Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Earthquakes,Hurricanes, and Baby Turkey

Sitting at the computer desk earlier today and felt my chair move a little. Looked down to see what Rusty was doing as I thought he was pushing on it. No Rusty and was puzzled until I found out later there was a earthquake in DC and people were feeling it as far away as NY and SC. Guess NC felt it too as am sure that's what I felt. Have been watching Hurricane Irene and trying to get things picked up and put away from outside. Right now we are expected to get tropical storm winds and rain from it but they keep changing where it is coming to land so don't know if I need to gather and store water for the animals and make sure their shelters are dried in and secure. What the heck are you going to do Irene??? Tessa, the Bourbon Red turkey and Sister Jr. are sitting on turkey eggs. Sister Jr. hatched one out during the severe thunderstorm we had 2 nights ago. Tessa went over to Sister Jr's nest and stole the baby. She kept it in her nest for a few hours and then took it out of the nest and was teaching it how to peck, etc on the ground. I didn't want Tessa to let her other eggs get cold so I took the little one and have it here in the house under a heat lamp. Rusty is enjoying playing momma turkey and Tessa is sitting back on her eggs. Am hoping she and Sister Jr will hatch a few more turkeys so this one won't be an only child. William is in Lexington, NC helping his son in law with a roof job for a few days. He usually does the milking while I feed and water the animals. This morning I got up extra early and fed all the animals and then got things ready to milk. Buttons, Precious, Hayley,and Blackie were all waiting outside the milk stall. Each time I opened the gate one would walk in while the one in would hop off the milk stanchion and walk out. Was very easy, pleasant chore. Enjoyed talking to each goat while I milked her and listen the sound of milk hitting the pail. Didn't realize how much I missed milking. Think when William gets back will trade off occasionally so I can milk a couple days a week.  I am also enjoying having the farm to myself for a little bit. I can take my time in the mornings and not worry about breakfast until lunchtime if I want. Spend time playing with the bunnies as I clean their cages, rubbing heads and petting backs as I give out goat treats. Rubbing bellies as Tinker and Bella lay on their back and look at me with those big puppy dog eyes. Even spent extra time in each chicken pen making sure each one was healthy. Some of the hens like to be petted though most don't but they at least let me close enough to check them for mites, etc. As much as I miss having William help with morning chores before he heads to work I am loving the slower pace and having more interaction with my animal family.     I won  2 jars of home canned goods from Valerie. She posted pics from around her garden and though I didn't get them all right I did pretty good. Thank you Val! I love, love, love the carrot relish!!  Tried to post pics but blogger isn't letting me at the moment. Just another blessed day on the homestead...... Don't forget to count your blessings.


Anonymous said...

Hi Peggy, I always enjoy my visits to your blog. Glad you are having some good quality time with the animals. You are the 2nd blog friend I have visited who felt the quake today.
Wishing you a good rest of the week.
Mrs. M. Lane

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Kinda scary, isn't it, Peggy? Earthquake---and now a hurricane... Wonder what is going on!!!!???? Yipes!

Hope Irene decided to miss the USA totally... You still may get some rain --but hopefully no heavy winds.. We need rain so much--and there's just no chance of it much this week here. We watered everything yesterday and I'm sure we'll do the same on Friday... We haven't had any measurable rain since June here.

Love hearing about your farm chores --and your animals. They are so lucky to have you and William. Hope William and his son-in-law get the roof work finished before the storm.

PEA said...

Sis, we felt the tremors here in Ontario Canada as well! I was lying down on my bed to watch something on tv when all of a sudden I felt the bed sway back and forth for about 30 seconds. It actually made me feel a bit dizzy!! Turned on the radio a bit later and they were saying that we'd just experienced tremors from a quake that centered on the east coast of the US. Scary stuff!! Today we have a tornado warning in effect and the sky is getting really black as I type this...let's hope it's just a bad storm and nothing more dire! Not used to tornadoes around here.

I can understand how you love having the farm to yourself at times:-) Love you xoxox

Anonymous said...

My parent's and I didn't feel the earthquake while waiting at the doctor's office on Tuesday afternoon but my Aunt claims she did which she's only an hour and 20 min. from us.



Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I feel cheated that I did not experience the earthquake tremors.
They had to clear the government building in Sudbury but I guess I live too clse to the ground to feel much. I may have been napping, which is more likely.

I am thinking you perparing for the hurricane. I trust you are far enough inland to avoid the worst of it. Batten down the hatches on your your critters cages.