Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas Morning.......a Few Days Later

This was Christmas morning........


Sheep were enjoying a beautiful morning........


Pawlet was being her stubborn self and ignoring me because I would not give her more grain;)


A woodpecker was hanging out with some new suet.


The poinsettia was soaking in sun.


And my beautiful Millie took time to pose for a picture!
It may be a few days late but it's never too late to say ,"Merry Christmas"!


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

3 Alpacas plus a Sheep

The alpacas have their own house and pasture.


However, little Gilman insists that he prefers to be with the alpacas instead of the sheep and goats.  Gilman is a 2 year old wether, who might be pushing 55 lbs finally. He is small enough to slip in under a gap in the fencing.  


I use to put him back every day but every day he went back under the fence.  The alpacas don't mind him so whatever makes him happy works for me.


Maybe Gilman thinks he is a shalpa........half sheep, half alpaca.....lol;)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Crazy December Weather

This afternoon I was cleaning up around the yard and noticed this.......


.......it is 2 weeks until Christmas, right?



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Pumpkin recycling on the farm

Now that Thanksgiving has passed and it is officially December, it's time to clear out the collection of pumpkins.


Sweat Pea loves to snack on pumpkins!



Arabelle is a pumpkin pig and does not share well:(


Cole is pretty good about sharing......


Wilmington is one of my favorites and loves to play hugs and scratches but not at pumpkin eating time.


Bennington's big ole' self is laid back.......


.......and always makes sure that every piece is eaten;)


I was explaining to Cole that he had some pumpkin on his face......I think he was annoyed that I was interrupting his pumpkin snacks.
I was lucky to get friends to give me their pumpkins.  Pumpkins are a great natural wormer for the sheep and goats so it's like recycling......might even have a few surprises in the manure pile come spring:)




Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A New Quilt for Theodore

I have been wanting a new quilt for my bed.
The one I have is over 3 years old and has seen better days.


I found this really nice flannel printed quilt set that included 2 pillow shams.
It was an Eddie Bauer exclusive.
I got a really good price on it.


The colors matched perfectly with my bedroom.


So, I bought the quilt set for me  Theodore......
because the colors matched his colors
and I knew he would look cute playing on it......I wonder what Santa will bring me this year.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Kitties can't go out and play today


"What are you looking at Theodore?"  


 "It's raining outside. You can't go out and play today Theodore."


"Yes, I know I only let you play in the screened in porch.  It's very  windy and chilly and you just got over getting sick so no Theodore, you can't go out and play today."


"No Millie, you can not go out and play either.
 Kitties have to stay in today because it's raining."

Monday, October 26, 2015

And then the Autumn Leaves began to fall.....

Autumn Greetings!


The leaves started to rain  down this past weekend.


The ground is covered and there are still many leaves to fall.


The maple leaves made for a festive background for Meesha's blue merle colors.


And of course my Dixie girl is always waiting for me to take her picture just because she knows she is the perfect angel.......sometimes;)


How can one not think of a wooly sheep on a perfect autumn day?


So I have to admit I garage picked this perfectly good ladder this summer ......a fun way to display some Fall decorations!


My absolutely favorite Autumn mums!


Even the chickens are enjoying the layer of leaves that have created an Autumn carpet on the ground.  While it may seem like a lot of work to rake the leaves, I enjoy spending time outside and appreciating what the season has to give! 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

My Ride in a Combine

Most people have a bucket list.
I do.
Going for a ride in a big combine is on my list.
I got to check it off this past Sunday.


I bugged my hay guy enough that he caved in.
Ok, he probably just wanted to shut me up but I'll take it.
I got to go for a combine ride.


He said I couldn't ask a lot of questions.
So I asked the most important questions only.


Like do you think Malachai is out there?
My hay guy gave me "the look."
I locked the door.  
Just in case Malachai was out there or just in case my hay guy wanted to push me out for asking 
"dumb" questions.


