Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SO FAR, SO GOOD

The donkeys seem to be resigned to only getting an hour or so out of their pens.  But they do know how to tell time, and know when it's time to go out......!!!  




We've noticed the beans that have been laying on the ground for a few days are not being eaten, which is a good thing.  They are eating the newly fallen beans and all the greenery that is everywhere.  So this afternoon we'll let them out for 2 hours and see how it goes.  There are still plenty of beans up in the trees, that will fall when the wind blows, so I don't think they will go hungry.  

Haven't heard from Linda about how their race went last week-end as yet.  I'm sure they are busy, busy, busy and she'll get around to it sooner or later.  

We're in a drying out time, no rain in the forecast until probably Sunday.  I hope so, I'm suppose to race this Saturday, it's been awhile since our last race got rained out.  But the rain does help the fallen beans to become uneatable, so I wouldn't mind rain, just not on Saturday......!!!  


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

WELL, THEY GOT THEIR HOUR......!!!

They ate their breakfast like good little boys and girls, so John and I started letting them out at 4:02pm yesterday afternoon.

 This is Buddy Brat and BlackJack hoping me coming out at an odd time, might mean good things will happen.  



The minis saw BJ and Buddy get out, and started milling in anticipation


You can see how far they got when the gate opened......LOL  There's 4 little butts lined up with heads down


Just about the time we got everyone's gate open which only took about 5 minutes, the sky opened with lightening, thunder and a real frog choker of a rain storm.  Lasted about 40 minutes, off and on which if you are keeping score was eating into their hour of "out" time.  


Those white spots are rain drops that showed up in the sunshine during the deluge.

I don't know if they continued to scarf up beans during the rain, or stood with their butts to the rain as usual.  I do know when the rain finally quit at 5:10pm it was like trying to round up cats.  They were determined NOT to go into their pens and if it took running and trying to hide, so be it.  Let me just say, John Doug and I got our exercise in the mud and wet bushes.  But we did manage to get them rounded up at 5:57pm which was a miracle.  

When doing a roundup like that it is absolutely necessary to find a victim and stick with them until they figure out you aren't going to give up and the only "safe" place is the pen.  I must admit most of the time, us humans were pretty far behind the chase, but they knew we were back there and one by one gave up.  Should be a little easier today and after a few days, they should go into their pens with little effort.  At least I hope so.......LOL

They are eating their hay and mush now as usual, and as long as they do so, we'll continue to let them out for an hour.  There are beans everywhere, and the wind that came with the monsoon rain yesterday afternoon, knocked down a lot more.  We noticed this morning the beans that have been laying on the ground for a few days and have been rained on are starting to look rather unappetizing, at least by our standards.  Hopefully this means they will ignore those and only eat fresh fallen ones, which is bad enough. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

IT'S HARD TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO.....!!



COLORADO RIVER 1898
 
It rained yesterday afternoon during roundup for evening feeding, which always adds to the fun.  Of course when it's raining the donkeys don't like to move, they just hunker down and wait for it to quit.  It took John and Doug about an hour to finally get everyone in their pens.  The wind had blown down a lot of beans, so most of them weren't the least bit interested in our offering of hay and mush.  

When John went out at 9:30 last night to give them a treat and explain to them, they would be staying in their pens overnight, it went pretty well, until he headed for the house and they were still in their pens.  Some of them, Rosie for one let him know that this wasn't acceptable behavior and yelled for quite sometime with others chiming in.

I was actually surprised there wasn't much braying overnight, at least not enough to keep us awake.  This morning we figured they would have eaten their hay, but quite a few of them obviously are holding out for the good stuff.  

After chores this morning John and I took the golf cart around on the trail Lynn made this spring to see just how bad the beans are.  They are pretty bad, John said we need 150 volunteers with rakes to make a difference..........  So what to do?  

I guess they will stay in their pens until they start eating hay and mush like they should, so they won't be going out today at all.  My plan is once they start eating proper food, they will get out one hour a day right before evening chores.  At least we'll try it.  I would imagine it will take 2 hours to round them up, since one hour of freedom to eat beans probably won't be enough by their standards.  

