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Musings of our Colorful Collection of Farm Animals and Homesteading Pursuits on a Swamp in Central Florida

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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Fun With Ducks…….

Fun With Ducks…….

Right now…..I should be doing paperwork to renew my National Athletic Training license before December 31st……. Procrastinate much?????????? But honestly…….I’ve been attempting to do that all day long…….with very little success……. I’ve put out a loud/pathetic wail to my older daughter to help me with all of this necessary cyber-garbage……. …….I’ve got scraps of paper and xeroxed certificates floating all over this house…….and if DaVinci pee’d on them sometime throughout the year…….who knows what I did with them…….?… …..I sure…

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Mission Accomplished ~~~Puppy Proofing The Christmas Tree

Mission Accomplished ~~~Puppy Proofing The Christmas Tree

We finally got the tree up AND we got it lit! It’s not pretty…….but it’s (fairly) puppy-proof… Let the games begin!                       Tra!  La! My younger daughter and I went to our special tree farm and picked out our tree…….(we’ve been going to the same Christmas Tree Farm since my girls were in diapers.)   ***Lazy Lay Acres Christmas Tree Farm*** …..Paulo gives us ceiling height measurements ahead of time.  We…

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The Horse Psychic

The Horse Psychic

I’m pulling out all the stops… Yesterday I had a psychic come to our property to “read” my horses and the land… Surprised? Oh…….come on……. …..you shouldn’t be by now! …..and here’s a spoiler…….it’s not the first time she’s been here either… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sabrina came yesterday… (alias…alias…alias) She’s crusty…….I like her… Years ago (2004) she was here to read two of our horses… One of which, we were having a great deal of behavioral trouble with……. Sabrina told us…….all she…

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Claire’s Nasty Hoofies

Claire’s Nasty Hoofies

We just finished trimming Claire’s hooves today. She’s the one with hoof canker……..real bad stuff… It’s most probably incurable. It most probably is her death knell. *****Equine Hoof Canker***** It’s not communicable… It’s just poor ole’ Claire’s problem…….in all four hooves. …..Hoof Canker is a nasty anaerobic organism……. I know I’ve said this before, but she so reminds me of Boxer from the book “Animal Farm”….. *****Boxer~~~The Work Horse***** …..he was the work horse that worked so hard supporting the…

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L-Tryptophan Is My Friend

L-Tryptophan Is My Friend

We pulled off another Thanksgiving Day dinner……. The kitchen sink is relatively clear of dirty dishes the morning after……. …..so that’s a win too……. …..and the left-overs…….are well…….left over……. …..so that’s also a win…….’cuz I ain’t cookin’…….                               ……I got to watch the Macy’s Day Parade…….I got to see the Radio City Rockettes, but NOT the Budweiser Clydesdales…….hmmmmmmmmmmmmm…….(?)… …..I didn’t see them in last year’s parade…

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Go~~~Nads~~~Go

Go~~~Nads~~~Go

****************WARNING*************** *****************DISCLAIMER***************** *****************This Is A Farm Post**************** *****************Farm “Things” Get Discussed On Farm Posts*****************   Mason has a new purpose, a new career, a new owner, and a new home……. Hopefully everything will work out and just maybe he will become Sebastian’s next Hunt horse…….. Mason needs to learn the basics of being ridden at speeds less than a flat-out gallop and not just in circles. The down side for Mason was…….he had to be gelded……. ~~~~~~~Mason was NOT consulted~~~~~~~…

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University Of Florida Botanist’s Opinion

University Of Florida Botanist’s Opinion

And around and around we go………… The weed photos were dutifully sent to U. of  F. And surprise, surprise, surprise…………. …..none of the weeds were considered poisonous to horses or livestock…………. …..well, that’s not entirely true……. Weed #5 (they believe) is from the “mallow” family. It could cause higher than normal nitrate levels in the blood…….IF the plant is stressed and then eaten………….(?) …..well…….Weed #5 didn’t look “stressed” or even nibbled on by the horses.  There were only two of…

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Addy——Here We Go Again…

Addy——Here We Go Again…

So now let’s delve into the “Saga-of-Addy”……. Or maybe, given our recent two year span, it should be called “The Sad Sojourn of the Farm in the Swamp”(?) Addy seemed off her food two weeks ago…….her head-set was carried lower than normal…….her eye focus was not quite right……. …….you know, all those intangible things that set off flares and alarms!?!… So, I started taking her temperature… It was elevated…………. …..103.4F….. …..@#$%$#@! Our vet zipped by and took blood for comparative…

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