Saturday, July 16, 2016

JULY 16 2016
OUR COFFEE POT HAS QUIT !! I WAS REDUCDE TO BOILING WATER IN THE MICROWAVE--
 WHICH I KNOW CAN BE DANGEROUS  BUT I FORGET WHY IT CAN SPIT A LL OVER YOU...
IT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH  PUTTING A METAL SPOON IN A CEREMAC CUP 
HOWEVER...
STRAINED COFFEE IS DIFFERENT... BUT IT IS COFFEE
I DRINK MY COFFEE THRU A STRAW  WHICH ENABLES ME TO 
CONSTANTLY STIR IT UP BY BLOWING BUBBLES...
 WE ALL DO HAVE OUR QUIRKS....
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 MOVING ON...
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PUPS ARE HUGE... NOEL IS BORED WITH THE PROJECT- 
I AM GLAD WE HAVE WIDDLE WEIGH IN EVERY NIGHT--
 THEY ARE GAINING WEIGHT EVEN THO SHE HARDLY EVER 
SEEMS TO BE NURSING THEM...
WIDDLE WEIGH IN ALSO INVOLVES "BOO  B  INSPECTION"  ALL 8 OF THEM
HEY ------THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE INSTRUCTIONAL...
WELL--- WE ARE INSPECTING FOR  ANY HARD LUMPS  OR HOT "SECTIONS"
 ANY IN DOUBT WE CHECK THE COLOR  OF THE MILK... YELLOW IS NOT GOOD.
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THUS ENDETH THE LESSON OF THE DAY.
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LAST NIGHT AT MAIL CALL IT WAS NOTED THAT TEH CP'S WERE LOOKING 
FOR NOT ONLY A VOMIT REPORT  BUT A NASAL DRAINAGE-- OR SNOOT REPORT FROM "PUPPY", THE MINI HORSE..
HE HAS FINISHED HIS DAILY INJECTIONS ( IN HIS BUTTTT) AND GRACE REPORTED ONLY ONE SMALL GOOBER.
HE LOOKS AND IS ACTING FINE.
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A MEETING WAS HELD WITH JANINE- WHO FLEW THRU HERE TO GRAZE 
ON  ANY AVAILABLE FOOD  BEFORE A BIKE RIDE.. IT WAS DECIDED.. VERY QUICKLY... THAT ON SUNDAY-- SHE WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO HELP MIX PUPPY AND HIS MOM INTO THE GROUP OF DONKEYS..
IN PREP FOR THAT, IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF THEY WERE ALL HUNGRY FOR HAY-- SO SATURDAY NIGHT  THEIR USUAL HAY PILE SHOULD BE MUCH SMALLER-- CAUSING THEM TO  PICK UP EVERY STRAND INSTEAD OF WALKING AROUND IN IT.

THEN SUNDAY I WE  CAN SPACE OUT THE PILES OF HAY .. MAYBE THEY WILL CONCENTRATE ON EATING AND NOT CHASING EACH OTHER AROUND... I WISH TEH CAMERAS WERE ALREADY IN ACTION... THEY SHOULD BE WITHIN A FEW DAYS-- 2 GUYS FROM CALIFORNIA... AND THE EQUIPMENT ARE DUE HERE TUESDAY...10 AM....
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RIGHT NOW....WE HAVE SUPER HAY--PURCHASED FROM "DODGE GRAIN"  INSTEAD OF THE LOCAL   ESSEX COUNTY COOP..  IT HAS GOOD COLOR,A ND LOTS OF  TIMOTHY BUDS- AND SMELLS GOOOOOD. IT IS FROM SOMEPLACE WHERE RAISING HAY IS A  BUSINESS...  THE FIELDS ARE FERTILIZED AND  IT IS CUT, DRIED AND BALED BY SOMEONE WHO COULD ALSO PREDICT THE WEATHER... BECAUSE ONCE CUT, YOU WANT IT TO DRY FOR A FEW DAYS AND GET BALED AND OUT OF THE FIELD BEFORE IT GETS WET. 
NOT GREAT HAY IS BROWN, LOTS OF STALKS- LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE BALED TEH WEEDS OFF THE HIGHWAY
BAD HAY IS DUSTY - AND SOMETIMES EVEN MOULDY.... IT IS  FROM WET HAY SOMEONE WAS IN A HURRY TO BALE AND SELL BEFORE PROPERLY DRIED---  CAN CAUSE SICKNESS.
 NON WORKING  HORSES CAN LIVE ON GOOD HAY AND WATER
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 I CAN REMEMBER---- WHEN I WAS A KID HELPING IN SOMEONE'S BARN, JEANNE DIDN'T WAIT TO DETERMINE IF A BALE WAS DUSTY, SHE KEPT A WATERING CAN  NEXT TO HT E HAY... AND WE SHOOK IT UP AND SPRINKLED IT BEFORE FEEDING IT.
NOW- WITH THIS GREAT HAY- WE JUST THROW THE CHUNKS IN THE STALL.. A REALLY GOOD FARMER, AS THEY CARRY THE CHUNKS TO THE HORSE STALL, WILL STICK THIER NOSE IN EVERY HANDFUL TO BE SURE -- NO MOLD.
JUST ONE OF THOSE  FARMER THINGS.
 FARMING FOR THE PURPOSE OF RAISING HORSES IS NOT THE SERIOUS BUSINESS IT USED TO BE..-
WE---- ALOT OF THE WE'S ---HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO THINK FARMING IS FOR THE DULL WITTED--  THAT IS JUST BEFORE WE SIT DOWN TO A HEARTY MEAL WHILE MAKING FUN OF THE FARMER WHO FEEDS US...
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SO THERE ! 
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BELLA AND GEORGE WERE HERE ( TO PICK UP  SOME OF THIS GREAT   HAY FOR THIER EQUINES..) THAT WAS BEFORE THEY WERE TO GO TO BOSTON FOR THE RADIOTHON TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
BELLA AND GEORGE WERE A BIGGGGGG HIT...AS SHE HAD A CHECK FOR THEM OF $5300 FROM SHIRT SALES ETC...
MEATCUTTER STEVE AND WIFE AND OTHER SDP PEOPLE WERE THERE MANNINBG THE PHONES...
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RACHAEL SAID TEH ANC NEWS VIDEO OF BELLA AND GEORGE HIT 100 MILLION  ON THE INTERNET..

I HAVE TO HAND IT TO RACHAEL-- SHE HAS MORE STAMINIA AND DOES MORE IN EVERY DAY THAN  MOST ANYONE I KNOW.. SHE HAD ALREADY DONE A FULL DAY OF GETTING FOOD FOR THEIR CRITTERS, AND THEN THEY TOOK OFF FOR BOSTON AND HOURS OF PHONE COVERAGE...

I REMAIN IMPRESSED...

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