Today we are thankful for Isaac. It brought us some much needed rain. That means for me school work and then hanging around the house. Not much to tell though. I watched a bit of TV but that is about it. There was suppose to be a couple of people come to the house and ride but with the rain that didn’t happen.
Todaywas kind of Quiet around here today so while I did my school work I sent Mom out to get some pictures. I wanted her to get sunrise photos but she got out there a bit late and then when the animals saw her she had another problem….
They can’t come running fast enough to get Mom to pay them any amount of attention they can get from her.
Jethro is getting so big in just the last two weeks….
Mom loves this picture all the Alpacas are lined up …. LOL
This is the only picture she got of the sunrise ….
Well, I guess at least she tried … If I get a chance I will try and sneak out and get some better ones tomorrow
So today had it’s ups and downs. First I was up at 5am for School. This was a down because I got everything but Math done and Mom will have to help me later with that. Then another up when the mail came. I have such Awesome Shareholders. You see Ms. Jenny sent me a gift. A gift that I have been searching for ever since I barrowed Ms. Stacy’s. I even looked at the Fiber Christmas in July Festival and lost the only one there to Ms. Sarah. This is what I am talking about …
I want to stop and say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to Ms. Jenny. She has given me a book that I will treasure always.
Mom worked all day (a Down) and when she came home she brought dinner. (If you want to know what was for dinner … it was Pizza) That was another up. While she was at work she got a present from a family that came to the farm to visit a few weeks ago.
Okay so it is really a Tupperware Salad Spinner but in this house it is a yarn spinner … It works great to get the extra water out of the yarn before Mom hangs it out to dry. Cool huh??
So now for the really up but down part of the day. Tonight two girls came by the house. In it’s self that is okay but these two girls wanted to show lambs at the fair but because they lost their Dad about a year ago, their Mom just couldn’t afford two lambs. So as they asked around about 4-H projects they were directed to our house. You guessed it. They are now showing the two female rabbits at the fair. This is an up because the bunnies got new forever homes … a real downer because I loved those two bunnies. Sometimes Rescuing animals is hard. You put your heart into them and get them all well and healthy only to have someone else take them home. I do know that the girls will love them and take care of them. Still, it isn’t easy…. And I am worried the male one will be lonely. I tried putting him in with Coco puff but Coco thinks he is a girl and not in a good way. Mom says we will just have to find a Doe For Coco puff and put the fixed male in with her to keep her company if we can’t find him a forever home.
I want to start by saying thank you to everyone who posted. It is nice to know that some people out there don’t judge my blog they just read and enjoy it. Mom says that when people stop enjoying it is when I should stop blogging so back to our regularly scheduled blogging… lol
Today was a little of this and a little of that. First, Mom took her whole night and put together my next 4 years of school. Home schooling for High School is a bit harder then Middle school but she has it pretty much under control. And she found everything online at a minimal cost or free. Mom says the world is a classroom so a good education doesn’t have to cost a fortune and all my college required coarses will be met so I can go off to college with no hassles
My classes for my Freshmen year is as follows:
US History I
My classes for my Sophmore year is as follows:
US History 2
My classes for my Junior year is as follows:
US Government I
My classes for my Senior year is as follows:
US Government 2
According to Oklahoma I have to have 23 credits with 8 electives. Mom has it set so that I can get up to 28 credits and she says that Senior Year I might be able to take College coarses to serve as both High school and College Credit. That sure would give me a jump on College.
Anyway, After Mom and I got School lined out with a half day, Mom went out and worked up the arena with the disc. We then took time to plastered the Steer roping Calf’s horn again. At this point in the day, Because Mom was tired, we just kind of hung out and watched Rockford Files. Later when Dad got home we roped a bit after Dad dragged the arena. (at some point I think I probably need to explain how to work up an arena to everyone but that is another blog.)
After so much reading going on here on the blog I wanted something cute to post. Since we had talked about turning out the Alpacas onto the pasture in the next few days we did just that and I got a few pictures for everyone to see. Check these out …
Later tonight Mom and I will be on the Computer for a Webinar about Sheep feeding during pregnancy
Today was what we call a sleep in day. First, let me just say that we don’t get those around here very often so when we do, man is it great. Oh, I guess I better let you know what that means on the farm. All a sleep in day means is that we don’t set any alarms and we get up when we wake up. Around here that means about 7am. I know that isn’t sleeping in to most but when Dad gets up at 3am and everyone else is up at 5am … 7am is sleeping in.
