Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The Waiting Game.....
It's that time again...lamb watch has officially begun. Lark should be the first out of the gate again this year, but I do have a couple that I'm unsure on the dates. Lark is due Monday so it could be anytime now. So far she hasn't done much, but stand around thinking about it and looking uncomfortable.
The weather has turned off disagreeable. The temperature is about 39 degrees and it's raining. Rather cold and damp out there. I have much to do this week to prepare for shearing day (I hope) next Saturday. They are already forecasting rain for next Friday so we shall see.
The house needs a good cleaning--which I've been working on here and there, still have some sheep needing to be vaccinated, wormed and hooves trimmed and still have some barn cleaning to do.
I plan to spend some time this afternoon out in the barn cleaning stalls and hopefully catching up a couple more unwary sheep for their 'works'.
Inside the house, I've been de-cluttering and packing away a few more fragile items (Kitten safe...). My house should be easier to keep clean anyway, without all the knickknacks out at the moment!
The other day I went through my TBR (to be read) pile of books. Many of them I had attempted to read and didn't get very far. I tend to pick up books at yard sales and flea markets if they look at all remotely interesting. I also belong to Paperback Swap and order many of the 'bestsellers' or current 'you gotta read this' books. Most of the time I'm pretty disappointed in the books that are wildly popular and end up starting but not finishing them. Anyway, the stack was huge and I sorted some into a box for a yard sale in May and the ones that I knew were popular books, I listed on PBS. I sent seven of those out the very next day! So now, my stereo is once more exposed to the world and the room looks strangely larger. Sage immediately decided that newly cleared spot was now his own personal perch and pass-through.
In other news, Gabe has what I think is an abscess on his front leg. It's not large yet, but he is limping. I'm trying to get it to come to a head with hot compresses, but no luck yet. I know it needs to drain. Any ideas? Things like this are always happening on the weekend it seems. He probably got bit by one of his siblings during their crazy play times. He is still feeling okay at the moment, besides limping. He is eating, bird watching etc. Still pretty worried about him.