Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch; Part LXXXVII

Some of us Wyoming Federers' got together for our 1st Annual Decoration Day and Family Reunion...I always love to see my awesome cousins! While we were in Cheyenne, Giant and I stopped by some of our family landmarks...
I used to live in this house on 26th Street...
Half a block down on 26th Street...
is this lamp post...
dedicated by Kyle's paternal Great Grandparents for their son who died of appendicitis.
A few blocks from there is the beautiful Beth El Cemetery. Since we were decorating Federer graves, we decided to decorate Kyle's grandmothers grave as well...
Co-incidentally, right across the road from Kyle's grandmothers grave...
is the World War II Veterans section of the cemetery, where my cousin, Marion, who fought and died in WWII is buried. I had no idea that we'd be that close to his grave, so I took one of the flowers from the bunch I bought for Grandma and Grandpa's grave to decorate Marions' grave...I know that would make Grandma happy!
Just a few more blocks away from the graveyard, is this beautiful park...
The land for Holliday Park was donated to the City of Cheyenne by Kyle's same Great-Grandparents, Cal and Rudolphia. 
Then we made our way out to the cemetery where my Federer Grandparents are buried...we were greeted by this little cutie Federer girl holding balloons.
We decorated their graves and then...
headed out to yet another cemetery, where my Dads gravestone is...his wife hasn't bothered to let any of us know if she's actually interned his ashes in the monument, by we figured it's the thought that counts...and because it's built into the Federer DNA, this baby Federer wanted to sit on the saddle...and none of us are gonna say no to that lol!
Then we all headed out to Cousin Lloyds beautiful place for a BBQ and more hanging out with each other. You can see my Grandparents original homestead from his house.
Cousin Eileen and I always have to get our picture together whenever we can!


Another Federer heartbreaker in the making!























 

In other news, Etta is still getting daily pain meds and antibiotics...

















She has to stay quiet and in her stall most of the time, so she's very happy when she gets out and takes advantage with a nice roll!
We've also been cleaning out the barn, which needs to be done every summer anyway, and also we've got  big plans planned lol!
Giant took this pic of me from the deck the other day while I was walking up to the house...yep, it's the way I roll lol!
Until next time, happytrails!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Quote of the Week

 
"If I'm honest I have to tell you that I still read fairy tales, and I like them best of all." Audrey Hepburn

Friday, July 18, 2014

2014 Week by Week-weeks 16 and 17

Wow, I got so busy taking care of baby birds that I got waaay behind on my scrapbooking! But that's OK, that'll give me an excuse to have a marathon scrap session!  Since I got so far behind, I'm scrapping quick like a bunny and Kissing it lol! I layered some patterned paper with vintage sheet music and book papers, added some stamping, journaling and the photos, and done!
I kept the Easter layout simple too; just paper, ephemera, a little stamping and the so cute pic of one of the chix with the Easter Bunny!
The next weeks layout is all about our weekend at the Stanley Film Festival; we had so much fun and can't wait to go back next year! I used a sticker from the Festival and added pix, a label and ephemera...
I hinged a long envelope along the back side of the layout for extra pix, programs etc...
I put our 'red carpet' photos on the outsides of the envelopes and added our 'crime scene' photos on the back of the layout! Until next time, happy scrapping and happytrails!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Over-Run by Chicks Fowl Doings

The little peachicks, or as we like to call them, pissers, are growing fast...





















and they are all getting their little crests, so cute!



















The turkey poults are growing fast as well...
in fact, they grew so fast it was time to move them out to the mews.
Turkeys freak out pretty easily, but finally a brave one decided to check out the new digs...
The chicks who live in the mews were a little nervous as well...
The brave little poult, who is very camouflaged, went over to check out the chicks. The chick in the front, checking out the poult, is a Buckeye that we hatched...and judging from the stance, I'm betting-and hoping-that it's a rooster.











The poults all finally got brave enough to come out of their traveling box...but then they all hid in the corner lol! Everyone is friends now though!


















and the new fowl house is coming along nicely...















here's the interior of one of the rooms, pre-windows...
The rest of the chickens are doing well, and loving life and free-ranging...no matter how early we come to let them out for the day, they are lined up waiting to be let out!
Until next time, happytrails!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch; LXXXVI

Summer is in full swing here, the grass is growing, birds are singing, garden is growing, and everything is great...well, almost everything...
unfortunately, when you're dealing with livestock, everything just can't go smoothly all the time...our poor Etta about cut her hoof off the other day...
yeah, it was really bad...
Giant has some fine veterinary skills, but we knew this injury was above our pay grade, so Kyle just field cleaned and dressed it to keep it clean until the vet could get here.
You can tell the vet has arrived and given Etta some pain meds which are kicking in...
and she's feeling no pain now!
While Etta was out, the vet did a deep cleaning, and cut off some of the torn flesh...
and sutured the flap of skin that was left back onto the leg...
there's no way to tell if it'll take or not, but fingers x'd!
Etta had so much pain killer that she was literally snoring, and we had to hold her up head-and-tail to keep her from tipping over-literally. I had holding her head duty first, but I had to trade with Giant after a while-holding up her 100 lb head is a big job lol!
It was a little nerve wracking having to hold her up, but I was glad she was feeling no pain!
The vet finally got her cleaned up and stitched as well as possible...
The vet wrapped her leg really well, and we waited until Etta woke up a little bit...













then led her into her stall, where she got a big shot of antibiotics...We'll give her pain meds twice a day for several days, and she'll stay wrapped up for 5 days, then the vet will be back to check her and see if that flap of skin looks like it's going to take...it's gonna be a looooong time before that wound is healed up!







In other 'back at the ranch' news, we checked the bees we hived in May...and they were gone! For some reason known only to bees, they took off...but at least the other hive is doing well!








And our Orchid went in for her 'well-mama' check-everything looks great, and she's expecting 3 or 4 babies...Yikes! I expected 1 or 2...I guess we'll find out for sure in a few weeks!


And another new outbuilding is going up, can you guess what its going to be?












Yep, it's gonna be a greenhouse! We've been wanting a greenhouse forever, very excited! More news on that later...
The other critters have been beating the heat their own ways...
Just like a human kid, Loki loves to play in the sprinkler, so cute!
Silly Loki!
The pigs love to play in the sprinkler too...















and they also like to nap a lot too, lol!






















Hope you're taking it easy in the summer heat too, and until next time, happytrails!