We found last night when changing for bed that the areas from where the fat was removed was very bruised. So we slept carefully. But that was the extent of it. A small price for the benefits we should receive.
Today I am headed to the other side of the country for a “Celebration of life” for my sister-in-law. I’ll be back on Sunday. But I don’t want you to miss the lambs so here’s a cute face and another photo of how mothers hold the little ones.
Today was the big stem cell day. It took 2 hours to drive into Seattle as there were several accidents, no doubt caused by the rain. It really was surprisingly simple. The doctor pokes tiny little holes in the “love handle” areas of the waist with a #30 needle and then suctions some fat out. Now for me, I didn’t have a problem because I have a bit extra there. For DH, it was a major problem because he really has no extra fat. However, they finally did get enough. They take out what would amount to a stick of butter. Then they process it to remove the stem cells from the fat. This takes about 30-45 minutes. We rested while that was accomplished. Because I have a bad knee, they inserted the cells into the knee joint and I should have full mobility without pain within 3-6 months.
For DH, it was inserted into a vein so that the body can choose the most needed area. For Parkinson’s symptoms, we wait the same amount of time. We do not know what the outcome will be for him. The doctor has done many Parkinson’s patients and all have had some amount of relief from systems, though there is a variance from some relief to remission. Also because this is a progressive type disease, they recommend an “annual booster”. All of this research is so new and they are learning so much continually, that things could change. We entered as part of a national study being conducted.
Yesterday, I managed to quilt most of these colorful mountains. I used a circle design that came with my machine , but changed it to become more oval
I was really short for backing so inserted a block that matched the front. Now, I just need to get both this and the spool quilt bound and off to their new homes.
After having looked at this on the quilting machine for the last month plus, I am excited to have finished the quilting. But the binding will have to wait a bit yet. I somehow injured my ankle so we spent nearly 4 hours going to urgent care. They were extremely busy. The outcome was that I just need to stay off the ankle as much as possible and see what happens. I am so very fortunate to have a neighbor who has offered to clean the stalls for me this coming week. By mid April, the pastures should be in good shape and that will cut the work load.
Yes, all this sheep work is exercise, but I bought the sheep to “make me younger and stronger” by keeping me moving and that is what they are doing. They need me to be able to care for them. My muscles are slowly growing. Now I need to learn to better prioritize so that I still have time for quilting and the food garden as well as sheep care. Bottle babies don’t help the schedule. I need their mothers to care for them. I had to laugh when a neighbor stopped by to see the lambs and said “well, I’m 76 and when you get my age…….”.. I didn’t want to ask her how old she thought I was. I am her age. That was a great compliment even if she didn’t know it. And it makes the hard work worthwhile. I am noticing a difference in balance and walking and plan to continue improving. I am happy.
There is so very much to learn in caring for these wonderful animals, that I am in a constant state of learning. These 3 sets of Shetlands were combined today as the mothers and their offspring are now bonded. In 2-3 days, they will be able to go out with all the sheep as the little ones will then know how to dodge the big sheep.
Lambs photos will follow. But first a photo of a good workout. As you can see there is much hay, straw, and poop to remove from one of these pens. So today, this was most of my workout. The mother in the back with lambs was the other part. She wasn’t interested in coming in for two of bonding. She is the 4th new mother in 3 days.
I had a request for lamb photos and these are what I was able to capture today.
Most are Cormos as the Shetlands are just starting to have their babies. This last photo is Shetlands. The mothers yesterday and today had the same color babies, with them being ewe lambs yesterday and today they were ram lambs.
I did find time to gather in a 4 gallon pail of Swiss Chard. It seems nothing discourages this vegetable, which is good, since it is actually good for the body. It is now cooked and in the freezer.
The rush to be St Patrick’s babies started a day early, and maybe because of the new moon. These are Poly and her ram and ewe lamb. She had them yesterday, but still hasn’t decided if she wants to keep both. So it’s possible there could be another bottle baby, but I really hope not.
Then last night Zelda decided she couldn’t hold out another day and had twin ewe lambs. These are Shetlands and 1/2 the size of the Cormos, weighing in about 4#.
This afternoon, Zoe, another Shetland, got it right. These are the St Patrick day lambs. At least as of right now. Sometimes a sheep will not give any indications that she is going to give birth and other times, she looks like it for a week or two ahead of time. Zelda didn’t indicate. We’ve been watching Zoe for 2 weeks. The orange color on the coat indicates it was a difficult labor and will wear off soon.
These sheep will have incredible fiber next spring and most of them will have moved on to their new homes. It will be difficult parting with them
This afternoon we went tractor hunting. We had already looked at the John Deere, so today was Kubota day. There are many choices and though we were looking at the lower end, these creators cost plenty. So how do we find a used one that we won’t have to spend a lot on repairs? I don’t yet know, but will try to learn. Farming is expensive and labor intensive! Even though I don’t want to pay any more than I absolutely have to for my food, I also realize how inexpensive it really is to go to the grocery store and purchase it. I am thankful to those who spend their time and energy in this way.
This little mountain lap quilt is now ready to quilt. It will measure about 53″ square when finished.
We had 15, mostly Cormo sheep left to shear for this year. Elizabeth came with lots of energy, ready to shear the rest of them. She is so calm with them, they nearly fall asleep while she is shearing them. And now 2018 shearing is done
Babies find a mom who will tolerate their climbing – at least until she is sheared. And they do need a ladder to reach into this feeder.
See this handsome fellow? The head and horns are incredible! Sheep are very visual and after shearing do not recognize each other. So there is much noise because babies can’t find their mothers, and the ewes don’t know each other. The two males had to re-establish their pecking order, which meant they were brutal to each other. We have to put the males in a very small pen for a day or two so they don’t have room to back up and get a run at each other and kill the opponent. The two boys were in a 4 x 6′ area with chain link on three sides and 2 x 12″ lumber on the other. They bent the chain link and were trying to go through the wood. They were acquainted with each other enough this morning that we were able to put them back in their big one acre pen with hot wire. If you ever see two of these fellows establishing who is primary, you will have a very good understanding of the word “ram”.
Here is Beau in the car with all the bags of wool. He is making sure the car is not moving without him in it.
Fleece, fleece everywhere and we must skirt it to make it ready to sell. Then there is the web page to make and the shows to enter.
And now have your tissue box ready as this is that funny https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92lofCtx52k
I left the gate lock open so Beau could follow me up to the barn, and apparently when he pushed it open, the gate came tumbling down. When I started back to the house, this is what I saw. This is only one of the reasons, it is difficult to accomplish what is on my list. It is a vicious cycle trying to keep everything from wearing out before one is done using it. In our case, fence posts have been here long enough that some of the posts are rotting.