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Beat the DEET – Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

If you’re like me, the thought of using insect repellent containing the chemical DEET makes your skin crawl. Yuck! So, I was extremely happy to learn that the CDC has labeled oil of lemon eucalyptus an effective repellent of mosquitoes and ticks. In 2005 the CDC included the EPA-registered product containing synthesized lemon eucalyptus oil in its list of repellents of mosquitoes and ticks. Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) is also called PMD (chemical name: para-menthane-3,8-diol), which is the synthesized version of OLE. It is extracted from the leaves of waste distillate of Eucalyptus citriodora, a tree native to Australia. I’m surprised that I didn’t know about this alternative to DEET sooner. I’m so excited at the thought of being able to walk with...

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Joy

Meet Joy! She was born Monday evening, May 6th. Her mother, Willa, surprised us about a week before she was born and in her cowish ways told us she was expecting.  Her name is Joy because that is how I often feel when I watch the cows. They are peaceful and entertaining. When the new babies come it's a small miracle - just like all new life. Willa is a sweetheart and it seems like Joy will be a sweetie too. She and her momma are letting me pet her. They are so frail the first day but in a few days it's hard to hold them in one place. They just grow so fast.

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Lucky I Came Home

  Lucky I came home when I did yesterday. I found this little guy outside of the pasture with his momma cow, Betty, inside. She was very upset that she couldn't get to him. I ran, picked him up and put him back inside for her. Betty was grateful until...Pippi showed what a monster she could be.  Pippi put her snout under the new calf and threw him a couple of feet in the air. I chased her away but she and Cyrus, another cow, started running around. They ran over the top of the new calf, luckily they didn't step on him. I picked him up again and carried him into the "maternity ward". Betty happily followed. Before I...

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Baby calf Dotti hogs the maternity ward

New baby Dotti and her mom, Pippi are doing well. We kept them in the maternity ward so Dotti will be strong and fast when she they are let out. We've had a coyote hanging around very close to the house so we want to be extra careful. I love this picture of Clover and Betty hanging around the maternity ward for their turns at having calves. They can't wait to have their meals brought to them!! 

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