Tuning in (and catching up) Tuesday

I’m not sure where the weekend went.  We had one, I’m sure … but it was a bit of a blur.

The piglets needed their iron shots.  To keep them corralled and to have a system, while they are little we can put them all in a wheel barrow.  As they are completed, we can pop them back in with mama.


Barrel of cuteness.


Yes, it is perfectly proper pig etiquette to grab them by their hind leg.


Additionally, the males (boars) needed castrated (barrows) and I was the pair of hands available to help Pig-farmer.

Sick  Not my favorite job.  I hold … he “cuts.”  No pictures of that; aren’t you glad?

Here is what I consider really, really weird.  The pigs (naturally) squeal like a toddler that just had its sucker taken away from it.  The second the procedure is finished they stop squealing and carry on like nothing happened.  It makes me feel better, too, once I see that.

The runt is not doing well.  I was hoping the iron shot would help.  Or the creep feed would help.  Not so.  I think our baker’s dozen will soon drop to a normal dozen.

We also had a fun visit!  Our kids are 22, 22, 21 and 19!  Bonus!  We have this cutie-2-year-old granddaughter.


Happy wanted to make sure he got attention, too.

Happy wanted to make sure he got attention, too.


 Her Great-Grandma and Grandpa dropped by for a visit, too.

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I have also started grazing the goats for short periods of time to get their stomachs used to fresh, green grass.  They will bloat like a hot air balloon if I don’t acclimate them slowly.

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So far, I have been able to move them in and out of their pen without incident.  Having them accustomed to a rattling, clanging, metal, bucket of feed helps with that process!

The storms rolled in last night; dropping lots of rain, but luckily no damage.

View from my west deck:

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 North-east view from my front porch:


 Hoping for sun and gentle winds today.  🙂

About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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22 Responses to Tuning in (and catching up) Tuesday

  1. debweeks says:

    I’m still pulling for the little runt!!!

    Your granddaughter is adorable!!!!

  2. babywren says:

    Even my husband looks forward to watching the piglets progress. Crossing our fingers for the runt!

  3. Mary says:


  4. neilirving says:

    Love the little pigs so cute

  5. cecilia says:

    Those storm clouds are magnificent. I had a friend who always did the castrating etc, using a shopping cart, but your wheelbarrow works! What a relief to have that messy job done. Lovely shots of your family.. take care in the storms.. c

  6. dayphoto says:

    You are so rich and green there! I’m waiting for that time here…meaning I can hardly wait.


  7. Southernruralroute.wordpress.com says:

    The piglets are still cute. You didn’t really say what the grand daughter thought of them. I was about to get upset with Pig Farmer for holding that piglet by the leg until you said it was okay.

  8. Years ago we had baby piggies…I forgot how cute they are! Even cuter is that grandbaby! Glad the storms didn’t cause any damage!

  9. pattisj says:

    I’m glad you didn’t post THOSE pics. LOL I’m glad they don’t mind for very long. I’ll bet the granddaughter loved the piglets. The goats look happy to be outside. Glad to hear you didn’t have to deal with tornados. May there be sunshine in your forecast!

  10. What lovely pictures! How lucky your grand daughter is to be able to have family AND a farm to visit!!

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