Monday, January 10, 2011
This was a great weekend and 2011 is turning out to be great. I've put a lot of intention into it and so far, so good. First off, Sherman the Boxer graduated! He is officially a "ranch dog", ha ha. Being that he is over 9 years old and chases EVERYTHING in sight, I didn't think there was any way he could be around my chickens without killing them. But, I guess after seeing them through the fence every day for over 2 months, he has figured out they belong here! Yesterday, I took him out on leash while they were out free ranging and I couldn't believe he just acted as if he cared less. More interested in playing with sticks than chasing chickens. I was out there all afternoon and he was perfect with them and I feel confident that another dog or coyote will not get to them while he is out there while they are free ranging. Yay! It was great to see.
Above, Sherman is not so sure about Jack puffing up on him. Trying to ignore him, I think and pretending he doesn't see him!
Above, Sherman more interested in playing with the little stick he found and this time, Jack is not so sure about Sherman.
Below, I put Sherman in the coop run with the chickens - "let me out, mom!"
We also started to take the roof off that the "hired help" started. Boy, they made a mess of it. We are going to roof and finish the whole shop ourselves. Got the walls trued up, and the roof removed. It was a good start.
Below, is my omen for a great garden this year. It will be my 4th year trying and growing a garden in the desert is very hard, but I think I have the recipe! The chicken manure will really help. I had to dig a 2 foot trench all the way around the garden area where I will put hardware cloth to prevent the rodents from digging under and in. While I was just finishing up the trench, I saw this lone lady bug just sitting on the desert soil where I piled it up. It's my good luck lady bug!
No pictures, but I also got the RV ready for a trip we're taking in about a week and a half. We're going for 4 days to Quartszite, AZ. We dry camp (we have solar and are self contained) out on BLM land and it's really nice. They have the biggest swap meet in the country every year. It's a lot of fun and we're looking forward to it!