Thursday, January 7, 2010

Oh what a wonderful morning.....


It’s a bitter cold morning with icy wind coming from the east. It’s still pitch black out, but the moon and stars are visible and there seems to be few clouds. The chicken coup is all closed up with two light bulbs for warmth and I can see the orange glow from the living room window it’s a comforting site knowing the chicken coup is probably as warm as the house.

I’ve got a good feeling in my heart this morning. I’ve spent the last several days preparing for this cold weather and I actually feel like my efforts have paid off. I hope I’m not speaking too soon, but there are many days I work hard the whole day and feel like I didn’t get squat accomplished. Thankfully we didn’t get the sleet and blowing snow they predicted last night but if we would have, we would have been ready for it. And there is not a better feeling I can think of than that.

Yesterday while I was adding more bedding in the barn I noticed a gory mess of blood and guts. I was totally freaked. I looked closer and realized it was afterbirth! A lamb must have been born when I was in Stillwater. I walked out to the valley, located the flock and sure enough there was a pure white lamb! One of my original Ewes had him and he was already bouncing around and nursing quite vigorously. I checked him for shivers making sure he was warm and healthy, all looked good. When I went to check on everyone before bed mom and lamb were in the middle of the flock and looked very cozy. When the sun comes up with just enough light for me to see I’ll go check on them make sure they had no problems during the night.

If there are no problems this morning with any of the animals I’ll get to spend the day inside working on admin type stuff that I have been putting off. I can’t imagine what it will feel like if I get all of my paperwork done too, I will have checked off my list for the week. I don’t know if I’ve ever been able to do that. I might even have time to learn how to knit. Nah……

5 comments:

Linda said...

You rock! The preps you've done are fantastic. I might stay in the chicken coop tonight...or the barn! :)

The picture of mamma and baby is wonderful!

Denise~ said...

Ohhh I love the new baby photo!

You keep teasing me with that I'm-going-to-learn-to-knit line and I'm going to show up on your doorstep with needles. ;)

nanc said...

What a *nice* looking lamb! And a good mama. I love the ones that do it all on their own. Hope your mamas decide to hold off on having babies for a few days. Between this weather and the ice storm of December 2007, I'm rethinking the whole notion of lambing earlier...

Lisa said...

Denise. I'm glad you got the hint:)
Nance, when I purchased the ewes I was told they were bred I just didnt know when. So its going to be an interesting lambing season.
Linda, I think not!

Denise~ said...

We'll get you in a sheep-to-shawl contest before you know it!