Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Vinnie: A New Member of the Family


Hi. My name is Vinnie. My owner couldn't keep me anymore because it was too hot in the trailer we lived in and there wasn't enough room for me to get enough exercise. Barb's neighbor came over this morning & told her about me, so she drove to De Soto to see me. I looked as handsome as I could when she got there and she took me home with her to see how I would do. So unless I really mess up overnight, I have a new home! So much room to run & play and good food to eat, too. She took me to the vet today & I have an ear infection. They cleaned them & gave me medicine to take home so I will get better. I also weight about 15-20 pounds too much (Barb thought it was all fur), so she will put me on a diet so I live a long life. My toenails were really long too, so they cut them while we were there. I will be a good watch dog. I bark when buggies come up the driveway & when I hear other dogs bark.

I think this will be my favorite spot.
Now that Vinnie is done talking...
I'm sure you are wondering about Shep. He is still around but refuses to stay here. He won't budge on a leash and is very nervous inside. We talked about it & decided that we couldn't take him. I will try to help them find a new home for him, but I bet they keep him. Lizzie really likes him.
The chickens are growing bigger every day. Still no home for the two roosters though. We did add on to the chicken condo inside this weekend. We also worked on the outside coop. It is insulated now & the fascia boards are up.
An addition to the condo

Garlic field with coop in background
I am harvesting a lot of garlic right now. Ever since we got home from vacation I've been non-stop. The weeds are high in the rest of the garden, but I have weeded around most of the plants so we can find them :-). I have over 1300 heads of garlic to dig and clean, all together. Close to 600 are done. Long way to go. I will have them all done by the end of next week. They are looking great, though. Large and medium heads for the most part. With 30 different kinds, I decided to make a spreadsheet to keep track of how many I harvest, any bad ones (ones I cut with the shovel), and how many are small, medium or large. I am enjoying the work, but can't say I won't be glad to be done. I feel muscles I've haven't felt for a while. We decided to hang them in the attic to dry. Here is a pic from the other day...
We stapled coated clothesline along the rafters. The windows will stay open as long as no rain is forecast & we have two fans circulating the air. So far, so good.

Daughter Kristin is doing great pregnancy-wise and Jaelyn is getting to be such a big girl. I look forward to spending some time with them in a couple weeks.
Excited by the horses at the race track on vacation.
 Before I go to bed, I want to wish our daughter Amy a quick recovery. She spent a couple days in the hospital, but is doing better now.
I better get to bed. Who knows how the animals will get along during the night and then there is the 5am wake up from the roosters ...

8 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

Vinnie looks so happy there! I hope he works out for all of you. That sure is a lot of garlic. ;) There will be no vampires at your place!

Sue said...

Well, I hope Vinnie stays on his best behavior and has a wonderful new home.

I imagine the barn smells "interesting"--LOL!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a sweet face Vinnie has!! I'm so glad he's found his way to you and hopes he finds his place too!!

Sherry said...

Vinnie looks like a lovable dog who just needs love and attention! Good luck with him.

angie said...

Hi Barb,

Garlic is looking great!

You're right too - my first thought was what about Shep? :) I imagine it's nearly impossible to turn an old farm dog into a pet at this stage. Good luck with Vinnie - he looks cute. How old is he? And how does Mia like him?

Judy said...

Oh, Vinnie looks happy. Were you guys in town for the Bluegrass & Gospel Festival in Viroqua last weekend? If not you have to go next year, it was wonderful.

SharleneT said...

I think dogs are like people and sometimes they just can't change. Vinnie looks very much at home, here, and will probably settle in, very well. Great crop of garlic, there. I used green garlic for the first time, this year, because the fellow with a booth across from mine brings it in; but, now, only has the dried garlic bulbs. My garden isn't nearly as big as yours, nowadays. Just enough for my old body to enjoy and handle in the first few hours of a day. Come visit when you can.

Barb and Steve said...

Thanks! He is a joy to have around!