Learning From Your Mistakes

In farming, you are going to make mistakes. Sadly, the hardest ones to forgive yourself for are the ones that cost an animal its life. We made one of those big time mistakes Monday night. We got home from our trip Monday night with sleet and snow coming down. The temperature was dropping steadily, but…

I’ve Become One of THOSE People

Well, I’ve been so busy with sheep the last week or two, that I haven’t had much time to write or post. But much has been happening. Last week, we had some bad news about a family member who is fighting cancer. We needed to visit this loved one because it’s been since Christmas since…

Dot and No-Dot

Well, Long Tail’s tale of motherhood had a lovely beginning, but a less-than-desirable end. Long story short, she has milk, or at least it seems like it; However, for some reason, the milk isn’t being released into her teats for the lambs to suckle. I found them in the barn yesterday morning, cold and weak….

Where Did Ewe Come From?

I’ve enjoyed our Katahdin sheep much more than I expected. They’ve been much easier than I thought they’d be. They’re tough little sheep. This fact really was evident this evening when I went out to do my nighttime chores. Because it was Sunday, I was a bit rushed this morning. I fed Millie, the milk…

Snow.

We got about 10 inches here today. It sure is pretty, but I greatly dislike it. Everything is more complicated in the snow. Bah. Humbug. Thankfully, despite the amount of snow we got, the temps stayed high enough that we could keep the animals comfortable and do our work in decent comfort. I’ve always thought…

The “S” Word

I stopped by the grocery store on Tuesday afternoon to pick up some juice for my youngest kid. I’m not one to watch the news and keep track of the weather, but when I reached the back of the store and saw the bare shelves, it hit me. The weather guy must have used the…

Creamy Cheesy Chicken Soup

I’ve got a few sick kids today, and since I had some chicken breasts in the fridge, I thought chicken soup would be in order. I was hoping for something different so I adapted a couple of recipes, mixed them all together and come up with this concoction. Everyone loved it. 2 large bone-in chicken…

Chicken Broth Alternative–Orrington Farms Chicken Flavored Broth

Yeah, I know that homemade broth is easy to make and very cost effective. But you know, sometimes, I just don’t have the time to do that. In the past, I sometimes used chicken bullion to flavor things like chicken soup and chicken and dumplings. But when I read the label, I was not impressed….

My Summer

Here it is almost November and I haven’t posted in… A really long time. This summer was a difficult one. We have a family member who is terribly ill, and we spent lots of our summer out of town caring for this person. Much of our travel was in late-July and August…right about time the…

Garden Goodness–Bell Peppers–Fajitas

The garden is really beginning to produce these days. I picked a full five gallon bucket off green beans the other day, and my wonderful friends helped me break them as we sat and visited after lunch on Tuesday. It was great fun. I love creating recipes that use some of the garden produce. While…

Birthing a Lamb for the First Time

I did write that we had our first lamb birthed on the farm in the wee hours of Monday morning. However, it actually wasn’t as simple as it sounded. Skippy is one of our ewes. We bought her bred because we were impatient for lambs. We’ve been watching her closely for a few weeks because…

Missing Out on Four Hours of Sleep….Totally Worth It!

Last night around 1:45, my hubby and I assisted our ewe, Skippy, in giving birth. The lamb was elbow-locked and very large. This was Skippy’s (and ours) first time lambing. Thankfully, we ended up with a healthy mamma and a healthy baby. I was a bit nervous there for awhile I wasn’t sure we’d be…