Thursday, December 27, 2007

It has been a long time since I posted. Alot has been going on with the farm, shop, family and friends. A very dear friend of ours died in Sept. His wife Suzanne died two years ago. They were very good friends and are really missed. They left behind 3 beautiful children. Jaime, Brittany, Zach, and 2 wonderful Grand children.

Friday, September 21, 2007

We had a really fun time at Jefferson, hanging with some really cool sheep people. Mary Ellen showed some of her little sheep. I showed some sheep wool, and Nancy and Jerome of Sheepy Hollow fame have the nicest shop on wheels. I bought a nice pattern book from Jerome (even though he likes to yell at me) and am working on a sweater for Britta. It is a really fun pattern. It's the Rambling rows jacket. Nancy had one knitted up that looked so cute. Had to have it.
Motor homing is always alot of fun with these guys. Nancy has the nicest Daughter-in-law and the best Grandkids. Her granddaughter really can handle sheep in the ring. Really nice family!
Next year should really be a Great Show MSSBA
will be hosting the NASSA AGM. It should be fun to see all the cool sheep and people.

Friday, September 7, 2007

We are leaving for Jefferson, to go to the BIG Shetland show in Jefferson Wi. I Can't wait to see all the wild and crazy Shetland people and their wonderful sheep.
John and I have the motor home all loaded up and ready to go. We get to get away from it all and have a good time to boot. wohoo!!!!!!
I will bring my camera and have lots of pictures to share when I get back.
TA TA for now.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Can you believe it's already Sept. School started this week, something I didn't have to think about in many years. But, now Brooklyn has started 4 year old Kindergarten. can you believe they have 4 year old Kindergarten???? I still think 4 year olds still need to be home and with their Mom's. But what do you do?!? If they don't go then they are behind all the other real Kindergartners next year. So yesterday the bus came and took Brooklyn to school. John went to work late so he could drive her to the bus stop in our Cub cadet. I do have pictures but forgot my camera today (again). We have a Friday night tradition. We all pile in the Cub Cadet and go 4 wheeling in the woods, Brooklyn loves it, it is her favorite thing to do, So she asked if Grandpa would give her a ride to the but stop her first day, so he did, it was fun. But, it was sad to see a little girl get on the BIG bus. She said she likes school alot. I hope it stays that way.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

This was really fun. I took Rosy's yarn that I spun pretty fine and dyed it in the oven. I took a 9x13 cake pan and put the wet skeins of yarn in the cake pan, then sprinkled the dry Gaywool dye, 3 different colors, in lines on the wet yarn, then I baked it in the oven at 350 for about 30 min. this is what it looks like, now to wind it on the trusty ball winder than I think I am going to try and knit these
I really like the Gaywool dyes they come out really nice. This yarn is naturally Musket but the colors are really nice. I thought they might look muddy or get all mixed together. I happy with how it turned out and it was really easy.
M.J. You better get up here fast. Last Friday night we were all sitting around a nice camp fire, see how well behaved Molly B. is sitting on Brooklyn's lap. She did start talking a little smart. (notice how appalled Leah looks?) She started telling stories. You know THOSE kind of stories!!! Then she wanted beer. Oh, MJ. you know how Molly B. gets when she's had a few beers!? It wasn't very pretty, she started wanting to take a car and go out to the bars in Eau Claire no less, something about unfinished business at a bar on Water St.
I kept giving her beer trying to distract her hoping she would pass out. After about 12 beers (man that doll can drink) she finally passed out. I was so relieved, she was telling really nasty stories about your Barbie and Ken doll (if you know what I mean) Anyway, I'm thinking when you come up to do your jewerly show you might have to take Molly B. back with you, I just think she's alittle to rough to have around the girls.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Wildfire is losing her baby coat. I better get a halter on her soon. She is such a show off.
Last calf of the year is always Annabells. This poor little guy almost didn't make it, John found him upside down, in a ditch, feet in the air, on one of those 95 degree very humid days. He was so week and dehydrated when we found him, he had to have been there all day. We gave him a bottle of water right away. Then a couple bottles of milk re placer, he was just to weak to suck off mom. He came around fine but it took about 3 days. Then the poor little guy got fly-strike. We washed the maggots off with Hydrogen Peroxide, sprayed him with blue coat, and because he was still recovering from his ditch ordeal we gave him a shot of LA200. This morning when I took this picture he was kicking up his heals and having the best time playing with the other calves, so I would say he is fine. I have decided to name him Lucky.
Kallie is really starting to show her stuff as a Border Collie. She is starting to understand commands now, so I think It is time to start doing some herding.
These are some of my ewes coming in for sea kelp, they love the kelp. I think I need some spots, I have no spots. Geeee, I wonder where I can get some????? After, looking at all the other blogs with the wonderful spotted sheep mine sure look boring!!! But, I still love them

