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Final Farm Fotos of 2010: Wintry Morn'

Things aren't always as they seem in pictures...   For example, take this peaceful wintry morning scene.

What you didn't see happening in the foreground-  Two spoiled, hungry sheep making a desperate attempt to get at the feed bucket I was holding.
*Sigh*... so much for the peaceful wintry morning scene.

Want to see more of this beautiful December morning? Here is the view from inside the sheep barn.

Meanwhile, inside the house, Sleeping Beauty (Lily) has decided that Hubby's chair, which is conveniently located next to the warm wood stove, is the place she needs to be.
All the time.

Every year has it's highs and lows, and 2010 was certainly no different here on the farm... the new year last January came in with a big surprise from Lucy, who gave us twin lambs on mine and hubby's wedding anniversary... but sadly, we lost sweet Lucy in July. We also said goodbye to my beautiful Belle on Thanksgiving Day, something I just couldn't bring myself to post about at the time…

Merry Christmas to All!

Christmas is just two days away and I'm scurrying around trying to get last minute preparations finished up... I don't think of myself as a procrastinator, I just seem to be behind all the time. *wink*

The weather has turned colder here again and snow is in the forecast for Christmas Day. The wind is howling outside- my chimes have been singing loudly all morning. It has been several years since we got any snow on Christmas.... and I think we only had less than an inch at that. I remember my Mother telling me about the White Christmas of 1969, the year I was born; 7 inches fell on Christmas Eve and no one could get out the next morning. *Sigh* In some ways I wouldn't mind if that happened again this year....

I have to admit, there is one tradition the child in me enjoys this time of year- our church gives out "treat bags" for all those in attendance the Sunday before Christmas. This year we had a wonderful assortment: apples, oranges, bananas, tangerines, a coupl…

Bay-bee, its' cold outside.

Well, Edie doesn't seem to think it's very cold.... thanks to her thick wool sweater, she's convinced it's a warm sunny day in the Tropics.

Winter has officially arrived, bringing some veeery cold temperatures to our little corner of the world. With lows in the single digits and highs no where near above freezing, the only thing I accomplished this week was breaking the ice out of all the waterers every hour so the critters have something to drink. A nearly impossible task, seeing as how I wouldn't even finish making the rounds before they were frozen again... *sigh*

I'm so thankful for our little wood stove and some good dry firewood- we haven't needed the electric heat pump at all this week. It is really a blessing not only for saving on our electric bill and keeping the whole house nice and toasty, but also because it warms the hardwood floor around it.
(Ahhh... VERY nice...)

The cold temperatures have been hard on the chickens too... egg production has slo…

Rerun: Christmas time's a comin'

Just a little "rerun" from a year ago today.... my camera's compact flash card bit the dust and I haven't had the chance to get a new one, so I thought I would re-post some pictures from Christmas 2009.

We had quite a bit of snow when I took these pictures, and although it has been snowing here on and off for the past three days, we haven't had enough to measure. (Yet...)

Just seeing these again helped me get into the Christmas Spirit a little more - hope you enjoy them the second time around too!

Drying out

Smokey yawns after waking from a little nap in the sunshine.

After an unbelievable amount of rain over the past couple of days, I awoke this morning to light snow falling. This was the precipitation total from 5:00 p.m. Monday until today:
 In case you can't read our little rain gauge, it's sitting on 4 inches. (Yes, FOUR.) The chicken coops are a muddy mess and at one point there was a small river running along side the sheep lot. The barn also flooded, but thankfully the hay is still dry- Hubby stacked it all up on wood pallets just in case... *Whew* so glad he did. The sun is out at the moment; hopefully it will dry things up a little even though it's colder than gee-whiz now.

Even Edie, whose wool has gotten so thick she normally shuns the warmth of the sun, has been outside almost all day soaking up the blue skies.

Even with the rain yesterday it was still a productive day... two more batches of deer jerky are finished and I'm drying apples today. I also worked on the …

Thanksgiving blessings to you!

Pumpkin pie and coffee, anyone?

Thanksgiving is almost here, and I'm still trying to recuperate from a nasty stomach bug I had over the weekend.... meanwhile, Belle is in intensive care (otherwise known as the laundry room) with symptoms of being egg-bound, so I've spent the day nursing her back to health. She seems to be really enjoying the extra attention and the heat lamp however, and I'm beginning to wonder if I'm being suckered at a time when I could use a little down time myself. Oh, well... it wouldn't be the first time I've let that happen.

 It's hard to believe Christmas is just a little over a month away- I plan on putting up my decorations on Friday and Saturday. I'm a little funny about putting them up too soon; I like to celebrate and enjoy one Holiday at a time before making plans for the next one. Unfortunately, I didn't remember to put my Thanksgiving place mats out until this past weekend- I think they're so cute and they always m…

Thursday ramblings

Belle was fascinated by the camera on my new cell phone.... and gave it a courtesy peck following this picture.

Just a hodgepodge of a post today.... nothing really new or exciting happening around the farm these days, except for the busyness that comes with the upcoming holidays. I have alot on my to-do list for the next few days...
First off, I'm planning out my grocery list for tomorrow so I can go ahead and get my Thanksgiving items, then I won't have the traffic and crowds to deal with next week. I have some pumpkins left over from my Fall decorations that I need to cut open and get the goods out of them. I love toasting pumpkin seeds.. do you? Lastly from the kitchen- thanks to one of my best friends' hubby, I now have a freezer full of ground venison to make jerky with. I am going to experiment with different spices this time to see how many varieties I can come up with.... Hubby loves deer jerky and is very excited about being my taste-tester.
Up at the chicken coops…



Okay, so I have some catching up to do....

I can't believe it's been so long since I posted... where has the time gone?
Last week was very busy.... I had a large embroidery job to finish up and other things around the house that needed some attention and before I knew it, the week was gone!

I had a wonderful Birthday- thanks so much for all your sweet words. Hubby and I didn't actually "celebrate" until the Friday after my birthday.... we drove to Pigeon Forge, TN and ate lunch at Red Lobster.
(Crab legs! Oh boy!)
Then we went to the Bass Pro Shop (I was looking for some warm boots for the winter) and then back home so Hubby could get his tractor loaded for the Plow Day the next morning. It was a wonderful day.... so good in fact I forgot to take a single picture! *DOH!*

I did take lots of pictures of the Plow Day.... here are some you might enjoy. (You can click on them to enlarge if you'd like, I kept them small so the page would load quicker.)

Heading down Interstate 40 around 8:30 a.m.- what a …