Happy Fourth of July! Raccoons, Barbed Wire, and Bugs (Country Life)

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My life in the country….

The Remus countdown has begun!! He should be on the truck tomorrow around 3 or so EST time supposedly. I have asked Shawn to take photos of him loading and leaving PA on his trip to KY! And I have to head to KY tomorrow so I can get my boy first thing Friday. I am hoping he gets in early and I will pay the layover fee even if just for a few hours for him to drink, stretch his legs and pee before I get there 😉

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Looking forward to seeing this face again!

Meanwhile Mark and  I were out at 0-dark thirty first thing today to start fixing some of the fence in the paddock area. It is barbed wire which I despise with a passion but I can’t get this fixed the way I want this week. The first 3/4 of the paddock is done pretty well. The last part toward the actual field is a pigsty of old barbed wire, half-assed poles and vines from hell.

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How I feel most of the plants on this farm are…LOL

We are supposed to go meet Tate today and I am half tempted to ask Allison (the trainer there) if she has a stall or paddock for Remus for a couple weeks (I leave for a week for Austin in 2 weeks and am a bit nervous having Mark do horse duty right off the bat). We shall see. I think I might get a few of those panels from Tractor Supply to put up against the worst of the fence. The fan is up in his stall, I need to get pellets to bed his stall and his feed, some hay and something to put the feed in.

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most days

Last night Ollie had to go out at like 1 am and I got up and LUCKILY put his leash on because there as the biggest raccoon around merrily hanging on my bird feeder enjoying a buffet. Ollie was like let me at him (I honestly think the raccoon was bigger than Ollie). Whew glad I had the leash. Anyway I need a raccoon proof grain bin for sure. And the bugs (ants mostly) are threatening to take over the world. Our pest guy is coming back on Monday just to retreat. This place just was not taken care of for many years and it will take time to get it to where it needs to be. The volume of insects outside is huge and I want to keep the interior of the house as bug free as possible.

Ollie is having a wee bit of separation anxiety and has already torn the frame off the side door when we leave. UGH. So have to figure that out. He did meet the goose. Kind of. HA

I just realized I have blood all over my arms and legs. Oops Barbed Wire 1 Me 0. HA

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bit stressed if I do say so myself 🙂

Happy Fourth of July all! I hope you have a festive day! We have no plans I just have the leashes ready for tonight with all the idiots and their fireworks. UGH hate fireworks.

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Barbed wire actually going through the tree. Not something you see every day!

 

12 thoughts on “Happy Fourth of July! Raccoons, Barbed Wire, and Bugs (Country Life)

  1. Yay! So glad Remus is coming down soon! That was the same with our house – no one had lived in it for over a year so we had bugs galore. And scorpions ICK. We’d spent 12 years here and I’d never seen a scorpion. Turns out we weren’t in the right place. But so many scorpions! It took a while for us too to get the insect population down. Your bug guy will be busy that’s for sure! Hopefully you get a lot done today! And yeah I hate the 4th too. Thankfully we’re away from most houses so the fireworks aren’t too bad where we are but still 😑

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  2. Yay Remus!!! He’s a sensible boy I’m sure he will be good about not getting tangled in the barbed wire while you get it fixed up!! At least, fingers crossed!! Hope you guys have a great fourth 😉

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  3. Ugh, why with the barbed wire?! I hope Remus isn’t the rub on the fence type. Not a bad plan to maybe do some Tractor Supply panels temporarily. You can always sell them when you’re done with them.
    But so exciting he’ll be there soon!!!! Yay!
    I have all the bugs too. Yay living in the country? My house was vacant for two years before I moved in, though well kept. Even still, the rodents and bugs are a constant battle STILL.

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  4. I hope you’ve gotten your tetanus shot! Also, I LOVE all your Grey’s gifs, just FYI. They always make me so happy. So so happy. I would never consider trusting my hubby with horse duty- you are brave! What are you doing in Austin?

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    1. oh my god I was such a Grey’s addict. (Ghost sex?? 007? Pick me, choose me, etc) I kind of gave up after the first few years but they were amazing 🙂 HA HA HA I work for a group that puts on a conference every year and i get to go work it (UGH) would rather not 🙂

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  5. Goodness, your barbed wire is hardcore 😳 Hooray for Remus finally coming home, though!

    Kaiser (our GSD that we had to put down), had horrible separation anxiety and every house we lived in, he tore the door frame off of at least one door. We sprayed yucky deterrent stuff all over it and it did work…but then he chewed through the wall next to the door. Not sure if Ollie will be that committed.

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