Friday, October 31, 2014

How I Scared Myself on Halloween

Today I scared myself......seriously.
Okay it started off in the morning.  Its so flippin' dark out when I am feeding the animals at 5:45 am so sometimes I do stupid things in the dark when I can't see.  Like pulling a bale of hay down and not realizing the one next to it is a tad higher so when I yanked the one I wanted, the other came down too and hit me in the face.....awesome.  Even more awesome was when I got into the house 30 minutes later and looked in the mirror I had blood on my face and a nice one inch scratch on my cheek.......perfect for Halloween, no make-up required.
So, it got better when I got to school.
I am in charge of the morning PA announcements.  Every day I play a one minute music clip at the end of the announcements.....its my personal way of getting back at the kids:) 
Of course, today was Halloween so I had to pick the best Halloween song ever.
Yep........... I picked the one and only.......
...........Michael Jackson's "Thriller"!!
I thought I would give the students some trivia facts on the song before I played it.
You know, cause the music these kids listen to today is so lame;)
The first fact........the biggest selling album ever......yep I bought it!
Second aired on December 2nd, 1983.......come again?
That would be like 31 years ago!
How can that possibly be 31 years ago?
I remember watching that video like it was yesterday, not 31 years ago!
I can not possibly be that old.  I was 15 years old when that video
PS.......When the kids asked where I got the scratch mark on my face this morning, I told them I got attacked by the Grim Reaper in the barn and I won.....these kids today believe anything;)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkins......Oh My!!!!!

 Hands down, autumn is my favorite time of the year.
I love decorating, I love Fall smells, I love the colors, I love the food...........
and of course, I love the pumpkins!!!!!

Last Friday was Charm Days in Amish Country.  Of course, it started on a Friday so of course I came down with an awful headache & cold which caused me to call in sick to school.....I hate that when that happens.  It was so bad my parents had to come and take care of me.....cough, cough.  

Our first stop was Hershberger's Truck Patch stop for some bakery and yes........some pumpkins!!!!
It became overwhelming on which ones to get...........

........the white ones were very cool.........

.........I just was having hard time finding the perfect pumpkin!!!

Isn't this the coolest display of pumpkins!!!

After a number of attempts to get a picture of me and my Mom in front of the display, my Dad finally got an off center picture using my smart phone.....he was just killin' me!!

Dad preferred just sitting around while me and Mom did some shopping in Charm. 
That was fine......then he couldn't see what I was spending money on;)

So, when all was said and done.......
.....these are some of the Fall goodies I filled my little wagon with when I got home!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Now I have a Duck........

So in the previous post I discussed the fact that I have a squirrel in my backyard.  
A squirrel that my neighbor brought home and now drives my dogs crazy.
Now I would like to discuss the duck that I am feeding........

Ms. Duck has been around for about 3 years now.  She has been a frequent flyer at my neighbor's pond.....the same neighbor who brought the squirrel home.  Below is a picture of her and all her little ducklings she had back in June.  She is a very protective mom and my neighbor and I were very watchful of her and the babies.

We would count them every time she brought them out for a swim and we stressed out when we did not see them every day.  Everyone seems to have grown up and moved on.........except mom.

Last Friday I was "sick" and had to take a "sick day" off from school.  When I feed in the morning during the week its around 5:45 am and its dark so I don't see everything going on or better yet, who comes to eat.  So on Friday when I was "sick" and feeding around 8 am I was quite surprised to see a duck eating right along side of Jed.......come again???? 
Then after a closer look, I realized who it was Momma duck.....ain't that somethin'?

She has no shame........picking up all pieces of grain in the bowl.........

..........and picking up around the alpaca's feet.  The boys were oblivious to her and I believe she could care less what they think as long as she gets any missed grain.  When she was done with the boys area I watched her walk over to the bird feeder area and pick up seeds the birds knocked to the ground.....notice the chicken eyeing Ms. Duck up;)

I asked her why she hasn't flown south yet.....I got no answer.  She apparently likes her new routine as I saw her waddle up all this weekend.  I think she has been doing this for awhile and I just caught her in the act:) 
I left her some extra grain under the bird feeder on Monday morning......and on Tuesday morning......and this morning.......and probably tomorrow morning......
This is crazy.   I didn't ask for a duck.
 I. Am. Not. Buying. Duck. Food. 
I probably should put straw in the dog house that the dogs never use in case she decides to stay for the winter and needs a warm place to sleep...........

