Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Website Finished!

We'll I finally finished my website! Just a few more tweaks here and there and it'll be good to go. The sheep are getting fatter, so I hope that means I'll have lambs at the end of April. Check it out at

Cheyenne is doing much better. She actually trotted up from the pasture today. That made me grin from ear to ear. I started her on Cetyl M for horses last week. I hope it works to alliviate some of her arthrititis and stiff joints. It's $88 for a 60 day supply, so I hope it helps her as well as some of the claims say.

My husband and I decided to get another rat terrier. It's been real hard on us these past few months without our beloved Danny, but life must go on. I still think about him everyday, and probably will forever as he was so special to me.

It will be awhile before I get the new pup though as the breeder will be having a litter at the end of March. So we a have a long wait, but that is ok since the weather is still cold and by the time the pup is weaned, it will be end of May. Spring is always a good time to get a puppy as I will be able to take it for walks, teach him to play frisbee, and meet lots of people for good socialization.

We have a tentative name picked out... Rudy. I can call him Rudy Tootie or Rudy Roo. I'm hoping for a Tri Piebald either in black or chocolate. There is the potential for a blue bi-color, but I prefer to have a non-dilute. I'm excited that I will have first pick of the males. I hoping for lots of  little boys to pick from. :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Winter Musings

Well, it's been awhile since I've had a chance to post a new blog. Been busy cleaning stalls, shoveling snow, cleaning stall, shoveling snow.... did I mention cleaning stalls! The snow the past month seems to be never ending. I'm ready for a thaw and snow melt. Looking forward to brown pastures again. Not so much the mud though, but I'll take that over the minus something temps.

Of course I've been feeding the wild birds. Been going through a 50 pound bag of sunflower seeds a week since the snow has covered any attainable food source.

My sheep seem to be handling the cold just fine as I expected they would. Funny thing about them is that they have not ventured past their paddock in three weeks. The snow is very deep as we got 16 inches last week and 6 inches yesterday with not much melting before this last dump of snow. This is Heathcliffe my ram. His horns are looking pretty good. I'm very pleased with him as he is very calm and gentle with the ewes.

I'm anxiously awaiting to see how many lambs I will have. I hoping at least 4. Maybe 6. And I really want a spotted one too. :)
I got a loom back in December. I found a used Cherry Norwood four harness loom. It came with a warping board, shuttles, spools and bobbin winder and a 10 and12 dent reed. But for the life of me can't figure out the warping thing. I have two weaving books, but I can't get it. I have a small scarf project I want to do. So I decided to take the basic weaving class again from the Yarn Barn in Lawrence. The refresher will be good for me anyway.

Had a scary thing happen yesterday. My old Quarter Horse mare (22), Cheyenne, got cast in a snow bank. When I went out to do chores I thought she was dead! I panicked!!! Odd thing was her best buddy and my main ride, Betsy Sue was nudging her to please get up. These two gals are always together. My old gelding was standing over her, protecting her I guess. Took about 10 minutes of halter tugging to get her to roll and then stand up. She is doing better today, but still appears slightly lame on her right back leg. Hope she pulls out it as I use her to ride with non-gaited horse friends and when ever I feel like poking along instead of the fly by the seat of my pants foxtrotter mare. Ha! This pic is of Cheyenne from 2008 winter. And I thought 2008 winter was hard, but it doesn't compare to 2009-2010 and this winter 2010-2011.

How are the rest of you all fairing with this crazy winter weather. What projects have you been doing?