This isn't even addressing the issue of Burroland and the vast amount of mesquite trees over there.  The cows are going in there but I think we'd need about 150 cows to go with those 150 volunteers to make a difference..........LOL  Unfortunately when we look up into the trees, a lot of them are still loaded with beans. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN

Tonight is going to be a traumatic experience for all the donkeys............they will be kept in their pens overnight.  And will continue to stay in at night until the tasty weeds and mesquite beans are gone or at least not as tasty as they seem to be now.  

All the rain we've had this year has cause the vegetation including beans to explode.  Our greenery isn't as tall as a lot of people are having to contend with, I guess the donkeys walking around and nipping off tasty bites has kept it under control a little bit.  We've seen areas that are waist high and still growing, on the way to town.  

All the donkeys are fat except for svelte Miss Penny Packer, she seems to have a built in calorie counter and only eats what she needs to keep her girlish figure.  The ones like Rosie, Buddy Brat, and Coquette are eating machines and they look like it.  Getting weight off them is almost impossible even when there isn't that much to eat on the property.  

So this calls for drastic measures........!!!  They will stay in until noon, like they've been doing for weeks.  When they go in to eat in the afternoon they will stay in until noon the next day.  So they will get about 4-5 hours out a day.  And if they continue to reject their mush and hay, which has become SOP recently, they may lose most of that. Gus will still get moved during the day to the temporary pen by the dog pen.  He could stay in there 24/7 but there isn't a shelter in case it rains.  

It's going to be real noisy around here I would imagine.  They are all so anxious to get out of their pens, you would think we use them as torture.  We've told them that many donkeys are kept in a little pen and never get to go out to explore and snack on flora and fauna, but they don't seem to care....LOL  So this is going to really upset their applecart, I would imagine.  

The greenery will dry up pretty quick without rain.  In fact some of it is already wilting.  But the beans will be viable, until they lay and turn black.  Don't know how long that will take, but I guess we'll find out.  

Did have something good happen this week.  Because of the rain we've been having Chris couldn't deliver hay and we were getting down to raking the hay barn floor, if the weather didn't let up.  Not that most of the donkeys would care, they have been less than appreciative of the hay they've been getting lately anyway. 


INCOMING


HAPPINESS IS A HALF BARN FULL OF HAY....!!
The weatherman finally strung 3 or 4 days of no rain together in the forecast, so we made a date, and it worked out.  We use to get twice as much at a time, but it took a year to use it.  Chris is willing to bring half a load and come out more often, so that's much better for us.  

The flies right now are horrid.  My fly traps are working overtime and of course I still use the fly predator wasps, BUT, right now the cattle flies that sit on their backs are bad and the stable flies that chew on their legs below the knee are busy.  I don't think the cattle flies go in the traps, they actually don't bite the donkeys, They sit on the donkeys backs and make them twitch constantly waiting for a cow to come by I guess.  I'm not sure about the stable flies, but I doubt if they get in the traps.  They feed within 2 feet of the ground, and the traps are in a tree.

Our son Rod, raced his modified last week-end and finished 2nd, which is his best finish on asphalt.  It was a great race to watch, he and the 1st place car battled back and forth and Rod lost by about a foot, at the checkered flag.  


His margin of loss was even less than this picture taken during the battle........!!

Lynn, Linda and the boys raced 15 miles at Leadville, CO last week-end.  I don't even want to think about how far 15 miles is.............LOL  And that was the short run, the long one was 29 miles....!! 

They finished, the boys behaved themselves, no more jackass meltdowns and Turbo and Lynn got to round up a couple of wayward burros.  I guess at one time Lynn was holding on to 2 burros and Turbo after he and Turbo ran them down.

The race started at over 10,000 feet and went up from there........!! 

Linda and Leddy discussing strategy, maybe?



Turbo sporting his new hat.....!!!  

