Monday, January 18, 2010

Mud on the Farm

Yesterday Prince Charming got up and made me breakfast (yum! It was hasbrowns with sausage & cheese!!) and then we got dressed and went to Church. His dad is finally out of the hospital so we went to his church. We offered to take him and bring him home but he had a ride there just needed a ride home. He got to ride in the muddy truck. I promise Prince Charming didn't go mudding but it sure looks like he did! After we dropped his dad off, Prince Charming ran me to Walmart so I could pick up my photos I placed in 1 hour and while I was getting them, he went and washed the truck. Now the beast is red again :)

So after we picked up my pictures then we came home to help my dad move my sheep around. I had baby lambs (twin-ewe & ram) born last week and it was time to get them out of the barn and outside, plus clean up their pen for the next round. I have the potential of 20 ewe's lambing. So far I've had 2 (one had the twins we moved and I lost a ewe and her twins...) I have a small shed we'd made one time that was actually out in one of the horse pens (to short for them to use) so we moved it up into the yard in front of the barn and used some panels to create a fence around them. Now they have shelter and running room :).

Moving the shed with the chains Prince Charming hooked on it

contemplating where to put the shed now that it's out of the mud

Their first home
Their new home

You know it's muddy when you see dog prints inside car tracks. Dogs don't weigh that much. Prince Charming had the smart idea to hook on to the shed with chains and bring it to the tractor to keep from rutting up the yard too much. But like I said, it's bad when my car and the dogs are leaving mud prints.

Saturday we also cleaned out the cabinents and started a compost pile of old food. Thought we could add some dirt into it and make some real fertile soil for the garden we are going to attempt this summer. We'll see how this experiment goes :). So Sunday we washed canning jars and took them back to my grandma. For Christmas my grandpa got a Jassonkey (a donkey) and I finally got to see him. I hadn't seen him yet. I guess he can jump across my grandparents cattle guard and goes up and starts pawing the deck in the middle of the night.
Compost bucket... looks yummy doesn't it?

The Jack... or Jassonkey as I call him b/c of my grandpa...

Other projects for the day included feeding hay to the expecting ewes and baking. When we took the jars to my grandma she sent me home with a pan of homemade rolls (all started b/c Prince Charming loves her homemade strawberry preserves which she gave him and said he needed something to eat them with), a pan of homemade cinnamon rolls... all we had to do was bake them, then I made a "Is it really Better than Sex cake" by Paula Deen.


Giving the ewes hay

look at the muddy tractor tire prints

I think they look happy :)

Here's 3 other random photos. I guess for using my iPhone for all these photos, they didn't turn out half bad.


Red was watching all the excitement from the comfort of the barn.

On our way to get a cattle panel from the field

doesn't Morelli look guilty?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Marlin's 61st birthday

Prince Charming's dad Marlin had his 61st birthday on Saturday. The sad part about it is, he got to spend it in the hospital. His appendix ruptured on Wednesday or Thursday. He went into the hospital on Wednesday night but Prince Charming and I didn't find out until Thursday morning. After work I went to the hospital and sat with Prince Charming and Liss (Mark's sister) while Marlin went into surgery. Prince Charming's cousin and his daughter showed up as well. They thought it was one of two things, a Perforated Bowel or appendicitis. I didn't know about the appendix until I got to the hospital Thursday night. In fact if Marlin saw I put some of these photos up, he might disown me... LOL so please don't tell :). So yesterday (Saturday the 9th) was his 61st birthday. Prince Charming, Liss & I decided we should do something for him on his birthday, especially since he had to sit in the hospital so Prince Charming & Liss called some family members together, Liss got party plates & napkins and I made a cake and we went in to surprise him on his birthday. It worked out great. Marlin was up in the bathroom when Prince Charming and I got there around 4:45 so we put the cake and presents in an empty cabinet and sat there and talked as if nothing was going on. Everyone else gathered in the waiting room and waited for Liss & Jason to show up. Marlin saw my camera sitting on the counter and asked what I was up to and I claimed I didn't want to leave it in the frigid temperatures sitting in Prince Charming's truck and he believed me. whew thanks for quick thinking there! So Prince Charming walked out of the room on the phone and when he walked back in everyone came in with him. Under the circumstances I think this was a great birthday! Here are a few photos and here's where Marlin might disown me... :( sorry Marlin.


Marlin's Birthday cake (unfortunately he didn't get to take any... I'll make him a cake when he gets better!!)


Marlin with his grandkids, Dill Pickle & Tbug


Family who came


more family!

Happy Birthday Marlin!!!

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