Saturday, September 13, 2008

Polled Black Ram Lamb for SALE...........$50!!!!

Okay, this is the deal. I can't keep this ram lamb as all my lambs this year were sired by Little Country Acres Jedidiah, my polled gulg. ram and I want to keep the spotted gulg. ram lamb instead, though his guy, in my opinion has the better fleece & tail. I can not rationalize taking him to market or an animal auction. So, I am offering him for sale. He is $50.00. I know the market stinks right now, I know gas is ridiculous, & I know I can not feed all these lambs this winter either. So, I would like to see him with someone who would love him & appreciate him for being a polled ram. His mom is a kat. ewe, petite, with very nice fleece. He is not registered yet so you can name him. Your cost is really the transportation, health certificate, & registration.

Please enlarge this pic to see his head. It had rained this morning so everyone's fleeces were wet:( I can get "drier" pics if needed.
I did not have someone to help hold to get a close-up of his face & fleece but if you are interested in him, I will get those pictures. I also have a black ewe lamb, looks identical to him, though her facial features are more petite. I am asking $100 for her. I can get pics of her if interested. Both were born in April '08. Please consider him as he is really nice:)

Friday, September 12, 2008

For's your sign!

Whenever I have a bad day or week at school or just perhaps need a pick-me-up, I know that I can always count on my animals to bring a smile back on my face. Such was the case on Thursday. It had been a LONG day at school. As routine I always take the dogs for a walk first before I feed the animals. I often have my camera with me too, "just in case". And well on Thursday I appreciated what it means to be a goat who's having a bad day.................

Poor Patty, perhaps she thought she needed to put a "bag" on her head, perhaps she was shamed of being a goat & really wants to be a sheep but knowing Patty & knowing she is a LaMancha, she was just creating mess for herself. I think pink looks good on her, don't you ? And there is Sassy, looking at her like she is a total fool (that's cuz Sassy is a Nigerian Dwarf).
Life on the farm is never a dull moment so Patty for making me smile & laugh like's your sign! :)

PS.....the bucket was not stuck on her as there is no handle on it

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Autumn's Cute Factor comes to Harvest Thyme

I have a serious problem when it comes to Fall Craft shows. Its an issue, perhaps an dedication, but it only comes once a year & truly Fall is my favorite time of year so let the shopping, crafting begin! Okay, but just a word of advice. Don't let your Dad or any other male drive to a craft show. It should strictly be done by a female. On Sunday I made the mistake of letting Dad drive. I swear at every booth I looked at he was there, lurking over my shoulder, just shaking his head. And then I had to limit my buying because he had a car not a mini-van. So stressful but I did manage to buy some things to add to the many things I already have!

The first craft I bought was this cute window screen to hang "somewhere". That's my cat Tasha in the pic. Tasha & her sister were brought into the vet. clinic where I use to work to be euthanized. They were 9 yrs old at the time, declawed, spayed, & somewhat over weight. Reason for euthanizing? Owners said they just didn't have use for them as their son was going off to college? Yep, sounds like a perfectly logical reason to me. Teesha, Tasha's sister became the vet. mascot & Tasha obviously lives with me. Friendly, loving, very affectionate......oh and did I mention she is now 18 years old?

So, back to the crafts. Does this scarecrow just scream "cute!!!" And at $20 I just could not pass it up! I was concerned it would not fit in the car but it did. Overalls are compliments from me. Overalls are a size medium & my rear anatomy has been upgraded to the next size so I felt it was my civic duty to donate them to a worthy cause.

This is the beautiful mum I bought in Amish country & of course it needed a stand to hold it. Go figure, this little chair was the perfect fit! Come on, it was only $12!!

Oh, and isn't this little chair too cute!! I thought it would look perfect next to my fireplace in the living cost $15 and the cute factor......priceless!

Since I am on the subject of my favorite time of year, I have decided to name this ewe lamb "Autumn's Splendor"! I'll call her Autumn . She is turning into a beautiful young ewe.....what do you think?
Oh, I wanted to tell you that there is another really great fall craft show coming up in 2 weeks.......I think just Mom, sister, & I should go:)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sisters & their Newfies

Sometimes sisters do not like to admit that they are more alike than not. Such is the case with my sister Jen & I. There is 7 years between us & to say that we were really, really close growing up might be a tad exaggeration. But that was when we were young & of course now we are real sisters (LOL) and what do real sisters do together?
Well, we buy dogs that we love and we buy big dogs, big dogs like Newfoundlands! Yep, its become family tradition for us. Jen is upholding the tradition now because I am deep in sheep right now but it did start with me. Back in 1991 I bought my first black Newfie Brutus. Then in '93 I bought Zeus, a brown Newfie who I showed on & off, then came Molly, a black Newfie, & then there was Lacey, a Landseer (black & white Newfie). Then Jen got her first Newfie, a beautiful Landseer named Thunder. There is just no kind of love like a Newfoundland love.
But then Jen got married & there was always this underlying question of if the new hubby was going to love Newfies too. Bob was NOT a goober fan at all. To say the least, drool really grossed him out.........but that was then and this is now and Bob is now a Newfie person!!!! Bob & Jen bought a brown Newfie named Sherman & then Bob said Jen babied Sherman too much so then Bob just bought himself a brown puppy and the family tradition is moving forward!
Now before you look at the pics below, please understand that BROWN is an acceptable color for a Newfoundland!
There are judges out there that tend not to understand that concept & there are Newfie breeders who don't get it either BUT we know it to be true cuz
This is Bydand The Chosen One, aka "Sherman". Sherman is 4 pts away from his championship!!! He will be 2 yrs old in November. We are all excited about how well Sherman is doing in the show circuit because he is a brown & black Newfies just always do better in shows. With Sherman is Tim Zeitz, a professional dog handler & groomer. I met Tim & his wife Tracy like 10 yrs ago when I was showing my brown Newfie Zeus. Tim & Tracy have become wonderful friends to both Jen, Bob, & I. Tracy showed my corgis Dixie at the Cardigan Nationals in April & took 3rd in open bitches with her!! Tim & Sherman are becoming an unbeatable team!

And this is the new Newfie puppy!!! AKA brother-in-law Bob's dog. This little guy was flown to Ohio from Bydand Newfoundlands in North Dakota just last weekend. His show name is tentative right now but he is known now as "Leroy". He refused to stand up for his pic......probably due to jet lag:)

Okay, I just had to take a pic of his paws. Now mind you this little guy is just 9 weeks old & weighs 25 #.........Jen & Bob are hoping for a big boy ( I believe Jen said his father was 180#).
I think this little guy is on the right track!

This is my niece Gracie with her big dog Sherman. Gracie is not fond of big dog drool either. But she is young & I am sure it will grow on her and I know she loves Sherman!
Wouldn't Gracie make the cutest junior handler?
Okay, so I have been informed by my sister & brother-in-law that it is my family responsibility to get back into family tradition & get a Newfie. Of course, it has to be a female, preferably brown, but a black Newfie that is brown recessive will be good also. I have to have their approval first before I buy:)
I sure do miss my Newfies.......there is just nothing like living with a big dog!
(P.S. if my mom/dad read these last few sentences I will deny writing it:)