Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Orphaned donkey

The calls started about 8:30 am on Tuesday morning....all of them had the same question.  Would I be able to take an orphaned donkey?  I sooo wanted to take him, but I don't have a barn that would keep the little guy warm, since all my shelters are 3 sided except for the machinery shed.  Turns out, the gal that I have help me part time in my office has just as big a heart and after some begging and a little healthy shoving her in the right direction.......we were on our way to pick up the 20# fur with legs.  He is now safely tucked in a pen at her place with a heat lamp and her 2 dogs to watching over him.  If anyone would like to give this little guy a home in a few weeks, please let me know.  

Jasmine the husky and Jimmy the donkey

Jasmine says, "Don't worry little fella, it's really nice at this house."

I'll just sit here until you go to sleep...........

My dear hubby, Mike, and little Jimmy

That which angers us, controls us.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Born Jan. 2001 
Gone to roam the fields in heaven on Nov. 26th, 2011
You were loved and will be missed. 

That which angers us, controls us.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Orange lips

Thanks to our many family and friends that locate and deliver pumpkins to me for my sheep to enjoy.  As you can see, it doesn't take long for them to figure out that they are super yummy.  New sheep and lambs generally turn up their noses at this once a year treat, but it doesn't take long for them to come around.  I have one ewe lamb that loves them so much that her entire face is orange when she's done.  

Dot, Challis and Maura  shamelessly pigging out on pumpkins

Alexandria simply adores pumpkins. 

Dot and Challis 

Vienna thinks I have grain and was quite put out with me that I only had a camera.
I really like this ewe lamb.......can't wait to see what she looks like next year.

Disco and Alabama are pretty disgusted with me here, no treats and so now the pouting begins.

Left front: Salina, center is Killian's butt and right front is Seneca (butt again)
background ewe lambs are: middle of pen is Alabama then from left to right in the back: Alexandria, Sierra, Vienna, & Disco

Killian and Seneca.  Killian was the wildest sheep when she arrived, but now she simply lays her head in my hand and loves to be scratched.  Sits right on the ground.......it's hilarious.
That which angers us, controls us.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Annie update

Annie, being the kind soul that she is, jumped right in the back seat of the truck Saturday morning so we could be to her vet appointment at 9:15 am.  This is no problem for a family pet, but a huge step for a LGD that only knows sheep and the pasture that they call home.  
We tried to do the xray on her leg without a sedative, but she was just too terrified, even with me holding her "hand" the entire time.  Once the xray was done, the vet called me in to give me the good news.......no bone cancer!!!!  I almost started crying when I got the news.  
The next step is a biopsy to determine what type of tumor that we are dealing with in order to determine our removal method.  Thursday is the scheduled day for that and I am hopeful it is benign, since the vet said that the itching she is experiencing is typical in a benign tumor, that sort of tumor will typically produce excess histamine.  
Thanks to everyone for their prayers for Annie, they worked so far, keep up the good work.  
Warm regards to all

Annie on the left and John on the right.  Notice her left hind leg has a huge mass.....

That which angers us, controls us.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Freedom isn't free

When the security of our land is threatened,
We call on our soldier's might,
To go wherever they're needed,
To defend us day and night.

They leave their loves ones behind,
A great price our soldiers must pay.
Let us salute their courage and bravery,
May we remember them each time we pray.

Each time we spot "Old Glory"
Waving for all to see,
Let's think of all the soldiers that have
Kept it flying proud and free.

This great country is tolerant
Of cultures from other lands,
But, when they attack our precious freedom
We will punish with a heavy hand.

Our soldiers are tried and true,
Tempered like carbon steel,
Born of American Spirit;
Raised with American will.

Remember our fallen heroes that died,
So freedom may grow,
To nations around the world,
Wherever our warriors may go.

To all the soldiers and their families....thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service to our nation.  
God Bless

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Little Big Town concert

This is our little group....photo op with the group was part of our "package". 
I think you can probably tell which of these folks are the singing group and which are not.  

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Dailley Flock photos

Dailley whites

More Dailley whites

Dailley greys

Dailley moorits

more Dailley sheep........spots !!!!
Bill Stearman posted these on his blog and since they were sheep from the flock that originally imported Shetland Sheep to NA, I thought it would a pretty cool idea to post them on my blog for others to see.  
Enjoy everyone.  

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Hide and seek......or....missing ram junk

Chandler.....one of my rams out of Sheltering Pines Ceylon x Shltg Pines Bug,  has been a favorite since the day he popped out into the world.  Great confirmation, lovely temperament and amazing fleece.  From day one, he's been THE farm greeter and the one that everyone gravitates towards due to his friendly and sweet nature.  For 3 weeks, Garrett thought he's be taking him home with him once he was weaned.  Until............(cue dramatic music)......his left nut disappeared.   After 3 weeks of twice daily "package" checks by yours truly, I finally had to admit it had gone north permanently.  (He seemed to be enjoying it)
Chandler was never going to be a freezer ram, he must have known from day one that his future would be in peril if he didn't suck up to us, so he simply........sucked up to us every chance he got and we fell for it, hook, line and sinker.  I said to my hubby about 6 weeks ago, "Can you look at this face (Chandler was sitting his chin on me) and drive him to the processor?" Mike shook his head, looked me right in the eye and said, "No, I can't".  So, there you have it, Chandler either goes to a new fiber/pet home or he never leaves OK Acres.
I posted his cute little face on here in an attempt to find him a new home and in less than 30 minutes, Erin sent me an email and said that her family would love to have him.
The appointment to go on a search and find for his missing "package parts" was made, and yesterday I loaded  him up and got to watch the entire procedure at my vet's office.  Turns out that Chandler may have had parts go into hiding, but not due to it's reduced size, which really helped in locating it once Dr. Lisa got in there to look.
The surgery went well.....I paid the vet, loaded up Chandler in a straw filled, cushy trailer and got him home to his hospital pen at our house where he is up, eating and acting like nothing happened at all.  Annnnddd, he still loves us!
Hey mom, got any more of those pumpkins or apples that I love so much???

I can't wait to meet my new family!  

Mike and I

Mike and I
Mike and I at Nick and Emily's wedding

Raised beds & chickens coops

Raised beds & chickens coops
Can't wait for this stuff to actually be food....