– and a little bit of that.
The beach, the city and then home to the farm.
Galveston, the city, from up high.
And down low.
Then back to the midwest, Central Illinois and the farm.
We have freezing temperatures and a dusting of snow. It is cold here. As I write in the cold dawn it is 28F/-2C. Back to winter.
I was going to move animals around today and bring Poppy home (and take Molly over to Manu) but yesterday I noted symptoms of lice in the animals over on the West Side. This sometimes happens at this time of year due to lack of sunlight and greens: the animals immune system drops. Parasites thrive when the animal is struggling. It is damp and cold, the winter has been long and dark. Poppy is losing hair and I have three patchy cows.
I have been away and missed the signs.
So today I will treat them all with ivermectrin and again in a few weeks. And I hope they get more sun. The animals need sun as much as humans do. And lice actually hate bright sunny conditions. They are creatures of dark and damp. I cannot bring Poppy back here until she is all clear. Though pretty easy to treat I don’t want this to spread. She is showing no signs of advanced pregnancy so I think we will be OK. In fact I think she is looking a bit scrawny. No pregnancy bulge. Her drop in condition will not be helping.
Yesterday I spent the day shoveling manure, and getting things up and running again. Today we will clean out the Rat House and the next day we will clean out the West Barn. The compost piles are huge!
I am back in the saddle now, no more travel for a while, so I will get his all sorted out.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Cold. Maybe some sun.
Wednesday 03/07 10% / 0 in
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 33F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph.
Wednesday Night 03/07 10% / 0 in
Some clouds. Low around 20F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
6:17 am 5:50 pm
Waning Gibbous, 69% visible 9:41 am