Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I'm home relishing a day off to get some much needed chores and spinning done.  Family is scattered this year so I'm enjoying the day with my sheep and dogs.

Since it was supposed to be a cold windy day, I'd decided to stay in and spin for the most part.  So I started spinning some roving that Caryn just got back from the mill, its a blend of pygora and BFL lambs wool. 

Then I decided to wash up some dishes, tidy up the kitchen take out the trash.  When I'm outside putting the trash in the bin, I realize it would be a good time to move the breeders into the area that I'd electronetted off a month or so ago so they could eat on that.  The grass in the main pasture is getting pretty sparse.  It would also give me the opportunity to let the ram lambs and goats out into another electronetted area that I can't put them in when the breeders are in the main pasture because the rams are too close and tend to try to get at each other.  Complicated I know, breeding time is always a challenge keeping everyone separated and happy.

I get everyone in their proper place and then think, might as well bring hay over to the garden for the ram lambs and goats so I don't have to do it later in the day.  So I fire up the tractor, load up some hay and take it over to the lambing shed in the garden.

New/old hay feeder and new "Tack Shack" in the background freshly painted.

Then I think, its a good time to set up the new (well, old but new to me) hay feeder in the pond pasture while the breeders are out so I don't have to worry about them getting in my way.  So I load up the tractor with more hay and drag the new feeder into the pasture and put it together.  This requires WD-40, a wrench and some muscle power as the bolts are a bit on the rusty side.  I get that done, drag the other hay feeder over and split a bale of our beautiful green alfalfa hay (thank you Tim & Terry!!) into both feeders and stand back and admire my work.  The sheep will be thrilled when I let them back in this evening.

I put the tractor back in the barn, tools back in the shed and go back to the house.  I walk in and look over at the trash can that sits empty in the middle of the kitchen floor and realize that this all began with me taking out the trash lol.  Does that ever happen to you?  You think you're going to take a quick detour to do a minor task and end up spending hours doing "minor tasks"?  This is exactly how the horses got out because I left a gate open to go do a minor task. 

I'll leave you with some sunset pics I took a couple of evenings ago.  And yes, I am obsessed with sunrises and sunsets and yes you will see lots of pictures of them, I can't' help myself.

Happy Thanksgiving from DreamCatcher Farm!


  1. Wow!! Beautiful sunsets!! I know how you feel, start off with one task and suddenly you are off on another mission! LOL hey but at least stuff gets done. Love your blog!

  2. Thanks so much for reading! Love yours too! You wore that beautiful hat out to the sheep pen? You're brave! I've got one that I knitted and fulled that I wear for chores but its BROWN, doesn't show sheep poo and mud lol!

    Thanks for stopping by!