Thursday, August 16, 2007

This is a picture of Big Al the barn cat, doesn't Big Al look comfy for a barn cat? Notice the doll behind Big Al, This is a doll my favorite cousin gave me when I was about 6 years old. Her name is "Molly B." (I didn't name her my cousin MJ. did.) Now Molly B. has led a very nice life so far. That is all about to change, MJ hasn't been up for a visit for almost 2 years. She lived in Texas for over 20 years, she now has moved to Missouri (Hi, Mary Ellen) She says she is coming up to Wisconsin for a visit (she has been saying that for 2 years) So your probably wondering what does that have to do with Molly B. Well, I'm giving MJ until the end of Sept. to get her butt up here or the doll GETS it, and MJ you know I mean it!
Little rams in the big boys pasture.
Bob in front and Kimberwoods William with Boaz in the back
Big Bob!! He is a nice ram
Big Bob with little ram
Williams butt!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

This picture is a little old but still cute. last weekend we finally got the little boys put in with the Big rams. It went really well, no fuss no muss, they didn't even cry for their mom. The Big boys just checked them out and went back to the buisness of eating. I'll have to take a picture. Yesterday we went 12 hours with out power, we had some storms blow through this last week. It was alittle nerve wraking. Some places are still without power. I feel pretty lucky to only have been out for 12 hours.
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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Just got our rams back from the butcher. This weekend it will be rack of lamb on the grill. YUM! Nothing says I love you like a rack of meat.
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Look, Look what I found!!!! Cupcake gift bags, are they not the cutest things? I found them at of all places the dollar tree in Menomonie, Wi. and they were 2 for( you guessed it) a $1.00. Inside you can fit a cupcakedishcloth and a bar of soap. FUN! I think I'm going to go back to the store and buy a whole bunch more. Someday soon I hope to get off this diet so I can stop obsessing over cupcakes.

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Notice anything about my wonderful size 2 addi TURBO knitting needle? Kallie has chewed up her 2nd pair of addi TURBO knitting needles. Puppies are so wonderful, aren't they? Stupid me you think I would have learned after she chewed up the first addi TURBO at least this time she left the sock on the needle. Never leave your knitting where the puppy can get at it!!!!!
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Thursday, August 2, 2007

I have given Seth sheepskins to sleep on since he hasn't been feeling well and I was wondering if any of the spotted shetland people have had any hides tanned. I would love to see some. My friend who raises Jacobs has sheepskins and they are really cool looking! I would love to see a spotted Shetland sheepskin. Is there a link somewhere that has a picture? Nancy, Mary Ellen, Nancy K.? Anyone?
OK! where am I suppose to sleep? Too, much black and white, where is Stuart? My big dog Seth has been sick lately. We had to take him to the Vet. Tuesday morning. He seems to have eaten something that isn't sitting right on his guts. I sure hope he's going to be ok. He is no spring chicken. Can't eat junk like ya use to old buddy!
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Publish Post

Brooklyn and I were playing dress up one day and she found my wedding dress, now people please don't laugh this is circa 1973, made by my Grandma Hannah Lowry for $15.00. I was 18 years old and madly in love. I can't believe that was 34 years ago, by the way I'm still madly in love and yes with John.We got married in my parents backyard. Leah likes to make fun of our wedding picture, she shows her friends and they all have a good laugh. Someday MAYBE I will try and scan it and post it. (NOT).

