Friday, February 27, 2009

Argh, this weather!

You would think that with Bill and I returning from Florida this week, soaking up the sun, walking on the beach, hugs from grandkids, seeing family and meeting some of Bill's old friends that I could make it thru the week not complaining about the COLD.

If you have been following our blog, you know that I have never complained about the cold before this year. It has been just miserable! It was 61 degrees late this morning and we are down to 38 at 5pm.... and windy! BrRRrrr! The donkeys, dogs and kitties aren't too happy about it either.

Just listened to the weather, and "they" are calling for snow tonight and tomorrow. Oh well.... I will end on a positive note - we SPRING FORWARD in just a few weeks!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Barn Cams back soon!

Originally, we were not going to have the barn cam back online before the middle of March.... but things change! We have aquired a beautiful little jennet that was pasture bred - so, the former owner is not sure exactly when she is due. All signs point to "before Linzi" who is due in mid-April.

So keep a watch out, we will let you know when all is up and running!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Helpful resources for Middle Tennessee

Not all of our blog followers know that Bill and I also own a Home & Property Inspection company in Middle Tennessee. If you are looking for home resources in Middle Tennessee, visit our page at: http://www.2patriots.com/Helpful_Resources.html

Monday, February 16, 2009

Signs of Spring - YAHOOOOOoooOO!!!


If you have been following our blog, you know that we have had an extremely COLD winter this year. I believe that this is the first year since moving to Tennessee in 1995 that anyone has heard us complain about the winter.
Well this weekend, I was having myself a little "walk-about" and look what I found! I just know Bill ordered the crocus to bloom on Valentines Day just for me!
I feel now that spring will really come this year.... and I can tell by watching the donkeys - they feel it too! Their attitude is much happier, the geldings are playing - the jennets are trotting around the pasture and King .... well, he is just waiting to "go to work"! (smile)

Friday, February 13, 2009

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH: Rolling Hills Farm


(this was posted on our website in January, but with the addition of the blog, I have moved it over here)....

1.10.09: Bill and I took a drive over to Tennessee Donkey Club member (and frend!) Heidi Truslers farm yesterday to visit and see her beautiful farm. She and her hubby, Rod, raise natural grass-fed cattle. They then process the beef and provide different selections for you to purchase. This beef is so yummy and no need to worry about all the antibiotics or growth hormones that so many of us are trying to avoid in our meats. Click here to view their farm website.

I digress..... We really enjoyed our visit and seeing all the critters - especially the donkeys! If the weather was nicer I am sure that we would have taken the donkeys for a nice hike, the farm is breathtaking and would have loved to see more. Hopefully next time! (smile)



Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Dangers of dog packs and "miniature" animals

Whenever I talk to folks that are new to miniature donkeys, I make sure to educate them that...though all donkeys have a natural dislike to canine - miniatures are no match to a pack of dogs. It is important to be well fenced and watch for potential issues.

This past week a miniature mare was attacked in Gainesville, FL (GO GATORS!) where my sister lives and she made me aware of it. If you would like to know more about this you can follow it (and watch her on a barn cam) at: http://www.marestare.com/cam.php?alias=crazy .

Also, the local TV station did a news story about it. To view it, go to: http://www.wcjb.com/index.php?cat_id=4006&url_news4006=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wcjb.com%2Fmodules%2FNews%2FdisplayNews.php%3Fid%3D3652&formFocus=news4006

Monday, February 9, 2009

Kentucky ice storm


We purchased Little Texas from a farm in Western Kentucky and I have been trying to reach them since the ice storm hit. Received this email from her this weekend....
We are making it pretty well I guess. Electricity has been off since the storm hit. It looks like a war zone here. Trees don't have much left to them were the weight of the ice broke everything off. We now have a lot of fence repair to do....a lot of our fencing was in the woods. Power poles on the ground everywere. But we are fairing well. We had a generator, and a wood burner so we will make it fine until everything is restored. Animals are doing fine also. We cut our way out to the main road so we can get out and about now to get supplies now that main roads are clear enough to travel on. they are saying 2-4 weeks, or maybe longer before power is restored. Many roads still have power lines laying across them. Everyone just drives over them. With this warm snap coming in that will help a lot. At least we can get outside some for some clean up with the warm weather predicted this weekend. Phone lines were down for about a week, cell phones were out some too but all of that is restored now. And thankfully we have running water. I can't imagine carrying water to all of our animals from our pond.... Thanks for checking on us.

Change is coming our way!





Change is getting close for our herdsire, PMF King Coal! He is getting a new "love shack" this month! He keeps telling us he is excited about that.... but, I don't think he really cares. :-)



We have many foals due this year fairly close together, so we are reconfiguring the "birthing suites" to accommodate the clippity-clop of little hooves.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Another warm day - Yippee!


Saturday was glorious! We spent the whole day enjoying the outdoors! Planted some new tree's; took Toto & Q on a trail hike and played with babies.... Even the cats were feeling frisky and climbing tree's all day!