Then the power went out and the trees fell down.
We lost power about 11:30 last night while I was folding socks and watching a movie. Once we made sure it wasn't us, we called the power company who said we were the only ones without. We figured it was going to be a while, so we just called it a night and went to bed after reading for a little bit.
It was so calm last night, and beautiful with a full moon lighting up the forest. We slept with the windows and doors open to let the warm air in.
About 3:30 in the morning Max woke us up with a sharp bark, not his usual bark, but an alarm bark. A few minutes later lights from outside flashed down our hallway and we knew a truck was coming in. The power company came to our breaker by the house to check it, with their big pole line truck. Max almost had an aneurysm having strangers here in the middle of the night with a big noisy truck with lots of lights. He was not pleased.
9 of the 17 hydro poles we put in to get electricity back here, are our responsibility alone, so if there is trouble with any of them, we pay for it. We were pretty sure it wasn't something that happened to any of those poles since earlier in the day we had driven the area looking for down trees, which we did not find.
About 1/2 hour later, they left.
We woke up this morning to a light rain, and a calm and quiet day.
At 10:30 AM our power came back on. For two minutes, and then went back out. The power company said now there were 60 people without power and it would be back by noon... so something must have happened further down the line - no one else must have reported being out until early morning since they were probably sleeping, unlike us.
When I got up to the barn this morning, I led Izzie and her friends over to their day yard and returned to the barn to let the other group out. As soon as I got to the door, I noticed there was something white in the goat yard that shouldn't be there.
It was the stump of a tree that broke off in the night.
I made the animals wait in the barn while I went over to investigate the situation and check on my fence. I was surprised to see this tree down since it wasn't one we thought might fall.
As soon as I got over there I could see that the tree had fallen and crushed the fence.
Thankfully my electric fence didn't break, it popped off. But the wire fence got crushed.
Max ran straight over to pee on the tree. He was really ticked off this tree fell and he couldn't get to it last night since I had closed the gate and kept the dogs, cow, and ducks in the barnyard, thankfully.
After Max reminded the tree who the boss was, I called him back into the barnyard and I closed the gate to keep the critters in there and out of the goat yard.
Meanwhile in the other day yard, no one cared about the fallen tree.
Flavious wasn't even remotely concerned.
I returned to the house to collect my helpers after chores to get the tree off the fence. These four followed me home. They were standing in the marsh across from the goat yard while I was inspecting the fence.
While Kevin loaded the ATV up with chainsaws and tools, Douglas loaded himself into the ATV.
We have two fawns that we know of, a doe fawn, and a buck fawn. This guy is too cute with his red head.
What? Those are deer? Do they live here?
The little buck fawn is very curious, unlike everyone else who decided they should leave after they saw the looks of Douglas.
But the little buck fawn wanted a better look.
Hmmm... who are you?
Mommmmm, it's looking at me!
It was clouding up when we got back over to the goat yard.
But Douglas was ready to go to work.
I was really hoping some of the tree would be good still, but the stump was rotten and that's why it fell so at first we were not hopeful...
Douglas decided he better leave dad to the work once he heard the chainsaw starting up...
So while dad cut the stump up, Douglas went around the goat yard, peeing on stuff...
Until he saw Max watching him. Then he decided to back off.
The good news is, part of the hickory tree that fell is still good - it will make great firewood. It's a nice big log and pretty easy to get to since it's in the goat yard and right next to the wood yard! I just wish it could have spared my fence on the way down. I would have appreciate that.
The afternoon arrived and the tree was moved, the power was back on, and we could finally focus on other important things... like avoiding doing the dishes...
So I worked on the fire...
Then we dusted off my hat... looks good on you Douglas, even though it's a girls hat...
Played with Prairie dogs...
Hector was wondering if we could just take a nap...
Please Lets nap... I'm exhausted.
Uh oh... it's Doug.
Watch it Douglas, he's got his eye on you...
uh oh... now he's got his eye on me....
Then we tried on our new bandana...
Apparently everyone is extra lazy around here today....
Me and Norman looked for new recipes to try...
Norman says, I say we make it mom... if it's bad, I'll eat it anyway...
And now, I suppose... since the dishes won't wash themselves and the dogs can't cook, I best get back to work.
Happy Halloween to everyone! Watch out for zombie goats and ghostly Pugs!