The little Garrett Bear is sleeping so I thought I could post really quick.
Fall is definitely here. I love listening to the wind blow through the corn, the crisp evenings, and the geese flying overhead. The only downfall is knowing that fall is already here and that winter will be here in no time. I lost two months this year. I normally say that I am two months behind but I literally lost two months. July was so hot and I was eight months pregnant I couldn't do anything except stay inside on the couch. I also lost all of August. After spending a week at the hospital and now being forced to do nothing for four weeks (doctor's orders), I lost all of August too. I'm slowly getting better but I'll be no where near 100% for another few weeks. The doctors are figuring it'll take at least eight weeks for me to recover from my emergency surgery. So poor Mike will continue to do mychores for me because I can't lift, push, or drag much of anything.
I'm ignoring what is coming tomorrow. I had hoped with the new hay that Queen and Thor would put on a little bit of weight but I think they've lost even more weight. I know it's time, in fact it's beyond time. I should have put them down the first of July instead of the first part of September. I know that I wont' be able to keep it together tomorrow and if I even think about it the water works start.
I am now trying to figure out where everyone will be going for the winter. It's a new herd dynamic once Thor and Queen are gone. I have to figure out who will go where. I also have to figure out some fencing too. Last year everything went to pot and I've been too pregnant all summer to do anything with the fencing this year. So now we are going to be in a mad dash to get a few things done. I had a temporary fence up in the drylot because the permanent fence is just that bad. It's a good thing because a dead tree fell down and took a good portion of the permanent fence down. Hopefully the weather will hold long enough to get something figured out.
I do have a feeling that winter will be here earlier than expected. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'm wrong.
The big herd (well, the five) are still at the neighbor's. I'm hoping to keep them over there until the end of september. If we get rain, I might be able to keep them over there longer but it'll depend on the grass and when hunting season starts. Our pasture is gone and I'm keeping everyone off of it until next spring but if I can eek out a few more days at the neighbor's, I'll do it.
Dude and King are doing really well at mom and dad's. I think they even picked up more weight. Guess I should have hauled Zeke and Bo up there instead but I guess that's all in hind sight. I'm hoping to keep Dude and King at mom and dad's for a few more weeks. The pasture seems to be holding up better than ours but they got a bit more rain than we did. Amazing that we are only 30 miles apart but that 30 miles makes a big difference.
The ponies were on pasture but that's all dried up. But they have some extra weight on them so all is good. To make chores easier on Mike until I can get back to doing them, we pushed round bales in for Zeke, Bo, and Jim. They seem to enjoy the free buffet.
I'm going to have to start feeding Babe alfalfa. Now that I can actually go outside for about a half an hour, I realized I need to increase her food intake. Babe is such a tough cookie, I expect she'll just keep her head in the food until next spring!
I'm not sure that I'll post much the rest of the week. Losing Queen and Thor is going to be excruciatingly painful. I don't want to bring anyone down, so if I don't post, it's because I don't want to be negative..
Go and hug your family and tell them that you love them. Each day is precious and each moment is precious.