Monday, January 21, 2008

Wild and Wooly










We came home on Friday to a flock of missing sheep. Not only one pen of sheep had gone adventuring, but all three pens were out. True, the ram, Jim, was hanging out with Sebastian, the Clydesdale, and that pasture fence is far better suited to a large horse than a short-but-wide and crafty wooly. The ewes had somehow popped a gate open and I am sure it was just too hard for Jim to keep from joining the party. Look out, girls! The one that is really puzzling, though, is the pen of market lambs. No gates were open, no fences looked scooted under and they are definately too high to jump. Hmmm, only the sheep know, and they aren't talking. Anyway, they all willingly followed the pickup back to their safe pen where feed and water are plentiful. We ran them all into the barn and re-sorted back into the right pens again, tied the gates shut and hoped for the best. Time will tell who wins this one.




Saturday morning dawned sunny and warm, so I took advantage of the mild weather and scrapped my plans to clean and bake for some long-awaited yard work. The sun felt wonderful and the roses look much better. About 4:00, the wind changed and the clouds moved in. By Sunday morning it was snowing and cold. It snowed hard while we were in church, but then it was done - just a skiff. KP and Taylor came for a visit this weekend, it was great to have them in church and for lunch together afterward. That makes two weekends in a row now, yaay! We were even able to take a family walk in the sun last week, one of my most cherished family activities.
Most of the stock tanks have heaters in them, but some need to have the ice broken and thrown out daily in order to keep water to the livestock. I love the cold weather. The brisk air makes you feel so alive and refreshed, but it does make chores harder. Here in this part of Oregon, our cold snaps are usually quite brief and mild compared to other parts of the country. I miss the cold and snow that I grew up with in the mountains, but it is easier on the stock and we don't have to feed for as many months down here.
Until next time, may the cold refresh and invigorate you and may the snowflakes fall upon you softly.

10 comments:

Stacey said...

It looks like you still have green grass under that snow!
It was -18 this morning when I took Dawn to the bus & now it's -3. Qiute a heat wave.
I locked my chickens in there coop & turned on the heat lamp.
It was realy pretty though this morning with the moon shining on all that frost!!!

Paula said...

What a bunch of naughty woolies you're raising! I would listen closely at the cracks of that old barn for the next plans of escape. They talk at midnight you know!

Terri said...

Hello!
I'm Terri and a "cyber-friend" of your sister Paula's.
I enjoyed my visit to your blog. We owned a farm in upstate NY for several years and I miss it so much! I had Nubian goats and Black-bellied hair sheep. And, of course, the usual chickens, ducks and geese running around.
I love to hear about other people's country places.
God bless.

Nancy said...

Hi Susan I found you thru your sisters blog. Your farm looks beautiful. What sheep and no knitting? I'll be reading when you write.

Mary said...

Susan,

I grew up on the farm and though we didn't raise sheep, your photos brought back fond memories of childhood. Welcome to blogland. I found my way here via your sister's blog. I hope to get to know you better.

Blessings,
Mary

Adrienne said...

I came over from Paula's blog. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. You will meet some wonderful people here and gain new friends you probably never imagined possible.

I'm in Oregon, too. In the Willamette Valley. When I read that you are in Northeastern Oregon I got cold just thinking about it. Of course we're supposed to have snow and ice this evening or sometime during the next few days so it's not exactly warm here! I'll be back again to visit.

~Adrienne~

Chookyblue said...

Hi Paula sent me over welcome to blogland.......I also live on a farm but we have no snow like you so it is interesting to see what you have to do to get thru winter.......

Yolanda said...

I am so glad to meet you. I have been reading your sister for a long time. I live in McMinnville, Oregon.

Mimi said...

Hi Susan,
I came over to visit you from your sister Paula's blog... she said you were nice, so I took her at her word and stopped by...
and by jove I believe she was right... your blog is very interesting..and I love to see what you do on your farm...
I am a city girl now but I lived on a farm for a period of time when I was a young girl... what wonderful memories I have of that time..
I will certainly be back for a visit...
please drop by to see me sometime..
Mimi

Melissa said...

Brr... just looking at those pictures makes me shiver!
I am loving your blog :)