Change is in the air

Fall is quickly taking hold with the trees shedding their leaves and frost on the ground when I wake up. We put up more permanent fencing on the hill for the sheep to winter on.  The waters in the pastures this morning had a nice layer of ice on top that I broke apart for the animals. I realized that I have been feverishly knitting christmas gifts but don’t have a pair of mittens for myself.
I worked Gus today on the sheep he was good but Purdy wasn’t impressed with either of us.  When I was moving the chicken fence down the hill a bit Purdy had this look on her face that clearly said “that’s my hill your giving the chickens you will regret this choice.”  Shortly after the Purdy snuck up behind Gus and snorted on him which startled him. I was pretty sure I could hear Purdy laughing at us.

 

This changes things…

Motherhood is something that no class, no lectures from wise older moms and no amount of research can prepare you for.  I spent the majority of my pregnancy (which to me seemed years long) pretending that we would magically skip over the whole birth thing.  I am sure that most first time mom’s have many of the same worries that I had while pregnant with my kiddo.  Will I be a good mom, will she love me, how will I know what she needs, and of course how many ponies should I get her.

When I think back on it now I am truly amazed with myself I mean I made an actual human being.  I made her!  One more time I made this kid!  I had planned to have a beautiful natural birth at the hospital where my doula and my husband would calmly guide me through labor.  NOT SO.  Henley my daughter never turned and ended up being a full term breech kiddo.  I did everything in my power to avoid a c-section including acupuncture, chiropractor, we even tried a manual version (where they try to turn her from the outside).  Our Hen wasn’t having it, she wanted to make a grand entrance by being chopped out of her mom’s belly (by wonderfully amazing surgoen’s).
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Laying on that operating table having my daughter cut out was not my idea of how she would be brought into this world but in the end she was safely delivered.  After laying there open on the operating table and then holding my daughter through the duration of the remaining surgery I now know that
I am capable of absolutely anything.  Being Hen’s mom is by far the greatest and most amazing thing that I have ever done.

“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” – Laura Stavoe Harm

Dream Big

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities. -Janos Arnay

I thought it might be time to introduce ourselves since we have acquired so many new followers.  If you have been following us from the beginning you might have noticed that Cacia Farms has been many things. We started out when I convinced my husband we would raise meat rabbits on our 1/4 acre lot in our small town. Well 30 some odd rabbits, 3 cats, 3 dogs, and a horse later I convinced my husband to move to a farm. Let me first tell you about my husband Jeff he is the most patient, kind and caring person I know. Jeff puts up with all my dreams which are many and the best part is that he truly believes I am capable of achieving every one of them.

We have been on our 21 acre farm for a year now and we absolutely love it! Our main focus on the farm is the raising of wool sheep. The breed of sheep we raise are called Lincoln Longwools which are a heritage breed. Lincoln’s are a dual purpose breed that produces a fast growing fleeces that has a wide lock and bold crimp. We also have a livestock guardian llama whose job it is to protect the sheep from predators.

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Not Impressed!

When my husband woke up late and asked if the baby and I could do morning chores yesterday I had no idea what I was in for!  Usually chores are easy and relaxing as I love going out and talking to my sheep (I call them my girls) all while Purdy dutifully watches over them.  Everything was off to a great start the horses were well behave and eating in their stalls while I walked out to do the sheep and llama.  I made it halfway to the sheep pasture before I realized something was terribly wrong followed by some pretty colorful language on my part.

In an effort I believe to scratch herself Purdy had become entangled in the cattle panel we use for a gate on the hoop house.   She had kushed down and had her neck through one of the holes on the panel.  Now if this had been Ewestace, Purl or even the Little Buffalo it would have been no problem.  If they do get stuck they patiently wait for me to come and disentangle them, Purdy however had other ideas.

I set about freeing the llama which my daughter thought was highly entertaining as I was wearing her on the front of me.  Gently pushing her head and neck through the hole wasn’t going to work since she was trying to spit and eat me all at the same time.  I ended up doing a combination of pushing her shoulders and pulling her rump end to free her.  She did get one good kick in that nailed me right above the knee.

The whole time I am trying to free Purdy my sheep are being as always every so helpful.  Ewestace had come over and was investigating the llama on the other side of the fence from me which only made Purdy angrier.  Purl was standing next to me trying to convince me to leave the llama and it was more important to pet her.  I explained to Purl that we needed Purdy and her head scratches would have to wait.  Luna who I had only just pinned down the day before to medicate and was still extremely wary of me decided the best corse of action was to bounce off the walls of the hoop house in an effort to be uncatchable and very much in my way.