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

There is a Squirrel in My Yard

I have lived at my home for 21 years.  
In 21 years there has never been a squirrel in my yard.  Honestly.
Until now.

A few weeks ago I was telling my neighbor about this silly squirrel who is hanging out at the bird feeder and how there has never been a squirrel in my yard and who is totally driving my dogs and his dog crazy ( I babysit his dog a lot cuz he works late).  My neighbor proceeds to tell me he thinks he brought it home in his work truck.  What??????
Apparently he came home from work and when he was unloading the truck this squirrel jumped off the truck.  Seriously????

So now this squirrel is my problem.  See my neighbor is single and more interested in finding a new girlfriend and playing with his boats so the new resident squirrel is not high on his priority and responsibility list.

Good thing I am a total sucker and was at this craft show last weekend and bought this cute metal squirrel feeder for this stinker to entertain his squirrely lil' self. 
So I spent $20 to buy this feeder plus $6 for a bag of corn when there is a huge free pin oak tree loaded with acorns in my yard.
He better not get hit by a car in the street or I am really going to be pissed after I spent all this money on him;)  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hornet Nests in My Trees

This maple tree is in my front yard.
I can not even count how many times I have walked under the tree this summer.

I mowed the grass around it.  I have a small bird feeder in there that I fill. My cats sit under the tree for shade.  I just trimmed a bunch of branches out on the lower level.  Its a popular tree in the yard.  The other day my parents and aunt and uncle stopped over.  
Within a half hour of being there, my uncle pointed to that same maple tree and said, "Hey, did you see that huge wasp nest in your tree?"
"Really? Where?" was my response.  I was shocked to see a huge nest hanging in one of the lower branches. How I missed it is beyond me but it definitely was active and HUGE.   Later that evening I called my neighbor over to show him the nest.  As he was walking up toward the tree he pointed and said, "Wow that is a huge nest!"  He was not pointing to the nest I was going to show him.....what the heck?!?!? Another one?!?! 

I have provided a diagram of the nests.  One became two and then as my neighbor and I were talking, I noticed another one!!! THREE!!!!

Those hornets are slick.  The nest are hard to spot in the leaves.  Last year I had one in the same tree.  It was really high in the tree and I could not get to it.  Thank goodness the winter was brutal and the winds knocked the sucker down.

This nest I sprayed the crap out of last night.   This morning, I cut it down and burned it. I know some people actually buy these nests.  I just want them gone.  Tomorrow night I will get the next one.  
Any suggestions on why the hornets are attracted to this particular tree or is it just a freak thing?
I just can't believe I never noticed these and then saw 3 of them!  Yuck!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Question on Shetland Ram Lamb Markings

Pictured below is one of the eleven ram lambs born this past spring.  He is my pick ram lamb and will be staying here for future breedings. His tail is not "perfect" according to the Shetland standards but in my opinion he has more positive characteristics that override the tail for me.

His personality thus far is awesome! I know you are not suppose to be "friendly" with the ram lambs but he is making it hard to resist him;).  His mom is Ag and his sire, aka Milton,  is  black, single coated, and more on the fine fleece spectrum.  I like wool that is longer in staple so I am pleased with the wool he has.

However, I do admit that I am not good at pin pointing Shetland colors and markings. So since I will be registering some of the lambs in the next few weeks, any insights are greatly appreciated!!
I was thinking a fawn, spotted gulmoget? Are the eye markings yuglet? HST ?
Thanks for reading and any suggestions!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ewes with Attitude

So, this spring 19 lambs were born.  Only 6 were ewes, the rest ram lambs....ugh.
This was the largest amount of lambs I have ever had born on the farm. 
 They are driving me crazy....little escape artists.....playing catch-me-if-you-can.....whatever.
Wooly little stinkers.