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I found my camera. yipee! I thought I lost it for good.
This poor girl is going for meat. She is about 4yrs. old. Her name is Arwen. Last year she had
a still born calf. It was so sad. This year she aborted her calf, which was very sad. She is such a friendly cow but we decided that she would have to go. Cattle eat alot of hay and pasture. We haven't had enough rain and are so dry right now it isn't even funny it is getting down right scary. She is going to go for hamburger and steaks and other misc. cuts of meat. We also decided to have her skull boiled out as she has interesting horns. I know it sounds harsh but this is how we farm.
This little guy is a pretty lucky fellow. He was born late last summer. He is getting delivered to Morning Glory Farm to be a herd bull. Lucky guy.
And finally, these two rams are going to be butchered for meat for us and to sell. The front ram has a bad horn, and the back ram I just don't like. I think they will both be really good on a plate. I am saving the skull of the back ram, he has nice horns. I don't think I'm going to mess with the skins this year. It is to hot out right now to be salting hides. I hate this hot spell we are having here.
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Brooklyn is overseeing the whole shipping operation. She said next year she will be the sheep and cattle rangler. She thinks she can do a better job than her dad and Grandpa.
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This is the BIG trailer that came last night to pick up the 2 rams, and 2 highlanders.

Joel is the guy that hauls our animals for us. He is a really nice guy and does a good job, very reasonable in his price.
John and Jeramie (the son-in-law) getting ready to load the cattle.
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Friday, July 20, 2007

Can't find my camera. I'm mad.
Poor Peeps is MIA. Pedator must have gotten him. He has been missing since yesterday morning. I think he is really gone this time. I think it is harder for a mom to protect only one chick instead of a whole batch. Safety in numbers and all that stuff. Over the years I have been making an observation about chickens and peafowl. I wonder if anyone else has noticed this , or maybe I'm the only wack job that counts eggs and break non hatching eggs. Anyway, my observation is that in every nest there is one egg that does not hatch. After the mom and chicks leave the nest I always look and notice that there is one egg that doesn't hatch, I break the egg and it is just an egg, no dead chick or forming chick, it isn't even rotten or smelly. Now I ask you how can that be? I have pondered this for years. My thinking is that it is natures way of having the mom stay on the nest an extra day to give the chicks a better chance. If anyone knows why this is can they let me know? Please.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Here we are getting the motor home ready for the trial run to Iola for the MSSBA meeting that got cancelled. But, first before we got the motor home running we went fishing. This is our fishing boat, a 1958 Lone Star. We love her. We got her and the trailer at a pawn shop for $500.00 We have had so much fun with the little boat. The first time we took her out she started sinking fast John plugged all the holes and now she is water tight, and a great boat.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I know I have this cupcake pattern on the Emporium blog but I still think it is so cute I hope you guys knit some and send a picture to Carissa . I ordered dark brown cotton yarn and am going to try and knit some chocolate ones. When it's hot I like to knit small stuff like cloths or socks.

Anyway, back to cupcakes have you seen the vegan yum yums cupcakes? They are amazing. I am so sick of dieting. I want cupcakes, lots and lots of cupcakes.

Maybe I should go eat lunch, oh my it is getting late, no wonder I'm so hungry.

Again, I forgot my camera, and I had some really fun pictures I took last weekend. Well as you know I like a blog with pictures. I hate pictures of myself but, Leah took a picture last week of me and lovey, so I will post that, because I do love sheep pictures.

I was so disappointed that the MSSBA meeting up at Iola got cancelled, John and I even took the motor home out for a trial run. Now we have to wait until Jefferson to see all the really cool Shetland Sheep people. I think Shetland sheep people are like the nicest, funniest, most interesting people on earth. Good times, Good times.