Dad came down yesterday. Our focus was ranch management, which means that we didn’t really do a whole lot of actual physical work. We looked at the hay fields to see about cutting them again soon and we spent a lot of energy in thinking about how to fix our pens. If you’ll remember, a storm a week or so ago, knocked down an old dead tree and took out some of the pens with it. That section of fence is pretty easy to decide about. We are going to replace it exactly like we had it. However, the other end of that stretch of fence is in poor shape and also needs to be replaced. The problem with it is that there are two big old tallow trees there. Our options are to have the trees removed and put in the fence in the same place or to bypass the trees and angle the fence. This would have some advantages. Ultimately we decided that we didn’t know what to do, but I am going to get with the local bulldozer guy about pushing those trees down. I firmly dislike having trees as part of our pens, or even too many trees around the pens. They drop branches on the boards and grow into the fence itself. It’s nice to have a few for shade. Once again, my philosophy is to cut the tallow trees and what’s left will be about right.
I did get what looks like it might be a more serious case of poison ivy than I have had for a while. The tree that was knocked down was already dead, but it didn’t look dead because of all the poison ivy growing on it. I thought I was careful to avoid the stuff, but I guess I didn’t do so good. I am treating it aggressively with Vitamin C and alcohol (rubbing alcohol, that is). If it doesn’t get better, I’ll hit the clinic for some steroids. I heard recently that eating poison ivy berries will make you immune. Maybe so, but it seems to me like it could also kill you.