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The Value of Teamwork 
Sep. 6, 2011 7:14 am 
Updated: Sep. 11, 2011 2:59 pm

In case I haven’t mentioned it, my Randyman is also a very handy man. He is also a genius. He can do, fix and make anything. We had a little work day this week and it just really awakened me to how much can be accomplished with a little team work.

I have lots and lots of electric fence up, to contain critters where I need them. They are being pretty good now and its okay to let them in different pastures, so we are taking the fencing down for awhile. Most of it is polystring, which, when you buy it, is wound up all pretty on a little roll, like toilet paper…but then I have to find a small tree branch and wrap it all around and it gets bunched up and tangled up and I get gritchy. (That is a combo word. It’s a combination of grouchy and…witchy. Get used to it.) So HandyRandyMan invented a little tool that helped take care of this problem. He got a drill and fitted a piece of pipe and spool on it. I unhooked all the string from the fences and laid it out. All he had to do was push the button and get it started. Too cool!! 1600 yds of string fit beautifully. It also stores much more nicely than tree branches.

We also have quite a lot of high tensile wire from the old electric fence. Samby the lamby got tangled up in it last month at midnite and I had to unwrap it from around his throat and legs in the dark, with a flashlight. It turned into a big scribble. Randyman let me cut that piece off so I didn’t have to untangle it.

All around me, all day, I saw great teamwork being done.

Cletus had apparently set the alarm clock to go off in the after noon and wake him from his nap. Dogs and chickens working together, helping one another. Now isn’t that what life is all about?

My milk room is still not completed, even though it has gotten to the point that EmmaLouMoo and I can use it. HandyRandyman put up some insulated plywood walls, which are most wonderful! He had a little help from an apprentice….Moose. I didn’t really even guess Moose would be interested in construction. I had visualized him  more in appliances…

As the day progressed, I saw more teamwork.

Cider helped Cletus guard the door to the milkroom

The calves helped Cider find his kong ball

The sheep counted one another until they all fell asleep

And Willy helped me milk  EmmaLouMoo.

If we all practice teamwork and put our best foot forward, together, we can accomplish anything!
Sep. 6, 2011 7:21 am
Nice blog Petey. Indeed Randyman is a genius! I absolutely love that device he created! Nothing like team work to get things done. :)
Sep. 6, 2011 7:52 am
Excellent pictures! And an ingenius tool you've got there!
Sep. 6, 2011 10:05 am
A whole yard full of helpful folks, what could be better? Your Randyman is a genius, indeed. Great blog, Petey!
Sep. 6, 2011 10:26 am
Are you sure your calves know they aren't dogs? They are so cute. Randyman is one very smart man, after all, he found you! Thanks for another great blog.
Sep. 6, 2011 11:26 am
"I envisioned Moose more into appliances" - - now that right there is funny!!!!! And OMG - those are the biggest sheep I've ever seen - or the skinniest sheep with the biggest wool coats I've ever seen!!! And I'll have to say - Randyman is a keeper!!
Sep. 6, 2011 11:26 am
Gritchy! That's brilliant! I know that feeling exactly, just never had the right word to describe it until now. Love your pictures, makes me long for country life again, hard work and all. Thanks!
Sep. 6, 2011 3:20 pm
:) another awesome blog petey! :) and i too love "gritchy"... :)
Sep. 6, 2011 3:22 pm
Again, a great, entertaining, witty blog! Would Randyman mind making another one of those fence winders and sending it my way? Or, just instructions, so I can get someone to assemble one over here in IN? Oh, well, thanks, anyway!
Sep. 7, 2011 8:38 am
Very fun reading this, Petey! Thank you!
Sep. 7, 2011 6:59 pm
Love this blog and the message it sends. You are such a talented writer, Petey. I enjoy your tales so very much! Thanks.
Sep. 7, 2011 7:41 pm
Does a stubborn husband and a nagging wife count as a team??
Sep. 7, 2011 8:11 pm
Love it! I am always so happy when I see a new blog by petey is here! Sometimes during the day I wonder what you are doing...... so glad you share with us!
Sep. 7, 2011 9:09 pm
they do here, Mamaw! LOL
Sep. 7, 2011 9:11 pm
Thanks guys, for letting me know you stopped by! I am glad you enjoyed it. :)
Sep. 8, 2011 8:07 am got yourself a keeper there!
Sep. 8, 2011 9:56 am
"The sheep counted one another till they all fell asleep" Hilarious! Thanks for the smiles!
Sep. 8, 2011 10:01 am
Thanks again for the smiles you give me. Anxious to hear soon that your favorite cowgirl did well in her voting - I did it when I could.
Sep. 8, 2011 10:11 am
teamwork is great :) loved reading this, thanks!
Sep. 8, 2011 11:46 am
I love reading your blog so much! I'm very interested in subsistence living- it's a part of normal life in Alaska where I'm from. When I'm more settled I would like to get back to it- growing, foraging, hunting for our food. Maybe a goat and some chickens for good measure, just need something to scare off the bears!
Sep. 8, 2011 11:46 am
And fishing of course! How could I forget!
Sep. 8, 2011 11:56 am
A few LGD's will help with your bear problem as well as protect your goats and chickens from other predators :)
Sep. 8, 2011 11:59 am
Maggi you're a saint! You guys got her way up there, but last time I checked, a gal who looks like she might be a pole dancer and never saw a horse was leading by 300 votes...sure wasn't MY idea of 'girl next door'...
Sep. 8, 2011 1:07 pm
Petey, another "home run" of a blog for sure!! That Randyman is pretty handy to have around isn't he? and the sheep counting each other! I loved that! I always look forward to your blogs. It feels like I know you personally! Wish I did!
Sep. 8, 2011 8:11 pm
Just loved this blog! It takes a good eye to see what the animals see. Thanks, petey!
Sep. 8, 2011 8:19 pm
Oh, yes. I saw the final cut of "cowgirls" including a couple of "flashing" pole-dancer types. Amazing. I thought the contest was to find a REAL cowgirl, who was so well-represented by your friend! Shame on the company if they choose one of the "over-the-top" pin-ups, instead!
Sep. 10, 2011 1:03 pm
Petey, loved your blog as usual. Also got a big LOL from the sheep counting themselves "till they fell asleep. I almost woke up DH who was taking a nap.
Sep. 10, 2011 3:09 pm
haha! now that would just be wrong!
Sep. 11, 2011 10:54 am
I love your winding tool, very clever indeed! Are you sure Cletus's legs work okay? That dog is ALWAYS laying down! LOL
Sep. 11, 2011 12:40 pm
LOL carrie!! They sleep most of the day because they patrol all night :)
Sep. 11, 2011 2:59 pm
Yup, I too liked the sheep counting themselves. I've been using the word gritch for many years. I thought I made it up! Only mine is a bit different. So and so was gritching at me. I like your chicken. Very translatable into a quiltblock, or maybe a quilted pillow. There was a chicken around the corner & I used to just stop & watch sometimes. Made a quilted pillow after him but sold it. Maybe need to make another based on your pics.
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