Category Archive: farming

2018
02/14

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farming
sheep

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New family

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.

2018
02/04

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farming
quilts
sheep

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Almost ready

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.

2018
01/29

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farming
sheep

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Lambing supplies

Normally, sheep take minimal care-just feed, water, and cleaning.  I’m hoping that the birthing process this year doesn’t take any more care than it has in the past.   However, since there should be between 15-20 birthing, it was essential to purchase some emergency lambing supplies for insurance.   There are some supplies that are needed for each birth, like the iodine, syringes with needles, etc, but other things are just for emergency.   I think I have everything put together except to grab some old towels and purchase some more buckets.  $250.00.   Fortunately one lamb will pay the bill.

And to add to the fun we have around here, Beau tried to get through this gate as I was trying to keep him from getting through.  Now the rotten post is being held up by the latch.   Just another something to keep us from getting too comfortable.   I think this summer will include replacing many posts.

And the skies just keep dripping – no, today, they were running.   I am so ready to see the sun.   But the forecasters are telling me that is still at least 10 days away.

2018
01/26

Category:
farming
Life
sheep

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Heated gloves

My fingers get so cold when working outside that I purchased these heated gloves from Amazon.  There is a place in the cuff to put batteries which will heat the fingers.   I was so happy with them for about an hour as they actually were warm.   After an hour, the batteries died.   I really need gloves that will keep my fingers warm for longer than that so will do more research.  But while they worked, they were wonderful.   Today I cleaned stalls for more than 2 hours and it is important to have warm fingers.  Otherwise, they hurt too much when I come in.

No, I didn’t do any craft today, just relaxed after the barn chores and the lunch – oh, and had some company.

We went to Paneras for our 55th anniversary lunch.   Interestingly enough, the area where we sat had 7 tables, 5 with people at them.   There were mix ups in the meals of 3 of the tables.    Eventually everyone did get what they ordered.  Does that mean the caliber of people being hired has gone down?

What did we discuss at lunch?   Why of course, the ups and downs, the left and right turns and in the end we are glad we stayed the course.   The roller coaster ride has been interesting.

Shabbat Shalom

2018
01/25

Category:
farming
food
Life
sheep

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Juliette won!

Today, DH felt a real need to go to Costco, because we hadn’t been there this year yet and this Parkinson stuff makes him worry even more than before.  So while he was putting on his shoes, I started out to the car.   You don’t have to guess who bolted past me and past him, going from one end of the house to the other, with a pause in each room as if looking for something.   Juliette won!   She toured the entire floor (without mishap) before I could get her turned around with animal crackers.   Then out the back door and up to  where the other sheep are, she followed.   She is now a sheep again, in the pasture with the other sheep.  Grain does wonders.

And we did our damage at Costco.   It is amazing how much one can spend without buying much food.   We did buy raisins and figs, and some dog treats.   The bulk of our buying was things like toilet paper, dishwasher soap, jeans, etc. and it added up fast.     I was glad I had made mashed potatoes, with falafel patties and green beans to fill up before we went to a grocery store.  It does save money.

 

2018
01/20

Category:
farming
Life
sheep

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Unusual day

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.

2018
01/18

Category:
farming
Knitting
Life
quilts
sheep

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Spool soufflé quilt start

Beau enjoyed riding out to the meat market to get bones for the dogs this morning, then he “helped” me do some cleaning on one of the stalls.

Because I tired of the other quilt, I started this Spool Souffle quilt.  I had it partly cut out, so cut out the background today andsewed the background onto the sides.   And guess what!.  The top and bottom of the spools have 144 lovely triangles that I get to draw diagonals on.   Not happening today and tomorrow I have gym and cleaning the house.    Maybe I should start another quilt – no, maybe I should finish something started.

Just for fun, my brother sent this site for me to add to my blog so you could be entertained.  It is a knit village – very interesting.

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2018
01/15

Category:
farming
food
quilts
sheep

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Split pea soup

Somehow I didn’t get a photo, but we made two batch of split pea soup.   We canned 24 pints and the rest will happen in the morning. DH enjoys this EVERY evening for dinner.

  Some days, I run out of energy.   Maybe because I spent time in the barn changing sheep coats and cleaning out a stall that I left too long, so it was deeper than I like.   Tomorrow after I get back, I have more stall cleaning to do.  If I was really, REALLY smart, I would pick up the dropped hay weekly and then it wouldn’t have a chance to mat so badly and would not be such a workout.

 I did a minor amount of work on these brown flying geese.   I think these geese will take all week, because tomorrow I have to go up to the mall and return some items.   I keep putting this trip off.   Shopping is not a high priority anymore.  But eventually they will get done.

2018
01/14

Category:
farming
Life
quilts
sheep

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Brown flying geese

 In finished the 200 flying geese for step two and since today was dry, I cleaned some in the barn.   It has been so wet, that it’s a real mess and the loads are heavy, so I’m cleaning that in increments.

I skipped over to step 5, since I noticed brown flying geese, and have one wing on each of these 200 geese.  As long as I’m doing geese, I might as well get them done, right?   There are a lot of geese in this quilt.

2018
01/08

Category:
farming
Life
Sewing

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Seahawks tote

I got this idea for a Seahawks tote as I was getting ready for bed last night, so pulled what fabrics I have in these colors and laid them out for this morning.  And no, this is no on my list of things to do, it just seemed like a great idea.   Tonight, I am back to drawing diagonal lines on the little squares.   (In case you’re interested, this is the road to unfinished projects.)

It was such a beautiful day, I decided first to clean a stall.    Well, the sheep wanted to stand exactly where I wanted to clean so after 3 wheelbarrows, I called it quits for today.   Maybe tomorrow.   Or maybe just a bit each day.  It is difficult to move anything when a sheep is standing on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went back to the house and sewed the tote.   I used a pattern for the size to cut, however, did construct it a bit differently.  It finished at 5.5″ deep, 16.5 x 18.5″ for the front.   It has two outside pockets on the first photo and 3 on the second.   This seems so big to me.   What do you think?   I hope the recipient is okay with big enough to put the stadium blanket and other items in here.

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