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Feels Like Home To Me

Growing up I loved going to visit my family in Oklahoma!  I was most definitely an outdoor kid and loved the time I spent on my grandparents farm.  There was always a certain way that their farmhouse sounded, smelled and felt when I was there.  I moved a lot as a kid and after graduating college I moved back home to Oklahoma.  I will always associate Oklahoma as my home even though I grew up in several states.  Growing up I always knew I would do something with animals for my career and even better If I became a farmer like my Papa Max!  I remember getting to go with him to feed and count cows in the mornings and thinking now this is the life!  Well here I am with my own (smaller) farm here in upstate New York.  Now I’m sure my Papa never imagined and neither did I that I would end up in New York but I wouldn’t change it for the world.  I often think to myself how my farmhouse feels like home to me.  This house sounds like my grandparents farmhouse when the screen door slams and the floorboards creak.  The kitchen seems to smell just like my grandma’s kitchen and all these things make me often think of home.  I often think about my Papa and how he would have loved to hear about my farm and all my animals.  He would probably tell me I spoil them to much and therefore will never make any money but I would tell him I may be poor but I sure am happy here.

A Few Misconceptions

img_1844Gus here, I just wanted to clear some things up.  First of all Olive should not be aloud to use the computer no telling what she might say!  Second its very hard to be farm boss and we can’t all be perfect.  I know that Mom thinks that she is farm boss but really my Dad is farm boss but since he has to be at his other job I have to do the job here.  We like to let Mom think that she is farm boss but really someone has to keep an eye on her!  It should be understandable for the tired, hard working Border Collie to have a few accidents in the house.  While I have your attention I would like to address a few other things.  I think that everyone gives that darn Llama to much credit, for all I can tell she just gets in my way bringing the sheep to Mom.  Purdy tells me all the time when we are in the sheep pasture how hard her job is.  She says she has sleepless nights watching the stupid sheep and that the sheep just won’t cooperate with her by sleeping in the shelters where she can guard them easier.  The only thing I agree with Purdy is that sheep are stupid and stubborn.  Overall I am just a hard working tired Border Collie trying to keep this farm together and no one gives me enough credit, they don’t even let me sleep on the bed!

But Why?

While waiting for Purdy to eat her breakfast grain this is an ongoing conversation I have with Purl one of our Lincoln Longwools and my favorite sheep next to Ewestace of course.

Purl:  I see you brought Purdy grain for breakfast again…

Me:  Why yes Purl I did.

Purl:  I see and why do I not get grain?

Me:  Well Purl you don’t need grain to be nice you’re just friendly all the time.  Purdy however will become a feral beast if I don’t bribe her with grain daily.

Purl:  So basically your saying that I should be mean and I will get treats… this seems wrong.

Me:  No, Purl if you were mean that would just mean that I would need to bring the border collie more often to do chores and make you do what I wanted.  Purdy however won’t listen to the dog and she spits.

Purl:  Right new life goal learn to spit!

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This means war…

Every morning I walk down the hill and am greeted by two of the most wonderful horses I could ask for.  Badger usually nickers his hello while Ace screams like an idiot.  Ace gets to wait in his stall in the morning while Badger helps me count scoops to ensure that I correctly count everyones breakfast.  After everyone is all snug eating their breakfast I usually sit in the tack room on the stacked pine shaving bales while the horse finish eating.  This morning I was sitting minding my own business reading my email when I looked down to find an innocent little mouse crawling across my lap and about to climb in my hoodie.  Of course I said a few bad words that I won’t repeat and came flying out of the tack room.  To say that I do not like mice would be an understatement for sure.  I can’t even generally handle removing them from the traps as I truly hate rodents they really creep me out.  The arrival of this small rodent means that my favorite sitting place has been breeched and war will commence shortly on the entire species!  Stay tuned for more…

Eggs!!

Fall has officially arrived and so have my first eggs from my girls!  I got the first two eggs from them Wednesday and the third from them today.  We have six hens total three production red hens and three buff orpington hens and I am finally getting some eggs.  They are on the smaller side but thats ok for their first eggs.  We are planning to put together their winter enclosure that will also house Pete either this weekend or next week sometime.  I know the girls won’t lay many eggs over the winter and that is fine but I am hoping to get quite a few before then.

