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.
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.
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.