Babies, Complications, another baby and Kittens?

So Friday started what seemed like a bit of an off trend. First, my team roping for Saturday was cancelled. Then Paige had a breech birth. That night at my roping I didn’t do any good. By three AM I was back in the barn for another birth. With the late night and the delivery I got up a bit late which wouldn’t have been a big deal if I hadn’t had to work for my Uncle this morning. I thought I had it all under control until Whiskey wouldn’t load into the trailer so I could leave. When I got home I was caught in a mess of Kitten births.

So Yesterday Mom worked in the morning so I did my regular routine and got things done around here. I cleaned on the barn as well as a few other odds and ends. When Mom got home I left and went to team roping practice. The plan was to get home with just enough time to get to my calf roping. Well, I got home to find Paige in labor. She wouldn’t cooperate and go in the barn so we had to work her around the back side of the barn and physically catch her and make her go in.

We knew something was wrong when a dark yellow discharge was the first things to show. It broke and went everywhere. I checked Paige and then called the vet. She wasn’t dilated correctly and when I checked her there was nothing in the birth canal. Doc said to give her a little more time and then check again and give him a call if we need him. When I went to check her the second time there was a lamb in the canal and it was Breech. With no time to really get Doc on the phone so I just got in and Helped that big boy come into the world. With each contraction I slowly guided the Butt of the Lamb out. It was hard to get a grip on him so the tugs were easy and slow. Within just a few minutes Paige gave birth to the first of two boys. The second Boy came on fast and literally just Popped right out. He was smaller and wasn’t breech. We named them Garnet and Alabaster. I think I will call the little one AL!!!!

I got gone a bit late for my roping but still had time as they were running late as well. The only thing is that by this time I was kind of tired and didn’t draw the best calves. I missed the first calf and then roped the second around his eyes. Both runs were no times and I came home empty handed. It was about Midnight when I snuggled into bed to sleep the day off.

Very abruptly my sleep was interrupted by a “Get up we have a ewe in the barn and Dad got called into work”. (Just my luck huh?) It was Mom and Annette, the QT, was in the barn. I am glad it was a quick, uncomplicated birth. I spent more time getting water, feed, hay and hanging the light for the little guy then he took to get here. With Little sleep I don’t know if I could have handled much. In the end Annette gave birth to a healthy boy that we named Gypsum.

I got back to bed just about 30 minutes later and fell off to sleep only to be awoke with a “Get up, we over slept”. I got in gear and got most the chores done before I headed to help my Uncle work cattle. I got everything grained and hayed before I grabbed Whiskey and headed to get her saddled for the day ahead. At this point I had hustled enough to make up for lost time. I was right on time until Whiskey decided she didn’t want to load. Why is it when I am in a hurry what ever horse I try to take wants to pick that exact time to act up?

Thanks to her antics I had to put the tire on the stock trailer and switch trailers and employ Mom to get her loaded. I don’t think Whiskey has ever seen Mom take control of her before and in just a few seconds she knew Mom wasn’t playing and she loaded like a charm. I was about 15 minutes late though. And that is just the half of it. I should have taken two horses. I was told we are bringing up some cows to let the Vet Preg check them. Then when I got there a half day worth of work turned into working several pastures of cattle and by Noon Whiskey was wore out. My Uncle had actually called in more help and their horses had wore out too. It wasn’t Whiskey’s fault. I took her for one job (that I knew she could handle) and we did something different. I will say this though … she never took a lame step. That Chiropractor really worked for her. Anyway, I ended up riding a different horse the second half of the day. It wasn’t mine but it worked so I was happy to be able to give Whiskey a break.

When I got home I was spent. I took a little time and chatted with Mom about her day. She had spent her time processing most of those bananas that she had gotten the other day on sale. We have more banana chips, puree and Frozen chips then any one family really needs. She even told me about feeding the peels to the sheep and goats. At first they wouldn’t touch them. Then Fudgie decided she liked them so everyone on the pasture wanted them.

Mom also told about Festus and his getting his head through the cattle panel to get water when he has a trough right in his own pen … Goats are so silly and seldom think things through. In this case Mom had to get his head out and he smashed two of her fingers.

