Monday, January 4, 2016

A Winter Siesta...And A Thank You

Well, it's turned into "almost winter", finally.  I think it was down in the 20's last night.  Felt like it at least.  Some spitting snow this morning, but the sun has tried to come out a bit this afternoon.

I'd spent a good bit of the morning at the dentist and my mouth was so sore that I wanted to just go curl up on the couch and do something warm and non-violent like knit.  I couldn't resist Liddy's cute smile though so I grabbed my camera and sat down next to her on the barn lot couch.

Here's where Liddy and I were sitting.

Here's where Hank and Baba were sleeping.  More on that tomorrow ;-).

Here's where Andy was sleeping.  See him tucked into the background?

Big Baaxter will never outgrow being Baby B.

Here's where Kate was sleeping - at the ready!

Jester gave me a big scare last week, but he's a tough old bird and keeps on keeping on.

If I posted this green grass picture in June, you'd never suspect a thing...except for all that wool.

Liddy stood up and snuggled with me for awhile and then turned around and laid back down with her butt tucked up next to my lap, just like when she was a baby.  Such a sweet lambie :-).

Here's where Emily was sleeping.  Wool pillows are better than gate pillows :-).

Maisie looks like such a cute, tubby little angel...

"One of my orneries was supposed to go straight south from Kentucky to Tennessee, but I sent it the scenic route through California."

Seriously, we watched the tracking.  Sigh...  Did everyone else get everything okay and in a timely manner?  Anything damaged in shipping?  

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Thank you so very much for all your holiday orders!  I'd set a goal this past year to not just pay all the sheep's feed and bedding expenses, but to try to cover everything sheep related - minerals, vaccinations, deworming, shearing, miscellaneous vet bills, supplies like water tanks, buckets, new gates, Hank's food and medical expenses, Kate's food and medical expenses, one bobcat rental (we rent a bobcat twice a year to clean out the barn) and one farm payment.  

It ended up being a pretty crazy and not super productive (I didn't think) year, but we managed to cover everything I'd hoped except for making the mortgage payment and I'm actually pretty close to getting that done, too, if I throw in the petty cash jar (now that I think about it!).  Andy pushed me backwards a little, but he was worth it ;-).  I'm putting it in the win column!   

I didn't figure in everything* like barn electric/gas/water bills, insurance premiums, fuel for car/truck/tractor, a couple loads of gravel...and goodness knows what else I'm not thinking about right now (luckily Saint Tim doesn't keep score).  I think I'm going to try and make a good run at some of that for 2016 along with some fiber and artistic goals and I'd sure like to try to write a book.

Here's to 2016!

*I also didn't figure in cookie expenses because thanks to two festivals, Hug a Sheep Day, some well timed farm visits and extra $5 bills tucked into envelopes here and there, the cookie coffer has stayed in the black for a couple years now...and that's all the sheep really care about ;-D.  

Thank you!!!


  1. I would buy your book! :-)

  2. I hope you have dental insurance! Still it's nice to know you've covered a good deal of the sheepies needs. They work hard... Or is that hardly work?

    1. No dental insurance. I traded my manure spreader for a crown. A tooth crown ;-). That was probably/definitely a bad decision. Hopefully my last bad one for the year haha.

  3. So glad you have cookie money. Most important!!

  4. Nice year end report! Now where are the pictures I have been waiting for?

  5. And heres to even a healthier, $$$+, better 2016 for you and the gang!

  6. All is calm.... looking quite peaceful there!

  7. Awwww, I love all the sleepy sheepy pics! Today I went up to the post office and picked up a parcel that turned out to be one of your calendars, safely flown all the way to Oz, and gifted to me by some lovely Secret Santas who also read this blog! I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, and that I will love it all year, and will pay the kindness forward in any ways I can. Much love to you, Secret Santas!

    1. They'll be happy to know you are ready for the new year! :-D

  8. My empathy on the dental work, but I think it's ah-MAIZE-ing that you covered so many of your expenses with your creative and fiber endeavors!!!

  9. It is lovely that you have your own peaceable kingdom for recovery. They all look so snug and meditative. I would certainly buy your book and hope you do find the time to write among all your other endeavors. Here's to a happy 2016 and lots of cookies!

  10. It is lovely that you have your own peaceable kingdom for recovery. They all look so snug and meditative. I would certainly buy your book and hope you do find the time to write among all your other endeavors. Here's to a happy 2016 and lots of cookies!

  11. It makes me happy just to look at the photos and imagine sitting out there with everybody. Leave out the dental surgery and it's heaven.

  12. Your sheep pictures, especially sleepy sheep pictures make my heart happy. I think heaven looks a lot like your farm.

  13. Great photos ~ MM is a sweetie. So sorry about the tooth - Hope you are feeling better today! Expenses covered = wonderful thing :-)

  14. You work so hard to take good care of so many, I am happy to hear that you are covering some of your expenses! Nice siesta shots! :)

  15. I have long thought that a Punkin Patch book would be the pièce de résistance of this wonderful blog! (I guess I'm just assuming that is the genre you'd be writing about). But whatever the subject, you have such a delightfully witty, entertaining style of writing that it would be a pleasure to read.

    So glad to hear your creative endeavors have covered most of the expenses for the year. I absolutely love all my goodies; and I've got my Maisie ornery hanging near my bed so I can see her every day, along with my calendar, of course. (Anxiously looking forward to turning to you, Comby!)


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