed I’d just broken up the day before so the soil was soft. I could have stayed in the house. My lapse of memory about finishing mowing my yard sent me to the flower bed. I decided to whack the clods of dirt with my heavy hand rake just inches away from Lucky’s hiding spot.

That kitten was meant to be found.

When it gets bigger, you bet Lucky will be the star of the show around here… but for now, he/she is staying safe under the wood shed.

What a weird life I have!

Something Done

Wheeee. If I worked this hard every day, I may start to lose weight! I know that’s not too valid of a concern… but, whoa.

I rototilled the garden one more time, and planted onions, carrots, and lettuce. I’m not too concerned about the other plants quite yet… there’s still time for a snow storm to sneak in.

I mowed some lawn… using the walk behind little mower since my big one wants to be temperamental. I’m also looking into buying a new big one! Having a bigger mower is essential as I mow around buildings outside of my lawn and a little walk behind mower would take me FOREVER.

I started adding some manure to a flower bed and digging up some weeds and thistles that want to call it home.

I also started woodburning a present for a friend. Unfortunately, I’m getting fancier… and her birthday is tomorrow. Plan on a late present, KJ, no surprise there, eh?

The guys are farming… leveling a field, spraying for alfalfa weevil, and repairing the stuff that seems to break down right when you first go to work! We will be branding this weekend… so there’s some of that preparation thrown in the mix too.

As Vernon often says after a day like today… maybe tomorrow we can get something done.

What a Day

A very happy Mother’s Day to all my readers, those with their own kids, those that have stepped up to mother those kids that need it, and those who just simply love children for who they may become.

I spent the day working outside…

Fighting with my riding lawnmower… and losing…

Switching to my little push mower.

Hauling rotten straw to my garden to join the two loads of manure Vernon was nice enough to haul in for me last week!

Making videos…

Rototilling the garden…

Sweating…

Today was a very pretty day… sunshine, no wind, blue skies… hey, like it’s springtime again!

I hope your day was productive, beautiful, and shared with those you love!

Cody Horse Sale

The horse sale was back in Cody. We’ve gone to it off and on… Panama, Winchester, and Zip have all come from there. Daniel and Tess were excited to go, Vernon was wishy-washy for quite a while… he could get some things done, but he could haul up his four wheeler to the mechanic to look at… by the time he finally decided to go, I’d already told Tess I’d babysit the kids so she could go childless.

Well, they now livestream the sale on Facebook, so I did get to watch the actual sale… and Tess sent me a couple of pics from the preview.

These two were Daniel’s picks, but they both went for right at $10,000. Our pockets aren’t quite that deep!

The high seller was $36,000, which I think is just ridiculous. Lots of the horses going through were draft crosses, I guess people are trying to get more bone in their horses, but it doesn’t really appeal to us. We do need speed on occasion, something quick and responsive, something draft horses aren’t usually known for!

Oh, well, we’re usually looking for a horse or two… and we will keep on looking…

More Branding Pics

Sorry. Came home from the kids’ spring concert last night and fell asleep and even though that happens a lot of nights before I blog… I just couldn’t write a post last night! Just couldn’t think or function… So no post last night!

I moved books at the library today to make way for new shelving… You can watch that live video on Facebook by following the Ten Sleep Branch Library.

Tonight was a little get together with Megan, Tess, and my sister. We dubbed it the Margarita Mother’s Day party… and we hope to make it an annual event. No kids. No husband. Well, Vernon came home and went to bed after dark, but I don’t think we bothered him *too* much with our laughter!

So, I’ll give you a colored version of the puzzle from the Wordless Wednesday post, as requested. If you’d like to complete a jigsaw puzzle and exercise your mind a bit, go HERE.

And, here’s a few more branding photos just to keep you happy!

A hearty congratulations to our neighbor and roper, B. He and his wife just had a baby boy! Another cowkid for the Upper Nowood Area!