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Daily Drama 18

Daily Drama 18

Now that Stacy’s Funny Farm is an official non-profit organization, the high school will send students over to fulfill their community service requirements. So the Funny Farm had its first volunteer today! She was great, but Dobby was suspicious. I loaned her Becky’s old mud boots and I think he thought she was trying something sneaky. We had fun cleaning the guinea pig cage instead. I’m hoping she decides to come back next week!

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Dobby gets pouffy for hens but not volunteers.

This is what pouffy looks like, closer up.

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Rusty wanted to say hello. When are her babies going to come out? They must be huge- she’s been nursing forever.


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Yo! Got peanuts?


Waiting for The Prince to make up his mind. Are we going to the front yard or not?

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I’ll get back to you on that.

Standing under a spider while I wait.

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Spider Season

Finally in the front yard. I set up a new nose tickler for him.

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It’s a success.

The old mailboxes made a nice nose-tickle station.

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That’s a plastic grapevine dangling at morrillo height.

Almost 1-1/2″ of rain since yesterday. (About 3.5 cm) That’s soggy grass.

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Munch munch munch

See you again soon.

Daily Drama 15


Another big branch fell through the aviary “roof.” The top of a birch tree is dead and rotten and, I guess, on the way down. In the photo below, you can see the apple tree, then the dead top of the birch, then some live birch, and finally, at the right, the remaining half of the maple tree I “trimmed” last spring. I spend a lot of time looking up, now.

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Death of a Tree

Dobby has been enjoying our sunny days.

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Corn tastes best when you are standing in the sun.

Dobby didn’t seem too inclined to go to the front yard yesterday.

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Can’t you see I’m in the bathroom?

He went around to the gate, anyway, though.

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Just a minute, I’m busy marking this tarp with my morrillo!

Then he stalled.

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Just a minute while I eat this grass!

He’s usually pretty efficient about getting his harness on because he likes to go to the front yard.

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On second thought, can we go later? I’m not really in the mood right now.

Fine. We’ll go back and see what the chickens are up to.

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Up was the right word!

Madonna and Jello are un-planting pots. I’ve never caught Jello in those planters before, but now I know it might not be the squirrels who have dug the dirt out of those.

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Get down from there, Jello!

I guess I need to put some protective screens on those planters.

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Speaking of protective screens, let’s check on my fancy rattoon.  A rattoon is a sprouted root of sugar cane that can grow into a new plant. In Brazil, they grow sugar can to feed the cattle. It looks like gigantic grass. Not surprisingly, capybaras are fond of it, too.

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The protective screen around Dobby’s rattoon.

I bought this one to grow for Dobby. However, the squirrels think it is for them. They gnawed off the top leaves and severed the stem.

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Dang it, you naughty squirrels!

Might as well feed it to the Dobster!

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Munch munch munch.

Here’s a video of Dobby eating his sugar cane. I love the way it goes in magically. He eats like a guinea pig! You can even see his little tongue in this video. It’s the only thing about dobby that is small!



Daily Drama 14

Daily Drama 14

Madonna would like to announce that she laid an egg today. I took a video, but it was too annoying to post.

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Bwack ack ack ack ack, burrrack ack ack ack ack! (and repeat)

Dobby has had a new visitor to the back yard, but he is very shy.

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Dobby oversees the molehill construction.

The squirrels are nuts these days. Can you see all three? I have five resident squirrels, but it is hard to catch all five in one photo. Rusty’s babies aren’t out yet. Except the one that fell out and we put back in, that is.

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Peanut Hunters

Pepper the red-eared slider, a non-native pond turtle, came to us from the Seattle Animal Shelter. I’m still trying to get some history on him, but he had his vet checkup on their nickel. That’s a nice adoption gift.

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Pepper weighs a bit over 2 pounds!

To check for pneumonia, Pepper got to go swimming in nice warm water. He loved it.

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Pepper checks out Dr. Vincenzi.

Pepper doesn’t look like he’s been outside much, and he’s fearless. He loves people! Seriously, he checked everyone out.

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Pepper likes everyone.

You can put your finger right up to his face and he doesn’t hide! Doesn’t bite, either! So he has probably spent time around nice people that he trusts. He’s in good condition now, but has had a tough time in his past. His carapace is very rough and flaky.

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He’s checking YOU out, now!

In other news, Spike would like you to see how he helps out on cage cleaning night! You might recognize that spot as Dobby’s daytime hang-out by the heat vent. Gee, why is cage cleaning done after Dobby’s bedtime?

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No, YOU are upside down! I am right side up!