Saturday, June 6, 2009

Lambing Around on Saturday Afternoon

The past couple of weeks have just been so busy and I feel pulled in so many directions to get things done: mowing the lawn, getting the garden planted, school work, maintaining the inside house, taking care of the animals etc. This week was rough because there was so much rain in the being of the week that by today, I really had to get caught up on the outside stuff. But what I found I really needed was some down time with the lambs. I love just sitting with them and letting things take its course. This year the lambs are the friendliest group which makes loving on them that much more fun.

Above is Martha's ewe lamb. She is a Shetland & Black Cotswold cross. She is extremely dear to my heart and I cherish every minute with her. Martha had given birth to twins this year but her little ram lamb was just top weak and did not make it. Last year Martha had also given birth to twins, a ewe & ram, and the ewe lamb did not thrive and passed away after 2 days. I was devastated as it was her first ewe lamb. She had 3 ram lambs in prior years. This little ewe will be staying right here with me.

This is one of the black gullie girls, there are 3 total. This girl is a twin and has white markings on her face just like her twin sister does. I will be retaining 2 of the gullie girls but will be offering one of the twin ewes for sale.

Oh, and this is what I prayed for this year.......a white lamb! And I got a white lamb with spots and the most incredible, soft fleece!! He probably thinks I am a weirdo as I just love touching his fleece.....I know your not suppose to be overly friendly with the boys but he is just awesome:)

This is ewe lamb is the twin to the white ram lamb above. She also has beautifully soft fleece and is Ag just like her mom. Her and I love each other a lot so she has a name and will be staying right here with me.......her name is Ella Mae.

And this ram lamb is one of 12 ram lambs that was born this year!!!! He has one button like scur and the other is smooth. He is just 7 weeks old. I will be offering him for sale also. Because I have so many rams this year, esp. solid & moorit (all of which either have smirslet or some type of white markings on their faces) I will be asking $100 for them, smooth polled or scurred. The fully spotted boys and the smooth polled kat ram, however, will be priced differently.

What more can I say about this ram lamb......other than he is awesome!!! He is the largest lamb at this point and is just over 6 weeks old today. His markings are so unique and his fleece is really nice.

Great markings even on the backside.......tail is looking pretty good also!

His only pending factor right now are his horns/scurs. I could rationalize keeping all of my spotted ram lambs as each has their own key selling point but I know I can't. If all works out with his horns/scurs, I will be offering him for sale at $325. How can you not love that fleece and those markings!!???
After school is out next week the plan is to get a sales blog going, of course that means the lambs need to work with me and start posing for the many pictures I need to take.
So much to do................

Friday, June 5, 2009

End of the School Year Field Trip

The last 2 weeks of school are so hectic: students trying to get in assignments, teachers getting papers graded, packing up the classroom, promotion practices,...........and best of all field trips!!
I am the official field trip coordinator for the 8th grade at my school. I love a good trip: the state capital, a museum, Washington D.C. (did that trip 3x already), and of course, the end of the year celebration at Cedar Point Amusement Park!!!

I have been going to Cedar Point since I was in diapers (LOL). And yes, I ride everything.......there is nothing like a good roller coaster to clear the mind! I took this picture from the sky ride. The weather was perfect on Thursday....clear skies and in the low 70's.

This is a group photo of some of my students just before we got on the Millineum Force Roller Coaster. The hill behind us is a 310 ft climb to the top and is the fastest coaster in the park, actually, I think its one of the fastest in the U.S. The young blonde girl in back row is with her dad who teaches with me.......she is a 1st grader and rode the coaster with us!! Boy, I really need to do something with my camera as it keeps taking pictures of my hair looking gray..........

This is another view of Cedar Point from the sky ride. That is Lake Erie out there. The winds were out of the North on Thursday so it was a bit cooler and many of us had nice rosy cheeks today when we got to school.

This is Mr. Scott, my ride partner. He is the health & P.E. teacher at our school. He is also a personal trainer and tri-athalon competitor. I told him I was posting his picture because he is always getting on my case about how much Coke I drink and that I eat way too many carbs (Go Potatoes!!) .......he is just no fun sometimes and his arms are too big and kept taking up way too much room on the coasters. If he reads this he is going to kick my butt too (LOL).

Here is a nice shot of the park. That coaster way in the back is the Millinieum Force........check out that hill!!!!

Cedar Point has a nice frontier area to walk through and I just love the look of this barn.

And of course, Snoopy is one of the mascots for Cedar Point and I personal favorite of mine:)
So all in all, it was a great day and a long day as I did not get home 'till 9:45 at night but the kids had a great time and I ate lots of French Fries!
My grades are already done and there are only 4 days left of school......YIPPEE!!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gardening & A New Rooster

I can't believe this weekend is already over!!! So many gardening projects, a screened in porch that needs to be rescreened, a picket fence to still put up, weeds to be pulled..........and countless other projects plus getting the pictures of the lambs to start getting some of them sold. So far though it looks like I will have a kat ram, 3 moorits w/some smirslet markings, a spotted, and one possibly 2 solid black rams w/white markings on the face (one is krunet) that will either be smooth poll or button scurs. But more on the lambs during the week:)

I was working hard on getting the flowers planted and transplanting some perennials and putting some of my summer "stuff" out like my new garden flag!

Dixie was all about hanging out along side of me as I worked and she took in some rays of sun.

I cleaned up my chiminea, put more gravel under it and added a planter along side of it.

Of course, its always good to have an inspector check it out to make sure its good to go. This is a popular cat hang out in the summer.

I did get some of my planters on my deck planted.....still a few more to get done though.

Simon, my 3 legged kitty who is now 10 years old, was also out and about checking on the gardening progress. He was also checking out the gold finches at the feeder and I had to give him a lecture on leaving those birds alone.

And last of all my new rooster! Isn't this a hoot? I haven't decided where I am going to put it, probably inside the screened porch as I don't want it to rust or fade in the weather. One of those frivolous purchases but it just cracked me up!
So tomorrow is Monday. On Thursday my 8th graders are going to Cedar Point Amusement better be good as I ride all of the rides!!! Nine more days of school left!!!! Not like I am counting:)