Thursday, March 18, 2010

Status Quo

I thought I would share a few photos from around the place, taken in the past two months. They'll give you an idea as to the amount of snow we I had to deal with this winter. Oh, my DH was help, but he had to be very limited due to the surgery he had in the Fall. He was the one who called the guys to get the driveway plowed out after the Big Snows.

The first photo is of the barn roof during the snowstorm. All we could see was the weather-vane.

The Barn Roof in the Big Snow

[caption id="attachment_653" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Loki, complete with purple oil on his horns where he scraped them playing with the wethers."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_656" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Too much snow!"][/caption]

The boys before the attack. Little do they know the shearer will be here Sunday.
Things are getting back to a sort of normalcy here. The boys are healing, slowly, but making progress. The girls seem to be fine although we won't really know until next month if the stress of the dog attack had any effect on the lambs they carry. Two of the girls, Ailee and her mother, Amanda, have porked up to where I will have to shorten their rations a bit or get them moving more. I may have been working hard during the snows, but the ewes had The Good Life in the barn - eating bon-bons and laying around all day long.
I remember seeing a sort of treadmill for farm animals on one of those antique-finding shows on TV. Boy, could those girls use one. ;) I wonder if they have a YMCA for sheep???
And I have started getting ready for spring and summer activities. One thing is for can not wear one's self out shoveling snow, then do all sorts of housework and cooking. Now that snows are melting fast, the creek is running full-bore, it's time for me to start the projects I set aside during this winter.
I'm pretty sure the Hired-Hand-With-Benefits (aka the DH) will appreciate a cooked meal now and then. ;-)
NOTE: Thank you all for asking about the boys' recovery and the court proceedings. Unfortunately, as we are still going through the court proceedings I can not make a comment on them except to say everything is going well. The young man who owns the dogs has, so far, been making restitution for the veterinary expenses. We won't know the complete outcome until sometime in May.


Monica said...

I am so glad to hear that things are getting back to normal! The pictures are beautiful, but wow, what a lot of snow! I remember seeing the treadmill too, although I can't imagine the animals liking it too much! Oh I wish I had sheep of my own! What lovely fiber they have!

JC said...

I'm glad they are doing better. Did you hear about the court date & did what happened ? Just wondering ...

Sharon said...

It seems like good news. I'm glad the owner is being responsible. Too bad he didn't think ahead of time.

Jennifer said...

I cannot imagine having that much snow - I would be sick of it as well. I'm glad to hear the sheep are on the mend and look forward to hearing about the lambs. Hang in there with the court proceedings!

nursedragon said...

Spring cannot come soon enough! We are all thoroughly fed up with the snow this year. Now, when I come back from a few days working in Winslow, I can see how quickly things are melting. The creek is absolutely roaring along. The ducks are staking their territorial claims. The skunks are out and about! (at night)

I'm so glad your tough little Shetlands have weathered the storm and are healing so well. Your care and attention are paying off. I wish I could be there for the shearing this year.

Loki is sure turning into a handsome lad - his horns have grown considerably.

klefevre said...

Thanks Everyone...I sure appreciate your comments...both on the snow and the boys. I thank heavens this isn't fly season. And I am hoping that getting their really thick fleeces off will make them feel even more comfortable as the days get warmer and longer.

Mel - there's always next year. And hopefully we'll have a couple more fleeces from sheep born this year, or ones I bring back from Black Sheep Gathering!