What's Up at WRLG
FROM THE FARMERS POINT OF VIEW
We had more snow in March and I was sure I was done lambing. But the last weekend in March a ewe lamb was born from a mom who gave birth last April while I was at my mothers funeral in Virginia. Then 2 days later a yearling gave birth to another ewe lamb. I really thought I was done...but this morning in between the rain squalls a ewe who is just a year old gave birth to a ram lamb. I guess I can't really say if I am done with lambing. There are now 21 lambs! 2 tan, 2 black, 2 ewe lambs with horns and the rest of the lambs are white or have tan patches. We shall see what the rest of the month brings.
There are 16 lambs that are lively and running around like a school of fish and 2 new lambs that were born on February 9th. One of which was so big I needed to help deliver it....in the mud.
Yes , Mud....It has been warm enough for the ground to become a muddy mess. Luckily this fall the courtyard had been scrapped and stone put down to improve drainage. Where last year I would have been in 6 inches of mud , I am only in a little surface mud and slush.
I have only 1 full time bottle baby right now and she is a month old, her name is Lady . She gets a bottle only twice a day now, which is much easier on me.
The lamb I helped deliver Thursday(9 pm) is on the bottle as his mother still hasn't had her milk drop. But she is also a ewe whose teats face at an odd angle making it hard for lambs to drink. I will be working on that today, otherwise I will be feeding every 6 hours for the next week, leaving not much time for much of anything away from the farm.
I think I have 3 ewes left to give birth????? So we shall see. I am glad of the warmer weather as having already had a birth occur in -16 F and almost losing him to the cold is not fun. By the way the lamb born on that very cold morning is named Linus and his mother is Peanuts. Peanuts had a surprise lamb last April while I was in Virginia at my Mom's funeral and her name is Freida.
Yes I do look a bit overwhelmed.....but it has more to do with everything being moved around. I am a very visual person and I like being able to visualize where I saw something or am looking for something. It is one thing if I move an item, but when other's are involved in this process it makes it difficult for me to find things. I know I need to let this feeling go but it is frustrating. I made charts for all the cabinets and drawers in both kitchens so I know where things will go or where they are now. I need to do this in my backroom, sewing room and the new downstairs library/bedroom. I need to move all my books from the upstairs library as the floors are not happy with me. So on it goes and it is slow...but I am moving forward into 2023!
This is the before
being gutted picture
This is today:
I can't wait for the floor,walls
and cabinets to go in. Then the appliances and the counter tops!
The French door fridge is due TODAY! I still need to get the plumber out to do the Kitchen drain and the drawers can now be filled, but I need some organizers for them. So many little things that need getting done. The rip out of the old kitchen won't start till after December 9th. But by then the Addition Kitchen will be ready to rock and roll into the holiday season! OH but there is a lighting issue, but that will have to wait till after the 9th as well. I have lots of floor lamps , but no overhead lighting and the overhead fan's need to be connected to help with warm air circulation.
Needless to say things are moving along in Brandon's vision...I hope he is smiling.
Brandon is the one in the picture below with the red hat and red shirt helping with the post and beam frame.
AN UPDATE: The fridge was in the truck, but they didn't have the paperwork.........so they couldn't release it to me. I will now wait for lowes to contact me with a new delivery date. As mom would say"good things come to those who wait". Thanks Mom, I will keep thinking that!
The countertops in the Addition kitchen are in place, but not yet secured. I cleaned up the living room as much as I could , moving furniture and the Canning Kitchen appliances. The guys had to take off the front door to be able to more the two biggest countertops, the center island and the sink countertop. Now they are in the process of securing everything. More pictures to come!
The season's are moving on.....where did summer go this year? My body has not been cooperative lately and many of the farm chores have not been done. I have missed 3 September farmers markets and yesterday I only sold eggs at the market. My low back and pelvis are having problems working together, it doesn't help that I have arthritis in the connections at the ends of the ribs ( it is called Facet Joint Arthritis).
I am hoping this week to slowly get some things done and a bit more canning. I need to find at least 2 white pumpkins so I can make Pickled Pumpkin.
The drought has brought on an early harvest of apples and pears. I have made Spiced Apple jelly and Spiced apple rings. There are alot of pears, but they are small and hard which makes it difficult to do anything with them except to pick them and store them in the basement while they ripen.
Cucumbers and Zucchini seem to be done as well as peaches. I am glad I don't grow all those veggies.....I enjoy buying them from other farmers and paying them for their labor and expertise.
I have some red fall raspberries, but they are very small and won't amount to much other than a snack for me and the birds. I am hoping to pick up some white pumpkins to make pickled pumpkin before the kitchen renovation begins.
Now that the canning season is winding down I won't be doing much more canning till the canning kitchen is finished . Once that is done I will be starting to can the fruit in the freezer to make jams and preserves.
As my dad would say" onward and upward".
Yesterday just after noontime my neighbor Dot knocked on my door and the police arrived in my driveway with the blue lights going. Dot knocked and asked if any of my sheep have escaped? They are in the road......my thoughts made me not listen to the rest of what she was saying as I thought the boys had jumped over the fence next to the road. But no, that wasn't why they were there so I began listening again and she refered to the sheep running from the powerlines across the road.
I asked " were there black sheep with horns?" The reply was "yes" ...uh oh....but it still didn't sound right. My neighbor Dot offered to drive me down to where the sheep were and I went with her . There were certainly sheep crossing the road....but they weren't MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Luckily Dot and I plus the police man convinced the sheep to go into the cementary next to the powerlines. The sheep were owned by a neighbor on a road that runs parallel with the powerlines. Those sheep had certainly escaped and the owner headed over to the cementary to gather up their flock.
I was relieved that the sheep weren't mine as it seemed impossible for my sheep to get to access to the powerlines. My fence line doesn't go anywhere near the border of the powerlines and I don't have any gates on the backside of the property. Most of my escapes occur when the grass is no longer enough and my big boy rams will jump over the fence into the lush overgrowth next to the roadside fence. But they usually jump right back if anyone approaches them.
The farm animals make life on the farm different everyday!
ALL ABOUT FAMILY determined that the north end of the first barn had come off it's foundation and needs more work than just a roof job. So in late March of 2023 they will start work on the barn infrastructure and what foundation work can be started.
The canning kitchen conversion will start near the end of October (after I finish canning for the season). As it is right now the canning season seems never ending. The hot stretches of weather haven't helped my canning output. I find it hard to pick fruit , pick up local veggies to can and still manage to do the cooking and canning, farm chores etc .
I think it has more to do with not being physically isolated, unlike the past 2 years. I leave the house much more regularly than I was and boy does that take time away from the farm. But hopefully I can fill the shelves in the basement as I had 5 or 6 years ago. Yet I need to be realistic and do what I can and hope for the best!
Mary Will Sussman