Pictured above is Pawlett.  Okay, I admit, she is a favorite.  Her mother Betsy is the matriarch on the farm and the most stubborn sheep I have......stomps her foot at me whenever I get in "her way" and personal contact is beneath is the world according to Betsy.  Final answer.
Pawlett, however, has always been friendly, loving skin scratches, coming up for hugs and grain.
I was so thankful she was not like her mother.
Then she became a mom for the first time.
  I have become a mire after thought.
The only thing that matters are those twin ewe lambs.
Pawlett is 99% zoned into those girls ( 1% is devoted to her grain time ).
She will not go anywhere if she can not see those girls and she will not shut up if she is calling for them and they are ignoring her. They are inseparable. 

Daughter #1

Daughter #2
Spoiled rotten wooly lambs.  They are lucky they are so awesome.
At this point selling them is not an option according to Pawlett.
I think stomping her foot at me is not the only thing she would do to me if I sold them.
 Ewes with attitude......I don't think the farm is big enough for all of us;)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Romney/Shetland Lamb for Sale

Ain't he cute?

He is a Romney/Shetland cross.
His wool is absolutely beautiful.....he wasn't that cute when I was trying to get a picture of his wool; hence no fleece photo.  But he is still cute....lucky him;)
And he and his brother are for sale!!!!
Please leave a comment or email me if you are interested......they would be a great addition to a fiber flock!!

PS......I will try to get that wool photo too;)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Table Top Dancing Goat

This is Nelly.
A yearling LaMancha who was a bottle baby.  She lived in my house for the first 8 weeks of her life.
She even went to school with me so she could be bottle fed every couple of hours when she was first born.
Nelly is also a mom because she knows how to jump every fence on my property and she jumped right in with the 3 adult bucks.  Her daughter was a bottle baby this past spring because Nelly had no intentions of being a mom.....grain, fence jumping, and tree leaves are Nelly's only concerns in life.
To sum it up.....Nelly's goal in life is to drive me crazy.......and she does it on a daily basis.

Nelly using perfect posture to reach the willow leaves.

Nelly almost loosing her balance trying to get the willow leaves.

Nelly beating up the willow tree because she is pissed off because she is not getting the leaves she wants.

Nelly moving to the old picnic table to get a better advantage on willow leaves.

Nelly's perfect standing posture even as she stands on the table.
I know, I should give her props on being smart enough to use the table to achieve her goal.
However, her creative and smarts is beyond words.
Nothing she does surprises me any more and believe me, she has pulled some good ones on me.

Nelly in action......what a total goof.

And Nelly doing table top dancing........
Ain't she somethin"?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy 40th Birthday to My Little Sister!!!

Dear Sister Jen,
Where has time gone?  Wasn't it just yesterday that you were this little rolly polly little baby that I waited 7 years for?  I was so excited when I heard I was going to get a sister!!!

Now I will be honest that I use to count presents to make sure there was equal distribution of Christmas gifts when you were little and now that we both are in our 40's  I still count to make sure we get equal amounts of presents.......but seriously, mom better not stop giving us Christmas stockings!

And when you were little you use to want to always help me with everything and I was patient and loved to play with you until you figured out how to open my bedroom door and then the lock had to go on cuz you were NOT cutting my Barbie dolls hair and putting Vaseline on my teddy bears!

And then there was the teenage years and we just were not on the same page.....there is just not enough space to discuss the clothes you secretly stole from me, the hair issues you had and I could not get into the bathroom, and then the trip to Walt Disney World and Ron Jon's Surf Shop.....but we survived and we can laugh about it now.

You were right by my side the day I got married........and you were right by my side when I got divorced.....couldn't find a picture for that one for some!

You fell in love with those darn Newfies like I did and nothing made me happier when I was able to give you your first love......Thunder.  This has always been one of my most favorite pictures of you by the way;)

And I had to laugh when you got your first brown Newfie because I told you "they" were a tad left of center than the other Newfies! 
I bought you those pink coveralls and coat to keep you warm (and cuz I am still a better dresser than you;) because I, as your older sister will always watch out for you.
Time has gone so fast and to think my little sister is turning 40 is hard to believe.
I want you to know how proud I am of you.
That I will always be there for you regardless if you are in a crabby mood.
I will continue to do the little things that irritate you because that's what a good sister does;)
Your daddy's little girl and that's ok .....keep sucking up cuz I am mom's right hand B.

So on this very special July 2nd birthday when you turn the big 40.......

