Is today over yet? This is one day that has gone on forever and even though there’s just a little over an hour left of it as I’m typing this, it will be an hour or two into tomorrow before today’s work is done. That’s the kind of day it’s been.
I woke up early with plans of getting all the tomatoes, which we picked over the weekend, canned. First I rounded up jars and got them put in the dishwasher before I headed out to do chores. Both the kids were still sleeping so I decided I’d just sneak out really fast and get them done. Miley always loves to come with me to help with chores, but since I was needing to get canning done and she was still asleep, I thought it’s be a little quicker just to run out and do them real fast. Once I got about half way through them, Miley came running out and helped me finish up.
I decided to run out and check the level of the water tank out behind the barn. It has a slow leak in it, and since we have all the goats out there right now, I figured it could probably use more water. As Miley and I walked out there, we visited about our plans for the day and were greeted by Sweet Pea, who needed her usual “good morning” hugs.
Once we got to the tank and I looked inside of it, I stopped and stepped back. If you remember on my last post, I mentioned that we were missing a turkey… well… I found out what happened to it. Yep… it was in the tank, dead. Poor thing! I was surprised to see it in there because I didn’t think the turkeys could fit through the fence and get to that tank. So… I stood there for a while pondering what I should do next. Normally I leave stuff like that for Michael to figure out, but since he was at work, and that tank was the only source of water for the goats, I knew I had to get it out myself.
I’m not very good at dealing with things like that. I’d have to say it’s probably one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever had to do. Turkeys are pretty heavy in the first place, then with it being water logged… I could barely get it out of the tank. I’ll spare you the rest of the details, and just say it was a lot of work getting it out.
By the time I got all that done and back in the house, it was getting close to lunch time. We decided to go ahead and eat an early lunch then get started on the tomatoes. Once lunch was finished, Miley and I read a couple books together and discussed them. I washed up the dishes and then remembered that I had left the water running in the tank, which I did to over flow and clean it. We ran out to shut it off and discovered that Snickers, our buck, had gotten out of the fence. He was on the side furthest from us. I decided to leave him, and hoped he stayed out in that area, until Michael got home so he could help me get him in.
We headed back to the house and I got started on the tomatoes while Miley cleaned her room…
And of course, the cat helped too.
Once I got a third of the tomatoes chopped and into the roaster, Miley came running in from throwing some feathers out. (Feathers… yeah. She collects turkey and chicken feathers to make toys for her cat, and well… she had enough of them in her room to stuff 15 pillows. Ok, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but she had a lot of them and I told her she needed to get rid of some of them.) She said Snickers had made it up to the barn and Sugar and Zinnia were both out with him.
Not good. Sugar is his mom and Zinnia is his sister and we don’t want him breeding them. So we ran out there and I pondered what to do. I went and got some grain… goats will do anything for grain! Next I caught sugar and lured Zinnia and Snickers with the grain. They all followed me around to the front of the barn and I got the 2 girls in the pasture. I didn’t want to leave Snickers loose because I was afraid he’d go back around to the pasture behind the barn, where Sweet Pea was and lure her out. She’s his older sister so we don’t want him breeding her either.
I couldn’t lead him back to the pasture where he needed to be because; first of all, he doesn’t lead at all so it would be more like me dragging him up there. Second, when bucks are in rut they can be very moody and vicious. He’s already tried to challenge Michael a couple of times and I didn’t want him doing that to me. He’s still small enough he probably wouldn’t hurt me too bad, but I really didn’t want to find out. And lastly, bucks that are in rut spray themselves to attract the females, so he had a nasty funk going on. I didn’t want to get that on my hands, especially while I’m canning tomatoes, because it takes a day or longer to get it washed off.
So to make a long story short, while he was sidetracked eating grain, Miley and I scrounged up some stuff and built this to keep him contained until Michael got home….
Miley fetched the stuff while I kept him cornered and constructed it. We decided another gate needs to be added there, it would make things a whole lot easier. So that’s on the list of projects to be done soon.
So a good 45 minutes later, he was finally contained. Whew!
We headed back in and I finished up chopping tomatoes…
while Miley finished up her room. By the time they were ready to go in the oven, it was too late to have them done by supper time. Our kitchen is so small that there just isn’t enough space to try to cook and can at the same time. So I ran over to my mom’s as asked her if she would mind cooking supper tonight and explained all that had went on all day. She was more than happy to help out.
Shortly after that, Michael got home. We ran out and I helped him drag Snickers back up to where he needed to be. We found the spot where he got out and temporarily fixed it until the weekend when there will be more time to fix it right. We discovered that the electric fence has a short in it somewhere, but haven’t found it yet. Again, that will have to wait until the weekend. Hopefully our temporary fixes will hold up until then.
I got the tomatoes out of the oven…
We went over to moms and had a relaxing supper and a nice visit with her. I really appreciate her help because otherwise we probably wouldn’t have had any supper to eat. Once we were done eating, I ran out and did night time chores while Michael headed to bed, he has another early start for work in the morning.
At 8:00 I finally started making sauce. I made some pasta sauce and plain tomato sauce, but about half way into it I really wished I would have opted for just plain sauce because it would have been quite a bit quicker. By 10:30 the jars were in the canner…
Which brings us to now. The jars are finally cool enough to come out of the canner… a day’s work finally done after a new day already started.