Thursday, October 22, 2009

And so on Thursday.......

Autumn is moving in quickly here in Northeast Ohio. The maples have started to turn into wonderful hues of gold and red. This maple tree is in my front yard. My cat Casper enjoys staking out the bird feeders here.
The garden is pretty much cleaned up. I've started to put down some manure and today I got some sections tilled up. I want to get the manure in, tilled, and then put a nice layer of mulched leaves down. Tomorrow its suppose to rain (again) so hopefully I will get it all down by the end of the month.

I have been rotating the lambs out on the green grass the past few weeks. These are twins out of Jed and Polly. The black one is a ram lamb with very small scurs and gullie is an ewe. She doesn' have perfect tail but she is overall nice little lamb with A+ personality:)

So in my previous post I indicated I was taking today off for me and so I did. So this morning I was off to Amish Country for some feed, bakery, and some baking goods. Beautiful day as the temps were in the high sixties! Of course, I had to stop at my favorite store, Primitive Gatherings, to see their cute decorating ideas.

I know this is a big NO NO to even think about BUT I am thinking this guy might have to find his way onto my front porch come December! Well, there is a 90% chance of rain tomorrow but it is Friday and my sister is having a clambake on Saturday (clams are gross but I love the chicken and sweet potatoes:) so hopefully the rain will move out by then!!!

Hope everyone has a great Friday!!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thoughtful Thursday

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood.............

I need a me day,
one in which I can just go my own way,
so no more shall I say
for Thursday will be my day:)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Its Just that Time of the Year

The weather this week in Northeast Ohio has totally been a downer. My mood has been not in the mood to do anything. Today was the first day the sun shined in like a whole week. The rain, the grey skies.....just depressing. On Thursday I took 3 of the ram lambs to the vet to be wethered. I am not into the banding thing so I have it done surgically. More money but at this point, whats the point but its gotta get done.
The ram lamb pictured below is Fletcher. Fletcher was my hope for my Shetland line: spotted, a nice soft fleece, small scurs as a half poll.......everything I want BUT tail is not so good and depending on how he stands, a definite cow hock in those back legs. I am really bummed out about it esp. because he has a great personality unlike his PITA brother who, besides the stand-offish personality, if very nicely put together esp. having a great tail and nice straight legs. I have always wanted a spotted ram out of Sheltering Pines Spirit so the choice had to be made because I can't have both boys as rams. So PITA got to stay a ram and Fletcher............ now a wether. I think Thursday's overcast weather matched mine and Fletcher's mood.
But I love him either way:)

This past Saturday I finally had the opportunity to see my nephew play football! Yep, he is only in second grade and I don't want him tackling me.....he is a pretty tough kid in all that equipment! His team won 24-0 too!

On Sunday the sun finally made an appearance and all the animals were hanging out to catch some rays. Liberty was soaking up the rays on the backside of the barn.

This was like the LaMancha line-up on the back of the barn today: Liberty, Daisy, & Patty.
Hopefully, Liberty will be bred this year:) This weekend I picked up 100 bales of hay to replinish what I have already used. I need to keep my barn stocked esp. come Nov. and Dec. when the weather gets a mind of its own. This winter I refuse to have an empty barn come Feb.

The other day I purchased this wonderful picture to hang in my living room. A simple thought that I often overlook as I rush around trying to get everything done. Autumn is a wonderful time of year to appreciate the wonders of nature, watch the animals grow their winter coats, and reflect on one's personal goals. I need to do that but I need to get rid of the anxiety issues I get when trying to get everything done that I want to get done before the first snowflakes arrive.
There is always tomorrow I guess.......