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My First Handspun Yarn

made from our very own Jacob Sheep. I'm quite excited about it!

I see all sorts of flaws in it ~ never the less, it's a start; it was fun; & it's straight off our sheep.
After we had them sheared, I skirted the fleece, washed it by hand, and carded it into rolags white & gray. Then I spun the fiber onto spools with the spinning wheel. Next was plying the two colors together.



Next I set the twist by giving the yarn soaks in hot water with dish soap,  hot water with white vinegar, then plain hot water.



Ta-da! Two and a half skeins of gray wool yarn.

Smiley couldn't be happier about what's become of her fleece. Either that, or she's smiling about the protein lick that is all over her face! I'm not sure which. We'll say it's the yarn.


Sooie Pig, Here Pig

Yesterday we brought home new piglets ~ Chester-Duroc Crosses. The girl is red and the boy (soon to be fixed) is white.

They are too stinkin' cute when they are little!

Ziggy and Poppy were very curious about their new neighbors.

Sooie Pig & Here Pig will lead a pampered life until they reach full size.

Funny how I love bringing baby pigs home and how I love putting big pigs in the freezer. That's farm life for you.

Homeschooling ~ One Down, Two to Go

Today is a special day.  It's the last day of our oldest son's homeschool education.
Twelve years ago, we started this ever changing, ever challenging journey to reach this destination.  We began with Kindergarten at the kitchen table with arm loads of books & fists full of new crayons.

 I had butterflies in my stomach as my mind raced with reservations.  Could I do it? Did I want to be with my kids all day everyday? The answer of course was "yes". On my own, I could not have done it though.  I've received so much guidance and encouragement along the way, especially from my always supportive husband, my sister-in-law that homeschooled before me and God whom I cried out to for patience many times. 

We simply felt led by God to take a different path with our children.
 Never have I been so happy that we made this decision.

Of course, high school presented challenges that we had not faced before.  Boys don't always like their mothers telling them what to d…

Frozen Homemade Biscuits

Did you know you could make biscuits from scratch and freeze them before baking? I loveAngel Biscuits but often there is not enough time in the morning to mix up a batch.
I decided to try freezing some for later use.  So last time I made biscuits I tossed one pan in the oven and one pan in the freezer.  A few days later I baked them. 

They were soooo gooood!
I couldn't tell any difference at all in the way they turned out. Just bake them twice as long as if they were fresh in the pan.
Who says you can't have perfect angel biscuits on a busy morning? 

Picking Flowers

This spring while shopping for flowers, I was admiring how pretty the hanging pots were at the garden store. But hanging pots and the Oklahoma wind don't go together well. Then I had an idea!   Why not transplant them in my galvanized pots?

So instead of buying flowers in small four inch pots and waiting for them to grow, I popped the large mass of flowers out of the hanging basket and put them in my metal containers. 
It worked out really well!

Just look how full those tubs are! 

And the bonus...
turns out you get a lot more bloom for the buck when you buy flowers in hanging baskets.

18 Eggs

18 eggs out of 22 hens. Now that is a good egg day!

Horse Dr.

D had a visit with a Dr. yesterday. Not just any Dr. but an equine veternarian who specializes in chiropractic treatment.
She's had a sore foot and after reading scary things on the internet about lameness, we called her for a farm visit.

After watching her lunge and examining her hooves, she decided to do a few x-rays to see what was going on. That was an amazing little machine!
D was upset that her legs were muddy for the photo shoot.

It was determined that she needs some adjusting in the way her hooves are trimmed.  If that doesn't help, we will put front shoes on her. We were just happy to know her limping would get better with a few changes and a little time.

We learn so much when Dr. Kim comes to the farm.

Whee ~ a Wheel!

Jared and I went for a spinning lesson yesterday and brought home a ladybug ~
a Schacht Ladybug.

It's cute as a bug & even has a little ladybug on it.

And it's RED!

We set up a little spinning space under the stairs in the living room. For now the trunk with baskets can hold all our fleece and supplies.   So we can spin away...

with company of course.

Jared is a little faster than me.  He's so good at it!  Look how even that is (above).  He's 12!  Our teacher says he has quite the gift for working with fiber.

I think it's going to be one busy Ladybug!


Lambs ~ Do You Have a Favorite?

Our little lambs are getting really big! I thought you might like to see how they are growing...








So which one is your favorite?

Knockouts

The Knockout Rosebushes are in full bloom now.



They really are pretty! 

Lamb Creep Gate & Lamb Races

The lambs are getting really big.  And even though they are still with their mommas, we are now seperating them at feeding time.

The ewes are much happier with this situation since now they are getting their full portion of alfalfa.  We knew the lambs were sharing but we were not sure how large that portion was.
 It appears it was quite a lot!


While the ewes eat in peace, the lambs creep into the shed through the creep gate and eat their own alfalfa and sweet feed.  They make a racket going in and out and seem to make a game of it.

Their teenage friend, Ziggy, who always want to be with the lambs, wishes she could join them!

When they have had their fill, they creep out...

and off to the races they go!



They run from one side of the pen to the other and around again.

It will be nice to have them out on a pasture in a few weeks.  It will be fun to watch them run on green grass!