This new family joined us this morning. Mom was not expected to birth this earlytherefore, did not get sheared on Sunday. My friend is taking off the excess wool so that the babies can more easily nurse. Another boy and another girl. I almost think they should have Valentine type names. I am getting very good at 1/2 naps. We are now at 3 hour intervals between feedings day and night. It does remind me of the sleepless nights when our children were babies.
20 bags of fleeces to go through. It was so fun to view each of them under the sun bleached tips as they were sheared. Today, I’m catching my breath, taking the day more slowly, and cleaning up. The fleeces are nearly all at the house now (warmer here), the garbage has been taken care of and the stalls are also cleaner with fresh hay for all to eat.
I thought we might have a birth, but that is probably waiting until I am fast asleep, though I prefer to be there in case of trouble. It’s difficult to tell when babies are coming and if I wait up – well you know about the “watched pot”. My friend was sure that one of her ewes was going to pop each day for 2 weeks as she was so big, but in the meantime two of her other ewes not as big decided to deliver some surprises. One just doesn’t know until it happens.
I know we did more than 20 sheep, but I don’t know how many and don’t have enough energy to count the fleeces. So tomorrow…….
Pierre is so good at shearing them, that many just lay there very relaxed so he can get on with their spa day. (this one may birth in the next day or two)
In contrast, this is one with the vet. Just to make life interesting, this girl had a prolapsed vagina. If not treated immediately, it meant death. So the vet (in green shirt) came out, put everything back inside her and we hope for the best. This was not fun for anyone because she had to be held upside down to shove this large ball of protrusion back inside her body. It is stitched in to hold it hopefully until the baby arrives and then she will not be bred again. She is a good family pet prospect as she has beautiful wool and will be useful for that.
Yes, I was so busy that I forgot to take photos of the wool as we went along, so, they will come as we skirt it and get it ready for sale. There are several that will be going to the fair as they are simply gorgeous.
I’ll be hitting the hay early tonight. Tomorrow, I’ll wash sheep coats so they can be put back on and then bring the fleeces into the house for skirting and photos to advertise them.
The spools quilt is together and ready for borders. It seems this week has been fast and furious. Last night I finished getting everything into Quicken so I can pull up categories for taxes. I showed it to DH so he could assemble what he needs for the part he does. I found a couple mistakes which I will repair and then it is ready for my visit with the tax man. We have added the farm this year as a business so I don’t really know which numbers he will want. But they are all there and that is a huge relief.
The sheep shearing man is scheduled for Sunday and that will be an all day job. If you are close and want to stop by and watch, you are welcome. I was told to be ready by 8.30 AM. I think we are doing about 30 sheep.
I mentioned to you earlier this week that we decided to drop 20 years from our ages. The really ridiculous thing is that we have both have had more energy. It really seems silly, but we are trying to believe it and act accordingly and I love that more is getting done. We are also more tired at the end of the day and sleeping better. Try it and tell me how it goes for you.
Wool is fiber and an adventure. Today we skirted (meaning picked weeds, and other etc out of the fleeces and then took myriad photos to advertise them. We put 3 on line and sold 2 of them immediately. This process takes a lot of time. We also did 2 of the neighbors fleeces.
Beau must stand on his back feet to chew this polyester cord, so the board will slip and he can get through. He is a challenge. Maybe a wider board will do the trick.
When we got up this morning, we were 20 years older, than we are tonight. At breakfast, I decided we were not getting enough done and DH was doing nothing other than the gym and the dishes and napping. Well, that’s because he retired without hobbies. So using the phrase “mind over matter”, I told him, he is now 64 and that’s how he gets to act and think. WOW! I should have come up with this earlier. He actually did act younger. And since he is 20 years younger, I also am. So the greenhouse beds are all weeded.
I still need to clean the weeds near the entrance. I brought in a load of the cabbage leaves we love for our cooked greens
I washed them and stemmed them, then he cut and cooked them, freezing some.
The barn stalls are cleaned, 3 primroses were planted and a load of laundry is done, plus a half hour of sewing. After a snack, I sat down to catch up on the computer (where I dozed off for a few minutes) and he took a short nap. It is amazing how much we can get done when we drop 20 years off our age!
Mary came over today and we enjoyed catching up on each others lives. We started by having a fast food lunch and came back to knitting for me and crocheting for her while we chatted. As you can see, I got a very few rows knitted on my next pair of socks, but start, I did.
Of course, we had to check in on the sheep and feed them. Last year, one of the mothers produced a pair of twin lambs when Mary came to see them. No one produced today. However, the coyotes are certainly close by and letting us all know how hungry they are for lamb.
The feeder is full, the floor is cleaned with fresh straw and she’s almost ready – just in the last stage of waiting. You can see her eyes are closed and she is tired. She’s breathing heavily and babies have dropped. We may be looking at 2 days, but you know nature has a way of it’s own.
Between watching sheep and cleaning stalls, I took some time to finish putting these spools together. I still have the strips and the squares to put between the rows. That will take time to decide which color to put where, but I am happy with the progress I made today.
Progress is slow and steady on this Spool Quilt. However, today, I was able to add a trip to the gym, cleaning in the barn, a casserole for tomorrow’s lunch, and several phone calls with the stem cell doctor’s office.
We now have an appointment mid month to go and learn if/how they can be of help. It is a medical Doctor who is working with FDA and one’s own stem cells and Parkinson’s. While I’m trying not to get my hopes up to high, I’m praying it will be helpful. We live in an interesting age where “Knowledge increases, men run to and fro”
Spool Souffle’ row 1 is together. Most of the day was spent researching stem cell for Parkinson’s. One has to dig and make many calls to learn much. And that means much time on the phone. So I’m linking up to Elm Street Quilts in the hope that I can get this done as my “OMG” for February http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2018/02/one-monthly-goal-february-goal-setting.html
Then a neighbor who doesn’t understand sewing machinery, called this afternoon and has a bridesmaid’s dress that needed to be shortened 2″ by this evening. Wasn’t going to happen here. Her comment “you do have a serger as JoAnn’s said that how to do it”. Yes and without time, how does that happen? She’s a lovely woman and I hate to disappoint her, but I need more time than that to get a full dress and overskirt hemmed and I’m not really good with the rolled hem.