Today Boots on the Ground is a little under the weather; nothing serious, just not up to par. So I'm not sure I'll be doing much on the farm. John already fed the critters for me, before heading off to work. Yes, he works on Saturdays; such is the face of our current economy. Mary should be up and about, feeding her bottle babies. "Should be" doesn't mean "is;" we're dealing with a 14 year-old here. So I'll make this short and head up to check on that soon.
I've been wandering around this website this morning. Mouse over Soldier Life, then follow the drop-down to Becoming a Soldier and then to Basic Combat Training, to see what Ethan is up to these days. The videos load a little slowly, but they're a good overview. He's in White Phase right now.
Jay and Kris should be over later, to help out with some fencing and building that we have to get to. Mary and I will be playing with the horses later. We had a "fun" experience last night. In short, I learned not to tie both horses to the trailer at the same time. We wanted to groom them, and we don't have a hitching rail yet. We've been tying them to the trailer in the driveway for a while, and it has worked. However, John has been less than pleased by the...leavings left in the driveway. It's hard to get manure out of gravel. So this time I decided to tie them to the back, which means the horses were in the grass. "Leavings" in the grass don't bother John. Wakiya was bothered by a half sheet of plywood which was lying there (don't ask.) Before I could move it, she began...reacting violently. Hope "caught the spirit," as they say, and, before I could do more than get out of the way, they had pulled the trailer off the driveway and about ten feet into the yard.
I won't be tying them to the trailer again. And I am concerned about getting them into the trailer again. Wish I had listened at the 4H natural horsemanship clinic the other night when they discussed trailering issues. But we hadn't had any...to this point.
Ah, well. Never a dull moment, as they say. You know you're in for it when the TV weather man says, "Unique weather tomorrow." We've already had rain pouring through a sky full of sunshine.