Christmas Eve

What a day … most think I would say that because it is Christmas Eve. Truth is that it was more about getting ready for the snow then anything. According to the weather man tomorrow we have a 100% Chance of snow. So what do we have to do to make sure everything is safe and warm through a storm like that?? Well, Christmas Eve or no Christmas Eve there is alot of prep work done before the storm hits so that we can get through a storm with as little issues as possible. First, All waters must have heaters. That brings me to the Part of Christmas Eve that I like. You see Mom got me this for Christmas ….
In back of the rope and Apple treat for my horse is a heated water bucket for my Goats. Now with the snow coming Mom let me have it a bit early and I went to get it in place before the storm came. Everything else already has water troths with heaters in them. All we had to do was get electric to them all. To bad the barn doesn’t have electric yet. Mom took time to run electrical cords to every one of the troth heaters and get them all in place and going.
The other thing we do for the animals to get ready for a winter storm is that we also have to get heat to everything. Around here that is done with heat lamps. The Call Ducks, Sheep shed, Goat shed, Chicken coop and calves all got heat lamps in place today. Getting the water heaters and lamps in place to a good bit of the day but we also found time to move up all the animals to the front pasture so that if the pond freezes nothing will get caught out on the ice. We also caught and removed all training leads that the animals were dragging. Storm and Joseph both still had their leads in place and they have to be removed because if they freeze to the ground in a place where the animal can’t get to shelter, the animal would be in real danger of freezing to death as well. Dad’s Big job today was to made sure to get big round bales out to everything so that we won’t have to worry about haying them in the snow. We also got the last of the straw put under the shed in the pasture for the cattle. They will use it to snack on as well as to bed down in and stay warm.
On top of that we took time to clean up everything from the back of the roping arena. You see there is a unused spot at the back of the arena where the fencing is falling down and we just really don’t use much. With me breaking Storm Mom says I am going to need a round pen and she plans on putting it in that unused spot. That way we will be fixing fence and making that spot usable all at once. She even got the first 6 posts for me for Christmas and she plans on buying a few every payday until we have enough. (I think she said it was almost a hundred we would need) Then she says she will go to buying the side boards for it. She says we will get it a little at a time and when we are done it will be done and paid for. There are even going to be a couple of pens on the side of it for my cattle. Anyway, Mom and I cleaned up the spot we are going to use. We got rid of stuff like this …
And even removed old posts like this …
Then we found what will be the center of our round pen and drove the center stake. If the ground hadn’t been so cold and hard Mom said we could have set the first posts but as it is we will miter the tops of the posts and set them another day when the ground isn’t so hard to dig in.
The last thing we had to do to get ready for the storm had nothing to do with the animals but it is very important to us surviving. You guessed it. With the wood burning stove for heat we have to make sure there is enough firewood cut, split and brought in so that there is heat for us humans … Dad and I had enough wood cut, we just had to get it split and bought in. With the two of us it took no time…
After we got all of that stuff done we came in to have a bit of Christmas with my Sister and he boyfriend. This year we all traded names and had a limit. My sister got my name and I got something I really needed … A new Jacket. I got some other stuff but here are just a few of the things I got. You saw the bucket and rope and treat for my horse but look at all this….
My Sister and I both got a stocking full of candy…
Mom Made me this Hat …
Now check out my version …
In the end I had a good meal with my family and got some really great gifts to boot. It was a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS … Now I am off to bed Do you think it is to late for Santa to come to my house … LOL

Roping and Party time

Well, I have to say That I have been kind of busy but having a blast. First I got to rope in a roping called the Ultimate Calf Roping. I placed 7th out of 40 Ropers. I was one of 9 that tied down all three head. No I didn’t win any money but I am hapy with how I did. I just plain out got beat. Not because I couldn’t rope but because those ropers were just better then me. That is okay because I will get better.
While I was there Mike Johnson came over and needed help breaking in the calves for the Mike Johnson calf roping the next day. So I went to help. I got to tye down calves with Mike Johnson himself. And then the next day I got to go to the Mike Johnson roping. I got to meet really good calf ropers like Tyson Durfy, Tuff Cooper, Ryan Jarrett and Cory Sullivan. I think this has been the best Christmas ever so far.
Then today I had a friend come over and rope. When we were done some others joined us and we pigged out of snacks, Made gramcracker houses and decorated christmas cookies. As party favors I sent them each home with their houses they made, a small sack of candy and a Peanut butter hot chocolate cup. I made the Hot chocolate cups myself.
This was one of the houses that was made …
For the record this is the only one that had a door …
And this is my Party Shack…. With a pasture with my dead horse in it … And yes the thing on top is a Christmas tree… LOL … Silly I know but I had a blast making it.

Happy Winds Day Pooh …

Today was another great day … Okay so the 40 mph winds was not fun at all but that didn’t stop it from being a good day. First I stayed in most the day. Mom did the shopping for the party and Christmas dinner. Then Dad and I met Mom back at the shelter to do meet and greet. You see … There is this little one there…
She is a 3 month old little girl. Mom tested her the other day and she wasn’t really the temperment Mom wanted on the farm. She said she was scared of everything and peed all over herself if you even looked at her. Well, I talked Mom into doing the meet and greet anyway. Her and Jethro did great and She did better with Jethro around then without him….. They played for a long time while Mom, Dad and I talked. Mom is in love with this picture … Jethro is 6 months old and looks huge compared to her.
She has longer hair then Jethro so we know she is mixed with something else…. They played forever.
When all was said and done Mom is going to keep her at the shelter and get her wormed, bathed, get her first round of shots and then we are going to bring her home to try. If she doesn’t eat anything … in the famous last words of Mom … She will be my responsiblity…. I think I am going to name her Kate. Anyone have any other Ideas? Remember she is going to be paired with Jethro so I need a name that kind of goes with that. Jethro and Kate? Jethro and Mary? Are there any famous couples with a Jethro and something else I could use??

