It has been a shocking experience for Nathan, this week on the farm! Twice I didn’t catch him before he ran off and grabbed the electric netting, fencing in the goats. The first time I was doing some touch up weeding in the sweet corn. The electric fence is near the end of the row and he always toys with getting too close, knowing he’s not supposed to. He had wandered over to the next row of garlic and was pulling at the leaves and playing in the dirt, so I refocused on my weeding. I glanced back just to see him reach for the fence and then it happened. It was the worst kind of shock where he hadn’t completely grabbed hold of the fence, which is more painful. I grabbed him while he burst into tears, hugging me for comfort, burying his face in my neck, and wisely avoiding the fence the rest of the day.
I thought the pain would make an impact, but boys are so courageous, that after a day, he was dangerously close to the boundaries again. This time I was picking peas in the warm sun early in the morning after our daily chores, while he made loops around the garden, chasing chickens and the cat, throwing rocks in the goats’ water. As he turned the final lap, he started heading over to the garlic and sweet corn again, and I hollered at him to come back. He turned and started returning to the safety of garden where I was working, then suddenly pulled a 180 and headed in his walk/jog gait to the fence. I was yelling, but the wind was so strong that day he didn’t hear me. A goat was near the fence and he wanted to say hi.
I watched in horror as he grabbed the pole (not electric) for stability with one hand, then grabbed the white netting with the other hand (very electric). I sprinted, at least as fast as an out of shape 38 year old woman can, to get to him, almost in tears as his whole body seized three times from the waves of electricity before I could sweep him up. He was too shocked to actually cry tears. His mouth was gaping open like he’d seen a ghost, until he finally could catch his breath and relaxed into me. I watched him closely to make sure there were no side effects. When I told Dan what had happened, he laughed pretty hard, and assured me it wasn’t dangerous since it was all volts and no amps, though he confessed he would’ve been running to save him too. Ironically the rest of the day he was so chipper and happy, like the shocking event gave him a burst of energy! I have a feeling that’s only the beginning of the risk taking adventure of raising a boy!
In other Nathan news, he is the Pied Piper to the three black kittens. They are situated in front of the old milk parlor where the hen and her chicks live, across from the permanent goat fencing. Nathan doesn’t quite know animal etiquette so he picks them up by the tail. If they hear his squealing voice or see us, they crawl right over and follow him around as he dangerously toddles from place to place on the uneven ground, tripping over the kittens, and stepping on them more than once. The orange cat is missing, and presumed dead, so we have the three black ones now.
Nathan also loves playing in the goat pen on the cement pad where they rest in between grazing. They are curious about him, sniff him and he loves to pet and chase them. The problem is, he loves rocks and cannot distinguish between a hard black piece of goat poop and an actual rock! So if I’m not watching closely, he ends up carrying around black “pebbles.” So it is with boys!
Saturday morning was gorgeous for working in the garden. Nathan took his usual nap and Dan and I flew through the list. The entire big garden was weeded and beautiful by the end of the day. Dan tilled up several beds to re-plant our bell peppers and jalapenos, since I had scorched the first set. The broccoli and cauliflower we had direct seeded had sprouted and died from the weeks of no rain, so we tilled and re-planted. A second round of radishes and purple carrots were planted, and melons, and squashes were thinned and weeded. Eggplant, cucumbers and zucchini are finally coming up and the garden looks beautiful! By the end of the day, we felt very satisfied with our accomplishments!
In the garden we are harvesting romaine, mixed greens, baby kale, swiss chard, basil, cilantro, snap peas, carrots, and beets! The mulberry trees are loaded too!
This week felt a little like Christmas for me since we received so many pleasant surprises. First, we picked delicious strawberries at Dan’s parents farm, then I got new cloth diapers in the mail, and finally I got a sneak peek at the logo and design of my new blog website! So exciting!
And finally the most shocking news…….Baby #2 is on the way! Hooray!
And that’s the news from this shocking week on the farm!