Anyway, After that I got my birds entered in the Tulsa State Fair. It takes a bit of doing to enter as a Junior because you have to have the Extention Agent enter you and that means taking all your paperwork to his office and you and him going over everything and putting it all in the computer. While in town we tried to go pick up our feed but it wasn’t ready because they made another Christy’s feed and not Christy as in Mom. That means we had to come back later.
After we got home we serviced the Air Conditioner because it was acting up and cleaned all the rabbit pens. Then Mom mowed and weedeated the yard. While I roped in the holding pen because the Arena was to wet. Dad headed back to town to get the feed. To be honest it was a “busy day doing a whole lot of nothing much”.
Now, because there really isn’t much going on besides everyday life, I am going to address one issue that was brought to my attention that I just haven’t figured out how to work in on the blog since it was brought up. (Yes, It kind of made me mad so I am trying to figure out a nice way to deal with it. Mom calls it stewing … I call it thinking… LOL) The issue is the imperfections in my blog. Mom told me that someone had let her know that I “need to use the spell check” on my blog posts. Her and I laughed it off and went on but the more I think about it the more I get a tad bit upset. Let me explain. I am sorry that my blog isn’t perfect but as most of my readers know I am homeschooled. This blog works as a journal and can be counted as part of my english class. If I were in a normal school I would be writting it in a notebook and notebooks don’t have spell check. So if I use spell check on my blog posts isn’t that a form of cheating? I will say that I really am sorry for not having everything perfect when I post but to be honest I really didn’t know that my readers where judging me by my mistakes in the blog. Yes, I am kind of offended although Mom says I shouldn’t be. I just always thought that this blog was read just for enjoyment and to see what was going on around the farm. I never thought I would be judged for my faults. Anyway, I just wanted everyone to know that I do try to get better at having everything perfect before I post but on the other hand I am not perfect nor will I ever be. I am who I am and I am sorry if my mistakes on the blog make someone stop reading or judge me.
Well, today was kind of quiet. Dad got called into work and Mom always works on Sunday. There is one thing that happened but it happened yesterday and I just forgot to post it. Ms. Karen got my chalk in for the breeding harnesses for the sheep and goats. We have blue, green, orange and yellow. The only color I know that I will be using and for what is that the Shetlands will get the yellow marker because they are black and I figure yellow will show up the best.
Other then that I just hung out and watched some Roy Rogers shows and took it easy. I did do some roping when Dad got home. Oh, that is another thing that went well today. Since Dad has a hurt wrist and is in a brace I am riding his horse for him. Today I used Coop to Heal calves in the holding pen. And her and I were pretty good at it together too.
Anyway, it was just a quiet day other then that.
I didn’t get a chance blog yesterday but I did start a post. I think today I will just start with what happened yesterday and make this a two day post.
Friday morning I went to work with Mom so that I could work on her dryer. She needed the vent cleaned out and I do it for her anytime she needs it. After that she took me to get a different wormer for the goats. I have to say that we have all the books about angora goats and we have like 7 different charts about how other farms handle worms in Angora Goats but the problem is that parasites change as much as an area changes. What works in Maine doesn’t always work in California. And what works in Florida doesn’t always work in Maine. With that in mind Mom says she is going to try a different approach to the worm issue. We are working on putting together a regiment for our goats from another breeder’s regemint in the state. We are actually looking at using a different wormer and worming more often. We will be checking the goats and charting our worming issues once a month. We will trim hooves and clean the mens buttons as I call them. From that chart we will know how often to worm and if the new medication works we should be set as the herd grows. Mom and I also took time to sign up for a Free Webinar about feeding preganant sheep the right way. The Webinar is on the 28th and any one can take part so check it out by clicking Here. It is free so I thought It might offer some good information about our sheep and their nutrition.
