A Few on Friday

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This week I’m just glad to make it to Friday.

I’m chugging my Emergen-C, hoping I don’t catch the sickness currently running through the children. That likelihood is slim considering the amount of coughs in my face and kid snot on my shirt this week.

So, there won’t be five things today but, I can end this mostly tough week with a few laughs.

Fencing Problems

If you follow me on Instagram, you know my one New Year’s resolution is keeping our pet pig, Clover in her fence.

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Well, it’s proving to be quite a challenge. On Thursday, she stayed in the fence all day… for the first time this year. So Clover 13… Momma 1.

Clearly, I still have a whole lot to learn about fencing.

I know what the problem is, and I have a temporary fix, but there is A LOT of fence out there. Between uncooperative weather and a sick toddler glued to my hip, rather than doing the whole fence, I’ve been reinforcing each spot she escapes. Initially I didn’t realize just how many possible escape routes she had.

So far I’ve run about 120 feet of chicken wire and used nearly 300 zip ties plus every heavy thing I can find lying around the farm. There shouldn’t be too many places left. I hope.
I know I can electrify the fence and fix the problem really quick. But, for so many reasons I don’t want to do that.

A small side of bacon sounds like a good solution too. But for other reasons I can’t do that either.

Laughs Lately

Michael …

“Mommy, Thank you so much for my new toolbox- it’s my favorite color!”

Then a few seconds later…

“Wait, is camo a color?”


“Was yesterday’s yesterday the day we played basketball?”

And the biggest laugh of the week is at my own clumsy self. One evening Amity began barking hysterically. I panicked, thinking she was hurt, and flew out the front door.  But it was raining, and the porch was slick. As soon as my feet hit the edge I was sliding. Somehow I managed to stay on my feet down several slick stairs.

Thank goodness I paused at the door just long enough to set Jon down before running out.
It could have been terrible, but instead we all had a good laugh at my panicked clumsiness and Amity’s startled, panicked bark at a harmless stray dog who wandered into the yard.

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  1. One good thing about Clover’s escapist tendencies – when Cliff and I came by to get that piece of furniture on Sunday, we got to watch Steed corralling her with Adam’s help. It was great.

  2. Clover looks like a little sweetheart! I had to laugh out loud when I read your post. Years ago we had a pet goat who would not stay in her fence. She would find more ways to get out! Somedays we couldn’t figure out for the life of us how she got out. Hope you are feeling better!

  3. I love that you have a pet pig and the dog hangs out with him!! SO FUN!! Looks like a great time in your house! lol I hope you do not get get. WE have all had the same cold for over 3 weeks. Terrible!!

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