Today was another great day ... Okay so the 40 mph winds was not fun at all but that didn't stop it from being a good day. First I stayed in most the day. Mom did the shopping for the party and Christmas dinner. Then Dad and I met Mom back at the shelter to do meet and greet. You see ... There is this little one there...
She is a 3 month old little girl. Mom tested her the other day and she wasn't really the temperment Mom wanted on the farm. She said she was scared of everything and peed all over herself if you even looked at her. Well, I talked Mom into doing the meet and greet anyway. Her and Jethro did great and She did better with Jethro around then without him..... They played for a long time while Mom, Dad and I talked. Mom is in love with this picture ... Jethro is 6 months old and looks huge compared to her.
She has longer hair then Jethro so we know she is mixed with something else.... They played forever.
When all was said and done Mom is going to keep her at the shelter and get her wormed, bathed, get her first round of shots and then we are going to bring her home to try. If she doesn't eat anything ... in the famous last words of Mom ... She will be my responsiblity.... I think I am going to name her Kate. Anyone have any other Ideas? Remember she is going to be paired with Jethro so I need a name that kind of goes with that. Jethro and Kate? Jethro and Mary? Are there any famous couples with a Jethro and something else I could use??
So most of you know Mom is a pretty handy person to have around. My question to you ... Now what does all this have to do with anything??
Mom said it was for me for Chrirstmas... I know it is the thought that counts but okay ... What would I do with this?? Well, about 30 minutes later I was told it was going to be this....
Yup you guessed it... they are stands for my banners. There is a third size too so I have a whole set ... Cool huh? Next year I won't be taping up my banner at the Fiber Festival booth ... No Sir I am going to be uptown now....
Where has all the Christmas Spirit gone?? I only ask because today seems like everytime I open my mouth ... In Person, Plurk, twitter, FB whatever the media, I please no one with what I say and they all let me know about it.... On one media I asked a friend to send me some of the snow they were getting ... another person took my head off and told me to "have your Mom take you there because we don't need that white stuff here" Okey Dokey then ... Yup they disagree with me. Then I posted that Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Rocked ... Okay just my opinion but then came the reply that someone was not "into Peanut butter but by all means you enjoy that", Is that like telling me to shut up and drink my Hot Chocolate? Again Sorry I posted anything and sorry my hot chocolate offended... LOL ... It kind of reminds me of how people tell you "Good luck with that" when what they really want to say is "Okay, if you think you can pull that off more power to you but I have no faith you can."
Whatever happened to "if you don't have anything nice to say .... Say nothing at all"? Okay so I like my Hot chocolate and snow and no one else does ... So I can't post it to my timeline without people disagreeing?? Really?? What about White Christmas and all that jazz? And even if you don't like it ... I think people should learn to disagree with each other civilizedly ... Okay I just made that word up and someone is going to take my head off for it because that is just the way my day is going but I am ready for it this time. I said it and I stand by it ... PLEASE DISAGREE CIVILIZEDLY!!! Not just with me but with everyone. There is no need to be so negative or rude about anything. Doesn't anyone know that it is okay to disagree?? It is okay to say everyone is entitled to an opinion. You don't have to cram your views down everyone's throat you know. It is fine to just "smile and wave boys, smile and wave." My family does it all the time. We know that we all can disagree about everything under the sun and still get along just peachy ... *I am now singing "why can't we be friends, why can't we be friends" Okay Done whining now ... Sorry just been one of those days.
As for The rest of my day Mom and I cleaned out the fiber room before heading out to finish the last of the Christmas shopping. On our way we dropped off a donation of yarn to the Senior Citizen's center. Mom says that since some of the ladies make granny squares her basket of left over scraps is like a treasure to someone who is short of funds. Scraps of this color or that can easily become a round on a Granny Square. Mom says that by giving her scrap basket to them each year, she doesn't have an over flowing basket and they get to keep on Crocheting. She says it is a win/win and she also says that if a few skeins or two get in the wrong bag by accident they will have something to tie all the scrap granny squares together ... Besides Mom says it makes her feel better to know her scraps are going some place they can be loved and use. And would you believe that when the "throw" (as they call it) is done they normally raffle it off and Mom being who she is buys chances to win it ... She did say "Thank the Lord I have never won" ... She says she wouldn't know what to do with it. Knowing her she would probably donate it to someone else ,,, LOL
Oh and I have one more secret ... I know what Mom and Dad got me for Christmas. I was with Mom today when she picked it up. She said I had to wait to tell everyone though ... Man I am terrible at keeping secrets ... Okay I will share one secret ... I am mailing everyone's calendars out tomorrow. If you haven't got yours to support the next shepherd through the scholarship fund there is still plenty of time. You can order them o
Well, today I didn't get a whole lot done but it wasn't a total waste... Dad spent most of the day with friends and family that came to his aide to get the barn electric back in working condition. I guess electricians are busy the week before Christmas because we couldn't get not one to come look at the barn until after Christmas. Well that won't do ... We have the three bottle calves out there and they won't make it through the night without heat let alone until Christmas. So My Dad called everyeone he knew that might know anything about electrical Soon our pasture was full of a different kind of creature... It looked something like this ...
