Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fall is my favorite season

Cookie sunning himself

Dolly looking pissy

Dually sleeping off his Sunday afternoon of doing NOTHING

Reba sporting her new coat

A few more ewe lambs that I've retained.  L to R: Santana, Whitney and Reba

Thor being a ram (right after being put into his breeding group)

My sweet Tess, she's 11 this fall

Firewood that we cut down last weekend with the help of Nick and Brandon

Shot of the farm buildings

The house (horse trailer is sitting on the right)

A few oats trying to grow by my dead flowers near the shed
Nothing much to say, just a picture heavy post and farm tour. 

Happy Halloween everyone. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Define "Mandatory"

Here is a small excerpt from someone that hadn't evacuated yet and posted on a blog: 

LONG ISLAND—Just past noon, I went out to take a few pictures expecting to do a before and after. Sandy had other plans, though. The water had already come inland in several places blocking roads and causing evacuations. Trees and telephone poles were down before 2 p.m.. Here are a few of the pictures I took today. The storm still hasn't really hit us here yet. I shudder to think the kind of damage we are about to experience.
Apparently, this picture was taken BEFORE the storm hit Long Island.  And as far as I'm concerned this picture is screaming RUN!!!!
 Let's review a few definitions before I continue so everyone is clear on what mandatory evacuation means and how it may or may not apply to this situation. 


  1. Required by law or rules; compulsory: "wearing helmets is mandatory".
  2. Of or conveying a command: "he did not want the guidelines to be mandatory".


the act or process of evacuating,  or the condition of being evacuated;  discharge or expulsion, as of contents.
Physiology . discharge, as of waste matter through theexcretory passages, especially from the bowels.
something evacuated  or discharged.
the removal of persons or things from an endangered area.
clearance by removal of troops, equipment, etc
Hurricane Sandy is all over the news, with good reason, it's a Super Storm  aka Frankenstorm.   So far, all the dire warnings have come true and millions of people are affected by this devastating storm.
What I don't get is this....Why are people still in their homes after the order to evacuate has been given?  Is it so hard to relocate to some other place out of harms way for 48 hours?  Maybe I'm just being naive but I would think that you should err on the side of caution even if it amounts to nothing considering that it could mean your life and the life of any rescuers could be on the line.  How many brave folks have to risk their lives to save someone that just can't listen?  And if a rescuer perishes because you had to "take a chance"......what are you going to tell his or her family?
For those that had to be rescued due to circumstances that could not be predicted, or you were not under an evacuation order,  I extend my sincere and heartfelt prayers for you and your loved ones. 
To those that can't seem to swallow their pride and get out while the getting is good, I pray for you as well and hope you are safe and out of harms way.  But........I also want to kick you in the keester for endangering others unnecessarily.  Next time, heed the warning, just in case.

I don't want to seem like I am being heartless to the poor victims of this horrific disaster, but I just can't wrap my mind around the idea of NOT evacuating if it means you, loved ones or rescue workers will be endangered. I am glad that we have such dedicated volunteers and rescue workers to help during disasters, and glad for every person that they rescue.  I am also glad for all the folks that make it to safety, no matter how or why you are safe, I'm simply glad that you are ok.

To all the folks that were forced from their homes tonight, I'm grateful that you are well and able to watch another sunrise. 
God Bless.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The "New" Spice Girls

Last Saturday I transported one of my ram lambs on the first leg of his journey to the UP to his new home with Barb Reiter's flock.  My dear friend, Terry, agreed to drive from Princeton, IL the night before, stay over night and then go on my trip the following day.  You see, Terry is a quilter, a very good quilter and I have bullied her into making me a queen sized quilt.  I am going to give her some of my wool batts to use instead of man-made fiber fill batting, so it will extra special.  You can see Terry's works of art at Quilt Crazie.
So the story goes......
Pearl Jam, my little polled ram, took a trip to Beaver Dam (Dr Suess, eat your heart out) We arrived at the Beaver Dam McDonald's, our predetermined meeting place and met, Sandy, another animal lover and fellow Shetland breeder.  Sandy had made arrangements with Barb to meet the following week and she was to get a ram from Barb and deliver my ram.
This picture of Pearl Jam and I was stolen from Terry's blog and was taken in the parking lot of McDonald's, Beaver Dam, WI.  I have no idea what the people at these meeting places think of us and our transferring of sheep from car to car (SUV, Truck or Van)  We sure get some goofy looks
Sandy mentioned that she had arrived a little early and decided to attend a little Bantam and Pigeon show just 2 miles down the road.  Well......nooooowwww, she had my attention and I had her promptly show me to her car and the carrier containing her new acquisitions.  She had the nicest little group of bantams and among them were my favs, little Partridge Cochin Bantams.  Ok, that did it, we were headed to the show, because you can't go home with an empty crate......right?   Terry just laughed at me and shook her head.
We raced to the fairgrounds, located the show, located the chickens, then the owner and I picked out 3 pullets and we loaded them in the Malibu and hit the road.
My new "Spice Girls" 

I sure hope she doesn't expect us to sing.