Your big sis....Kristi

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mini-Mancha Goats for Sale!!!!

Mini- manchas are a cross between a Nigerian Dwarf goat and a Lamancha goat.
Many say that Nigerian part increases the butter content in the milk and the LaMancha adds the volume.
I personally love the cross! The personalities of the 2 create a wonderful goat!

These month & half old twin does pictured above are out of a mini Mancha doe.
They are delightful.....full of energy.....and friendly!

Check out that little heart on the side of the one girl!
How cute is that?!?!
The doe with the little heart has LaMancha ears and the other doe has more Nigerian ears.
These girls are available for sale at $100 for each.  A discount will be given if they are purchased together!

These mini manchas are almost 5 months old. The one standing is a buck and the one sitting is a doe. Their mom is a purebred Nigerian Dwarf.  The doe has beautiful markings and has a lot of Nigerian features. The buck is super flashy and would make a great pasture mate. The doe is being offered at $100 & the buck $55. He has not been wethered.  

Please leave a comment or email me if your interested in any of these beautiful goats!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Cat Umbrella

In May I bought this umbrella for my deck.
It gets hot on the deck in the summer plus it would shade my kitchen window. 
It was a good deal....only $22.99

Well, I thought I bought it for me.......

......obviously I was mistaken.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How I Ran Over My Dog & We Both Lived to Tell About

Five weeks ago my worst nightmare came true.
I ran one of my pets children over with my truck.
It was a Saturday afternoon. I had gotten a load of 40 bales of hay and had backed my truck up to unload it. I got out of the truck. Went in the house to go to the bathroom then let the dogs out. I noticed that the angle of the truck, a big Dodge Ram, was not where I needed it so I decided to move it. I glanced at the deck and saw the dogs sitting on the deck so I jumped in the truck to pull it forward.  I had not even moved 5 feet when I heard a  cry from under the truck. My life stopped at that moment. I was terrified as I threw the truck into park, turned it off, & jumped out. I knew it was Squirt. I knew it as soon as I heard the cry.  How had I missed that? Why didn't I look under the truck like I always do? 
 I assumed seeing the dogs on the deck, he was there too.

He was lying under the truck on his side trying to move, scared, and crying. I crawled under the truck to pull him out.  I was in a total panic. When I got him out, he could not stand and just fell over. Grass stains were on his shoulder.  I knew if I would have run him over with the tire of the truck he never would have made it, the weight of the truck plus all the hay.....nightmare.  I ran into the house to call the vet.  I was at the vet within 15 minutes.  My blessings that I worked at the vet for 7 years.  The vet and I figure Squirt got rolled under the truck, hence the grass stains and the pain of not being able to stand plus he had a fracture in his right front leg.  After a full examination, x-rays, and pain meds and instructions for me, I took my 13 year old boy home.  It took him a good week to get use to the splint and by then he had me wrapped around his paw and was milking me for everything.....and that was ok because I still had him and thanked God every day for that.

Of course, the other children knew something had happened and helped to consul Squirt. 
"Squirt, it could have been worse.  She ran me over when I was 10 weeks old, it was so bad the vet had to amputate my leg, the same leg that she fractured on you, " Simon sympathetically explained to Squirt.

"SIMON!!!!!!! You know that is a lie!  I saved you at the vet!! You were brought into the vet to be euthanized because you fell out of a barn loft and the people didn't want to spend money on you! I cared for you and amputation was the only solution for your leg!"  I sternly yelled back.
Simon smirked, "I know, I just wanted to F with you and make you feel worse.  You know Squirt can't hear that well, poor guy probably didn't even hear the truck......he never had a chance."
"SIMON!!!! For 15 years old, you are being a cat punk!!" I pointed out. 

"Yeah, I senior pets gotta milk the system when we can....just looking out for my buddy Squirt....poor guy even has the start of a cataract in his right eye, hard time seeing and you run him over......" says Simon.

It has been a long 5 weeks but I am extremely HAPPY to report that Squirt got his splint off today and everything is looking VERY GOOD!!!  My guilt will never go away and he only clocked me once in the face with his splint when we were sleeping in bed.......I deserved it.  
I hug him every day because I love him and thank the heavens that he is still here with me:)