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Friday, January 23, 2015

(Show) Jumping Out of the Nest

 I love having all my boys in the nest but this week,
one took a leap and not the one that I thought would go first.  It's probably not a permanent jump but it feels like it for this momma bird.

After the George Morris Clinic in the fall, Jonah (our middle son) was asked to be a working student for a professional eventer and trainer. They are going to "winter" in Ocala, Florida to compete.  While there, he will muck, groom, tack, and feed the horses in exchange for the opportunity to train.  He & Rivie will also compete in show jumping and eventing while there.

So we loaded up the horse trailer (you wouldn't believe how much stuff a boy and his horse need!) and hauled to Florida ~ straight through ~ from Texas!  18 1/2 hours later we arrived safely thanks to many prayers.

There were lots of jitters for J & R until they went on their first ride.
And then they settled right in.

It promises to be a challenging and hopefully fun experience.
Six weeks is a long time for my boy to be gone from the nest
but I'm so glad he jumped out doing something he loves.

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

Friday, January 16, 2015

Blended Yarn

Blending two types of fiber into hand spun yarn has been on my spinning bucket list for a while.  I hate to admit that this yarn was started months ago.  It has been waiting patiently on my wheel.  The last few days, however, I got the wheel turning again and finished my first blended skein.

For the base fiber, I used some solid white Jacob roving from our sheep.  To that, I added little bits of alpaca from our two guys, Simon & Garfunkel.  Simon's fiber is silky silver and Garfunkel's is buttery beige.

One single was solid white while the other was the blend.  I didn't want the two colors to twist together when I plied the yarn.  That's why I did it that way.

I really like how it turned out ~
Heathered creamy white
flecked with natural colors of gray and beige
and all from the animals in our pasture.

Now to figure out what to crochet with it.

Psalm 147:16
He gives snow like wool;
He scatters the frost like ashes.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ramming in the New Year

They are called rams for a reason.

These two sweet boys have been anything but well behaved lately.

They just really want to go over there!
Where the girls are, of course!
Way over there.

Last week they put their heads together
and rammed their way out of their pen and into the ewe's pasture.
They had to break two gates to get in.

Azure as a little lamb is in the blog banner above. 

We decided not to breed this year
and it seems they had other ideas.
We don't think any ewes were bred.
The ladies were very upset and running from them.

Atticus is living up to his bold name.

So the entrances have all been secured with ramming boards.
No more busting up the gates.

See if those pretty boys can get out of that!

S-Squared Atticus & S-Squared Azure - Jacob Sheep Rams

Isiah 53:6
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned - every one - to his own way;
and the Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Chicks

What could be better to bring in the new year than new baby chicks?

It's a strange time of year to get chicks, I know.
It's 20 degrees outside today.
Never the less, I wanted winter chicks so they would lay by summer.

Our last little flock of Dominiques were so gentle but they didn't fare that well.  Only half of them made it through the summer and it wasn't even that hot.  Even though I really prefer heritage breeds, I decided to try a crossbreed designed for our climate from a reputable Oklahoma hatchery.  Our weather is blazing hot and freezing cold and windy in between.  The chicken man promises this flock of Delaware Dixies is just what we need.

They were born last night.  I got the call this morning that they arrived.  So we made the trek over an hour away to pick up our new girls.  They are lively little things!  The healthiest looking chicks we've ever had.

Oh, my!  They are so cute!

We will pamper them inside for a few days til the weather is not so harsh for the newborn chicks.  Then out they go to the shed to grow into big girls.  Dear Lizzy will become mother hen and the Dominiques... well the freezer is in their future if they make it til spring.

Isaiah 43:19
Behold, I will do a new thing;
now it shall spring forth;
shall ye not know it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert.


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