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.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Here I Am Again

Willow is still with us--she will be 17 this year.  She is my first Shetland.
It's been a long, long time since I last blogged.  I'd like to start again.  I'm not sure how that will go.  Maybe just pictures, a few stories here and there.  The farm is still ticking along.  Still have collies, cats and sheep.    I don't raise lambs anymore, and the sheep farm is more like a Care Center for the Aged and Infirm.  Keeps me pretty busy.   

The year of 2017 was filled with some awful things, terrible losses.  We lost my Dad.   Someday I might talk about that more.   But not this first blog back.   

Stunning Sunset--the skies have been glorious this past year.
Monumentally I joined Facebook.  Kinda hate it, kinda like it.  But it seems the way to go nowadays and I'm 'in the loop' now with what goes on--and I get to see lots of extended friends and family photos.   Plus I got some good hay out of it, when my hay supplier moved away and I didn't know where to get the winters supply.  So there is that.  

My internet connection at home I can't really do much computer work at home, so I tuck it in around work.  I hope (someday) we get out of the dead space and get some decent internet connectivity again.  Maybe if certain companies would see fit not to oversell their customer base that might help too.

Neighborhood Watch.  Chickie, Rosemary, Persia & Eve
There are 14 left in the sheep flock.  I sheared 17 with scissors this past Spring.  My shearer had to retire due to health concerns, and I didn't know until it was time to shear.  It was an interesting experience.  I guess I get to do it again here in a few months.  

Girls (Minty, Carly & Ashley) with their hunter orange on.
I bought a new camera!  So excited to have a good camera again and taking lots and lots and lots of pictures.  And I've started trying to be creative again too...sometimes I do better than others--but have  been dabbling in painting--acrylics, oils, watercolors and have taken up needle felting again.  Still learning on that, but love it.   Hoping (someday) to get a little building for a studio, so I can leave projects out to work on (impossible with kitties in the house). 

Oil and Gesso Forest Scene
Indian Creek Snowstorm--Watercolor
Oh.  And I'm feeling lots better health wise now.  Got myself pretty sick with diabetes before I went to the doctor and figured out what was wrong. Still have some ground to gain back but getting there.  Things had piled up around here too, so am trying to catch up from several years of not feeling good.

Needle Felted Chipmunk
Needle  Felted Doe
And I think that is a good start.  I always have liked to blog and keep a record of the homestead, so my goal is to do that again and I hope some of you are still around to journey with me!  Now for some pretty pictures.    

Grey Pony--Acrylics


Sharrie Brockhaus said...

Welcome back! Missed all the goings on of the animals. Glad to hear that you seem to have the medical thing under control.

Michelle said...

Oh Tammy, I started a reply to your emails and it is still in my Drafts folder! Should have sent a short response at least instead of hoping, vainly, for a big block of time for a comprehensive response. Our years last year were not so different, unfortunately; I'll finish my email....

But so glad to see you blogging again, and your paintings are wonderful. So is seeing some of your flock again.

Much love!

Donna said...

Welcome back!!! I love the felted animals. I am in a similar boat in that we stopped breeding and have an aged sheep infirmary. Our shearer is still coming in March. Not sure how much longer I will have that luxury though. Keep blogging!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Welcome back!

Tammy said...

Thank you. Hopefully I'll be able to post on occasion. Still not really on my game with blogging again, but maybe it will come! Thanks Sharrie--I hope to get back to reading blogs regularly again too! Loved the days when we were all a small community of sheep bloggers. Thank you Michelle. Now I owe you a response! Time sure has a way of going by along with our good intentions. It's tough to keep up,and I sure understand. Thank you regarding the paintings. Lots of learning to do, but I love being creative. Hi Donna--I've been keeping an eye on your blog, even though I don't comment much. You've had your share and then some of losses over the last few years. The old sheep are an independent lot, and take allot of care, but it sure hurts when they die. Thank you on the needle felted animals. They really are fun. Thanks Sara, it's good to be back!Tammy

Sue said...

Wow, just checked in and found you're back. You were missed. I love your paintings and I'm so jealous of the needlefelting. I love it and have no idea how to do it. I don't want to start because I have so many other things going on but they are wonderful.

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Unknown said...

Tammy, I bought several sheep from you years ago. I still have Taryn who will be 18 in April and Skye who is 14.

Tammy said...

Hi Judy--I don't know how long ago you left this comment--but I just saw it. I'm thinking that you might have gotten your sheep from Malinda Stickel instead of me. I have Taryn's daughter Tabitha (who is 16 this year).Would love to visit with you if you are still checking in. I'm also on facebook. said...

I miss you so I went looking-you are on facebook? so much faster to post,phylliso

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