We then turned our attention to dinner. Mom hopped online to order us up some pizza. As Mom and I were checking out the deals to see what was the best ones, all of the sudden Sister, (the kitten that was known as Ying) let out a horrible noise and Moose jumped at her. I jumped up to find a Kitten hanging from her rear end and her hissing in circles. At that moment If I hadn’t been so scared in a what the heck is going on kind of way … It might have been funny. So two hours later we had four kittens. Of the four, three were breech. I guess Paige was just practice.

And after all that Dad and I Finally set out to get our pizza. Now that my belly is full I am off to get a shower and make my way to bed. Mom is putting on the Ham for tomorrow’s Easter Dinner and I am Praying for a quiet night of sleep. Okay, as I typed that Dad came in and said we have two missing Ducks. I guess I will hunt for them before my shower … LOL

Everyone is taking turns watching over Momma and Babies …

First Sister’s Sister, Fatso (aka Yang) wanted to check out the new little ones.

And Hank … the old girl … wanted to see them too.

Crazy Days!!!

So this time of year always gets busy. This year is no different. Pace gave us babies, Mom got a few additions to her milk goat herd, I met our sheep winner and Mom took time to make lotion bars, lip balms and soaps. Not to mention all the bananas that are taking over the house and oh, Mom got a part time job off the farm so I am now managing the farm three days a week. Think we need more going on around here??? LOL

So let’s start with Pace. I was home on Mom’s first day of work which was Tuesday. I was dog sitting for a neighbor and in between letting the dogs out Pace decided it was a good time to give birth to two little boys. I named them Kunzite (I am calling him Mr. K) and Mica

While Pace had them on the pasture, I got them inside the barn safe and sound. Wouldn’t you know, it has been raining for days now.

Wednesday Mom went and picked up our Easter Dinner fixing before we went on a planned road trip. While she was shopping the banana sale bug hit her again and she brought home a ton of bananas. When she got home she started all the dehydrators working on Banana chips. I love those things …

By 1:30pm we were on our way to see a new friend and pick up a couple of goats. Yup, Mom finally found a billy for her milk goats. And he came with a traveling partner. Their names are Matthew and Festus. You know off of Gunsmoke …

There was a bonus to the trip and that is that I got to meet and talk to Katie our Sheep giveaway winner. Here is a video we put together of our time at their place.

Not only did I get to talk sheep with Katie, I gave her my FFA/4H book to raising sheep and we talked a little bit about her plans for pens and housing. We also talked weeds and plants, Feed and everything in between. And there was even time for us to “break bread” (as Mom calls it) I have to admit. I know that Katie is going to love those sheep to death. And Mom and Dana are talking about Katie coming and spending a little time here to learn about the wool process. Katie wants to make her Mom some yarn.

Dana also Gifted us two things that Mom is super excited about. The first is a screen. You know the kind that you watch projections on?? Well, if Mom can figure it out we will be using it to have some movie watching on the side of the barn. Yup you heard right outside Movies … the other is a projector that puts still shots on the wall. It needs a new light bulb but Mom says she will get one as soon as she gets to town.

We got home late so Matthew and Festus spent the night in Murphy’s pen. Then this morning after letting out the neighbor’s dogs and doing our chores Mom and I set out to figure out where we would be putting her milk goat herd. We want them in a pen alone so that if there is any chance of having babies this fall, we don’t miss it.

We finally decided on the Milk goats going into the East pen, the Donkeys went in the yard pen, the calves went to the cattle pen and the sheep and angoras ran the big pasture with the gates open. After that I went to rope before actually putting it all in place. About 3 hours later I found myself Juggling livestock. While some things didn’t go as easy as I planned everything got to where it was going …LOL

Meanwhile inside Mom was a busy beaver today as well. She made lotion bars, lip balm and goat’s milk soap. All the while she kept the banana chips dehydrating … Her oldest dehydrator gave out so she experimented with drying them in the convection stove as well as the regular stove. They tasted okay to me but Mom was really unhappy they stuck to the pan and didn’t look good at all. She says she likes them from the dehydrator the best.

Many Seasons in one!