After Mom got home from Fiber Circle her and I went to her new employee’s house. They are a family of 2 girls and their parents and they are new to town. They moved here from Pennsylvania. Since they have nothing here but their clothes Mom and I took up some games for them to pass the time with. We also took up two pans and the fixing for 2 small dump cakes. The girls made the cakes and we brought one home and left one for them to share with Dad when he got home from work.
Then this morning I was off to work. This week’s paycheck I bought a new bit that I am going to ride on Angel. I think I am going to use my really good bit for Ice. Anyway, after the sale barn Dad and I came home and roped. Then it is dinner and off to bed. One good side note … We got some rain and by the Grace of God we will get some more.
Well, today didn’t go as planned. We were up and at it like normal but we worked around the house waiting for, Diablo, the horse to get here. When the lady called she said she couldn’t get here until after it was time for Mom to go to work. She acted like she was just going to drive up and kick the horse out and leave. Mom said no way. She asked if the lady had his paperwork and was told that she just had a health certificate. Mom was shocked. She is now questioning if this is a real horse rescue or a bunch of idiots just saying they are a rescue. (Her words not mine.) Mom tried checking them out online but their web page hasn’t been updated in about a year as far as she can tell.
You see, My Mom has been in the rescue game a long time and everyone knows that if you have animals on your land in the State of Oklahome you better have one of two things. A Bill of sale or a Contract. Everyone also knows that In the State of Oklahoma there is an old law still on the books and it makes livestock rustling a hanging offence. Now, anybody who has lived here all their lives makes jokes about that law and we all know they don’t hang people anymore. But it just goes to show that we take our livestock very seriously here in this state. The State of Oklahoma also allows someone to sell a rogue animal that has stayed on their land for over 30 days to pay the feed, shelter and water bills for that animal. And you do not have to notify the owner as long as the owner has been notified the animal is on your propery.
So with all the laws to protect the home owner and the animal why would a rescue just send a horse with someone else to drop off at a place they have never been with someone she has never met? And with no contract or anything why would a real rescue not have something in place so that they don’t lose the rights to the horse? Mom says something isn’t right here and if the lady ever calls her again she is going to get to the bottem of this. See, another thing is that Mom only has the number to the lady bringing the horse not the rescue or the manager/owner of the rescue. Pretty Fishy huh??
As for me I just was excited to get a new horse to work with when Mom wasn’t working with it. But hey, I guess God will work it all out and if I have a new horse to play with fine, if not oh well.
Okay, So by now everyone knows that my Mom and I are all about the animals right? Well, today really did hold any surprizes so in the interest of keeping the Blog interesting I am going to tell you about something going on here at the farm that has nothing to do with anything but Mom.
I am sure most of you know that Mom believes that we were created by God to do one thing. That is to care for the earth and animals that God created in the beginning. She even says that everything else in the Bible is just to fix how badly we messed that task up. Anyway, When Mom was at Joplin to get the bunnies, a lady approached her to be a foster home for a horse from Adler Hill Farm. Mom said that she could only take one and that after that we were full in the horse department.
From there Phone calls back and forth took place and when it was all said and done I looks as if we will have a new foster horse to take care of.
If I have stolen the right picture off of Facebook This big white Geld is called Diablo. He is having a few problems but Mom says she is going to try and change that.
Anyway, tomorrow morning he should be delivered to the house and he will be taking Ice’s stall so that he can be off by himself while he gets used to the place. Then this weekend we will start working with him to gain his trust. We don’t know when he will go back to the Adler Hill Farm because this is our first time to foster for another farm. When we normally bring home rescue animals of any kind Mom has them signed over to her so that she can do what is in the best interest of the animal. We aren’t sure how everything works but basically we take care of everything and then when he gets adopted out the fees go to the rescue. I am not sure that is fair but Mom says it is about the animal. And we like to think that those fees that go back to the farm go to help another horse in need. This is our first time traveling down this road so if you are interested in following along let me know and I will post more as it happens and any speed bumps we hit on the way as well as potholes and obsticals.
Truth is this adventure has nothing to do with our fiber farm but it should be interesting to those who follow the blog.