Farmers get so little credit for what they do.
I find it fascinating to learn more about a way of life that seems to be disappearing from American lands.  Less than 2% of the American population is involved in farming. In the 1780's, it was 95 %. 
So many things wrong with American priorities.


On a lighter note,
  I did impress my hay guy cuz I knew the history of the McCormick reaper.  
I am smart like that.
I thought I would use it as leverage.
I asked if I could drive the combine next time?
My hay guy gave me another " look."


I said  I think that was a "maybe" look.
He said maybe not.
Sigh.  
So riding in the combine is checked off the bucket list.
Driving the combine is still on the bucket list.
The combine did not drop me off at my truck.
I had to run walk to my truck.....just in case Malachai was out there.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

My Dream Dog

I bought the dogs a new bed......


.......it seems to be working.
I wonder what Dixie is dreaming about.........

Thursday, October 15, 2015

My Chickens are a Mess

The chickens have taken it upon themselves to establish a new routine.


When they see me come out of the house and walk onto the deck, they come running up for "treats."
Ok, so I admit that I "occasionally" throw them scraps of whatever I have in the kitchen.  
They, however, have taken the "occasionally" to the "daily" level.
I think the chickens are bullying me.


I was cleaning up in the garden and I saw them stalking me.
I made them this pretty dish of tomatoes.


I hope they like it.
I wonder if they appreciate all that I do for them?
What would they do if I don't give them daily treats......?


Look at them scamper for the treats.
My chickens are a mess.
No, maybe I am a mess..........
What a mess.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Kitten Update

Theodore and Millie are best kitty buddies now.
It was destined to be.
They bonded instantly.


Theodore is a tad "chunky" according to his vet....opps.
He has a very low grade heart murmur that he will very hopefully out grow.
Theodore had a 106 degree fever last week. Zero clue on what happened.  After a good dose of antibiotics he is back to his playful self.
He is so lovable and every time I think of finding him I give him a hug to know he is safe in my house.


Millie is so silly.


She likes to help me grade papers........


.........but often gets bored with it.
She has tried to kill me twice when she attempts to beat me down the basement steps and I try to miss stepping on her and end up missing a step or two......not funny Millie.
She has jumped in the toilet twice.  I get up. She jumps in.  Sorry, no pics available for this one.


They are inseparable.  They make me laugh and they let me hug them when I need a hug.


Sometimes they drive me crazy but I wouldn't have it any other way:)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Fall Decorating Ideas from Amish Country

This 86 degree plus weather has been killing me all week.
I am so over this heat. 
 It was a blessing, however, that 3 inches of rain finally fell on Thursday.
The heat is only increasing my desire for autumn days.
I was in need of going down to Amish Country to find some Fall ideas.


Going to Amish Country on a Saturday is usually a big NO because it is always jammed back. My parents and I like to go on Friday days. But since I am back to school sacrifices must be made.  We agreed to head out early.
It was a great day despite the heat.
I thought I would share some Autumn time ideas that I found.


Lots of mums and ceramic pumpkins.


I am loving these pumpkins!


Some more pumpkins.........


........very cute display at a primitive store.  Those big wood pumpkins were priced over $100......not in my price range:(


Cute door ideas for Fall.


Idea overload for Fall!!!
Biggify this one!


This display was over a fireplace mantle.


My mom and I love these primitive dolls so I took a close up pic and texted it to her so she can make me one.....she is crafty like that;)


More cute porch ideas for Fall......


.......need to find an old wheel barrow to do this!


Well, this cute scarecrow is a no brainer to make!
Working on that idea tomorrow!


This painted muslim pumpkin is a cute and I am thinking I could make one!


So back to those ceramic pumpkins......
Yeah, I was able to rationalize paying $34.99 for this handsome guy:)
Got lots of good ideas (and yummy treats) from our trip!
Hope you saw something that gets you in the Autumn Time mood too!!!