I saw this posted by a commenter on Soulemama this morning and found it so lovely and thought-provoking. Most of us aren't prepared to follow through on such an ambitious project, but I do so admire this young woman for doing it. Can you imagine the impact it would have if we all put half that much thought into what we have in our closets?
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
|(Aslan was still watching after his girls, even though they were on the "wrong" side of the fence)|
|(Aslan is just a little conflicted here)|
We took advantage of the crazy mild weather we're having and broke down all the sheep pen panels and Mike used his Bobcat to completely strip out all the old bedding. We'll be getting several loads of gravel delivered and it will be spread to create a lovely, clean barn floor. Of course, I'll immediately put down fresh straw, build a pen for the pregnant ewes and the process will begin all over again. This yearly cycle is one of the things I love most about raising sheep. It changes a bit from month to month. I'm already excited about the birth of new lambs. I promised Mike I would only breed a few this year and I've kept my word. (It's so hard for me to let them go, it's better if I don't have 50+ lambs born!)
This weather ...... is ridiculous! It was 73 degrees when I finished barn chores this evening. I've got daffodils blooming and I actually heard a few peepers at the pond as I walked to the house. We're under a severe weather watch tonight and tomorrow because there is a big cold front headed our way and it's predicted to be 15 degrees on Thursday.
My apologies for being absent from here so much lately. I'm still dealing with the rotator cuff injury and getting comfortable enough to sleep has been elusive. I'm going to town for physical therapy several days a week, which I don't like doing because it wrecks my whole day. I'll admit I'm struggling a bit with my resolve to be a more positive person this year. (Now that I've written that I realize I need to buck up and try harder.) So, I guess there's my reminder. I'll try harder! I'll be back soon.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I've written before about how this time in January is a time of transition - a quiet time, really. The daily chores are pretty much the same every day and right now it takes hours to complete them. Mornings, I'm feeding hay to the sheep, llamas and alpacas, feeding mash and corn to the chickens and peafowl. A little grain and more hay to the sheep in the evenings, hay and alpaca pellets to the fiber boys, hay and pellets to Pippi and Strawberry. They are all ravenous, twice a day. They would have you believe they are actually starving. I think they are sometimes bored. Mr. Bates has taken to heading straight for the alpaca's mineral feeder when I let him out in the mornings. If I don't get there first, he bashes it until it falls to the ground....just because he can. (If only I could teach him to use Pinterest!) Soon though, the grass will start greening (hard to believe, looking at it now) and lambs will start being born and there will be plenty to distract us all.
|(Needle size US 35, anyone?)|
And, then there is my full-time job as personal servant to Carson.....who comes to the back door of the studio more times than I can count every day. He walks in, as though he owns the place, nibbles a few morsels of food, sometimes pauses for a little lie-down and then saunters to the front door and requests the door-person to let him out.
|(I suppose I can be grateful that the sheep are not able to follow Carson's lead!)|
Friday, January 11, 2013
|(Don't you love the glance from the guy down the way?"|
It also makes me think I need to haul out my yarn and knit pretty much anywhere I feel like it. That doesn't make me quite as brave as Albert, but I'm going to work on it. Who knows how many nice people I might get to meet!
Monday, January 7, 2013
Here's a smiling girl you haven't seen much of lately. Our girl Pippi is happy and healthy and spending her days out in the big pasture with her mom, Strawberry, and the adult ewes. In a few weeks I'll need to do a group shuffle to bring the pregnant ewes into a field adjoining the barn. Our first lambs should be arriving around the first of March and the Lamb-Cam will be reinstated by mid-February. The lamb crop will be small this year. After agonizing about it for weeks, I decided to keep the work load a little lighter and only bred six ewes. I kept nearly all of my ewe lambs from last spring that were sired by the Wensleydale ram. I don't usually keep back so many lambs, but their fleeces were so outstanding, I wanted to keep them all. I couldn't stand the idea of not having any babies born this spring, but also know I am approaching the limits of my energy levels. I'm really glad to have made that decision now that I'm dealing with this rotator cuff injury.
|(the wonder of organization - how long will it last?)|
I'm happy to report that I'm making some progress with my new resolve to "Finish What I Start". You know how those financial advisers on television always say start with the small things on your debt list? Well, I've applied that strategy to tackling my knitting project backlog and it's working for me! I've started with hats and mittens and these are the ones I've completed in the last week. I'm still knitting on a few other projects, but have managed to not cast on anything new, which has been the most difficult thing of all (and my history of succumbing to that urge is why I have such an abundance of UFO's).
|(Several boy hats, a little girl hat, a barn hat for me and some recently frogged handspun)|
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Don't know about you folks, but I'm feeling very disoriented. I can't seem to figure out what day of the week it is. I love having Christmas and New Years on a weekday because it seems to extend the days of celebration, but it's confusing to have Mike home four days in a row! All day yesterday, I felt as though it was Sunday, therefore today must be Monday (although the calendar plainly says it's Wednesday). Oh well, maybe next week I'll get back on track.
I've been catching up on some blog reading today. I've neglected not just my own blog, but have had difficulty finding time to read some of my favorites. So many have wonderful, inspirational posts up right now. Susan Branch has written about some very specific ways to focus on starting your new year off on a positive note. One of the things I love about her blog is how she always has uplifting thoughts to share. Read it and see if it doesn't make you feel like your dreams are possible.
I've been thinking a lot about how I want this year to be. I know myself well enough to not make grandiose resolutions. I'd be doomed from the get-go! Part of my hope for 2013 is to become a more positive person, so there's no sense setting goals I'm not likely to reach. Here's what I have decided is reasonable and attainable - finish what I start. I pinned those words on Pinterest not long ago and they have been stuck in my head since then. I'm pretty good at starting projects, not so good at finishing. I'm planning on using my newly positive outlook to complete some of those knitting projects that have been languishing and I'm going to finish cooking my way through the recipes I received in the Whole Foods Kitchen on-line course I took during the fall (she's starting a new session soon). That's where I plan to begin. We'll see where it takes me!
The sun is out today for the first time in a while. I don't mind dark cloudy days so much, but the sheep seem to be enjoying the sunshine and the chickens are deliriously happy to be out scratching around. So, we're all in a happy, positive mood around the farm today. See there, I'm working on it already!