Check this out

So most of you know Mom is a pretty handy person to have around. My question to you … Now what does all this have to do with anything??
Mom said it was for me for Chrirstmas… I know it is the thought that counts but okay … What would I do with this?? Well, about 30 minutes later I was told it was going to be this….
Yup you guessed it… they are stands for my banners. There is a third size too so I have a whole set … Cool huh? Next year I won’t be taping up my banner at the Fiber Festival booth … No Sir I am going to be uptown now….

Okey Dokey then

Where has all the Christmas Spirit gone?? I only ask because today seems like everytime I open my mouth … In Person, Plurk, twitter, FB whatever the media, I please no one with what I say and they all let me know about it…. On one media I asked a friend to send me some of the snow they were getting … another person took my head off and told me to “have your Mom take you there because we don’t need that white stuff here” Okey Dokey then … Yup they disagree with me. Then I posted that Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Rocked … Okay just my opinion but then came the reply that someone was not “into Peanut butter but by all means you enjoy that”, Is that like telling me to shut up and drink my Hot Chocolate? Again Sorry I posted anything and sorry my hot chocolate offended… LOL … It kind of reminds me of how people tell you “Good luck with that” when what they really want to say is “Okay, if you think you can pull that off more power to you but I have no faith you can.”
Whatever happened to “if you don’t have anything nice to say …. Say nothing at all”? Okay so I like my Hot chocolate and snow and no one else does … So I can’t post it to my timeline without people disagreeing?? Really?? What about White Christmas and all that jazz? And even if you don’t like it … I think people should learn to disagree with each other civilizedly … Okay I just made that word up and someone is going to take my head off for it because that is just the way my day is going but I am ready for it this time. I said it and I stand by it … PLEASE DISAGREE CIVILIZEDLY!!! Not just with me but with everyone. There is no need to be so negative or rude about anything. Doesn’t anyone know that it is okay to disagree?? It is okay to say everyone is entitled to an opinion. You don’t have to cram your views down everyone’s throat you know. It is fine to just “smile and wave boys, smile and wave.” My family does it all the time. We know that we all can disagree about everything under the sun and still get along just peachy … *I am now singing “why can’t we be friends, why can’t we be friends” Okay Done whining now … Sorry just been one of those days.
As for The rest of my day Mom and I cleaned out the fiber room before heading out to finish the last of the Christmas shopping. On our way we dropped off a donation of yarn to the Senior Citizen’s center. Mom says that since some of the ladies make granny squares her basket of left over scraps is like a treasure to someone who is short of funds. Scraps of this color or that can easily become a round on a Granny Square. Mom says that by giving her scrap basket to them each year, she doesn’t have an over flowing basket and they get to keep on Crocheting. She says it is a win/win and she also says that if a few skeins or two get in the wrong bag by accident they will have something to tie all the scrap granny squares together … Besides Mom says it makes her feel better to know her scraps are going some place they can be loved and use. And would you believe that when the “throw” (as they call it) is done they normally raffle it off and Mom being who she is buys chances to win it … She did say “Thank the Lord I have never won” … She says she wouldn’t know what to do with it. Knowing her she would probably donate it to someone else ,,, LOL
Oh and I have one more secret … I know what Mom and Dad got me for Christmas. I was with Mom today when she picked it up. She said I had to wait to tell everyone though … Man I am terrible at keeping secrets … Okay I will share one secret … I am mailing everyone’s calendars out tomorrow. If you haven’t got yours to support the next shepherd through the scholarship fund there is still plenty of time. You can order them on the General Store page …

It’s Electrifying …

Well, today I didn’t get a whole lot done but it wasn’t a total waste… Dad spent most of the day with friends and family that came to his aide to get the barn electric back in working condition. I guess electricians are busy the week before Christmas because we couldn’t get not one to come look at the barn until after Christmas. Well that won’t do … We have the three bottle calves out there and they won’t make it through the night without heat let alone until Christmas. So My Dad called everyeone he knew that might know anything about electrical Soon our pasture was full of a different kind of creature… It looked something like this …
With Three helpers Dad finally got everything back working. That means that as the temps drop the calves will be able to lay on their heating pad under their heat lamps and keep warm.
As for me … I learned to use this nifty little box.
I know most of you learned long ago how to use a miter box but I just learned today and I finally got the animal pen in the kitchen all trimmed out… So why today you ask? Well, I have convinced Mom to let me have a Christmas party. So far I have four maybes and no RSVPs but I will hold out hope and plan. So far we will have snacks (including Birthday Cake for Jesus), Play Christmas music, build gram cracker houses and decorate sugar cookies.
However, Mom said the house has to be clean. That means getting the rest of the construction stuff out of the kitchen and what easier way is there to do that then to use it where it goes?? The corner started out looking like this….
Now it looks like this … Pretty good for a first timer huh??
After that I worked Joseph, Cherokee and Storm. Cherokee is getting ready for the sping livestock show while Joseph and Storm are working to be ridable.