I have a long list of things I want to get done – just like most of you do. Yesterday God ‘s nudge turned my path a different way. I’ve been feeling guilty about not visiting my neighbor in the rehab home since she broke her hip. Yesterday, she called and said “when you come today, will you bring….” Well, I wasn’t planning on going, but decided that must be God’s nudge.
I went to the post office and got the stamps she wanted, then we went to visit her. After that we stopped and did two other chores not on yesterday’s list. The interesting thing was that I got everything done that needed to be done without feeling the normal stress.
Pierre is our dominant colored ram and has been in pain all week. He is very weak and having a difficult time standing. We called the vet who doesn’t know what is causing the problem. So we are giving Pierre a shot of B vitamin + .
He dislikes the shot and does get up when getting it, but you can see he is not a bit perky. He is eating, drinking, and eliminating normally, so we wait and watch a few more days.
It will freeze hard next week and then even these few flowers will be gone. I will miss there happy yellow blooms.
All of you know how one thing leads to another. This morning after making Broccoli soup and steel-cut oats, I was cleaning off the counter top. I wanted to put the potato starch into a specific container. That was no problem, but I didn’t know where the lid was. Usually the lids are kept with the container, but this lid was missing. So I proceeded to look in the possible drawers. I ended up cleaning out 9 drawers plus the pantry, looking for that lid, which I never did find, nor did the counter get totally cleaned. I gave up
In the midst of this, I remembered that we are changing a few more sheep coats tomorrow and I needed to wash coats to have enough clean for that. Now I also have a few more coats to mend.
Next, I needed to move the dog food that Costco delivered Friday. I order every 3 months and get 12 bags each weighing 30 pounds. Again, not a simple task, because as you know, one thing leads to another. I got the tractor, brought it to the front door, and piled on 8 of the boxes (Costco puts each bag into a box). While I was doing that, I noticed that the plants in front had frozen, so pulled them out and loaded them on top of the food. I took the food to the barn, and put the frozen plant material on the compost pile.
Now to get three more boxes to take to the studio, which is where we keep the food for the dog who guards the sheep in the lower pasture. I picked those boxes up and went around to the studio, delivered them, and then decided that it was a mess around the door. So I loaded the peat moss , some garbage and the water trough that I will be using for the boys in an upper pasture. Off I went to take the peat moss to the upper hoop house along with some other items. On the way, I left the garbage in the garbage house, the trough near the gate in the upper pasture, and the peat moss in the hoop house.
But it didn’t stop there. Once you clean up a part of an area, you want to keep going, so we loaded all the parts of the fleeces that are too soiled to sell and took 3 loads of that up to the compost – well, I started a new pile near the new garden. Then there was another load of thermalite etc to go to the hoop house and another load of junk for the garbage shed. Most of this stuff was too heavy for me to move before I had the tractor. We spent 3 hours doing this and enjoyed a late lunch. It was nice to have it already made and we could just heat and eat.
After lunch it was back to the barn to clean a third of the stalls and feed the animals. We will finish the other two stalls tomorrow and sweep off the cement areas by the two back doors, since they are now free of all the “extras” Like I said, “one thing leads to another”, but it feels so good to have it done. Most of it I couldn’t do without the tractor. I am so thankful we bought it.
October refinish is now truly done. I thought these two were finished last year, but when I got them out to hang this year, I found some little finishes that still needed doing. Now the two are totally done. Now it’s time to find another project that needs to be finished.
DH is now reading “Uncle Tom’s cabin” to us and as you can see, Bracken is right here listening to the book. She so enjoys being right in the middle of whatever. If you haven’t read this book lately, it is worth re-reading.
I just love these sheep, they are such characters. The one on the left is our smallest, but she just climbs in and on the others to be sure she is one of the early ones in the food line. We have been spending a lot of time and energy getting ready for winter and the rains, which may be starting tomorrow evening.
We watch the coats to see who is growing out of this size to keep their fleece clean and from felting. Several of the girls received a bigger size today and tomorrow some will get ear tags. Morgan, the dark sheep here has been very distrustful, but she is coming around. Today she enjoyed having her chin rubbed
And a finish
I finished the lower cardinal today. Then I put the whole project away for a rainy day. I am not enjoying it as much as I would like. It’s time to do some piecing instead. There is a pattern for a reverse rabbit and male cardinal as well as a moose in the kit yet.
We have a new chicken coop for the dozen babies we bought a short time ago. They have grown so fast and needed a bigger, safe home. So my neighbor put chicken wire and a door on this 3 sided structure which he finished tonight and we have moved the chickens into it.
I also spent a several hours convincing certain sheep that they wanted to leave their comfortable ewe companions and spend to two months with a lovely ram. Sheep get used to each other and don’t like any upsets. If one moves, they feel they have to go as a group, which was not my plan. However, bribery with treats and lots of time, convinces them they should chose what really want them to do. So we now have 2 breeding groups set up to have March lambs.
In addition to all this fun, we had the fence man come to see why the hot wire is malfunctioning. He fixed several places, but I see tonight, one of the dogs is back out, so that still needs work.
You’ve probably noticed the gaps in messages. I have been fighting for a bit now with passwords and being locked out of my websites. Today, my 3 sons were here and think they have solved the problems. I have strict instructions to email myself with every password I choose to use so I don’t get so confused and locked out of my own sites. It took these 3 master programmers about 2 hours to get everything solved and me back to my sites. So I will try very hard now to remember to send myself emails when I make changes.
This is our latest sheep housing, which will protect about 7-8 sheep from the weather if needed and that thing in the middle is a feeder for winter. We will put a breeding group in this area for two months. We take a cattle panel which is 18′ long, bend it and attach to 4 x 4, railroad ties or whatever on each side of the bottom. By attaching several together we can make the house as long as we need it and covered with plastic or a tarp, it will last 2-3 years before needing a new cover. It makes a great chicken coop or just a storage shed as well.
We are still making applesauce and apple butter and will be for the next few weeks (on and off), The apples are picked and the potatoes are harvested and we are making some slow progress. But winter is getting closer with each day.
– my new website has taken much of my time lately. It is in a simple state and may be for some time. I hope you’ll come visit me at the farm site. As I have time, I will continue to put my sewing/quilting and living posts on this site and my farm life will be on both sites.
Today we started by “eating the frog”. Our frog was cleaning out some long overdue bathroom drawers. One should not be able to find medicines dated 2004. Now you can’t. And there is room for what should be there.
Then I tackled changing coats on two of the ram lambs. They would rather run and play games than stand there and have a coat changed, but just look at this wool! It is gorgeous! It has lovely crimp and length. I am very happy with it and hope these boys find the right home with someone who appreciates it.
After some barn cleaning, Bracken and I came back to the house so she could chick sit. She loves that. Just standing there watching their every move.The 8 kennel quilts are finished. I will wash them and they are ready to donate.
In order to get the sheep to respond better, I was advised to take a chair and some treats and sit with them. Bad idea – sheep mob! They know me as the food bucket. They have no fear of me, but would rather not have a halter put on, so choose not to let me put it on them. They don’t know others who come and there is that “stranger danger” mind-set that takes over.
After some other chores, we decided it was time for haircuts. He wants his cut monthly, but it had been a few years since I’d had mine cut. So now it’s considerably shorter.
I can now share this test quilt that I made. Bears was a fabric from mother’s small collection. I really had no idea what to do with the fabric until this “Sparkle in pink and white” pattern by Valerie Le Pont, came along and it worked quite well in this form. The flimsy finished at 46 x 57. and is very easy. It is offered by The Quilt Pattern Magazine this month.