Wednesday, April 25, 2007

It's raining and I love it

We've had so many dry years, I'm happy it's raining.  Last time I looked at the rain gauge it registered an inch and a half (starting yesterday evening) and it's still raining.

Oh, there are drawbacks to storms.  We depend on DishTV for our television programming, and right now I have no TV.  I got soaked putting the heifer, Secret, in the barn.  I weaned her a couple of weeks ago, and she's eating some four pounds of calf starter daily.  But because she's a Jersey (possibly a mini-Jersey) she is small. 

Mini-Jerseys are simply a small version of Jersey cattle, and Secret's grandma was a mini.  Although I wouldn't pay extra for a Jersey cow just because she is freakishly small, they are worth a small fortune; sort of a fad.

Anyhow, I don't intend to leave her out to serve as dog food for the marauding packs of dogs around here.

The vet, on his visit here last week, warned me that Blue might eat more, and get more benefit from his food, with his teeth fixed.  He suggested I watch closely for grass founder.  With all the rain, and at this time of year, the grass is going to grow like crazy.

So I'm keeping poor Blue up in a dry lot for eighteen to twenty hours a day.  My last horse foundered.  Once the damage is done, there's no fixing it.  It would break my heart to see it happen to Blue.

The frame of the trampoline was damaged beyond repair; the renter, Vicki, offered us a perfectly good frame because the fabric of theirs was damaged.  It was a generous offer, but it would have taken Cliff all morning to fix it, and the granddaughters really haven't been playing on it that much.  So Cliff and Vicki gave the next-door twins their trampoline parts, and the boys made a good one out of the mess.

And that's the evening report.

*P.S.  At 8 PM, rainfall is up to 2 1/2 inches in the last 24 hours.
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marainey1 said...

It is raining here too !  I'm sure all the plants love it and need it, but I still need more sunshine !  The weekend is supposed to be sunny and that is indeed a good thing !  'On Ya' - ma

astaryth said...

Although I enjoy a good rain/storm, I, like you, am dependent on a dish for my TV... and, more tragically, for my Internet! So, if it storms I better have a good book handy <LOL> Actually, I've been surprised at the fact that I usually lose reception on both TV and Internet at the beginning of a storm, but once the rain settles down to something steady I often get reception back... but not always! ;p

lanurseprn said...

What do you mean the horse you had  foundered on the feed? Or grass?   Got sick?  I'm afraid I'm not familiar with terms you use sometimes. I'm sorry.
Weather is nice here. Had rain the beginning of the week. We're in the dryest season EVER kept on record. UGH!
Have a good night.

madcobug said...

I don't blame you a bit for putting up that sweet little Angel in the barn. We have had some beautiful days here lately but storms are moving in this afternoon. Glad the neighbor boys could fix the trampoline. Poor Blue having to stay put up. He should like that though for he is missing all that rain. Helen

lmitc89854 said...

So what's her name, Angel or  Secret?

fowfies said...

We are supposed to be getting rain here, but it is passing us over...gets dark...nothing happens, then lighter again.  It is raining all around us, but not in this county.  I was kind of looking forward to it, don't mind it so much sometimes, as long as its not cold.  I am familiar with what your saying.  I have to keep Derby up almost all the time now. The grass in back is growing up fast, mowing it almost every weekend. Why don't horses know when to quit eating?