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Cindi    Posted 10-21-2004 at 18:59:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
We lost all our sheds in the hurricanes. We also lost 90% of the animal shelters. We didn't lose the hen house, but there's so much debris in the hen yard that we might as well have. I am about sick and tired of feeding chickens and seeing no return. They may be laying eggs but dammed if I can find out where. The weather also fried the electric fence so we have thirty-pound pigs roaming about freely. They may hang around and they may not, only time will tell because we sure as heck don't have any control over it. Fred too has about lost his patience.

"We need to do something about these chickens. We're investing far too much money in them and they are not pulling their weight. They're just leaching off the system."

"I know it." I replied. "Don't worry, I have a plan to solve this problem."

"Well, what is it?"

"You'll see."

Seemingly satisfied, he went on to the electric fence issue.

"What about security on the fence borders? It's not safe to let these critters run loose."

"Don't worry, I have a plan for that too."

"Yeah, but a new system is going to cost about five hundred dollars. How you going to pay for it?"

"You'll see. I have a plan."

"Well, what is it?"

"Just wait, you'll see." I assured him.

"Okay...but what about housing? The shelters are all gone."

"Oh. Didn't I mention it? I have..."

"I know...a plan."

"Did I tell you already?" I asked, vaguely surprised.

"Nope. I just kinda saw it comin'."

"Oh, well, yes. Rest assured, I have a plan for that too.

"Well, can't you tell me what these plans are?" He frowned.

"Nope. But I have 'em. Isn't that good enough?"

Truth was, I had no plans, I was just trying to keep the peace, and ease his worries. You can only do what you can do, and sometimes you just have to hustle the best way you know how. Even if it involves being a little vague at times.

"No, that's not good enough. Maybe if I knew what your plans were I could trust you with these issues. So maybe you ought to tell me what they are."

"I told you already! I have a plan for the housing and I have a plan for the security and I have a plan for getting the chickens off 'feed for free'. I have a plan to tell you what the plans are, I plan to tell when it comes time to put the plans in place. You're just gonna have to trust me on this. Okay?"

He looked at me for a long time and then...

"I keep waiting for you to say something like, wrong farm, wrong town, wrong year, or something like that."


"Never mind." He said and started to walk away.

"Wait! I really do have plans!" I insisted.

"Yeah, but can you actually follow through with them and make them work?"

"Oh." I said. "I actually have to do that?"

A long pause, and a steady stare and then...


"Oh. Well, never mind."

"That's what I thought."

Willy-N Plan!    Posted 10-21-2004 at 21:17:00       [Reply]  [No Email]

I got tired of dealing with the pig pen too! So I spent 500.00 and built this on several years ago. Worked out great and a pig has yet to get out of it. 6 ft chain link buired 2 ft in the ground with 4 X 6 60% retention pressure treated posts and 2x6s spiked over the chain link with spirel 1/4 inch nails w/washers drilled first befor driving them in the posts. This is a you build it once pig pen with no maintance later on. Mark H.

Cindi    Posted 10-22-2004 at 02:46:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is a terrific design, and especially smart is the fact that there are no trees to fall on it. (smile)

Les    Posted 10-21-2004 at 19:30:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmmm. Some of that sounds vaguely familiar. I just can't seem to recall where I've heard it before.
Speaking of plans, I'm developing one myself; a plan to visit Florida this winter and maybe (just maybe) go to the Florida Flywheelers, last weekend of Feb. Was just on their website.
Too bad John Deere is the feature this year.

A word to the wise...    Posted 10-21-2004 at 19:37:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't plan on finding any hotel rooms from just south of Port Charlotte to just south of Orlando.

Anyway make sure you get a reservation. If you do decide to come, check for availability. You could probably find lodging around Disney World but it'll be expensive. Let me know if I can do anything, and if you come I wouldn't mind maybe meeting you if it works out. (smile)


Les    Posted 10-21-2004 at 19:42:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think I could drive down there from Hernando, see all I needed to see and drive back all in the same day. When we went to Pioneer Park Days a few years ago we stayed at a motel in (I think I got this right) Avon Park. Econolodge I think. Anyway, it was several miles to the east. Saw a huge dairy farm on the way. You probly know where I mean.

I know where that is!    Posted 10-21-2004 at 19:47:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Avon Park Econolodge. Strange to think of you sleeping right there when I pass by there on an average of once a week!

Anyway I'm not sure what kind of shape it's in right now but chances are if it has any rooms, they will have Florida residents in them.

See you tomorrow my dear Les.

I have travel plans...    Posted 10-21-2004 at 19:40:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
...too. I'm traveling south then west to the bedroom. As Sabu so eloquently put it..."I am being very tired." (grin)

See ya'll tomorrow.


Rajah from Delhi    Posted 10-21-2004 at 19:52:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know Mrs. Cindi, my cousin Vindar did said that very thing one time too. Unfortunatly he was driving his taxi at that time and did almost got a big dent in the fender.

Cindi    Posted 10-22-2004 at 02:50:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Its not wise to be driving a taxi while being tired.

James(Ga)    Posted 10-21-2004 at 19:21:20       [Reply]  [No Email]

Cindi, I am truely sorry about all the damage and problems you have had but i enjoy your storys so much i stay clued to the screen to the end and cant wait until you tell another one. James

Cindi    Posted 10-21-2004 at 19:30:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks James, I appreciate it, and I know my demo friends are going to yell at me, but I just had to get one more shot in for G'dubya. (grin)

RichZ    Posted 10-21-2004 at 19:54:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey, Cindi!!! I know I'm one of your "demo friends"!!! And you know that I love you way too much to EVER yell at you!!!!!

We agreed to disagree, and that will NEVER hurt our friendship!!! :>)

Cindi    Posted 10-22-2004 at 02:41:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was a wee bit worried about you, bud.

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