Sorry, no pictures of bumps on my head.
140 GDD, b-50. Source
Most European pears are in full bloom. Kerr apple very close to full bloom.
|Image from Accu-guess for month of May. We might start getting "normal" temperatures next week.|
Sprite's calves are on our pasture now. There is not much mass for them to graze. The 3000 pounds of cattle eat about 120 pounds (dry matter) of feed a day. They were on a half-acre paddock for four days or roughly 500 pounds of dry matter. That is pretty thin pasture. We need some heat.
Folks down south will laugh at me, but I set a new record; four ticks in one day.
Ticks are a new thing around here. I was almost fifty before I picked the first tick off my body.
It is purely speculation but I think the large number of ground squirrels might have something to do with it. The larger snakes (blue racers, rat snakes) are mostly expatriated from our area. Larger farm fields, increased road traffic and large mowed expanses of lawn might have something to do with that.
I have been learning about the diet Mrs ERJ and Belladonna are on. Their mentor calls them every day.
I learned that they are allowed one solid food in infinite amounts: Ice cubes.
|Condiment bowl sitting on paperback book. Dollar for scale.|
For instance, Bella had one of the condiment bowls and it was partially filled with gooey, white material. I assumed it was one of the three servings of "condiments" she is allowed a week.
"Pretty generous diet" I commented. "Most diets wouldn't allow Ranch dressing." I assumed she was going to have her three stalks of celery allowance.
She gave me a look that scorched my eyebrows. "It is a SERVING of mac-and-cheese."
"And it tastes like bull-crap" she said.
Always one to look on the bright side of things I commented "Well, at least there isn't a lot of it" before I ducked and dashed out the door.