Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Oct. 9, 2000

Spring is in the air at Fred's farm


This is the 10th story in a series about Joe, the pot-bellied pig, and his owner, Fred. Spring is right around the corner now, at their country place. Fred tells the story.

The days are getting longer and the sun feels much warmer. Spring is in the air.

The animals on the farm like to spend time outside in the sunshine now. The snow is practially all melted away.

Today, I told Joe, my pot-bellied pig, and Blackie, the chicken, to help me dig around in the flower bed. Soon the tulips will be poking their heads out of the ground.

Our old mother pig only had one baby this year. We named it Bob.

The baby pig born during the winter that I told you about last week is named Ben.

Ben is such a small pig that in three months, Bob had grown to be as large as Ben, even though Ben is several months older.

The two pigs enjoy playing together. With only two baby pigs, I have decided that we won't need to build a bigger pig barn for now.

Joe thinks the little pigs should be able to live with him in the basement of our house as they are about the same size as he is. But I reminded Joe that Bob and Ben will get big soon, and they must learn to live in the barn like most pigs do

Blackie has grown quite big over the winter and the other chickens are somewhat afraid of her. It's no wonder, as she really keeps them in line. Blackie makes sure that the chickens don't chase the baby pigs in the yard. Most of the time, you will find Blackie on the porch, enjoying the sunshine.

I've been thinking about entering Joe, Blackie, and the two baby pigs in the county fair this year. I will give the baby pigs baths so they look very white and clean. Then, I will tie a beautiful ribbon around their necks. I'm sure they will all win blue ribbons.

I have been working hard this winter to make up the time I missed at work when we were busy moving to the farm and getting ready for the winter.

Recently, I put a roof on our porch and added windows so we can sit on the porch and watch the animals play together.

It's a great life here in the country. Everything is going very well.

Why, last week, I even bought a dishwasher and now, I can put the dirty dishes into the machine and go back out on the porch to enjoy the nice spring evening, while the dishwasher does all the work.

I think my next project will be to take out some walls in this old farmhouse so that my office and some of the bedrooms will be bigger. Soon, this house will very comfortable indeed.

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