So this last week was spring break for the kids around here. That means we had visitors. With the temps getting warmer the sheep are panting a bit so that has brought shearing season. And with Fig deciding it was time to give birth that means the second wave of Lambing season has begun. Nope we aren’t busy at all. Did I mention with better weather brings Rodeo season??

So many Seasons so little time. Oh, no problem! We will just do them all at once … LOL … Spring Break always brings visits. This last week was no different. We had some friends and visitors that come every year to the farm. We have a ton of fun and they love the new babies. Our New Passes allow visitors access to the farm earlier then the public so people have two weeks that it is quieter and more personal here on the farm. If you are interested in Season passes you can check them out HERE

With the weather changing and Spring coming on strong I had decided that this weekend was the weekend to start shearing. So yesterday evening I moved some sheep and goats into the barn so that I could get started. The plan is to get 4 or 5 done a night. Honestly I thought we had a bit more of a break before the Shetlands and Fiber Flock would start lambing. So I thought I would at least be closer to having shearing season over with before we needed to fill the barn with them.

Then last night In the midst of it all Fig Decided that she didn’t want to wait any longer to meet her twins. Mom had noticed her off by her self and acting a bit pre-laborish but I really didn’t think it was time yet. However, about 7pm we put her in the barn to join the fun. Some time between midnight when Mom and I got done shearing and left the barn and 3:30am when we went to check her, she gave us One boy and one girl that we named Ruby and Jasper …

Tonight I will be shearing again and from here on out we will be keeping an eye on everyone as it seem Wave two has begun!!

Another Girl

So yesterday I spoke to soon. I did a short note here on the blog before heading off to bed early. I made the post saying the second wave of lambing is about to begin. I based that on the fact that I really didn’t think Gurtie was bred. That would mean that the first wave had ended. Well, That turned out to be a false truth. I didn’t lie on purpose but more like Gurtie made a liar out of me.

I started my day with chores and then I found reasons and things to do inside as a cold front has moved in and my head was hurting. For the next two days or so it is suppose to be a bit cooler with the lows being right at freezing. So Mom and I made a fire, put on some Chili and while she worked online I watched a movie.

It was about lunch time and Mom had put on some hotdogs for me. She also normally drinks coffee as she works so on a short trip to the coffee maker for a refill and to check my lunch, she stopped at the door to look over the sheep. I know she loves having them outside the back door and she checks them every chance she gets. Anyway, all of the sudden I hear “RJ Outside Now” and Mom bolts from the house out the back door. I got to the back door to see Mom sprint (as well as an old woman can) across the pasture and head for Gurtie. As I got out the Door She yelled for me to get the big barn door open.

It wasn’t until I opened the door and saw Mom holding a large lamb low while making her way to the door that I figured out what was going on. Gurt wasn’t far behind her and Mom was moving at that quick but slow come with me hurried pace we use to get things into the barn. We got her inside and got the baby under a lamp. It was cold and windy today so Gurt struggled to get the baby cleaned off. The wind was blowing causing the fetal membrane to dry fast. Gurtie just couldn’t get the baby cleaned very well outside. She got the face and enough cleaned off that the baby will be just fine now that it is inside.

This new little girl didn’t get a name until we reposted her photo. I am really worried because if people have run out of names already we are in trouble. The second wave is going to be bigger then the first …. Remember we are using Gemstone names this year. We just can’t have lambs named no name 1, no name 2 and so forth …

Thankfully the new little girl was finally named Topaz ….

Second wave is coming

Just a short note to let everyone know that the second wave of lambing should begin any day now. The first day of this wave was actually Friday but I spent my weekend roping so Mom was left checking lambs. So far nothing … and the Shetlands have tails so it is harder to see their whohas so we are kind of in the dark about who will go first. And the QT crosses have to much fuzz so they will go when they go and the clean up ewes won’t lamb for about 3 weeks after we get the second wave going.

Anyway, keep your eyes peeled for Facebook posts as we will be needing more Gemstone names soon ….

Crazy Days

While I was a bit busy today, yesterday was awesome. We took amethyst and did a school program for the entire Pre-K, Kindergarden and 1st grade. And we the topic was that everyone had Agriculture in their lives. Then today I had to work, pick up a truck and take a horse to the vet.