 Terry was sufficiently impressed with how quickly that all took place, but I knew what I wanted and we HAD to get to JJ Stitches in Sun Praire to get my fabric for my quilt!!!  This quilt shop specializes in Civil War reproduction fabrics and I loved it there.  The gal that runs the shop was invaluable in getting the colors and tones just right and when she was done laying all the shades of dark blue together, I didn't change a single one.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Weird dreams

I don't sleep well at all these days, so that means I get to have the most colorful and wacked out dreams of my life.  I usually share some of the details of my dreams with my husband when they get particularly odd and last nights' dream more than qualifies.   My husband always tells me, "You have the strangest dreams of any person I've ever known".   (I have to admit he may be correct)

Ok, now for the dream details*****

I have no idea where this took place, why I was there or what I was doing......but, I appeared to be on the set of a stage for a TV show (I think) and for some odd reason there was a band playing in front of a studio audience.  The band members seemed to do I put this delicately????  REDECK-ish would be a good description....longer, mullet-like hair, less than perfect smiles and some hats that could only be described at Redneck attire.  What I can't do is tell you what they were wearing, because the entire band was butt naked, and not in a "oooohhh, look at those guys" kind of way, but more of a "OMG, look at that...or I think I burned my retinas" kind of way.   I have no idea what happened past the point of seeing all those naked Rednecks playing in a band because I was so freaked out, I woke up immediately.  NOW, what on earth do you suppose that meant?  And why would anyone want to risk their delicate areas by exposing them to musical instruments with all their wires and moving parts?  Assuming you could get an entire Redneck band to play nude, why would anyone want to see THAT?  Did I mention that these were not young band members? 
I don't want you to get the idea that I have anything against Redneck folks or Redneck behavior, my son and my brother in law are very redneck-y, but I don't want to see either of them as naked band members.  (pun intended)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Unfairly accused

It would seem that I have pointed a finger at the wrong culprit of some night time shenanigans that resulted in the untimely death of one of my chickens.  Mr Racoon has been acquitted and Mr Owl has been charged with the murder of an innocent chicken.  I'm, of coarse, ignoring the fact that I would be putting this same bird in my freezer in a few weeks, but Mr Owl doesn't buy feed or do chores, and therefore does not get a vote on how this finger pointing progresses. 
What really frosts my cupcake is the fact that Mr Owl doesn't even eat the entire chicken, only the neck and head, leaving the bulk of the good "stuff" laying on the lawn to rot.  Strange that it took so long to determine that it was an owl, but I never would have guessed that an owl would hop into a coop and sneak off with a bird.  Just goes to show you what I know..............

This isn't  the actual owl, but you get the idea............see how sneaky he looks? 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Life in the country

I'd like to say this is a post that will touch on all the great things about country life........but it's NOT.  Don't get me wrong, I love living in the country, wouldn't trade it for city life, buuuutttt....some of the things in the country aren't as serene or as carefree as you might be lead to believe. 
I'm talking about the presence of predators, specifically.......hawks and racoons and their apparent love for the taste of chicken.  I lost a 2 month old pullet to a racoon last week and a 1 month old meat variety chick to an apparent hawk attack yesterday.  This morning my hubby said that the brazen red tailed hawk was sitting on the chain link fence that serves as our chicken run, in broad daylight and right next to the house.  Major modifications are going to take place tonight!!!!

The hawk won't be harmed,  but I can't say that same for the coon, cause that little bugger is going down!  He, she, it...has made me angry and nobody likes me when I'm angry.  (I sound tough, huh?)

Beautiful, but deadly to my chicken population

You are going down MR COON!!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

2012 Breeding Group~for now

2012 Breeding Groups (until I change my mind)

Anais Anais
(Salicional) if I have 3 groups
(Bengal) if I have 3 groups

Bee Sting

(Catherine) if I have 3 groups

 Ringo:  (if I have 4 groups)

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Like peanut butter and jelly...

In my humble opinion, kids and sheep go together just like PB & J.  I may be the teensiest bit biased, but I think that animals and kids are pretty great separately, but put them together and the joy is amplified.  All these photos are courtesy of Corinne Rasso of Crosswinds Farm, she and her sister Marie are kind enough each year to be the photographers for our show in Jefferson and my hat is off to them for the fine work they do for us. Since we can't post 200 photos on our MSSBA website, I thought I'd share a few of the kids and their sheep on here.  

See what I mean????  It makes an ordinary sheep show.....something special.   Thanks to all the parents and grandparents that cultivate the interest of our youth.  Without their support, these children wouldn't have a chance to do this.  

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Generosity and kindness

Juda Fore Fathers on the left and the classmates to those that were killed in 1967 on the right

1967 in Juda Wisconsin one of Juda's small classes (it's a very small and close knit school) took a trip to New Orleans.  While they were there, a plane crashed into their hotel and 9 girls perished that day.  Over the years, the memorial stone and nine trees that were planted at the community park have suffered some deterioration and the Fore Fathers felt that the restoration of this memorial would be a contribution to the community that they would like to make to honor those that perished in that crash.  Plans were drawn up, the family members of those that lost loved ones were contacted so that no one would be inadvertently hurt by the upgrade.....and construction began.  The head stone with all the girls' names was already in place, as were nine trees that were in very poor shape.  All nine trees were replaced with new pines trees and they are planted in an arch on either side of the memorial, each tree representing a lost girl.  A new brick path to the headstone was designed, as well steps that lead up to the bricks and a small wall in front of the memorial stone.  Bricks were purchased, engraved and placed in the new area created by the memorial.  Now families and friends are able to purchase and engrave memorial bricks to be placed here for years to come. 

Nine roses, one for each girl that was lost

Crowd shot from the dedication of the completed memorial on Sunday, Sept. 30th.  

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....