The best reaction out of all the sheep however was the Little Buffalo.  If you have not met her imagine a very small little brown sheep who doesn’t usually make any noise or get into trouble.  Her survival tactic is to hide herself among the other sheep and stay close to Purdy (this is my llama’s favorite sheep).

The Little Buffalo stood near the gate for a few minutes studying the situation when she suddenly made the tiniest noise.  It was almost as if her anxiety had reached a natural level at which point it escaped and she went running off in the other direction.  I could just picture one of those cartoon bubble above her head that said “Run they are killing the llama and we are all next!”

Thankfully  everyone escaped morning chores unharmed and safe although i did accidentally dump Purdy’s breakfast on my kiddos head.  In other news the chicken incubator is on lockdown and we are just waiting for the little peeps arrival.  Jeff and I built their very adorable brooder box today and I will keep you updated on their progress!  Be sure to go like our Facebook Page as the most current updates will be posted there!

What are you waiting for?

I had the most wonderful birthday yesterday spending quality time for myself.  My wonderful mother in-law watched my beautiful baby for me giving me the day off.  I had a lot of time to think about the past years up and downs and what I had learned from them.  Last year we made the decision to finally jump in and buy the farm.  We no longer wanted to wait to have our farm and start our dream.  Shortly after finding the farm we ended up buying we found out we were pregnant with our wonderful little girl.  Although my pregnancy had its many challenges and was by no means easy I made a human being.  Let’s just talk about that for a minute I MADE A HUMAN, isn’t that amazing?  I never thought in a million years that being pregnant would be so hard or that being a mother would be so amazing!  Shortly after our baby girl was born we lost my father in-law.  Sam was one of the best men I have ever known!  He was kind and caring and acted like I had always been part of the family from day one.  I will never forget all the things that Sam did for me he was amazing.  All these things added up to make a roller coaster of a year.  What was the biggest thing that I learned?  Your bucket list should never be a bucket list… It should be your To Do List.  life is to short to wait to do the things you dream of.  Don’t dream your life away grab the steering wheel and live it.  What are you waiting for?

P.S. I also learned to knit and it’s amazing, I am a knitting genious!

Naked Sheep!

Over the weekend we got so much accomplished to finish up before winter comes.  It happened that a warm front is passing through so we were thinking about the coming winter on an almost 80 degree day.  Sunday morning we woke up early and got Lola pig into her travel box to take her to the butcher on Monday morning.  We chose to do this early so that not only would my Mom and I have Jeff’s help but if anything went wrong it wouldn’t be 6:30 in the morning and dark on the morning we were supposed to be dropping them off.  Luckily Lola pig with a little encouragement from Jeff got into her box and seemed pretty comfy in her thickly bedded house for the night.
The next thing we did yesterday was to get the three wooly sheep sheared.  A good friend of ours came over to shear the sheep for us which was a huge help.  I was so surprised by how heavy the individual fleeces were!  Originally we had planned to shear the woolies in the pasture and use the electric outlet from the truck, well that didn’t work out.  This progressed to driving the sheep one by one over to the horse barn to use that electric (Luna was not pleased).  We got The Little Buffalo sheared easily then it was Luna’s turn.  For some reason her fleece did not agree with the shears so we had to take an intermission halfway through shearing Luna to go to Tractor Supply to get a new blade.  In the end all three Longwools got sheared (my Purl was an angel of course).  Purdy wasn’t initially certain we returned the same three sheep to her that we had taken but eventually she realized they did in fact belong to her.

My Mom made a wonderful pecan pie yesterday that was amazing!  Later this week we will finish the chicken and rabbit shelter and then we should be pretty well set for winter to come.  Soon it will be time to start thinking about what the planes for next year will be.  I am already starting to think about what seeds I want to order for my garden next year!

Supervisoin

I am incredibly happy to have both the horses home on the farm with us.  Ace is also incredibly happy supervising my chores.  He follows me to the sheep pasture and watches while I do their chores, he watches me clean the stalls, fill buckets and pass out hay.  I missed my horse horribly bad after we moved to the farm and he was still boarding an hour away, there was no need apparently to worry about our bond though.  Ace has always been a wonderful horse but seeing him here every day has only made our bond grow stronger!

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