Fuzzy friends

It’s been a while since I had a chance to pull over and get a picture of the bison herd.

I love it when they come close to the fence like this. Especially when there are so many adorable babies to swoon over!

The Re-Farmer

So many bison. :-)

It’s been a long time since I was able to stop to get pictures of the bison while they are at the fence!

There are so many babies this year! ❤

Gosh, they are beautiful creatures!

Though I think they lost a bull. I saw a local notice being shared on Facebook, warning people in the area to be on the lookout for it, and to stay well away from it. This is the only bison ranch I know of in this area, so I’m guessing it’s theirs. Hopefully, it has been found and brought home by now!

The Re-Farmer

Bonus smiles!

Extra kitty pictures!

I popped into the basement for a moment, and just had to come back with a camera.

The kittens are now big enough to get onto the counters now!

Glancing at the drill press and seeing a kitten looking back at me was most adorable.

We will have to keep an eye out. As much as we tried to block things off, there’s still the possibility of a kitten falling behind a counter or something.

When I sat down, all 5 of them attacked me. For the most part, they were moving too fast for pictures, but I did get a couple of good ones!

Big Rig is a real beauty!

Nicco climbed right up into a sun spot again! ;-D

Also, by the time I left, my calves were bleeding, from having pairs of kittens wrestling on each one.

Leyendecker, on the other hand, went for my face.

And ears.

And hair.

And braid, collar of my shirt, my phone, my glasses…

He certainly made things challenging!

Later on, while on the way back from town, I was happy to see our giant furry neighbours near the fence.

Just look at the adorable “little” baby!

Such gorgeous animals!

Thankfully, today was finally another productive day, which I will post about next. I just wanted to share the adorableness with you, first!

🙂

The Re-Farmer

Bonus Critters: big shaggy babies

On my way home from town this morning, I saw the bison were usually close to the road, so I just had to stop and get pictures!

To the left of the above photo, you can just see one of this year’s babies, lying in the grass. The larger bison lying near it would be one of last year’s babies.

One of this year’s babies is visible in the middle, to the left of the fence post, in this photo.

For such big babies, it’s hard to get pictures of them! 😀 There are about 5 bison babies that we can see, this year.

These shaggy lumpens must be so hot, with the weather we’ve been having!

Snow Bison

So yesterday was a pretty full day! Before I get into it all, though, I wanted to share these pictures, taken on our way home yesterday.

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I’m always thrilled to see the bison this close to the road. Such beautiful creatures!

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They are quite well insulated from the recent cold…

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…and quite enjoying themselves; earlier, we had seen some of the littler ones running and jumping around in the snow. Even though these would be the ones born last year, and not quite their adult size, they’re still massive enough that seeing them running and jumping is an amazing thing!

The Re-Farmer

Oh, my shaggy friends!

Driving home from town this morning, I was happy to see the bison were by the fence – on a day when I had the DSLR with me!

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Though the orange haze of this morning was fading away, it was still smokey, as you can see in the background.

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This adolescent bison seemed rather curious about me.

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What a beautiful, shaggy face!

Oh, how I love seeing these beautiful creatures!

The Re-Farmer

Beautiful Shaggy Friends

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The babies are getting so big!

I love when they are at the fence by the road.  Such gorgeous animals.

On a side note, when the time comes to replace our fences, this is kinda what I want to have.  Pressure treated wood posts, and a steel wire mesh, rather than the barbed wire we have always had.  It’ll cost a pretty penny, but will last much longer, look better, and be more secure.

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For Real? LOL

My older daughter came with me when it was time to pick up her sister from work.  Since UPS hadn’t delivered my birthday present yet, I asked my husband, who had had to lie down again, to be up in case they came while we were gone.  We also made sure the gate wasn’t locked when we left; it was just closed and not even latched.

Along the way, we saw our shaggy friends again.

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I wish you could see the babies better!  They are so adorable.

When we got home, we found this.

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Yeah.  They just slid? tossed? pushed? it past the gate.

Seriously?  Could they not figure out how to open it?  Or did they just decide not to come in?  I mean, I know UPS will leave packages at doors when no one was home, but this isn’t even anywhere near the house!

But you know what?  I don’t care.  IT’S FINALLY HERE!!

*doing the happy dance*

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There she is!  My new toy!

Yes, I made sure to read the instructions first.

Then I went and took down part of that big branch that was hanging off a tree behind the storage house.  I couldn’t get all of it; the pole isn’t anywhere near long enough for that, but at least I won’t be having to push past the hanging branches when I mow through there.

Then I went around different areas, taking down some branches with the extended pole, then converting back to chain saw mode and starting on some trees and stumps.  I got a couple of larger dead tree trunks down, which required some careful maneuvering with a blade that’s only 8 inches long.  Then I started cutting some of the tall stumps I’d left behind to ground level.  Turned on its side, it can cut quite close to the ground, which I really appreciate!

I even got the smaller of the two dead spruce trees that had been covered with vines down.  Not to ground level, as it is too wide at the base, and the second tree will have to wait for a full size chain saw.

Unfortunately, I’m already out of bar and chain oil.

I expected it to be used up quickly after the first fill, since it’s a first use and the whole thing would have been bone dry.  However, I also did a dumb.  I refilled it once, noticing it was already completely empty (there is a window on the side where you can see the oil level).  Shortly after, I noticed it was getting low again, so I added more.  After topping up the oil, I put the bottle away, came back, used the saw once to cut a skinny tree stump to ground level, and suddenly realized I hadn’t put the oil cap back on.

I just just poured all the out out by accident.

I used the last of my oil to refill it, but it was only a small bottle (which you can see in the photo), so there wasn’t enough left to completely fill it.  I was able to finish cutting flat as many stumps as I could for now.  There are some older ones from trees cut down before we moved here that are higher, but also too thick for my little blade.

I am so happy with this thing!  I can hardly wait to get into the last section of the spruce grove.  I already went through it yesterday evening, taking out the dead branches that were already on the ground.

I just have to pick some more bar and chain oil, first!

😀

The Re-Farmer