Well, this farm report is a little early this week, but many of you will read it on Friday so I guess it works anyway. I am writing early as I have plenty to do tomorrow and there are several issues that I want to write about so I figure now is one of the best times to write as it is quiet in the house.
Life on the farm could have been really messy on Tuesday evening as there was a tornado touched down near us (within three miles) and we knew nothing about it until it was over with. My daughter texted to see if we were okay and I wondered why she was worried about the rain ( while the sun was shining) , but figured that she was just joking. However, when she called to see why I was so casual with my answer, she told me about the tornado. Who Knew? Tonight while watching the 5 o’clock news, I find out that another one was on the ground today about 10 miles north of us and I didn’t realize that there was any serious weather around then either. Scary that I don’t know about this dangerous weather until it is over.
More news is that my brother is coming to stay with my family and I for a little while. It should make an interesting life since I live in a small three bedroom home that is already full. He was staying in his truck and my husband felt sorry for him and decided that he might be better off here than in another state where he doesn’t have much support. My brother has had plenty of trouble in his life, mostly his own fault. He is 38 years old and needs to grow up and learn to be on his own. I hope we can survive this. I also hope that maybe he will get a place to live and my mom ( who also lives with us) will go stay with him for awhile. I will let you know how that turns out.
As far as the farm goes, we are doing well. We accumulated two new ducks this week and I really do like them. They are Donald and Daisy, although I think that they may both be males. They are white with orange looking bills and both are about the same size, so they look like twins. They seem friendly and like to be near the other animals.
All of the horses are doing great! Tyson has been having some problems with his left hind leg, but it seems to be getting better now. I may attempt to ride him Sunday if this stiffiling heat and humidity ends. It seems that they are predicting over 105 degrees here tomorrow with the heat index. I am in central Indiana mind you – not the desert. The horses will need plenty of rest and shade tomorrow as well as clean water. We will be busy.
Bridget is still doing well with riding lessons although she hasn’t gone to any this week as we have just been too busy with other things. She will get back into the swing of things next week and will be back in the arena riding and learning more about barrel racing . She seems very interested in that sport and I believe that she will be good at it if she tries hard. Her instructor owns a horse , that is named Paris, and Bridget is very interested in that horse. It is a little more money than we want to pay for a horse, but she may have to end up with it.
I have started a blog that I am going to writing about the farm on also. I am trying to help a friend get a petting zoo for special needs children started. We are asking for donations and sponsors and I am hoping that the blog helps us to get the money to get the operation up and running. We eventually want to open a theraputic camp for these children also. She is gearing it towards autistic children, but will welcome all special needs children. Donations can be made to a Paypal account and a receipt will be given if anyone here is interested in helping out, feel free to let me know. We are looking to build some buildings and put up fence soon as she just purchased 30 acres of land to start on. My blog is going to be Slatersfunnyfarm@blogspot.com. I am hoping to add adsense to it as well to make extra money. I believe that the name of the zoo and camp is going to be Oberlin Farms. I will be doing a blog for there too soon.
Well, it is fair season in Indiana and I hope that the local farmers and 4-H members do well with the projects and animals that they are showing. The Indiana State Fair is right around the corner in August and it should be fun as usual. We will be watching and learning this year and we will be showing next year. I hope to convince my daughter to get involved with several different types of projects next year. I believe that the Farmers’ Olympics are tonight and I think I will go see what the other farm kids can do, so until next week ” So long ” and “ya’ll come back next week to see what’s happening on the funny farm”.