We got up early and headed out to be ready for our first group at 8 AM. They were the littlest of the bunch. Keeping their attention was kind of hard but Mom did okay. And by the end of the presentation they all knew that just about everything linked to the farmer and that the farmer’s work was Agriculture. They got to see her spin wool, they got to touch and smell lots of things and then they got to pet Amethyst. To top that off, Each Teacher received a teacher’s pack complete with seeds, a couple of lessons to use with the seeds and some recipes to use with what they grow from their seeds. When we were done it was time for the next group and we rolled through three grades all before lunch.

And all this fun and learning would not have taken place without Mary. So who is Mary you ask? Well, let me tell you, Mary is an amazing lady that thinks all kids should know how agriculture effects their lives. Not just where their food comes from but also how agriculture is woven into our daily lives. She worked behind the scenes not only to get the school a sponsor for this program but she chatted with teachers as she handed out teacher packs and Made copies of fliers we ran short of and even got hot water for Amethysts bottle.

So if you see this logo anywhere, Please let them know you support them supporting programs that bring Agriculture to our school aged kids.

And you know what is funny the Teachers had just as much fun as the kids. We even convinced Mary to give Amethyst a little loving …

After we got done we headed home. On the way the truck seemed to act up but we made it with no real issues. Mom and I got things done around the farm and everyone headed off to bed early. This Morning I hit the ground running. I was suppose to get feed, sort cattle for my Uncle, Pick up a truck, take Whiskey to the Chiropractor and Get home in time to head to a roping.

Well, there was an issue so the feed wasn’t guaranteed to be ready and I had to be to my Uncles by 9:30 AM. So I skipped feed and went to help my Uncle. When I got done I headed to City Hall to take care of the Truck. I got home im time to pick up Mom and head to the Chiropractor. Mom thought she had an appointment today but they never called and she is now doubting herself so I gave her something else to think about. Whiskey. I had to meet the Chiropractor and once I got them he checked her out and found that her Left side was all out of alignment. He got her back in shape and Mom and I headed home.

At this point the Truck seemed to be over heating. I was doubting if my work on the truck was the issue. However, we got home called the mechanic again and he said it was the thermostat. My First thought was here we go again. But first I wanted to get the other truck taken care of…

You see the Volunteer Fire Department in Town had an older truck with just over 100,000 Miles on it and they put it up for silent bids. And about 2 weeks ago I put in a bid. Well, I got the truck. It is said to run good and I drove it home. The only issue at this point is that it doesn’t have a bed on the back or rear lights and one of the gas tanks was removed. I got the bed and the gas tank with the truck but now all I have to do is put it all back together.

Once I got that truck home I turned my attention to Mom’s truck. And today I learned to change a Thermostat on it … As for now I am headed to a roping. And I will let you know if my work on the truck is good enough ….

Today is the Day

So today it is just going to be a short post. One to let everyone know that we have worked hard to address every contact, email, suggestion and concern about Katie taking on the care of the sheep.

I have to admit, You guys didn’t take this contest lightly. Most people put a lot of thought into their input. We had some good questions and some great input from everyone. We made more phone calls and asked more questions ourselves just to make sure we knew in our hearts what was what.

We don’t take the care of these little ones very lightly. We aren’t giving them away because we don’t want them … just the opposite. We are giving them away to help someone that is like I once was, get started with their own adventure.

After all the contacts and questions and soul searching, We truly feel that Katie understands her responsibilities and that she has a very good support system in place to help her handle whatever comes her way.

She has family that allow her to do chores to cover costs of things and she has others that will help her out should she come up short. We feel she has a pure and true heart with her contest entry and that she will take this life changing challenge seriously.

So, all that being said we are declaring Katie the winner of the Sheep.

Mom’s Gone Bananas

So today started out normal. Then it turned into some craziness with a dash of silly on the side.

This morning it was cold but we did chores and I rode Streak first. Due to the weather He hasn’t been ridden daily like he should have. He also isn’t one you can let go for a day or he acts up. So I started with him. Mom headed to town for an appointment.

