I started my day with a trip to the gym which was nearly the only ordinary thing about yesterday.
When I got home, my boomerang son met me with the fact that we “have a very limping big white sheep” which was the start of my unusual day. I assumed she managed to get a foot caught in her coats which happens occasionally. Not so! After some work, I managed to get her and another sheep into a partially empty stall. It is at times like this, you find doors that don’t work and other “fun” farm chores needing attention.
Diagnosis: prolapsing started. Vet called. Meanwhile I stayed at the barn since I had a stall that I needed to clean and had actually started the day before. This stall floor hadn’t been cleaned in 6 weeks, so there was a lot of wet, matted, decomposing, heavy hay. I worked on that until lunch, ran home, made lunch, mopped two floors, ran to the grocery for half a dozen items, and came right back to the job. Intermittently, I was keeping track on what was going on with this sheep.
The vet was here about 1/2 an hour and a friend came to help. Now the two sheep will stay in this 10 x 12 stall until she lambs in 2-3 weeks (sheep always need a companion). The extra hay has been removed so they have more room. I will check on them 2-3 times a day. It appears there will be 2 or possibly 3 lambs. We don’t have long to wait. This is why I always like to have another stall ready to go. One just never knows. I did finish cleaning out the other stall, and have 5 more to go. 3 have deep winter bedding which means it is about 2 feet deep in places and will take a lot of time and effort unless I get lucky and find someone needing a few dollars. Now that the weather is warmer, I need to clean the stalls every 2 weeks
Yesterday was definitely not an ordinary day, and I stayed and worked there until 4. I came home and fell asleep. It has been years since I worked that long and hard. As I continually point out to my DH, “the sheep will keep us healthy as they make us use our muscles and we have to get outside daily”
And if I didn’t have them, I probably would have done more shopping, or sewing, or even house cleaning. There definitely would not be some unusual muscles complaining today. And I would have had my blog done yesterday, instead of so late.
However, I love this way of life and am so thankful to be living here. Enjoy the day. Company will be here shortly.