 

Here's a link, Linda sent about one of the racers, it's an interesting read, she might have won if she had gotten her rest...........!!!   LOL

Saturday, August 05, 2017

STARTING TO LOOK LIKE THE MIDWEST


This really doesn't look like the desert, does it?  This stuff is growing while you watch it I think.  As long as we get rain, I guess it will just get taller.  The donkeys are doing their best to eat some of it, but some of it they won't touch.  They also are not "touching" our lovingly prepared donkey meals.  That is scary, we still have memories of Penny last summer when she impacted with mesquite beans and had to have surgery.

We're on poo watch and so far they are eating beans, but it looks like they are actually eating more greens, which is a good thing.  

We're in a drying out time right now, haven't had any rain except for sprinkles the last couple of days and nothing in the forecast until late next week.  A few days of hot weather without rain and that green stuff will shrivel up quickly.  

The hay broker that delivers our hay has been putting it off for the last couple of weeks because of the weather.  She is going to try to deliver a load Tuesday, so hopefully the weather will stay dry at least until then.  We're getting down to where she either brings a load or we have to buy from the feed store, so we have our fingers crossed.  We'd only buy enough to tide us over, but we would have to unload it in the barn....... by hand..........LOL 

 John and Doug have been having fun, John usually on the tractor and Doug with a shovel.  The feed room septic system started backing up.   Years ago when we were trying to figure out how to get the beet pulp grey water from the feed room, to someplace else a friend said, to put in a plastic barrel, like a small septic tank and it should work.  It has, BUT, after many years it plugged up.  We figured the barrel was full, so they dug it up and it was fine.  NOW WHAT?






That's where the barrel was sitting

Start digging out pipe, at least at the 2 curved places.  NOTHING......!!!  Next idea get a plumbing snake and get rid of the plug. 



When John rented it they said it was 100ft, but it was only 50ft.........!!!  Didn't really matter since it went in about half way and hung up.  Came out with little bitty tree roots on the end.  Mesquite trees are really good at finding water and don't let a little thing like pipe stop them.  

So he has an idea of where the blockage is now.  Rod, our son is racing his modified tonight and a friend is racing our late model, so today is going to be a short day for working.  John's out there putting the barrel back in, since the problem is at the other end, which should be good for a couple of days.  

I came up with what I think is a brilliant idea, why not put something on the outside of the pipe where he finds the invading roots, like weed killer, or a lot of salt or something to discourage the roots from getting in again.  I suggested RoundUp, but John doesn't want to use it.  It is about the same thing as Agent Orange, which he dealt with in Vietnam and has been under treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma since 1999.  NHL is one of about a dozen diseases the VA recognizes as caused by Agent Orange.  I guess I'll see if there are any good ideas on the internet.

Linda sent some pictures taken last week-end at the Fairplay race.  The donkey boys didn't have a real good day.  I think Leddy had a jackass meltdown and broke a little tree that Linda had tied him to, so he could have some "quiet" time to reflect on his bad behavior.

Here is a link to a video from one of the local TV stations about the race.  http://www.9news.com/mobile/video/news/burro-days-has-been-around-for-quite-a-long-time/73-2675568

They put a mic on Linda for the entire race and it really turned out good.  



 Turbo was doing great in this picture.  As you can see not all the trail is nice and smooth, but he seemed to be taking it all in stride.  They ended up behind Linda and Leddy.  Linda said when they came in  Lynn's sunglasses were missing and I think Turbo got to find out what a stud chain is and found out he isn't stronger than a telephone pole.  He is so strong, even though Lynn is also strong, a human is no match for a donkey that insists on doing it his way. 


But they all finished, which is the  goal.  They are suppose to race again this week-end, hopefully the "fur" kids will behave themselves this time. 





Tuesday, August 01, 2017

DID YOU MISS ME.........?????