I think we are trying hard to have all kinds of long days … and busy days …. What is next long busy days??? Oh we already have that … LOL
Anyway, when Mom got off work yesterday, We headed down to Walnut Creek Aplacas for the last scheduled time. This time it was to bring home Wendi and Jorden. Everything went really well. When we got home we put Wendi and Jorden in the east pen to give them time to get used to everything. Wendi was so scared last night that we had to halter her to get her in the stall. After getting them both settled, we headed straight to bed. I have to tell you Mom is a real trooper. She drove all the way home while Dad and I slept. Then this morning who do you think was the first one up? Yup Mom! After chores she made waffles too but that is beside the point.
Ok, back to the story… This morning we did chores and then tried to put Wendi and Jorden out on the pasture with the others. We ended up having to put all the Alpacas in the East pen until they get used to each other and Jorden gets used to EVERYTHING. You see it is like this. We were told that Wendi is calmer then Hope. Well, under normal circumstances that might be true but with the trains coming through every 30 minutes and Jorden running like a wild man through the pasture it is enough to make any Mother nuts. So in the best interest of all we put all the alpacas in the east pen for the next few days. When they all get relaxed we will try to put them out on the pasture again.
So what went wrong?? Well, it didn’t go wrong as much as we just didn’t realise one little thing. We planned for everything but one little, teeny, tiny issue. JORDEN! He is into everything. When we let him in the pasture the sheep instantly became a source of amusement to him. They are all his personal fuzzy chasing thingies… LOL What made it worse was he chased the chickens and ducks too. Well, we didn’t want him to get hurt and if he tried to chase the Cotwold … They are bigger then he is … He would get hurt and then Wendi would step in and if they hit her she might get into trouble with her pregnancy. In the end we decided it was best to give them a few days in the smaller pen.
To see it happening was scary and funny all at the same time…. Picture this. Sheep running, followed by Jorden, who is followed by Wendi, Who is being followed by Hope, Charlie and Juneau because they want to meet her. All running around like wild animals while Jethro the pup barks because he thinks they are playing. Then add in Me and Mom trying to stop the whole thing from happening. Funny picture huh??? It was funny I am sure. In the end we caught and carried Jorden back to the East pen and all the Alpacas just kept right on following. The sheep however ran the other way in as many other directions as they could … I wonder why?? I even had battle wounds …
All the while Mom was trying to get some pictures but Mom says it was hard to get clear pictures of the chase but here is Jorden chasing Pistol with Wendi right behind and Juneau and Charlie are close behind…. LOL
Mom really wanted a picture of Jorden nursing. I don’t know why. The truth is that we didn’t get to see him nurse but for an instant after we got the alpacas back in the East lot So here is the only picture of Jorden nursing so far.
Mom tried to get a picture of me with them to show you how small they are. I am just over 5ft now …
Aren’t they just the cutest things?
Check it out … their first Family photo … And our foundation herd!! I can’t help but look at all the color and think we have it all covered. Is there a color we don’t have?? Well, okay Charlie the Black one is Gelded but hey we still have his fleece for color for awhile … LOL… I guess a true white as well but hey, we can’t have it all … not yet anyway…
Okay, I do have to clear up one little thing with everyone. No, those names are not typos. The last two Alpacas to come home are registered as Wendi with an “I” and Jorden with a “E” You see I am not Creative with the names and I wanted the little guy to be named Jordan. Well, Ms. Karen and Dave explained that even though Jordan was taken in the registry That we might do something like they did with Wendi and just change one letter and that name might be available. Well, when most people register an animal if it is from a big herd the Breeder will put his flock ID before the name and that makes it that breeders form of that name … EX Karen puts WCR before each name and that makes them Walnut Creek Ranch Wendy or Walnut Creek Ranch Jordan … But I am just starting and I don’t know if I want to use RJ Wendy or QT Wendy or maybe I will use RJQT Wendy. Juneau is really WCR Juneau. Well, as you can see I need to think about a few things and get it all worked out. For now our foundation herd will only have one name each except Hope who is registered Sweet Hope but that wasn’t our doings she came with that name. We will be calling her Hope. So that mean we have the following:
Charlie – who isn’t registered
And just so you know I have 1 month to figure it all out … Hope is Due the 19th of Sept.