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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Clean and Dry

Yesterday my husband made our sheep a hay manger for their hay to be in so it is off the ground and dry.  I can’t tell you how nice it is to have a husband that is handy and can build things for me when I need him to.  My sheep will stay clean and dry this winter and so will their hay, this will make me and Purdy happy campers this winter!img_4508

Farm update

I thought I would give a general update on the farm for everyone today.  Lola the pig and I have come to an understanding, which is Lola isn’t allowed to taste me or eat me when I go into her enclosure and I will continue to feed her.  Instead of charging me and trying to taste me she now will stand on the other side of her pen while I feed her and change her water.  I know this is progress but I still wish she was a little friendlier but then again she is intended to be a christmas ham so if it makes her happy to dream about eating the human then I guess that is fine too.  The chickens are getting big and look less like tiny dinosaurs and more like chickens that may lay me eggs soon.  Purdy has settled in very nicely to her pasture and takes her job of sheep guardian very seriously unless one of them is trying to eat her grain then she will tell them not to kindly she likes her space at mealtimes.  The sheep are wonderful and amazing and I love them.  I think that the sheep have to be one of my favorite parts of my farm so far.  I have to admit that I do have a favorite sheep and most surprisingly it isn’t Ewestace.  Purl one of our Lincoln Longwools has the sweetest disposition she comes over every time that I am in the pasture to get head and back scratches and to check if I brought her any goodies (which I usually do).  The house is coming together and my upstairs carpets still smell amazing.  We are almost finished moving upstairs which means I just have to start unpacking the last of the boxes we have into the downstairs bedroom.  Oh and lastly in investigating our water situation for animals it has been decided that we are going to have to dig a new well.  I am not overly excited about this prospect not only because it sounds expensive but it will stress out the animals (and me) but I am glad that soon we will have plenty of water for everyone.

 

The big kid room…

I spent half the week painting the upstairs bedroom (which is twice as big) so that Jeff and I could move upstairs.  Amazingly I didn’t get any paint on any pets and only a little on me.  As we were cleaning up after the painting stuff Jeff suggested we clean the carpet, it smelled a little musty from being closed and the previous owners of the home smoked so it still smelled a little of smoke.  I recently became a member of Young Living Essential Oils and I thought this the perfect time to test them again.  I have been super pleased so far every time I have used them on ourselves as well as in the house!  I looked up how to make a carpet deodorizer which I was thankfully surprised was so easy.  All needed was their Purification oil and their Thieves oil mixed into baking soda (which we buy in bulk for the sheep).  I put 1 cup of baking soda 10 drops of Purification and 5 drops of the Thieves, after whisking this together I let it sit on the counter for 20 minutes.  This fit perfectly into a half pint mason jar with a lid with holes in it which sprinkled perfectly on the carpet.  We waited 20 minutes to vacuum this up and it smelled so amazing, it was citrusy and bright with no hint of the previous odor!  With our bed moved upstairs and we are mostly moved and it is s much brighter and happier upstairs (I also don’t have to think skinny thoughts to get out of bed so close to the wall).  You can get the mason jar lids here and the mason jars here.IMG_4203

Long Days

We have been at the farm just over a week now and still love it!  My mom left yesterday to go back home to Oklahoma and we are so grateful for all the things she helped us do.  Everything that we moved here has been unpacked, however we still have things at my in-laws house as well as storage.  I am going to pick up our first piglet tomorow her little pigpen is all set up behind the house until she gets big enough that I won’t have to worry about her getting eaten by something down in the pasture.  I have discovered that predators are a serious problem here.  That has led Jeff and I to decide that we will be getting a livestock guardian.  You may think 4 dogs is too many and so do we that is why we are getting a llama instead!  Thats right the person who said they would never get a llama (that’s me not my husband) is getting a llama.  This was prompted by the incredibly sad news this week that my favorite bottle lamb Lamb Chop got eaten this week by a coyote in broad daylight!  As you can imagine this upset me deeply and the idea of my lambs getting picked off one by one has prompted me to get my sheep their own security detail.  Look forward to updates on the arrival of by far the goofiest looking creature we have gotten.  Annabelle and Dixie are both due to kindle mid week next week and have both enthusiastically built amazing nest (they are both early nesters).  I find if I give my girls their boxes a little early they seem to be more relaxed and less frantic closer to their kindling date (this is not the case for all rabbits).  I will keep everyone posted when they have their babies!  Lastly my pasture is coming together, my mom and I cleared a path to the pasture so that we can see it from the house.  My mom ran the weed whacker like a maniac bent on murder while I lopped off sumac trees.  My oh so wonderful neighbor is meanwhile cutting the shoulder tall grass to a more manageable hight of shin high.  Jeff and I plan to put of fencing and shelter for the sheep this weekend so that I can bring home some of my sheep including my last bottle lamb Ewestace.  Thats all I have for updates I will post pictures tomorrow of the little piglet.