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Man On The Floor

Back in the days before coed dorms, when a gentleman was invited up to his date’s room, the lady would shout, “Man on the floor!” This announcement allowed women who may be scantily dressed to clear the hall, thus preventing any embarrassing encounters. Of course today with coed dorms, that is no longer a problem. On the llama farm, it is vitally important to keep the boys and girls separated.

My normal morning chore involves cleaning the boys barn, feeding the boys, and freshening the hay and water. While the boys are eating, they are harnessed and tied. This gives my an opportunity to open the pasture’s gate, bring in the Chuckwagon so I can clean their pasture later, then close and secure the gate. Finally I normally walk the boys around a bit, then release them.

This week’s routine is a little different. We have an injured llama who is confined in the barn. This week, I am also moving hay. Somehow, all this change caused a major distraction for me this morning. It wasn’t until after I released the boys, that I realized I failed to close the pasture’s gate. So guess where the boys went? Yep. On open door is like an open invitation. Fortunately, Carol had not released the girls to the pasture just yet. I was able to get her attention to let her know to keep the girls contained in their barn.

Now boys being boys, just knew how to find the girls. I was able to close the gate to boys pasture before all the boys escaped. Then I was able to get one more gate closed that kept all the boys from getting too close to the girls. Trust me when I say the boys go gaga over the girls and even fight over the girls. With Carol’s help we were able to coral the three adventurous boys and get them back into their pasture. I am not sure which is easier, herding cats or herding llamas.

Once everyone was back where they belonged, Carol finished with the girls, I finished scooping and dumping poop. As I dragged my tired butt into the RV, Carol suggested going to Corner Stone Cafe in Ellijay for breakfast then a visit to Starbucks to borrow their WiFi. Great idea especially since I do not have to cook after having to the herd llamas.

So here we are, sitting in Starbucks using their very slow WiFi. At least it is free.

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Busy Day On The Farm

Today was a busy day on the farm. Critters needed to be fed, a sick water heater needed repairing, and doggies needed grooming for Sunday’s Adopt-A-Thon. And we still found time for some of the local attractions.

Carol was scheduled to feed the cats this morning. Perfect time to show how obedient they have become. In the first photo, Carol is headed to Trump 1 while the cats follow. The middle photo shows the complex design of Trump Towers for the cats. The photo on the right show the cats following Carol to Trump 2. Some of the cats are double eaters – they eat at Trump 1, then he’d for Trump 2 for the second course.

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We have a few resident ducks on the farm. These two think they are cats since they tend to hang out with the cats. When Carol started the feeding, the large duck flew into the yard near Trump 1, nibbled cat kibbles from the ground, then followed her to Trump 2.
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After the cats were fed, we enjoyed our breakfast. While Carol began on the dog grooming, I headed for the Kindness Clinic to take a look at the water heater. The hot water has a very strong rotten egg oder. Some folks recommend removing the anode rod, while others recommend replacing it with one made from a different material. The first and least costly remedy is two remove it. There is not much room above the hater heater so I need to cut an opening above the heater. Middle photo is the escape hole for the anode rod. The last photo shows the hex head of the anode rod. Looks like I got it right.

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Now to get it out.

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Tomorrow I place a plug in the heater where the anode rod was, fill the water heater, turn it back on and start flushing. Hopefully the smell will go away. While I was working on this project, Carol was busy bathing dogs who are going to the Adopt-A-Thon on Sunday. Here are three clean doggies – Albert, Hazel and Stockings.

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I decided tonight would be good time for a date with sweety so we went to Andy’s for dinner. On the way there, I passed by this house and thought how cool his collection of gas station memorabilia was. The Sinclair sign got my attention because my Grandfather sold Sinclair gas in Elroy, Tx back in the 50’s. My brother retired from Texaco.

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A cold front blew through today so we had some rain for part of the day. Now the temperature is falling as we head into a cold night again. The cold will not last. Next we, temperatures should be in the mid to high 70’s.
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