Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Blue Merle Christmas

My blue merle girls spent Christmas at Grandma's and Grandpa's today.
I wanted to share these pics by Grandma's Christmas tree:)
Wishing everyone a happy and restful week!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Today maybe the first day of winter, 
but I am
already looking forward to the arrival of new seed catalogs!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

An Evening Reflection

When life gets away from you,
 it takes but a moment to reflect on what really matters.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sheep Sewing Project on a Hot Summer Day

It is 90 degrees outside.
The "feels like" temperature is 98.
That is ridiculous.
My mission today:  be creative and productive inside with the air conditioning:)

Last week my mom and I went down to Charm in Amish Country and stopped at Miller Dry Goods, a favorite sewing store of ours. I fell in love with this sheep pattern, "Sheepish Grin".  After spending $112 dollars ( they were having a great sale;) and listening to my mom tell me I was never going to sew any of this stuff, I had to prove mom wrong!

So today, I dusted off my old sewing machine and decided to make a blanket. Ok, I have to confess, I bought a brand new sewing machine on Black Friday last year. I just took it out of the box today, like actually cut the packing tape to open  It has 50 built in stitches and 87 stitch functions and a bunch of offer things. I put it back in the box till my mom can supervise was too overwhelming to deal with and I didn't want to crush my creative momentum.
I am almost done with the blanket.
The blanket will be perfect when........'s snowing outside.......

......and temperature is below 32 degrees.
Wow, I almost got a chill thinking out it!
Back to my sheep sewing project...... don't want to break the momentum:)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Chicken Coop Capers

Living with chickens does not come without its challenges.
Common sense sometimes never makes sense.

I wanted chickens so I built a chicken coop for the chickens......
Common sense.

I even had nesting boxes installed so they could lay their eggs......common sense.

Now this is where common sense becomes foggy.
Enter the lawn mower bag.

The chicken in the lawn mower bag.

Common sense really becomes distorted now.
Egg in the lawn mower bag.
All that money I spent on a chicken coop and all I needed was a lawn mower bag.
Again my college education failed me.
Who said chickens weren't smart?

Friday, July 8, 2016

Fairy Garden Delight

It's Friday night in the fairy garden.....

.......sometimes life is just crazy like that:)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

One Cute Mini-LaMancha Buck

I just love little surprise breeding.
Just when you think all the babies have been born.....SURPRISE!

So 2 weeks ago I got a surprise.

I thought the mini- lamancha doe pictured below looked pregnant but her udder was not really large.  So why was I surprised when I found her with this little cutie one morning and a nice udder?  

I wasn't.  Stranger things have happened at the homestead.  I have learned to take things in stride:)

He is really developing a personality!
His sire is a pure bred lamancha and his mom is a mini-LaMancha. He has lamancha ears and the cutest little waddles! 
If anyone is interested in mini-lamanchas, this little guy is a keeper;)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Nap time with Mom

Taking a little nap with mom 
on Mother's Day....
..doesn't get much better than that:)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sheep Shearing Day

Today was shearing day.
It ranks as one of the most stressful days of the year for me.

Today was the only day of the week that had zero chance of rain.
I prayed really hard that it stayed that way.

Corraling the sheep is always a treat. That little grey ewe pictured above is my menace and one of the squirumest sheep to shear.

I used grain to sucker  gather all the sheep into 2 main stalls.

33 suckers sheep were all set for Trevor to shear. Trevor is an awesome shearer! More to come on him in the post on the alpaca shearing.

When all was done it was pretty impressive.

I piled all the wool on the many bags of many ideas......

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Baby Goat Bullying

On the left is a 5 week old mini lamancha buck.
On the right is a 2 week old mini lamancha doe.
 I think the doe might weigh 5 lbs. The buck is a little chunk. 
It's hard to tell who is bullying who.
She stood her ground and made her point!

She definitely thinks she is a little hottie:)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My Most Reliable Lawn Mowers

My riding mower is like 12 years old and needs new belts.
The self-propelled mower my dad gave me when he bought a new tractor I killed.
The grass needs to be cut.
I let out my most reliable lawn mowers.....
Abigail and Betsey.
10 years old and still mowing strong.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Chicken Tillers

The chickens were eager to get workin on the raised beds today.......they are the busiest animals on the farm!
I told them to enjoy it now cuz as soon as the plants go in the beds they are banned from the garden!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mini-LaMancha Babies!!!!!

Last year I bred 5 goats.  They all had bucks. 
The kids were healthy and the moms did great raising them but they were all boys:(
All boys get sold.  By 3 months old they drive me crazy and have to go.
This year I choose to breed 8 goats.  Five got bred. I prayed for girls over the past 5 months.
The stars definitely lined up for me this year!

Last Sunday night around 8:45 Laverne delivered twin does!!

They are so adorable and very, very petite! Laverne is a mini LaManchas ( aka minimancha).  Her mom is a mini Mancha and her father is a purebred Nigerian Dwarf.  Laverne has LaMancha ears and her little does have little turned up ears.

Laverne is 2 year old doe and a first time mom and she is doing awesome with her babies!

This little girl is her mini-me and she may be little but boy does she have a set of lungs on her!

Pictured above is my beautiful sweet  Verna who has kidded 3 times and given all boys:(
She finally gave me the best gift..... twin does!!!! 

When I came home from school last Friday, she was in the stall with her new babies all cleaned up and nursing. I was suspecting she might have her babies so I got her all settled into a stall before I left for school.  

I was really praying hard when I went into the stall to see what she had.  When I saw that they were girls I cried with excitement!  I bred her to Tex, my Nigerian Dwarf buck.  The babies are really flashy like the Nigerians. The girls are adorable and have very little independent attitudes!

And last but not least my Gwen girl.  Gwen was my first mini LaMancha born ......she was not a planned breeding. Her mom was a pure bred Nigerian Dwarf who took it upon herself to walz in with the bucks and got bred by a purebred LaMancha. And so began my love of mini-manchas:).  Gwen has kidded 3 times and has had all bucks.  I had a long talk with her and told her it was time to give me a doe........ 

........ and how is this for a cute doe?!?!?  Yep, I was a tad excited to see this little girl born......her name is Ginny and yes, she is a keeper:)

She too is very curious and loves Meesha!

Gwen had twins and the brown goat pictured here is her little buck.  Actually he is quite a chunk and is looking awesome at 3 weeks old!  

So, it has been a mini-LaMancha delight the last couple of weeks and I am so excited to have these beautiful babies!!  

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Cat in a Box

Sometimes the simplest things create the best entertainment.

Yes, Millie and Theodore think inside and outside the box for their entertainment.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

A Smartphone Sheep

I took this photo of Abby this afternoon.

It was an overcast day.  It was gloomy and the lighting was awful.
It did nothing for her.

So, I played with it on my phone and got what I was looking for!
Gotta love those damn smart phone;)