We have said goodbye to August 2010, surviving our always challenging month quite well, thank you Mother Nature. The summer rains in June and July made August much more bearable for the critters as the stored moisture in the root systems of our native grasses kept unusually sweet grasses available. Now we are looking for those early fall rains to replenish the moisture and precede us into winter with a fresh surge of growth. If we get that, 2010 may be our finest year out of 21. If we don’t, we have fresh hay stacked in the alley. Either way, the creatures will thrive. That’s the name of the game at Jolie Vue — do every thing possible to keep the animals fat and happy. They will appreciate the effort and return the favor.