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    Then this would be a good project for him. You just order the cocoon and wait for the butterflies to emerge.
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    We used to hatch Painted Lady butterflies at school. We released them at a school ceremony to celebrate spring. There were always a few escapees in the school building.
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    Sorry about the loss of your calf, LC. I've been loading manure for local gardeners for a few weeks. Last week I uncovered a nest of baby rabbits. I covered them back up and hoped for the best. Today, I saw the hay over the nest was moved, so I pulled it back and four little hoppers ran out. I tried to tell them Easter isn't till Sunday but I don't think they listened. I hope nothing gets them. They'll be just the right size to raid the neighbor's garden this summer!
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    Haha! Whitewash! Great name!
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    C'mon, RRW, dish about the RV clientele. I've always wondered since they seem to be sort of clannish.
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    But horse foals don't leave their mothers and pair up with another horse that soon.
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    That's strange, NP. I wonder how that adaptation came about. RRW, you need a yard rake to pull behind a rider. Or maybe Odie could pull it.
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    That's really strange about the new foal. Is that normal behavior for minis?
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    You'd have no trouble with leaf blowing here today. Just get them off the ground and the wind would take care of the rest. The last time I worked outside on a windy day like this, I got bronchitis that lasted six weeks. So, I'm going to the grocery.
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    My yard is only about an acre but it has board fence around half of it. And the fence also has no climb wire so you have to trim on both sides of the fence. A pain. I thought he was only going to do the fence line but he did everything. I'm just so excited! It's like getting out of school! Grass cutters around here are used to cutting huge yards. The silly people have five acre, or more, lawns. I say get some animals!
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    Is that the set for Cabaret or is that the permanent stage? Really cute! I have that same fire pit, only mine is stored under the deck and is now rust color. You know, you're going to have to move all those flower pots every time you mow the grass. I hired someone to cut the grass this year for the first time in my life. It's wonderful! I still have to do the pastures and barn lot, but that isn't weekly and all the trimming.
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    I quit a vet because her secretary, or whatever her position was, kept after me about keeping the cat in the house. I told her the cat had a job--killing mice-- and I didn't have mice in my house. But there were plenty in my barn. I don't how she is working in a farm area with that mindset.
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    ^^^Come get some. I put an ad in the local paper and have been giving it away. It's about half gone. I'm loading some for a lady tonight.
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    ^^^Our county has a farm day at the end of every summer. Different farms around the county each year have open house so the "civilians" get to see their operations. I went on the trek a few years ago and visited the Icelandic pony farm and an orchard/farm on our road. The orchard served lunch where I had the best hamburger I've ever tasted. It was probably chopped steak. Farm Day is very popular, especially with the kids. I hope your farm day is a pleasant experience and I'm sure it will be a lot of work.
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    Hooray for Spring! I thought it would never get here. And the weather has been spectacular this week. I feel sorry for those folks who are still getting snow. Queen, it sounds like you have new fans. There are always kids who gravitate toward horses. Some stay with it, some don't. It also sounds like you've got a good start on a garden. I wish I could get interested in a vegetable garden. I just keep planting flowers and spending money to do it.
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    ^^^My mantra. It costs just as much to feed an ugly horse as a good looking one. It's also easier to overlook foibles if it's easier on the eyes. Another thought. If your son loses interest in a few years, an attractive horse would sell easier.
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    Is there something going on at home with the kids?
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    When I was teaching, we took the kids to a farm that the county owned that had been there since the 1700's. The owners left it to the county for educational purposes. It had a huge log barn that had been kept in repair, a large house from the 1800's, and wonderful land and trees and outbuildings. There were animals, pigs, sheep and cows and poultry. Some of the kids, especially the inner city kids, had never seen a farm or farm animals. Some were afraid of all the open land. I remember a conversation among the African American girls about how spooky it would be at night and they wouldn't camp there. But by the end of the day, they were all galloping over the open fields catching butterflies, and petting and brushing the animals. I feel sorry for the kids who never get that experience. That's why I said you did a good thing, Queen.
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    Good job, Queen!
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    ^^^Gee, that looks familiar. Here's the Union Station In Louisville. http://digital.library.louisville.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/cs/id/702/rec/469
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    Maybe you should plan a trip on Eurorail.
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    Thanks, RRW. The scenery looks familiar. My sister lived in Chicago for 30 years and I visited her several times. Going back is not on my wish list since she's back here now and I'm more of a country person. The only traveling that appeals to me now are those river cruises in Europe. I wish they would stop showing them on PBS! Or a dude ranch would be fun...
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    Th fairy castle is my favorite, too. That one room had a pipe organ! Thanks, RRW. I've been to Chicago several times but not there.
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    The Mighty Mississip looks cold! I didn't know you had plans in Chicago. I thought the present was just the train ride.
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    I doubt you'll get the kind of service on Amtrack that you would on your own train. But I hope it's a great b-day for Shortman!