On Wednesday I noticed that our corn was being eaten. What I saw was low to the ground so we suspect the rabbits. So we quickly picked all of the ripe corn and set up a game camera by the stalks. I also noticed that the Steller’s jays have been eating the sunflowers. This is all right as I planted them for the birds. But we did not plant the corn for the rabbits.
We had a busy day and were not planning on shucking. But we set up on the back porch in the evening. Tom brought his laptop out with Colt Clark and the Quarantine Kids playing on youtube, we grilled shish kabobs (with our pork steaks, onion, red pepper and potatoes) and shucked.
After shucking I tried to dance with Bellamy (the girl). It was hard to keep up, but it was a good workout. I did donate to their tip jar, rewarding them for the joy they have given us in our quarantine. After dancing and dinner I froze the corn. So today was cow hoof trimming day. I had tried for years to find someone to come over to trim our cows. Once I mentioned our number of cows or that they are part Highland I was always told no. But I finally found a cow hoof trimmer who was willing to come out. And today was the day. Here he is pulling through our pasture to our alleyway by the barn. We had our four cows in the barn, trying to keep them calm with hay and grain. Once he was set up, Marji came our first. Since she is 7 years old and never had her hooves trimmed, it was badly needed.
Here is Tom’s view.
Next was Sonja. Then came Bug. As Bug is Marji’s daughter, Marji was concerned about her being trimmed. Last was Maddie. Sonja and Maddie used to be friends, but recently they have been sparring. But despite this, Sonja was concerned while Maddie was being trimmed. The equipment left, the cows were moved and the gates were all closed. The only evidence was some cow poop and hoof trimmings in the alleyway. It all took about 1/2 hour. I did give some bread slices to the cows in reward. They should be walking more comfortably now.
Health Update: I survived my stress echocardiogram and had normal results. So no evidence of pulmonary hypertension. Next up is a brain MRI on 9/11 (for my right facial numbness), my 7th COVID testing on 9/14, and pulmonary function testing on September 16. The prednisone is not helping that I can detect yet. I am starting to wonder more and more if this could by “Long COVID” and perhaps I did have COVID as well as Norovirus in February or maybe when I was so ill in mid-March. There is so little information available about it, that it is hard to know. But if I do not have another answer by then I will talk to my pulmonologist about this.