I just wanted to share a couple of stories about the last couple of days.
I was walking around the yard with my 4-year-old, Shackleton. He noticed a bee on one of the flowers and commented, “That’s one of our pet bees”
Of course, we have a bee hive, so that would make it a pet. I asked Shack if the bees had names. Of course the bees have names, they’re pets. So I asked what the bee’s name was. Shack said that the bee’s name was Lightning.
A little time passed and I saw another bee and I asked Shack what that bee’s name was. He said that it was still Lightning. Then I saw another bee, while I could still see Lightning and asked that bee’s name. It too, was named Lightning.
It seems that all bees are named Lightning. As we walk around, it’s like a puppy dog, Lightning follows us wherever we go.
When you see lightning, say hi for us. Whatever you do, don’t try to kill our pets. You may think it’s just a bee, but he’s our pet.
We had moved the electric fence to a funny spot so we could use it to funnel sheep and catch them in order to shear them. It was leaning against an outbuilding and when I touched it, I just didn’t feel much. I was pretty sure it was because it was being grounded out by the building.
Today I moved the fence to the middle of the field so the sheep could get to mowing a portion of our front yard. After I set up the fence, I touched it to see if it was providing a better shock. It was still pretty weak. It was no stronger than licking a 9-volt battery and I just felt it needed to be stronger. I checked the connections and made sure that my grounding rods were well placed in the ground.
I touched the fence again and it was still weak. I put the fence tester on the fence, and it lit up like there was a good current, but boy it didn’t feel like there was a current.
I couldn’t figure it out. The fence has always giving a reasonable shock when I touch it. Why wasn’t it today. Just for kicks, I decided to try something. I took one of my shoes off and put it on the ground and then I touched the fence. Holy Cow! I’m thinking that my shoes are pretty good insulators because without my shoe, it was the worst shock from an electric fence that I’ve had. It really got me.
I’m still looking for a better way to test the fence…