Saturday, around noon, while I was sitting on the deck, there were three swallows flying around the cabin. They would fly right beneath the overhang and picking bugs. Great! Never can have enough birds that catch bugs. One of the swallows would sit regular on top of the one beam on the deck. it sticks out a bit so room for a tiny bird to sit. I started to talk softly to the swallow, and it was listening, moving its head every time I was saying something. So cute! For a moment I thought they might want to nest beneath the overhang but then they would fly away again. They come every couple of hours to find a meal though. I hope they won’t nest there, as I will enclose the overhang soon.
Saturday afternoon was calm for me. I didn’t do much because of the heat. Reading and resting most of the time. I had done my chores early morning. Early evening I watered all the gardens and of course went for a nice walk with the critters.
Sunday morning I went to the well. When I lifted the water tank onto the truck I stretched a muscle in my shoulder! Ouch! So I was thinking....what can I do to avoid this in the future??? Then I remembered the old steel kitchen table I had standing outside. It was as high as the back of the truck so later, when I was done with filling up, I drove to that table, and I could slide the water tank right on that table. No lifting anymore. Now why didn’t I think of that before? Hahaha! I cleaned out the horses water bowl and filled it up with clean fresh water. Flicka came to say hi and play with the hose. Hahaha. I told her, don’t bite it, and she put her head down, like she felt guilty she bit it. Hahaha. So adorable. She left it alone after though. I put the water bowl back in the little pasture where it always was. I keep the arena closed right now. I hope the grass will grow some, as it is disappearing in there. Freya also came to have a drink of the cold fresh water. It’s funny to see how they take a big sip and hold the water in their mouth, like moving it around, before they let half of it drip out and drink the other half. It must help to cool them off a bit.
While I was filling up the water bowl, I heard thunder in the distance and clouds were rolling in. In the west I noticed a flock of pelicans. It was far away so my photo’s are unfortunately not very clear, but I loved it that I saw them.
When I parked my truck in front of the cabin to fill up the rain barrels and my water bottles, I noticed one tire of the truck was getting soft. I got a air compressor/pump kind of thingy that will work from the truck battery so I plugged it in and wanted to plug the other end into the tire. Hm. It didn’t reach! Bummer! I texted Paul and asked him if he could get me one with a longer cord. Probably the one I have is only good for smaller cars, not trucks. I was invited to to visit my neighbour Sheri, so I cancelled that, but she offered to come over and used her air compressor. That was very kind and so I still could visit her in the afternoon and Paul didn’t need to drive over. It was a very nice visit, with roasted hotdogs for supper. It was fun and before I knew it was time to go back to the cabin again. Scruffy needed to go out and all pets needed to be fed too.
In the evening I had my walk with the cats and dog and horses. Then I noticed something red between the trees in the distance in the big pasture. I took my camera so I could zoom in and see what it was. It was a fox! The fox was watching us from the trees, then it laid down for a bit, got up again and sat for a while, to watch us. It was getting darker outside, so not great pictures. but it was cute to see the fox in the woods behind the big pasture. Today, Monday July 27, it is Paul’s birthday! He is 20 years old. Happy birthday Paul! I can’t believe how fast the time went by. I can still remember when he was just a tiny baby. There is a rainfall warning out for south and south east Saskatchewan for today. This area is included in the warnings. Amazing how it can quickly change from a drought to a rainfall warning. :-)