Laughing Dog Arts

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Caretaking

Hello, is there anyone still following me? I know I haven't been blogging much lately so I'll be grateful to any of you still checking out this blog. Since I rarely go anywhere, I am the go to gal when it comes to picking a caretaker for others homes when they go on trips. This week I am feeding the neighbors cattle. They were waiting for me when I arrived today, mooing their hunger loudly.

Hope this big guy is friendly! The man didn't tell me to be careful of him so I will assume he is gentle as Ferdinand. Good boy!

All they are interested in is getting their hay and nosing into a full bin.

The feeder isn't the prettiest thing, but it is really rather ingenious. The man got an old motor home and converted it to a drivable feeder. He can fill it with bales of hay and move it around the field to feed the cows so they don't make a big muddy mess in one place. It works well!

After feeding the cows I mooved on to the horses, two gentle Paints.

All this farm equipment resting, waiting for next year and hay season.

Don't forget to turn the electric fence back on!
Time to leave the BBD in charge for the rest of the day.   Hope you enjoyed this little tour of a part of my day.  Now it's back to some art work.  

Hope you all are having a safe and happy holiday season.
Be well.

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25 comments:

Emma said...

That is one fabulous feeder, ingenious! Your neighbors are lucky to have you.

Have a warm & wonderful Christmas x

(of course I'm still following...just waiting patiently for when you're ready to speak ;)

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Jan,

Yep I am still here and a still a fan of yours too!!! LOl :)

That is one of the coolest feeders I have ever seen for the animals..a clever idea!

Funny you are a caretaker of animals and I take care of my Mom! Momo was in the hospital for a week recently for her legs. she had a problem with cellulitis..I think I told you about it already?
Anyway mom is home now and I have nurses and Physical therapists coming and going for a few weeks to help out. Crazy here!!

I have been thinking of you so I am happy to see your new post. You have been getting some chilly weather and rain recently right?

Here in Ga we have pretty nice days in the 60's and at night can get down the the 30's and 40's.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year too.

Love and Hugs,

Susan

audrey said...

Hi Jan.
You know I am absolutely still following you and will continue to do so. Love to see when you post something ~ always interesting! What a great neighbor you are to help those in need.
I have not forgotten you ~ I intend to answer that email you sent recently. I have been overwhelmed with things and dropping into bed every night. Not like me at all. This night owl is tired. Dr. changed my thyroid meds and I think that has something to do with it.
I will write soon.
Christmas Blessings, Jan!
♥ audrey

Maggi said...

Still following you as always Jan. That is an ingenious feeder. I do hate to see cattle trying to feed when they are standing knee deep in mud. This herd certainly looked glad to see you.

Heloise said...

Hello, looks as if you have some inventive neighbours.

Stay warm and have a very Happy Christmas.

maddyrose said...

I almost didn't know it was you as your blog has been decorated for Christmas and nicely done at that.
That is some feeder. I'm trying to figure out how you can see out of the windshield to drive it around. Warm wishes for a wonderful Christmas. Hugs

nacherluver said...

If you post it, we will read.
tee hee!

What fun! A temporary rancher! Those horses are beautiful.

Laura said...

Awesome to see apart of your day...love the big bull..

Linda in New Mexico said...

But of course I'm still reading your blog. Looks like you had quite an adventure with the cows etc. Love that your neighbor has such a super idea in the moveable feeder. Very clever indeed. Great photo of the Monsterouso the Bull. Your neighbors are lucky to have someone to help out.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Years. Oma Linda
Psssst...the grands send their love too.

Carol said...

Hi Jan
Merry Christmas. I am always amazed with some of the creations people come up with to ease their load. Thanks for sharing an account of your ..er...critter sitting.

Janet Ghio said...

Rarely going anywhere sounds like me!! just a big homebody! That big bull does look kind of scary--I prefer the horses!! Merry Christmas!

June said...

Love to watch you taking care. The cows are so elemental. And the feeder made me laugh.

Thanks for the tour. Happy Christmas, Merry New Year, and grand and glorious 2012 to you.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Sweet paints, we have four in the back yard at the barn, hard work though....jingle jingle...xox Corrine

Glenn Stenson said...

You can't ditch this stalker so easy! The closest thing to cattle in my house is in the fridge and it will be me eating it.

Judy Ziegler said...

I always enjoy blogging with you, you make Everything fun & interesting!

Robbie said...

How cool you do 'farming on the side'!! Of course, the paint horses (especially the one on the right) had me! I used to raise Quarter Horses & paints! Sure brings back memories! Sold my last horse in '89.
Now let's see some of your art work!! Since I'm not doing anything right now!

Susan said...

Of course I still read your posts! Like everyone else, I am fascinated by the mobile feeder. Have a wonderful Christmas

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April said...

Jan...you crack me up! Couldn't believe it when I saw our feeder up there on your page. (Love your new winter wonderland background.) Bob will be pleased to hear how so many appreciated his feeder invention. It sure isn't pretty but it makes life so much easier when you can fill that thing with 80 bales at a pop...AND the field doesn't get so mucked up throughout the winter. Thanks again, my friend, for doing our chores while we were away for an early Christmas celebration with our kids! You are a GEM!!! I also can't wait to see more of your artwork!!! Merry Christmas, Jan! I lova, lova, lova you!
P.S. Maddyrose..it's hard to tell, but you CAN see out the drivers side of the front window. :oD

april said...

Love your post and seeing all the chores involved here. Love love love seeing all the animals!

Pattio said...

Hi Jan,

Love the farm visit (naturally cause I am farm girl too).
Your banner is fabulous with all the beaded hearts. Wow love it. I am in the same boat as you and not been blogging much lately and hope to start the new year more productively. Love visiting and seeing your art.

Happy trails and merry Christmas!

Hugs Patti

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Just stopping by to wish yo a very Merry Christmas! Peace, Mary Helen

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Jan,

I hope you had a Wonderful Christmas!!

Blessings and Hugs,

Susan

artymess said...

Love the feeder and of course you'll still have everyone following you ..xx

Anja said...

Oh I see you are feeding April cows and horses. Funny feeder, looks like some really creative man stands behind it. In the background I am just hearing Greg Brown, RexRoths Daughter, also very nice song! ;-)) Anja