Thursday, December 20, 2007

Small Blessings

Yesterday, when I went out to the barn, I found these two little critters cleaned up, standing, and eating from their proud Mama, Pebbles. I think they have got to be the cutest things on the planet. As is their cousin, Adonis. These two will be Athena & Bachhus, as we carry on with names alphabetically. Athena was 12 lbs, Bacchus 13.5 lbs. Athena has a brown polka dot on her behind, and Bacchus has multicolored ears. Their little tails wiggle as they eat.

Adonis is growing by leaps, bounds, and jumps straight up in the air. He is sorting out his place with the other sheeple, who were particularly miffed because all the visitors to our little farm came to see *him*, rather than them. (Anemarie is just a *Bit of a Diva* and is used to mugging for the camera.) We’ve gone to greater lengths to assure both Anemarie & Helena that they are indeed, extraordinarily lovely ladies, and that they are still just as special to us. (Anthropomorphism thrives here.)

I’ve spent much of my time in the barn, tidying up & keeping an eye on everybody, which means Christmas packages are unwrapped. But the cards are done. Mostly.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Ginger & Adonis

I’ve been waiting to post something until I had something to post. Well here we are! Ginger *finally* gave birth yesterday. The first lamb that Ginger delivered was stillborn. It was a little ewe, black & white with a badger face, like our Anemarie. We had hoped for one with this coloring. Sadly, the little ewe had malformations of the face and neck, and would not have survived. Ginger was quite distraught and worked so hard to get that baby moving and breathing, but it just didn’t happen. Ginger’s belly was so large I was quite sure there was at least one more lamb in there, and we needed to focus on the second one’s delivery. I called a friend to help. I gloved up and went in to find a heinie & then called the vet, who was in the middle of a procedure at her office. I felt further in to locate haunches & worked towards the back feet (which were extended forward), and pulled them out (not an easy task as the little twerp kept pulling them away). The feet were upside down. So the baby needed rotated and I did the best I could. I think we got about 1/4 turn. With Ginger pushing, a friend holding, and me pulling with every muscle in my body, no way was that baby coming out. I called the vet’s office again, and she pulled up just as I was talking to staff there. It took the vet about three minutes once she got in, to get the little guy out. He was quite flaccid & not breathing when he came out. The vet held him upside down & swung him side to side to get the fluid out of his lungs. With Ginger licking & me tickling his nose with a bit of straw, he began breathing & moving. He came around gradually and within about an hour, was trying to stand up (truly amazing, considering all the pulling on his hind legs). We are very thankful that we have a handsome little ram now, that we are calling “Adonis” (Don for short). The stillborn was over 12 pounds. Don - I’m not sure, as I haven’t taken him out for a weight yet.

We have one more ewe that has not delivered yet. Pebbles was bred by the same ram, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for healthy lamb(s). She’s not nearly as wide as Ginger was, so maybe there’s only one in there. Hope this one isn’t backwards & upside down.

In more playful moments in the barnyard, Anemarie likes to swipe my hat right off my head. So I put it on her head & took this photo. She’s a silly girl. Helena (our chocolate colored girl) likes to nibble on my buttons. They’re full of personality & mischief.

Oh, and the other thing going on here is that Angus picked up fleas. Where? Not a clue, as he’s an indoor cat. Anyway, he earned himself a flea bath, and was *not* amused.

Sunday, December 02, 2007


Here I sit with a humongous case of *h*iccups. Too distracting to knit, so I’ll try updating the blog for a*h*while. BTW, I never get those *h* cute little hiccups that a lot of *h* people get - they’re more the truck *h* driver variety that can be rather *h* embarrasing *h* in social situat*h*ions. I’m glad I’m *h*ome.

We had a snowstorm yesterday, with temps ranging from *h* 25 to 25. There was *h* enough snow for us to build a snowsheep & snowman *h* today. *H* The (real) sheep seem to be weathering the storm well, as we are frequently bringing them out *h* warm water. The *h* bird water was frozen, too, *h*, so we thawed out their waterer & they’re happy. They’re hunkered down in the barn *h* on watch for any *h* weasel invaders. (We’ve *h* lost five *h* birds so far.) *H*

With the storm, I’ve been able to spend some time *h* knitting and have finished socks which I started awhile back. The *H* pattern is “Vine Lace Socks” *h* from SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS on page 43 *h*. I've also finished a hat knitted with handspun wool/dog undercoat from a friend's *h* pooch, which will be a *h* Christmas gift. Also, re-knitted the ribbing on *h* hubby's hat, which was *h* waaay too big (as in "made for a *h* conehead").

We were able to get out last night in The Truck (herking *h* large Beast) to the Mount Baker *h* Theater to see Lily Tomlin. *H* Awesome. Wish you *h* both had been there. *h*

I’m going *h* to go back to working *h* on Christmas gifts now. *H*