I have been without internet for 4 days, consequently I couldn't update my blog.  It all started with an electrical storm, that didn't seem that close until it "zapped"  my router for the computer.  Called my provider and they were out that afternoon to replace it.  That evening when I was making sure I hadn't missed something while my router was down, we had another nasty storm, only this time it as really quick, really loud and I saw fire in my computer corner, where I was sitting.  And my brand new router,was no more.  The poor thing only lasted about 6-7 hours....!!!  Called again and was told they had no more routers, I wasn't the only one having router outages.  We had a lot of nasty weather for 2 or 3 days.  They had them on order and it took till this morning to get them.  Robert, bless his heart came out as soon as they got them.

We've known Robert since he was about 3 years old.  His mom has been in this valley probably close to 50 years and he was raised here.  I was looking for a rooster when he was a little bitty thing and his mom said she had an extra one, she'd drop by next time she went to town.  Unfortunately Robert was with her and he was under the impression that rooster was his.  Oh! my, talk about a rooster loving breakdown.......I hope the rest of her trip went better than the few minutes they were here.  LOL

Heard from Linda about their latest burro pack race last week-end.  She said the boys seem to be figuring out what they are suppose to do.  This year was suppose to be mostly training to get the boys use to all the excitement and being out of their comfort zone.  She said when they were loading Leddy and Turbo, Quilla started braying.  I guess he likes going on adventures too.  Maybe if they have another parade, that's more his style, but I guess he's ready to go anywhere now.  I told her Quilla and Boaz are going to be bored when they come back down here, we don't do anything exciting, like they do on a daily basis, there's always something going on up there, it sounds like.


Here's a nice picture of Leddy all ready to go, or resting afterwards, I'm not sure which.  She said he's lost some weight, which is a good thing.  He was a little chubby before they left for Colorado.  All this running and training is good exercise.

Unfortunately, the flies have finally arrived in Colorado and the donkeys are having to wear flymasks.  I'm sure the flies aren't as bad as they are in Arizona.  You would think with all the rain and humidity, the flies  would have plenty of moisture.  I don't think they are as bad as when it's really dry, but they are still a nuisance.


Here's Quilla showing off his fly mask and leggings.   The boys were already wearing masks and Quilla was wearing leggings when they left in early May, so Colorado weather is definitely better for them. 

I had to put leggings on Coquette this morning.  I've been able to keep her legs from getting bloody with daily doctoring, but noticed this morning a couple of spots that were open, so she's now covered on all 4 legs.  Gus and Penny are the only others having to have their legs covered.  So I'm actually having a pretty easy summer of doctoring this year, thanks to Linda.

We're still fighting the battle of the mesquite beans, not to mention green stuff growing everywhere.  Most of them are looking at our offer of hay, like we're trying to poison them by giving them "equine jerky" as my good friend Claire called it years ago.  Why would they eat hay when all that green stuff is out there just for the taking.  Coquette just looks at the hay like we aren't very bright if we think she's going to waste her time eating "THAT".......!!  She's plumped up nicely and when the season is over she is going on a diet along with some of the other chunky ones. 

We have had a few cows go on the 20 acres.  John opened the gate a few days ago, hoping they would go in.  But I don't think they've made a dent in the mesquite beans over on Burroland.  There are still quite a few beans over on this side and the donkeys are eating all they can find, but there's always more when the wind blows.  Even with all the rain, none of the ones that have fallen have turned black yet.  Over here the donkeys are eating them before they have a chance to lay very long.  But they are piling up over in Burroland.

Thanks for the pictures, Linda.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

GREAT MONSOON SO FAR

Almost every day we get at least a shower, sometimes it's 1/2 inch or more.  The donkeys are still only on the 10 acres, and actually there aren't many beans left.  It keeps them busy running around just to make sure more haven't fallen.  Because of all the rain we now have lots of green stuff coming up.  So that is keeping them busy too.  

Hopefully by the time it stops raining, the beans over in Burroland will have laid on the ground and gotten wet enough to no longer be edible.  I don't mind them eating the green stuff and if it doesn't rain for a couple of days it will wither up anyway.  Actually today is suppose to be zero chance of rain.

