Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sunny Saturday at The Lazy Vegan

Boulder knows he's pretty darn cute.

A gray morning turned into a beautiful sunny day at The Lazy Vegan! We did some chores around the house and then went to a housewarming party later in the day...then rushed home to be with our crew for the evening (and to make sure we made it home to get the hens safely in their coop!). Paco helped me clean out the barn (Luigi wisely decided this was not that fun of an event long ago, and he wandered off) and tomorrow I'll do the big pasture clean up. The amount of manure from two donkeys is staggering...what goes in definitely DOES come out!! I need to put up a Free Manure sign at the bottom of our driveway (somehow I doubt that idea will pass The Lazy Vegan Design Committee --a.k.a. Randy!). In other news, a mole has dug his or her way into the veggie garden and took off with part of a tomato plant! But all in all we've had pretty good luck so far with the garden.
Sophia rests under the oak tree.
Bella looks out from the terrace.
Once again, Boulder supervises the dinner hour.
Bella steps in the food!!

Catching Paco for a photo opportunity!

Paco helps clean out the barn.
Biting each other is all part of playing.

Hens in Graton from my walk with Snap in the morning.

Lazy donkeys at The Lazy Vegan.
Lazy Randy at The Lazy Vegan.
A skink! Beautiful blue tail, but a bit too snake-like for me.
Boulder supervises breakfast!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Thank Dog it's Friday at The Lazy Vegan

Bedtime Sweet Grain Snack!

The animals don't really care what day of the week it is as long as their meals and treats aren't forgotten! And especially the bedtime snack...Paco and Luigi still come rushing into the corral when it is sweet grain time and they both make a funny little squeaky noise when they hear me rattle the pan. We still put them in the corral area at night, even though they're old enough to let wander around the pasture after dark (this does sound a bit ridiculous)-- I feel safer having them in the area closest to their barn and our house, and they seem to like it, too. Sometimes I peek in on them from the balcony and watch their bedtime routine- after scarfing down the sweet grain they usually play for a while and then have what I call quality scratching time- scratching their various itches on the barn door and the bench- and then one of them will wander into the barn and lay down for the night with the other not far behind. Tomorrow I have to go buy more of their special pine shavings bedding, and I'm going to look into a discount place that Randy saw advertised. So much for the excitement at The Lazy Vegan!
Heading in for sweet grain- Luigi makes it first!

One happy Blue Jay gets some chicken food.

The girls wait patiently for dinner.

Boulder swatted Toby once when he walked by (too bad I didn't get a photo of that!), so Toby very carefully walked around him.

Look who has the toy! Even with half his teeth, Solo can still manage to hold toys!

Boulder prowls around.
Funny little lizard "hand".

Randy can't resist stopping the car on his way up the drive.

Beautiful blue skies today.
The girls hang out after lunch.
View of the donkeys from the garden.
Solo feels great these days!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thursday Thrills at The Lazy Vegan

Boulder with the girls again!
Another thrilling Thursday at The Lazy Vegan! The dogs were so exhausted from lounging around all day that they all fell asleep as I was posting photos on the blog here...there's nothing quite like being surrounded by three terriers while working on the computer. The donkeys were thrilled ("thrill" is the word of the day!) to see Randy when he came home from tennis practice- it is hard not to be a tad bit jealous of the way they both go up to get hugs from him. Paco definitely gets his share of hugs from me, but Luigi is always more shy about it...somebody suggested he might be "afraid" of my hair- and I think there might be a bit of truth to that, because a few times I pulled it completely back and he was more willing to come up for a kiss! Tired terriers.
A blue jay waits for me to leave before raiding the coop to see what's leftover from dinner!

Papa and his boys. Really ridiculous.

Donkey and Man show off teeth.
Part of the daily routine!

Portrait of
Sophia. Portrait of Bella.
I love the cows across the way. They seem like happy cows. Five of them. I count them, and there's always five...it will be a sad day when there are four. I don't know if they're being raised for beef or are dairy cows. They've been there a long time and my hope is that they always will be!
Just one of the insane dogs I have to deal with.

Boulder likes to snag Toby's ball.

Hanging out at lunch time.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Fine Weathered Wednesday at The Lazy Vegan

No complaints at The Lazy Vegan today...except that I am mad at myself for ruining a few bales of hay by storing them on the ground instead of up on pallets...which made much of the hay mold (and I certainly can't feed my boys moldy hay!). All part of my learning process in this first year of living with the longears! On June 8th we'll have had the boys one whole year...we should have an anniversary party or something. Just another 30 or so years to go! Boulder had a good time today hanging out with the girls- Bella is comfortable around him now and doesn't do her alarming clucking noise like she did the first few weeks she was here. It really is a pretty funny sight to see a cat lounging around two hens! Randy multi-tasks... watches tennis while eating dinner and hanging out with Boulder.

Hank heads off by himself. Always by himself. I put out a bucket of water for him.
Sesame-tofu, rice and asparagus for dinner!
The girls snuggled in their coop for the night. They definitely have their spots- Sophia is always perched on the end of the box and Bella is always on the far right. After I shut their ramp door and main door, I hear them cooing to one another.
Solo is very happy to dig!

The Boulder & hen show!

Sometimes he'll even be purring when he's around them...

I should have trained Toby to be a show dog!

More of the girls and Boulder.

Here come the peaches!

Paco had some attitude today.
Trudging to the hay feeder. My poor donkeys. They work so hard.
My pups work hard, too.