4/30/09

Seeing spots

Shearing Daisy and Edie, our sweet but very spoiled sheep, is always a challenge, to put it mildly. Daisy does okay for the first few minutes, then starts to squirm to let me know she's had enough. Edie just bawls like a baby and pees all over everything. (That's her nervous reaction to EVERYTHING.)
Every time we shear them, their wool underneath looks so different than we remembered... but I sure don't remember them having these many spots before!


I'm beginning to think Edie is part Appaloosa-




Daisy's spots are smaller- but you could still play connect the dots.





A few weeks ago I mentioned our barn was getting a much needed makeover so we could make better use of our space. This is what it used to look like-





Hubby put in lots of long hours on this trying to get it done as quickly as possible, but he also wanted to do a really neat job to make it look good, too.

I think he out-did himself on this project.....



I bring you-



the finished barn!


This is looking through the hallway from the back of the barn....


This is my new feed room...*squeal*.. everything is so neat and organized, I can't find anything anymore! LOL


And this is Daisy and Edie's new pen.





To show my appreciation for Hubby doing such a wonderful job on the barn, I cleaned up his tractor and plow for him.



Which is kind of crazy, since he's going to play in the dirt with it this weekend.....


The event Hubby looks forward to all year is coming up this Saturday in Crossville, TN- the annual antique tractor Plow day. Hubby isn't the only one looking forward to it... I love being a spectator and taking pictures of all the old tractors and the beautiful mule and horse teams as they plow up the ground. Plus, the scenery on the Cumberland Plateau is wonderful.

More bee updates coming soon- plus an update on those two broody banties who are trying to hatch out ONE EGG between the both of them.... until then, have a great weekend, everybody!!

44 comments:

  1. WOW your hubby outdid himself on the barn project. It is wonderful with each dedicated space.

    I can't even imagine shearing a sheep...ya know I have told you I am a city girl. I think it is hilarious that when Edie is scared she pees everywhere....lol

    I think we need to come on down and visit you on the farm someday. You could show us all the farmlife and how much work it is to take care of everything. Then Lexi might not want every single critter we see anywhere.

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  2. Good Morning Paula, Daisy and Edie are so cute and I love their new pen. Your husband did a great job on the barn; it looks so nice. I know you both will enjoy Plow Day and I hope you'll share lots of photos from your visit there. Have a nice day.

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  3. The barn looks INCREDIBLE!!! Your husband really did do an amazing job!! It all really makes me wish we lived in a warmer climate ~ the "open air" style is awesome.

    {sigh}I look foward to pictures of Plow Day!!

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  4. Morning Paula! That barn is BEAUTIFUL! Your husband did a fantastic job! I myself wouldn't mind living in there!!! :) The girls look beautiful with their new "haircuts" too.I love their spots and coloring.... And i was wondering if one of the banty hens is the little terrorist? Have fun this weekend. Bill and i are off to a bonsai show in Little Falls, NY.

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  5. Your barn is beautiful! Hubby outdid himself and his tractor looks so sparkly clean too! I LOVE sheep and yours are adorable with thier precious spots, I'm sure they will love the new barn!

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  6. Those poor naked sheep! The barn looks so awesome! I love it! Those poor hens only have one egg together? Will they share they chick?

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  7. I love their spots! Very neat looking.

    And I agree with everyone else- the barn project looks great!! Very cool and yay for a new feed room!!

    Oh- and I love the idea of two banties trying to hatch out one egg. Determined little things!

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  8. VERY impressed with the barn extreme makeover - even my husband looked over at the scene and said "good work" - high praise from him. Your sheep are not just fluffy - they are well rounded girls aren't they? So healthy and pretty - the spots are fun - you know we are developing a spotted sheep love over at http://cedarpond.blogspot.com/
    Always love to see your updates - how are those broody hens doing? stayed tuned and find out huh?

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  9. Since you love antique tractors, you should be sure to check out the Wilson County fair in Lebanon, TN. It is a county fair to beat all county fairs and they have an awesome bee display(I used to be a part of that) and a great antique tractor pull!

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  10. Boy, that barn of yours looks fantastic, Paula! You did a super job of cleaning his tractor and plow...I bet he was thrilled! I REALLY hope to live on a farm just like yours one day!

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  11. I love your barn redo! I am a wanna-be farm girl! I had boarded horses growing up...and I have always longed to have a little farm of my own. We just got a contract on our "city house" and are hoping to find a little piece of country. I will enjoy reading your blog!

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  12. Hi Paula,
    The barn make-over is beautiful! I love the sheep. I didn't know a sheep could have a nervous pee problem. I have a dog that had that problem. Thankfully, she is better now that she is older.
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  13. Hi Paula:
    I think the barn makeover turned out great. It's so neat inside. You should see ours.. Yuck. What do you to with the wool (I think thats what it is) after shearing?
    Have fun this weekend.
    Ginger
    PS
    The tractor looks nice and clean!!

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  14. Hi Paula,
    The barn looks great! and so does the tractor...you are so sweet to clean it up for your husband!
    Enjoy your weekend, and take lots of pictures.
    I bet the sheep feel like new womesn with those new hairdos!
    :) Tracey

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  15. oops...I meant women, not womesn

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  16. I am so glad to see that Daisy and Edie are healthy and happy even if they are spotted and peeing themselves when nervous! LOL! I was just thinking about your "Accidental Shepherd" story! So sweet! :)

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog Paula!