With Three helpers Dad finally got everything back working. That means that as the temps drop the calves will be able to lay on their heating pad under their heat lamps and keep warm.
As for me ... I learned to use this nifty little box.
I know most of you learned long ago how to use a miter box but I just learned today and I finally got the animal pen in the kitchen all trimmed out... So why today you ask? Well, I have convinced Mom to let me have a Christmas party. So far I have four maybes and no RSVPs but I will hold out hope and plan. So far we will have snacks (including Birthday Cake for Jesus), Play Christmas music, build gram cracker houses and decorate sugar cookies.
However, Mom said the house has to be clean. That means getting the rest of the construction stuff out of the kitchen and what easier way is there to do that then to use it where it goes?? The corner started out looking like this....
Now it looks like this ... Pretty good for a first timer huh??
After that I worked Joseph, Cherokee and Storm. Cherokee is getting ready for the sping livestock show while Joseph and Storm are working to be ridable.
As I sit here while there is no electric to the barn because of something not working right and then Dad's ill attempt to fix it that was an epic fail, I want to make sure you all know how I feel about those that support this farm ..... I hope this expresses how much we care about each of you.
Just a quick note to let everyone know I am doing better. I went to work today but it turned out to be a really long sale and more then I should have done. I am tired so I didn't do anything else today. The only thing that did happen worth reporting is that this morning before we went to work, Hank the cattle dog crawled to the back porch and had to be carried inside. She wouldn't walk on her back legs. Mom tucked her in with food and water and gave her a doggie pain pill. Mom thinks something kicked her ... Anyway, when we got home she was up and around and met us at the door and she hasn't had any trouble since. Just to sneak this in ... Mom painted her spinning wheel this evening. All she says she needs now is someone with pretty hand writting to put the words "cowgirl up" on it. She just painted the wheel and the spinny thing on top where the bobbins go. They are now Denim blue.
Hello, Just a quick note from Mom here. I don't know how many of you have folllowed RJ from the start but if you are new you need to know he does have a few health issues. The main things to keep in mind is that first he is chemically sensitive. And second he has lung damage. This combination leads to issues with RJ's health from time to time and this is one of those times. We found one more thing he is sensitive to and in time we will have him back on track. Please just give us a few days and RJ will be back online. Until then He will get on when he is up to it .... Thanks for understanding .... Signed Mom
Well, today I thought I had the blog all worked out. I knew exactly what I was going to do. I was going have Mom help me and I was going to get updated pictures of all the animals. As you can tell that didn't happen. As a matter of fact this is the second attempt at blogging.
So what happened? Well, Winter. When you wake up to cold like we had last night you find everything frozen for the first time. The water heaters were in place we just didn't realize it was going to get that cold so we didn't plug anything in. When I say cold I do mean like 13 degrees. Our high today was 34 I think. After having weather in the 60's, that is a really shock. Anyway, I had to go get the cattle up from the pasture. When the weather drops like that our pond can freeze. Not only does that mean nothing for them to drink but it poses a real deadly danger. In the past we have actually lost a calf because it got out on the frozen pond and couldn't get back off the ice. I was alot younger when that happened but It was really hard on us that year and Mom blamed herself. She said she should have known and already brought the cattle up. Well, she didn't know the calves would go on the frozen pond and get stuck but from that point on Mom never lets the cattle stay out there if there is a chance of it happening again.
So after bringing up the cattle Mom and I made two runs ... One to the post office and the other to the grocery store. The post office was to mail off Mom's hair to Locks of Love and the snowflake for Knitpurlgurl's family. The grocery store was to get stuff to have our cookie day. Cookie day is the Day we take to bake a ton of Christmas cookies to give out to all the family and people around your neighborhood for the holidays. When we got back from town Mom and I watched Charlie Brown's Christmas and another show I didn't know the name of ... Mom was nap attacked so we didn't get much else done. We did get the chocolate chip cookies made later and I got a christmas gift in the mail. I got a new magazine called Sheep. It has a bunch of stuff in it and I have been reading up on a few things.... Like honey as a wound antibiotic cream? Yes that was in there ... along with alot of other good stuff.
As for now I am heading off to fall asleep listening to the 5th round
I know the pictures aren't that great but as promised here they are ... Check out Joseph ...
Just wait until our farrier sees this guys ... LOL