When she got home she did her chores inside. I moved on to roping on Ice while I let Derf out to play on the pasture for a bit. I ran a few pens before working on my flanking and tying. At some point during all that Mom called from the house saying she was going to go grocery shopping. I was happy as she hadn’t been in like three weeks and it was getting to be slim picken’s around the house.

So I finished up roping before turning to some fence repairs and smaller chores that had to be done. I started with Derf’s turn out. He has taken to rubbing on the fence by the arena and he has all but tore it down. So I fixed on it while he was out playing in the pasture.

When I got done with that Dad and I went to dump the burn barrel. We don’t have trash service and there isn’t a landfill in our county so we have to take care of our own trash needs. We watch what we throw away, burn what we can and scrap out all the metal as well as recycle things. Anyway, When I went to dump the burn barrel I found that there was trash on the Right away.

It wasn’t our trash but was probably bounced off a trailer that was going down the road. I stopped to remove it and found that it was a plastic stand of some kind. So I took it home to Mom and she has plans for it. When I went in to show Mom what I have found I was surprised to see Bananas everywhere.


So she explained that while she was at the store they had bananas on sale because they were getting over ripe. So Mom got 21 pounds of bananas for 6 bucks. I asked her what she planned to do with them all and she said “I will feed them to the Pig!” She then handed me a box of Peeps. Yeah, like that was going to keep me happy when the Pig got more then I did.

As I came and went Mom asked me to get out her dehydrator. I ask why and found out that a lot of those over ripe bananas were still good. And she was making not only puree to freeze for making muffins and breads but she was making banana chips!



After Mom saved all that was good, she made the pig some puree too. She froze some in a flat pan and she will cut it up or break it up which ever works.


Then she got just plain silly. She ran out of things to put the pigs banana puree in so she has them freezing in Lollipop molds. Yup she is making Buttercup Banana lollipops. She has lost it. I tell you … Gone plum Bananas!


Big Momma had a girl

So last night I went to a calf roping. I got in late and all was well. This morning I woke up to a new lamb. Today I helped Mom get video for her Interview for Tinkergarten. If all goes well she is hoping to get her background check and training with no problems. After that I am headed to a team roping.

So Last night I went to a Calf Roping at NEO. It was 2 and a short. I have to say I am happy with how I roped and how the horse worked. I placed in both rounds but in the short round I broke the barrier. That is okay though. I Brought home a paycheck and that was what I was wanting to do.

It was a long night though as we didn’t get done roping until around 1:30am and it is an hour away from the house. So by the time I got home and got my horse put up and then headed to bed it was around 3am I checked the sheep as I came back across the pasture from putting my horse up. Everything looked great some sheep were sleeping and others were out grazing a bit.

I hit the hay and didn’t hear anything until Mom came in and told me my phone was ringing off the hook. As I got up and around and wondered out to do chores I found that we had a new little one. There were only two large breed sheep left to lamb and they are in separate pastures so there really wasn’t much guessing as to who’s it was.

I got Big Momma and her baby in the barn before finishing up chores. I spent some time making sure the baby sucked and taking a few pictures. After that I was all Mom’s. I promised her my help and that meant I had to be the camera man for her video interview for her Tinkergarten application.

We spent just over an hour trying to “catch the wind” while making flags and trying to make them dance. The only change Mom made to their plan was that Due to food allergies we didn’t do snacks. Instead Mom brought a friend to meet everyone. You guessed it Amethyst stole the show. She was held and loved on after the activity was done.

Now that I am home I have just enough time to get the car unpacked and the trailer hooked up to the truck and loaded. Not to mention introduce you to “JET” … She is Big Momma’s new Baby girl.


And I even learned something about Jet today too Thanks to Justine Arrasate Lloyd. She is the one that suggested Jet. And she included this definition of Jet.

Jet is a type of lignite, a precursor to coal, and is a gemstone. Jet is not a mineral, but rather a mineraloid. It has an organic origin, being derived from decaying wood under extreme pressure

So not only is Jet different she has also made us all a bit smarter. Anyway, I am off here and scheduling this so that I can sneak away and hopefully bring home a paycheck from the team roping tonight.