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  18. I am so jealous of your barn! Love it!

    Looking forward to reading about how the two banties tend one chick!

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  19. Hi Paula, your barn looks so great. What a great makeover! Your hubby did a beautiful job! I just love Daisy and Edie, they are too cute!
    We also have a antique tractor show out here in Vista, California that I love to go to! I just love to look at all those antique tractors and watch the tractor parade and races! You have fun this weekend at your annual antique tractor plow day and I look forward to seeing some pictures!
    ~Ann

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  20. really enjoyed looking and reading your blog.I have a little farm in Australia with lots of animals.I sooooooooooo love your barn I want one in my yard.You can see on my blog that my best friend is my pig Rosey but I love all my animals.thanks for sharing your blog.love from Glenda

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  21. Your barn looks so pretty and your sheep made me smile! What a fun post this was.

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  22. Beautiful makeover of the barn...well done, hubby! Enjoy your weekend at your upcoming event. It sounds wonderful.

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  23. What do you do with the wool that you shear from the sheep? Are you a spinner or knitter?

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  24. Your hubby did an awesome job on that barn, and I love the red roof!

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  25. Thank you for visting my blog, your sheep look very nice, and your barn is beautiful.

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  26. Daisy and Edie are looking good. I imagine that after it's all over with they feel much cooler and enjoy they're new hairdo.
    Your feed room is so great - the whole barn is very well done.
    I think it's sweet that you cleaned the tractor and plow.

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  27. Cute sheep! And the barn looks amazing!!

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  28. The barn looks great! Aren't you glad it's done? Love your sheep! blessings,Kathleen

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  29. Hi Paula,
    BIG WOW on that barn. I thought it was so cute in the before picture. But, WOW again, in the after. Your hubby outdid himself. And so did you on the tractor. I looks fabulous!
    Patricia :o)

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  30. Goodness, that barn has had a fabulous makeover, inside and out. As have the sheep - they look very handsome indeed.
    Lovely pictures... I'm so pleased to have found your blog.

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  31. Your hubby did a fantastic job on the barn! You must have to pinch yourself everytime you go in there~I know I would! Ours needs a real overhaul, too~or just plain replacing.

    Have fun at the weekend event!

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  32. It's a beautiful barn-and the tractor looks great! Your sheep are the cutest things-I'd love to throw my arms around their necks!
    Love, Debra

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  33. Wow, what a fantastic looking barn! Hubs outdid himself for sure! I am a neat freak and anything neat and organized makes me happy.

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  34. isn't spring wonderful? there is just something about warmer days getting everyone inspired to clean things up and reorganize..the barn looks great!
    I like the old tractors and steam engines too..where we used to live they have a steam engine/tractor museum with two festivals a year...really fun events.

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  35. Wonderful, job on the new barn, and look Edie & Daisy like their new space too.

    Boy, the story of the two broodies and one egg, sounds so much like home... LOL

    Blessings,
    Mel

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  36. Oh Paula! You live the good life! How blessed you are! Happy Mother's Day!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  37. Oh Paula, I really have barn envy now! DH and I just had the little heart to heart last night about "WHEN WILL THE BARN GET STARTED?". He has this way of pacifying me for a while and then I blow up. I have to show him your barn pics ;0)

    The sheep are sleek little divas now aren't they? What are you going to do with the wool?

    I am sure your dh loved the nice clean and shiny tractor and plow!!! I surprised my dh probably 3 years ago for our anniversary, by cleaning/detailing his "Work" pick-up. He's a bulldozer man so you can only imagine how grungy it was. The guys were here putting a new roof on our house and they said they were jealous and that was the best present ever!!!! Maybe I'll do it again while he is building our barn!!! LOL!!

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  38. The barn looks wonderful! Good for you!!!! We have had "Appaloosa" sheep in the past too! :) Have a great weekend!

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  39. Enjoyed your blog.. I do have a backyard garden..and I am a Fraker

    Joe Todd Fraker from Ohio

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  40. Hubby did and AWESOME job!!!! Miss Paula your tractor cleaning skills are to be envied!!!

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  41. Wow! The barn renovation looks great! What do you do with the fleece once the sheep are shorn? Do you send it off to be made into yarn?

    Ali

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  42. Girlfriend--that is on kick*** barn now. J knows his way around a hammer, for sure. And how sweet is that that you cleaned up a tractor and there was no parade to ride in!?!
    Do they have a flea market at the Plow Day?
    Do the girls need you to 'felt' them sweaters? That's alot of wool to lose! I think they are beautiful when freshly shorn. I bet they are so soft, even if they are chilly--teehee..... :+)

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  43. I just commented on another post and then scrolled down some more. We LOVE the annual tractor show in Crossville! That's where we lived before moving to WA. We still have our home there and plan on going back (for keeps) just as soon as we can. Don't know if we'll stay on the Plateau (mountain depending on which local you talk to) because of work (he was working in Knoxville when we lived in Crossville) but I do love the area of Crossville. The weather is perfect...nice breezes in the summer.

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