We were suppose to race last Saturday night......BUT.......Mother Nature had other plans.  Although the race director told us at the driver's meeting we would race if it took all night.  They finished one race and here came the rain.  We all stood around and lamented our fate, and at 9pm the powers to be, gave up and sent us home.  Actually the Hornets are the only cars running street tires, so we could probably have ran, although I'm sure someone would have ended up in the wall, so it's probably just as well.

Gigi is walking good for her.  I haven't taken her "diaper" boot off.  Since it's so rainy I've left it on to hopefully keep it from sealing over again.  I'll probably take it off tomorrow, I'm sure it's worn thru by now.  Gorilla tape is good, but not that good.

Smoky Joe is gimping around again, so I guess his abscess sealed over too.  It's not bad enough to keep him from chasing the girls.  Coquette seemed to be the focus this morning, although she wasn't interested in playing the game.  She had 3 geldings chasing her around, one of them was Joe.  She needs to lose weight anyway, so the exercise will do her good........!!!  LOL

If anyone in the Tucson area has cats and wants a well built cat tree, get in touch with James Caddell at 520 272-6850.  He also has facebook pages, but they aren't very easy to use.  One is  Custom made cats trees by James. 

Anyway this is a "beauty" we picked up yesterday.  It's very heavy and very well made, has 5 levels a rope scratching area, a scratching pad and a tennis ball.  John had to use a 2 wheel cart to get it into the house it's so heavy.  We paid $150 for it, which compared to what is available in the pet stores was a bargain.  He said that's how he got started building them, his wife got one at Petsmart for $130, they have 3 cats.  He said after 6 months it was falling apart, so he decided he could do better. 



Put it in place and I think everyone was on it at least once.  Nigel went up on the top level and was still there when we went to bed.  There's 5 levels but the chances of all of them getting on it at one time is slim to none.  Moogee hates the 3 boys and they seem to have the same opinion of her.  Julius the outdoor cat that comes in daily, actually use to lay on the old cat tree, he came in this morning and skirted around it, because it wasn't there yesterday.  Cats are funny little creatures......!!!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

I'M BACK..........!!!

Actually I've been back for a couple of days...........but it's taken this long to catch up........!!!   LOL  Just going thru the mail was an experience.

John and Doug took good care of the "fur" kids, although John called Dr. Jeremy out to look at Gigi's foot after I left.  He agreed that it was an abscess and she isn't the best patient, so rather than fight with her and get her all upset they agreed to let it open on it's own.  I think it was the next day she was walking pretty good.  Unfortunately by the time I got home, she was 3 legged lame again, I guess it sealed over.  With the rain and wet ground, it's not unusual to have abscesses.  In fact Smoky Joe gimped around over a couple of days, yesterday he was walking good.  

So we soaked Gigi's foot in White Lightning and wrapped it in a diaper and duct tape boot and she seems a little better today.  Usually with an abscess as soon as it pops, they walk normal, but she's still limping.  If she isn't OK by tomorrow, I'll probably soak her again.

Linda  shared a video of one of their friends and his burro Sheba.  She obviously wants the road to herself.  Isn't it pretty country?

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10210042210678577&id=1435808892

I'm just putting in the link, lately my blog has been uncooperative when I try to download a video to my account.

She also sent a silly picture of Boaz


He's had gotten begging down to a fine art.  She said he has learned to put his tongue on her leg or whatever body part he can get to.  LOL  

As for my trip, it was uneventful, which when flying is a good thing.  Well, the 20 minute sprint thru the Houston airport to catch a connecting flight wasn't a lot of fun.  We took off from Tucson about an hour late, so needless to say we also landed in Houston late.  Wouldn't have been such an experience, except it's a long long way from Gate 34 to Gate 6.  As I was running (well by half way, it was more of a hobble) I wondered if I collapsed on the floor, #1 would anyone notice, and #2 if they picked me up would they take me to my gate or insist on taking me someplace I didn't want to go?  If I had thought they'd take me to my gate, I might have tried it............LOL 


I dreaded going to Missouri in July, figured it would be really hot and really really humid.  I was pleasantly surprised, the weather was really nice, although the natives were complaining about it being hot.  It wasn't over 100* so I had no complaints.  

