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Glossary Of Swamp Hag Terms

Glossary Of Swamp Hag Terms

  Better late than never… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This list will Ebb & Flow~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Abscond:  Honey bee jargon.  It means to run away.  Leave home.  Pack up all your honey & pollen bags and get out of Dodge. Addy:  Big black Clydesdale mare. Amanda (Mandy):  Jenny donkey in my childhood and mother to Phineas & Erasmus & Bruno & Sassafras & Nugget. Amulet:  My first Siamese cat.  A combination of a blue and a cholcolate point. Annie:  Jenny donkey and pasture…

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One Cold Day In Florida

One Cold Day In Florida

We Had A Hard Freeze!!! Tra!  La! Take that mosquitoes! I don’t think we’ve had a hard freeze for the past two winters at least… We need at least one a winter to kill off the green-gooies that get to thriving in the heat and humidity down here…….(witness Ben’s head). And the mosquito population has been growing each year exponentially. As an aside…….did you know that we have elected officials who head up our Mosquito Control Division? ***Our Elected Mosquito…

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We’re Still At It…….Addy & Me

We’re Still At It…….Addy & Me

Remember the ninety (90) pills I’m giving to Addy every day?… We’re still at it… She’s even less happy with me now… She’s developed her own little (?) avoidance habits… …..like putting her head up even higher……. …..I just go up extra steps on the stepladder to reach her……. …..or slowly (because she is an inherently kind horse) pushing her cheek up against me until I have to step back down the ladder (or else get swept off of it…

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Doctor Atkins…….I’m Sorry…

Doctor Atkins…….I’m Sorry…

I’m back on my diet again……. My holiday-hiatus is over……. It was only supposed to be a few days……. Not a few months……. I won’t approach our nasty/judgy scale……it’s never been my friend. …..plus, it’s always been eleven pounds heavier than my reality, anyway… I’ve inhaled every new flavor of Blue Bell Ice Cream that I could find…….I’ll have to wait for next year’s seasonal “Christmas Cookie” flavor to come back again……………..I recommend it… *****YOU JUST HAVE TO CLICK ON…

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The Nuances Of Mowing

The Nuances Of Mowing

Along with a day’s worth of mowing… …..I got to visit with friends… I had a long interaction with a male Red-Shouldered hawk while mowing the pasture in the front. If you remember from an earlier post, he and I have a symbiotic-relationship. The tractor and I beat the ground with twirling/metal blades, while he sits in various perches…..following us…..waiting….. He’s an opportunistic dude… …..he’ll swoop in after I’ve gone past and scoop up interesting “things” in his talons. Then…

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Bush Hogging…….Again…

Bush Hogging…….Again…

If it weren’t for the spinning blades, roaring noise, splintering/flying wood and small-to-medium-sized-rock-projectiles……. …..bush hogging would be relaxing… …..there is the “white noise”… …..but it’s drowned out by the ear-deadening grinding, chopping, and hacking of all of the hidden (and not-so-hidden) wind-fall and stuff on the ground. …..at least the temperature is survivable this time of year… …..I can get off & back on the tractor without searing my bottom on the sun-baked/cracked/vinyl seat… ~~~~~And Then There’s My Favorite Friend—–The…

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Fungus ~~ Among-Us

Fungus ~~ Among-Us

All is well… But a trip to Dr. Russell’s was necessary for Ben. He had developed a mysterious/crusty “something” on the crown of his head and then another “something” on the top of his muzzle. My go-to is always…………………………SNAKE BITE!!! …..but there were no swelling/weeping puncture wounds anywhere….. Phew… Then after a closer look…..it looked like he might have aggravated one of the girls outside (not surprising…..most days he is a phenomenal twit)…..and the girl hound had her final say…

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~~~Horse Thieves~~~

~~~Horse Thieves~~~

Just like I need more to worry about. Apparently there are horse thieves in our area. Social media and the regular daily news has been helping with information. As gruesome as it sounds, there was at least one horse (a little south of us) who disappeared and was later found in a field as a butchered carcass. What is wrong with people? The advice that’s being circulated is not to leave leads near the stalls or halters on your horses….

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Nutella versus Doctor Atkins

Nutella versus Doctor Atkins

Post-Holiday snacks and goodies are still in the house… I’m doing my very best to motor through all of it… …..you know, the stuff that you normally pass by in the grocery store…….but as stocking-stuffers……. …..They Are Just Perfect!   Right now the cupboard is teeming with little cans of Vienna sausages, and sardines in hot sauce, and Digestives, and jerky, and Nutella (the generic type)…….lots & lots of Nutella… My younger daughter just walked by with a smear of…

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~~~Anja Is The Best~~~

~~~Anja Is The Best~~~

My younger daughter and her new horse Anja continue to bond. It’s great to see their relationship forming. I feel like Anja will learn to look out for my kid. She’s a gentle soul. Anja is still at Suzanne-Annette’s…….she still has one more botulism vaccination before she can come to our farm… …..but she’ll be coming home this month. Tra!  La! It’s winter here in sub-tropical Florida… Suzanne-Annette is a native Floridian… The temperature has dipped occasionally into the 40’s…

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~~~Puppy Pilgrimage~~~

~~~Puppy Pilgrimage~~~

We had to take Willow’s litter for their first round of puppy shots… Yesterday was our designated puppy-pilgrimage-day… Seven, squirming, damp fuzz-balls… But my younger daughter and I did make it with all seven… …..there was one…….long…….extended…….moment in the vet’s parking lot where I could only count six puppies in the truck’s back seat……. …..life was frozen in space & time….. …..bile & stomach-acid was immediately in my throat….. …..one of the back windows was cranked down further than what…

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