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Ringo has pushed me, then throws his head up, eyes squinted, for the slap he knows is coming. He butted me one time. I was shaking the wild persimmon trees for those little nuggets of yummy to fall, and hand picked some just for him. I ran out of ripe persimmons and started walking back to the barn. That made Ringo mad that mean ol' me wouldn't give him any more persimmons so he butted me from behind. That was a first! I chased him, threw a stick at him and yelled a lot. I made him move his feet! RUN RINGO! RUN!
 

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It seems odd that we were getting frost a couple of weeks ago. We have been eating plenty of green onions since we intentionally planted the onions close so we could take advantage of thinning them out. Radishes are nice and sweet and if you haven't tried them sauteed give them a try. We planted a small bed of sweet corn in a new bed not far from the back door and that same bed has Cantaloupe also. We had grapes planted in that bed for the first four years here but since the birds got virtually all of them we dug them out last year. Cucumbers are starting to flower and peppers and tomatoes aren't far behind.

I mowed one of our main paddocks today to get rid of the woody stems as it will be one of our stockpiled fields for the winter.
 

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This is one of those "just because" pictures. Whiskey is the most serene critter that I have ever known. Graceson isn't far behind but I doubt he will ever be as calm as Whiskey. You can walk toward Whiskey and he will roll over on his back waiting for his belly rub.

These guys wander during the night so I keep waiting for one or both of them to not come home due to the coyotes but they are cuties. They love crashing on the seat of the golf cart.
 

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We weeded the garden beds this morning and went ahead and watered everything since it has been so dry. As usual we went from rain every other day to no rain. Everything is coming on great. We want to can a bunch of green beans this year since our stockpile of them is pretty depleted, so we planted three of the beds with nothing but green beans. Tomatoes and cucumbers are putting on fruit and we should have cucumbers in another week. Our pickle supply is also down so we planted one of the bigger beds with half pickling and half slicing cucumbers. The potatoes have just about stopped flowering so we are thinking we will dig up one of the rows for new potatoes in a couple of weeks.
 

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Teresa got us a wheeled string trimmer for our joint use as a Mother/Fathers Day gift. We have a lot of weed eating to do and because Teresa can't handle the Stihl Trimmer that we have she always said she felt bad since I always did it all. She was at the big box store and saw the wheeled trimmer and decided she could use that to help me.

http://powermateoutdoor.com/lawn_care/PWSTM4317.html
 

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I need to get some updated pictures of Cooper. I combed out the last of his beard this afternoon so all of what's left is new growth. We have had him for a couple of seasons but he has only gotten to where he wants to be handled in the last year. I need to get @Baymule a comb like the one I use since all he has to do is see it and he will walk right over and get in position to be combed. He is spoiled which I know is not a good thing in some ways but he comes over when I'm putting water in the troughs and he seems to know how far away to stay but close enough that I can still scratch his back. I still have to pop him on the nose occasionally but he backs off and doesn't react other than that. He is in with the breeders and acts like Ringo and Maxwell did with no reaction to me being there.
 

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I'm going Wednesday to Llano to pick up 5 registered ewes, about 5 months old. I'm building my registered flock. Ringo and Cooper will be instrumental in getting my foundation flock going.

Going to San Antonio Monday, spend night with a friend, we'll go to the Alamo (haven't been since I was a kid, MUST see the birthplace of Texas freedom, again) we'll do the Riverwalk, take the boat and have fun. Spend the night, up early, go to Llano, 1 1/2 hours away. Load up my new girls and 6-7 hours home. I got a quarantine pen ready for them yesterday. The 3 ewes I got this week are settling in nicely and BAA BAA at me when I have feed. LOL I have 2 more to pick up in Weatherford when they are ready.

I', looking at the end of June, maybe first of July for closing. Possibly 3 weeks for interior of the house, then move, build pens/pasture for sheep and dogs. It may be August when I can shake loose to come get Cooper. I'd like to have a place set up for him so that I am ready. What a concept! Preparedness is not something that I usually do!
 

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