Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The P's of March

The dreaded January and February are behind me.  Now comes the really long month of March.  If I PLAN accordingly and get lots of the "little" things done in March that I have so cleverly avoid in January and February, particularly the reorganization and serious cleaning of my house, then April will arrive calmly instead of in PANIC mode.  Yes, I am admitting that I am a procrastinator, actually that should be PROCRASTINATOR in all caps.  I have lots of ideas rolling around in my head and I need to get everything PREPARED for the garden and barn.  Now with all due credit for me, I have been buying seeds but I need to layout on paper where everything is going to go.  I will be adding 2-3 new raised beds this year also.  But let me move on to PREGNANCY in the barn.  According to my plans I have Sweet Pea to deliver LaMancha babies in about 3 weeks, maybe earlier.  She has a very small udder developing right now.  Mooshie, another LaMancha, is not showing any signs other than she is a total PITA. She wouldn't be due until early April however.  Now I put Jed in with 2 of my Shetlands, Savannah and Betsy, around Thanksgiving so they won't be due until early April also and Savannah is already looking pretty chunky.  Now if there are any other pregnancies in the barn, that will be new blogger news for me.  See and its this unplanned stuff that the animals throw at me that screws up my efforts and desire to be a PREMIER hobby farmer of the year as I have mentioned before. 
Now I have been sucked into PLAYTIME. 

When I come home from school and let the babies out, they want to play,not just with each other but with me.   I get caught up in their silly antics especially when I become one of the spring boards for their jumping games.  This old igloo dog house is now a clubhouse for the babies and a total annoyance for the mom's who can't fit in it. I, of course, find it funny.

Then there is the PEEK-A-BOO game we play. I hide or they hide and one of us looks around the corner to see who can scare who.  They usually win at peek-a-boo because they are often coming up from behind and jumping on the back of my legs unannounced.

And of course there is the PERFECT PICTURE time for the babies. They are always jumping all over the place and since my Dad forgot to buy me that really expensive camera for Christmas that takes action shots, I have to use my really old, back-in-the-day digital camera to get photos.  I get really excited when I get that one, cute factor photo of them!
Now I was going to give you the POOP picture of March but put after the 2 inches of rain on Monday it kinda looks like diarrhea running all over the pasture.....I am sure you understand the pretty picture of manure after all the snow melts and it rains especially if you have animals and your walking through it:)

So those are the P's of March around Harvest Thyme. 
Now PERHAPS PATHETIC me should see about scheduling the sheep to get sheared.............

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