Friday, September 12, 2008

An Iraq Veteran has a personal message for Barack Obama

If you agree with this video please e-mail it to all your friends. If you don't agree, just ignore it and I'll love you anyway. By the way, this video is NOT part of the McCain campaign - it was not paid for nor approved by him. It is just this person's (and my) opinion. God bless America!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tough Love vs. Spanking - Good Argument

Dear Friends,

Most of the American population thinks it improper to spank children, so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they have one of those moments.

One that I found effective is for me to just take the child for a car ride and talk. Some say it's the vibration from the car, others say it's the time away from any distractions such as TV, Video Games, Computer, IPod, etc. Either way, my kids usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our car ride together. Eye to eye contact helps a lot too.

I've included a photo below of one of my sessions with my son, in case you would like to use the technique. This works with grandchildren, nieces, and nephews as well.

Your Friend

Monday, September 8, 2008

Kids will be kids!

Yesterday my almost 16 yr. old grandson started out seeing how high he could pile whipped cream atop an oreo cookie.

Then he decided to plow his face into it to see if he could eat the cookie underneath.

Then came the experiment to see how much whipped cream he could pile on his face.

I guess when you're that age it doesn't take much to amuse you.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Development of the Turgoatkey

We found the young Boer goat buck in the turkey pen. Not entirely sure how he got in there but he seems to be very resourceful. For example, we kept finding him in the doe pasture a while back. Couldn't figure out how he was getting in there until he was spied climbing the fence in the corner, using his head as a wedge against a feeder crib to gain leverage to get him high enough to topple over the fence. An electric fence in the corner cured that pretty fast.

Yesterday I didn't see him in his pasture. I went out to investigate and there he was inside the turkey tractor. For those who don't know what that is, it's an 8' x 12' pen with an A-frame roof covered with a tarp that can be dragged to a new location each day. No cleaning - just drag the pen 12' and Voila! turkeys have a clean area to do what they do best - poop.

Ok, so back to the goat in the turkey pen. Obviously, he was after the turkey grain. We had a heck of a time getting him out of there as the bottom sides of the pen are covered with chicken wire, the tarp is nailed to the bottom rails, and the A-frame top is made from 3/4" PVC. Took 2 people to lift him over the chicken wire and push him through a small opening that was created when we pushed the tarp back from the first PVC roof support.

Now this gave me ideas. Perhaps I'll genetically create a new creature - I'll call it a Turgoatkey. Now think of the possibilities - a new bi-partisan animal that is equally comfortable in both a goat pen and a turkey tractor, one that will bridge the gap between the two species and open new lines of communication, understanding and cooperation between both parties. With this new joint effort they could accomplish, ummmm, well accomplish, ummmm - oh heck, I don't know what they could accomplish. Just use your own imagination.

If you'd like to be put on a waiting list to be notified when this new animal is created just let me know.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Sheep Poop!

Alright, you might not think that examining sheep poop would be the most pleasant way to spend an afternoon. But if you're a farmer it might be a valuable way.

Jim and I just spent an afternoon in just that way. We attended a FAMACHA workshop. For those who aren't "in the know" that's a method of determining the worm count on individual sheep (this method works for goats as well) so that you worm only those that need it rather than the whole flock. That way the worms don't become resistant to the de-worming medications.

First we listened to the lecture and saw some slides. Then we went out to examine the eyelids of some sheep to check for anemia. Then we gathered poop or actually scooped it out of a sheep if she wasn't accommodating enough to actually poop in front of us so we could gather it off the ground. One gal in our group was an expert "sheep dog" and showed us a new way to catch sheep quickly and easily. Then we returned to the barn where we measured the poop, mixed it with a solution, mashed it through a strainer several times to further mix it into the solution, put it in a slide and viewed it under a microscope. Then we learned the formula for determining the worm count.

The weather was absolutely perfect for poop gathering. Sunny, breezy, cool with just a hint of autumn hanging in the air. Others might have been enjoying the day by hiking, kayaking, picnicking, biking, or other such sports. We were definitely taking better advantage of our time and learning a new sport as well - that of poop gathering. Wow, can anyone imagine a more exciting way to spend the afternoon?! Perhaps we'll perfect the sport and attract others into our exclusive circle. I can envision it now - the formation of the Poop Gatherers of New England. And who knows - perhaps one day it will be so popular as to become an Olympic event!

PS - DH says he doesn't like PGNE but he thinks it gives a new meaning to PGA - Poop Gatherers of America!