I can mark another car rental company off my list.  For some reason I ended up with Budget, rather than my favorite Enterprise.  Got my paperwork and key in my hand, go to where they said my car was and it was a Smart car.  


There is no way I would ever drive one of these little coffins without handles out of a parking lot and into traffic.  My paperwork said a Hyundai Accent or equivalent..........  So I made a u-turn and went back to the counter with my complaint.  I was told that was their economy car and I would have to upgrade, did I want a 6.2 Dodge Challenger or a Dodge 6.2 Charger?  No I just wanted transportation, not a ticket.........!! LOL  He ask if I could drive stick shift, so ended up with a Ford Focus.  No big deal but it was keyless and 6 speed with the reverse on the left instead of the right, so I had somewhat of a learning process, especially when it came to backing up, I had to get the book out of the glove compartment.  To back up, you had to lift up on the boot around the gear shift.  I have a complaint into Budget, about having to upgrade, I'm sure they will really take my complaint into consideration..................not....!!  LOL

I knew there would be some downtime, I don't expect what little family I have left to entertain me, 24/7, so I found out Lucas Oil Speedway was having a big dirt late model show in Wheatland, Missouri.  If you have never heard of Wheatland, I'm not surprised, there are 431 people in the town..........there were probably 10,000 in the grandstands for the races.  


Preparing the track
 

Some of the cars hot lapping
The man that started Lucas Oil Company, owns 1/2 the county and most of the town according to some of my cousins.  They said he decided to build a 1st class racing complex for lots of different types of racing, including boats.  From what I saw he's accomplished his dream, it is really a wonderful place to watch races. And I would imagine it would also be a lot of fun to race on too.......!!  LOL 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

I'LL BE BACK NEXT WEEK

I am leaving in the morning, headed back to Missouri for my Aunt Toby's funeral.  She was always smiling and I have lots of good memories of her when I was growing up.  She actually was my stepfather's sister, one of five sisters and one brother.  I became part of the family before I was 3 years old and I was just one of the grandkids, of which there were many, never a "step".  She was almost 91 years old and I always went to visit with her, when I went back for a funeral or school reunion.  The last time was 3 years ago, when I took Mother back to Missouri and for the 1st time it took her quite sometime to remember who I was.  Still  had that pretty smile on her face though.  

I don't like leaving John in charge, he always does just fine, BUT, he doesn't like it when something goes wrong or needs doctoring and we hadn't talked about it.  I always call every night to catch up on how the day went, so it's not like I have abandoned him completely........!!!  He's going back to Indiana in September to a family reunion in Indiana, so I'll have to weigh hay and run hay thru the leaf shredder, which I haven't done in a LONG time.  I think he handles it much better than I do, he always says I'm the CEO, BUT he's the one that makes the whole system work. 


But this morning Gigi came in limping badly.  Unfortunately it's her good front leg, so she's dealing with a crippled right foot with a shoe on it, and the left foot that is probably dealing with an abscess.  The weather we've had lately makes an abscess my first WAG (Wild Assed Guess).  She actually let John pick up her foot to clean it in case it was a rock and he felt for heat.  Then he checked the leg from shoulder to hoof, poking and twisting, with no reaction.  So she's been gimping around slowly all day.  


I told John if she isn't better tomorrow, to call Dr. Jeremy and see if he can come out.  He is a wizard on lameness, so hopefully if it is an abscess he can find it.  

If he comes out while he's here he can also look at Cisco's ears.  Every year he gets a nasty smelly icky something in his ear.  In the past vets have treated it and it goes away until next summer.  It's probably ostitis and I've actually treated it for quite awhile with Animax aka Panalog, which is what the vets always prescribed.  Ran out a couple of year ago and used an OTC stuff that worked well.  Unfortunately it's no longer manufactured, so I'm back to using something that will require a script.

