It wasn't a great day on the farm today. First of all, we discovered that the cherry tree was destroyed by raccoons. They must have climbed up in it to get at the cherries (which were ready to be picked) and since it's still a young tree it wasn't sturdy enough to hold their weight.....so the top half of the tree snapped. It's just hanging over now and those little thiefs picked EVERY LAST CHERRY OFF!!! I'm not kidding. They didn't miss a single cherry. The stems are all still on the tree and the cherries were all neatly picked off. I hope they got a belly ache!
The goats almost got their ticket to the sale barn. Jason got really mad at them. I mean really, really, really mad! They have been kept enclosed for over a week now because they were wreaking havoc in the garden. Today, we decided to let them out to browse while we were outside (the sweet corn patch now has an electric fence to keep them out). Well, they were still out when Jason was feeding the heifers and the goats decided to jump up in the feeders to help themselves. Jason tried to shoo them away.....the heifers freaked out....one of the heifers ended up in the feed trough with her leg stuck......it wasn't good. I can't express enough how mad he was. He told Leah that the goats are lucky that she likes them so much!!
By far, the worst news of the day is that Sidney the cat died. He was about 15-16 years old but unfortunately didn't die from old age. He was run over by a truck which is surprising because he hardly ever went into the road. Today was his day. It was pretty heartbreaking because he was a gift to me from my parents when I was a sophomore in college. Jason and I were dating then but we had broken up and Sidney was a gift to try and cheer me up. He was a housecat for many, many years but became an outdoor farm cat about 6 years ago. He loved it outside and was a really cool cat. Leah was sad and said "We have to bury him and put a stone up with his picture on it." We'll see what we can do.