05-18-2013, 02:05 PM
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It's 80 degrees, sweet breeze, watching our old mare and 11 ewes in the backyard munching overtall grass, hubby and I eating sloppy joes in front of the TV. First normal, beautiful, quiet day alone, together, in ???? Maybe since June 2012 before the drought. All is well with the world, at least in my 20 acres.
After lunch, nothing scheduled. Need to deal with some algae on the pond, hubby has been raking with a lawn rake and manure fork and it's not working. Plus it's backbreaking labor. He rigged up a seine type net that he hopes to use with my help, to drag the algae off. Then, I might put the pony's muzzle on him (the pony, not the DH) and turn out on the lawn for some R&R where I can keep an eye on him while I mow where the sheep have already been. Then put up the truck tent to see if it works for my girlfriends' horse camping weekend in early June. It's my first horse camping experience so I am gathering equipment and supplies. (Suggestions are welcome!) Then DH wanted to know whether I need to go to town, so we might plan on that with a nice dinner out.
I feel very blessed right now.
I had a post written out last night and it evaporated. I appreciate Roadyy's and Sereno's advice and experiences that they've related about raising kids. I second Alex's advice to Nvr -- you should expect to be treated with respect, and anyone who can't be "present and accounted for" when you're together doing things you want to do, is immature and self-centered. Some people never grow out of this, and it may be a sign that they love what you do for them, but maybe don't love YOU the way that you deserve to be loved. I see way too many loving, generous women who are taken advantage of by men who don't deserve them. Sermon over.
Cacowgirl, Celeste said it better than I could - if they couldn't give you the time to learn the job, that's a shame. I'm sorry it didn't work out for you.
Critter, we have a 'critter sitter' who visits 2-3 times a day while we're out of town, to give the old horse and pony their special diets twice a day and let the dogs out for a run 3 times a day. She's worth far more than she charges! Last year we were gone during the really severe heat and one of our sheep succumbed. Our critter sitter flagged down a neighbor farmer to help her transport the ewe to the shady overhang of the barn and spent probably half a day with her to try to save her. The ewe lived until a day or two after we got home but she just never came out of it. She gets along great even with our "short bus" collection of rescued border collies that have their special quirks and don't always get along with everyone.