We're actually getting some rain, don't know how much so far, but it's enough to make some of the washes run.  The big one across our property is still dry, but if it rains heavy SE of us, it will become a raging river, for a couple of hours.  It's fun to watch, but unfortunately it sometimes takes out the perimeter fences and sometimes the one between the 10 acres and Burroland, which has to be fixed immediately, sometimes with a flashlight, before the donkeys decide to go on a walk a bout...!!!  LOL

Poor little Casper isn't happy in his "prison" of field fence at the neighbor's.  I talked to Lara today and she said he finally will take a cookie from Vic, but still won't take one from her.  I guess he's still checking the fence to see if there is a weak spot.  I seriously doubt it, the original owner was one of those people that overbuilds everything, he had been in construction and it showed in the way he built everything on the property.

I've put out the word to Arizona rescues to try to find a mini molly mule or mini mare, but haven't had any offers.  We might be on the trail of a couple of standard jennies that if we do get them, we will put them over with Casper, to see if it helps to make him less of a wanderer.

Till next week........!!!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CASPER IS BACK IN SOLITARY AT THE NEIGHBOR'S

Yesterday morning, a neighbor left a message on my phone asking if Casper was missing.  No, he wasn't he was here with the donkeys when it was round up time for breakfast.  She came by on her horse and told John that earlier, like about daylight 2 cowboys in a pickup were trying to catch him on the main road.  She said he must have spent quite a bit of time outside her fence, because there were little bitty foot prints all over the place.  Needless to say he outsmarted the cowboys and escaped to head home.

Casper fights horses.  When Kris's 2 mares were here, he thought Apache was cute and he and Mel went at each other thru the corral panels.  Always before he had only been around geldings as far as I know, but he and Mel sure didn't get along.  Of course Kris said Mel was a drama queen and she did seem to want to be in charge of everything around her.  She certainly wasn't going to be in charge of Casper, if he had anything to say about it......LOL   

So I have no idea why he was trying to get into an area that had 3 geldings in it.  As I said he was here for roundup, so we are left not knowing how long or how far he has been traveling.  We had caught him a few times hanging around outside our fence, and we'd yell at him and he'd scoot under the fence.  The neighbor is probably not a mile away by road, who knows what route he took to get there.  

He may be standing still, but you can bet that little mind is whirling.......!!
So we called Vic and he said bring him over.  Talked to Vic this morning and he said Casper is "pissed".........LOL  He won't have anything to do with them, won't take a cookie and is spending his time running the fence line looking for a weak spot.  If the little devil ever finds out how good mules can jump, I don't know what we'll do........!!!   I'm trying to find a little molly mule or mini mare that needs to be rehomed, but haven't had any luck so far. 

Doug's son Conor was here for a few days for a surprise visit.  He lives in Michigan and decided to drive down and surprise his Dad.  He left this morning, heading back to Michigan.  Not the best time of year to come to Arizona for a visit, it was hot the whole time he was here, but I think they had a good visit. 

We actually got 1/2 inch of rain last night which is much appreciated.  We are hoping for a good monsoon this year it's been so dry for almost 10 years the desert is starting to look rather bleak especially the prickly pear cactus.  They say a good chance of rain the rest of this week.  If we got 1/2 inch every night that would be great.  

I like the night rains, otherwise it usually rains at chore time, which adds a new dimension to chores.  Night rains also cut down on access to mesquite beans, because when it rains the donkeys hold up with their butts turned to the rain.  They aren't eating when they are standing, so that's a good thing.  They only have access to the 10 acres right now.  Hopefully we'll get enough rain to turn the fallen beans in Burroland black and the donkeys won't eat them.  Sure wish there were a lot of range cattle like there were a few years ago, so we could open the gates and let the cattle clean them up.  

Heard from Linda in Colorado, she actually sent pictures of Lynn's foot after he had a chain saw accident and sliced thru his heavy boot.  Not a good thing to do, especially when you have races with dog, and burro races planned.   Hope this doesn't mess up all the fun things they have planned for the summer.