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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Get along, little lambies.

Yessiree, three of the little squirts will be heading to lush new fields (we are keeping this news from those who are left behind) either Sunday or next weekend.  Although I did end up parting with a lamb that I had intended to keep (Juni), I am happy that they will have a good home and even happier that I will have three less mouths to feed!  Their new home is a large (70 acre) reclaimed horse farm a couple of hours from here.  They wanted Juni because he is the only ram lamb that wasn't wethered and they want to breed Icelandics.  I will miss his knobby little head and funny blat-blat voice.  But I WILL NOT miss Hazel's glass-shattering baas!  I figure, with 70 acres, they won't notice what a bigmouth she is.... Ah, but I am sure it will be very noisy for a time after their departure. 

The ducks may be going to a new home as well, as soon as the person who answered my ad and I get our connections connected.  Things are settling well towards winter.  I aim to make my life a little more streamlined this year. 

The last of the corn went into the canner this morning!!!  Yowsah!  Just as I was about to pat myself on the back and put my canner away, I discovered a ton o' beans on the vines.  Looks like there is still some canning in my immediate future.  At least the canning time is a lot less.  My poor dogs haven't been on a nice long walk all week - I don't ever leave my pressure canner unattended for more than 15-20 mins.  I have permission to walk the perimeter of my neighbor's field with the dogs so, if it doesn't rain Sunday morning, I will make it up to them.  It is a very LARGE field and I am sure there are lots of interesting things to see (and smell), so they will be very happy dogs.

Today I am wearing a skirt.  I am adding this to shock my friends.

15 comments:

  1. Lambs are so sweet.I loved reading your blog. Have a Tiggeriffic Day~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

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  2. I haven't worn a skirt in DECADES. I don't even own a skirt. I don't think I'd get a thing done all day if I wore one.
    Congrats on getting the corn done. It's a messy job, but it will be nice mid-winter!

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  3. Tiggeriffic - Hi to Iowa! Lambs are the sweetest!

    Sue - I KNOW. I am going to wear a (gasp) dress on Saturday to a wedding! That will do it for me for the rest of the year. I do think, however, that in really hot weather I'd prefer a skirt. But, then, there's that whole winter white shave legs thing. Blech. Yes, I do enjoy my home-canned corn all winter.

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  4. Did they faint in the office?

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  5. A skirt - woohoo! I do love a skirt in hot weather... and shave? Shave, schmave, I say LOL

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  6. is that a new word s-k-i-r-t--never heard of that one?

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  7. Well poop! This reminds me I have a wedding to go to Saturday. I will have to shave tho :(

    So you are scaling back for the winter? Less shoveling would be the BEST bonus for you tho!

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  8. Skirt. Hmmmmmm. I think I have one of those. I'd wear them if they were more "Farm Friendly", but they just seem to keep getting stuck on everything. Or maybe I should be wearing a MINI skirt? Ack! Shield your eyes!!

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  9. Sylvie - There were a lot of double-takes.

    Erin - I'm with you, kid. I'm hoping the spray-on tan will camouflage well.

    Judy - Yes, it's a word from the Latin meaning "avoid wearing pants".

    Kay - Hubba. I will admit, however, that it is a relatively long skirt. And linen. And it's as comfortable as all get-out.

    APG - Sorry! At this age, I go to so few weddings you can count them on one finger.

    Carolyn - I did try a longish denim skirt farming and it did not work out well. Besides, I think I scared the sheep. Mini skirt? Heaven forbid!

    Lord, you guys make me laugh!

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  10. I think I am in the minority here, but I love wearing a skirt in all my farming chores. It is so much COOLER in the summer, and I have to take that were I can get it. And it makes a nice impromptu carrier if you need to haul some apples or something back to the house. Just make the skirt into a pouch and fill. And when your dealing in dirt and poop all day, it makes you feel just a little more dressed up and like a real human instead of a dirt ball.

    Glad your getting your farm in winter shape. I am sure it will unbearable at your house for a few days once the transaction happens. Get out the ear plugs.

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  11. Jane - I am starting to agree. What length do find best? Fabric? And the impromptu carrier part is right on the money. So many times I am cramming things in my pockets. I may be switching over.

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  12. Susan, I like about knee length or an inch or so longer and cotton or natural fiber. It washes up well and is breathable. I do have shorter ones for those 98 degree days, but my neighbors are lucky I wear any clothes when it is that hot, so they cant complain about short ;)

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  13. I don't know if you saw my post on me delivering some sheep to Cast Iron Dairy and learning to make cheese. The young lady was dressed in a pretty little SUNdress -- milking cows, sheep, and goats, collecting eggs, hauling around her youngest in a backpack, making cheese! She looked great, and comfortable. Of course, she's half my age or less....

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  14. A SKIRT????? Don't hurt yourself, those things can be pretty dangerous. Do you perhaps need helo? We're just up the road. Or if you want to document the occasion, stop by the Market later, and we will take a picture. Probably no flash necessary if those knees are as white as you claim....

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