That last help topic provides some possible insight :-o. You'll probably need to click to biggify and this is just a screen shot (a picture of what I'm seeing on my screen), so none of the links work...from this picture...but if you ever, ever need to click that last one, do it!!!
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I am still working on website issues, but not being a "tech" person...I'm probably not getting very far. In fact, I can't even figure out how to google "Can I hire someone to look at my blog and figure out what my problem(s) are?" correctly.
One thing I've done is change the number of posts you can see on each screen. I hate having to click to new pages to read back a few days, but I saw that mentioned as a possible cause of slow loading. Maybe this will help? Let me know!
Even when they are really tired, good mommas keep watch.
Thank you all so much for keeping watch as well. You have no idea how much that means to me. As a tiny token of gratitude, a Punkin's Patch/My Favorite Sheep tote will be headed to Susan (and Smokey Blue in spirit) and Cheryl. Please drop me an email with your mailing address :-).
And here's a fun, fairly easy puzzle that I will work tomorrow...who am I kidding...I'm going to go work it now...even though my eyes are crossing ;-).
Since it's still Tuesday for two more hours, here's a series of pictures of a lamb doing something you don't often see. I should have taken a video, but didn't think about it until it was too late.
"What are you doing?"
"I'm sucking my tongue."
"That's a little weird."
"Well, I don't have a thumb to suck."
"It's fun. See?"
"Well, it is."
Holy Moly! I had no idea so many people were having trouble commenting. I thought everyone was just doing Facebook these days and clicking "like" and not reading blogs anymore. And I, being the queen of obsoletion, was just going to keep trudging along even if no one else was reading.
I am blown away by all the comments! There have been so many that I'm going to up the giveaway to two tote bags tomorrow so everyone has a little better chance. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Here are a couple tips that might help if you are still having trouble:
1. That stupid "prove you are not a robot" thing. Sigh... I can't figure out a way to remove it. TRY just ignoring it and go straight to "publish".
2. Okay, I only have one tip I guess. This is more of a question I need a tip from you about. So, on the new format, we no longer have the option to reply to a previously posted comment? This makes no sense. Any thoughts?
I'm just not a fan of "improvements". They so seldom are.
Queen. Of. Obsoletion. That's really a word even if blogger says it isn't. And to prove it I went to Merriam-Webster online and in doing so, found that the word of the day (for 1 1/2 more hours) is grimalkin, which they say means "an old female cat". I thought that was kind of sweet until I looked into it further. There are a few more definitions ;-).
You never know what you'll find here, especially when I blog tired haha.
Well, a couple pictures of a this adorable sleeping baby...for a commenting test ;-).
I keep getting emails from friends about not being able to leave comments, but I haven't had the time/brain power/courage to look into what could be wrong. I hate that not only am I missing your thoughts and suggestions, but when they are emailed to me (which is great, don't get me wrong!) they don't stay attached to the posts for my memories.
SO, I just did some googling and find that I am not the only one having this issue. It was suggested to switch the comments from "embedded" to "pop up", which I have now done. Could you take a few seconds to test this out and let me know if it's working, especially those who have been unable to leave comments in the past?
On Wednesday I'll have 20 draw for a prize. It won't be this adorable lamb who I know just totally loved me and wanted to come home with me yesterday, but her momma said NO! Along with that badger faced lambie from Instagram who has a mom and a sister who both said NO!
How about a Punkin's Patch tote bag?
When they fall so sound asleep that their heads fall back/over/down... Just nothing sweeter than holding a baby lamb :-).
A year or so ago I found an antique goat cart on eBay. The plan was to teach Ewen McTeagle or maybe Baaxter how to pull it, but last summer was so hot that it never happened. I didn't want to wait too long this spring to try it out and in the meantime I picked a different sheep.
I've always thought there was something special about Andy. He was constantly in trouble over at Final Frontier Farm, but it was like he was on a mission. We'll never know what that mission was, but by late summer he'd made enough of an impression on me that I brought him home.
I put Graham's collar on him last year and occasionally led him around the barn lot in the evenings, but nothing more. He continued to get into trouble on our farm, but usually in ways that made you realize he was a sheep of above average intelligence. A quick learner.
He was a little afraid of the harness at first, no surprise. Valerie and I both held a lead to be safe and he settled into it pretty quickly.
We walked around outside.
Auntie Reg brought the cart around while Andy got a good look at it...and decided Reg was doing a fine job pulling it ;-D.
And then we walked around behind it so he could get used to the noise of the metal wheels on gravel.
And then we realized that we were missing 20!
I love this picture. I'd normally not be wearing a pink shirt but I'd been over at the airport taking pictures in the morning and that's one of my airport shirts. Great catch by photographer neighbor Jennifer!
We were all smiles here...until the cart came around behind him and he panicked and I couldn't keep hold. We caught up with him in the barn, got him settled down, put the harness back on and regrouped. At this point I wasn't sure this was going to work.
I realized though that not only were we asking him to do something scary, but we were doing it in a place he'd never been before. Since he's familiar with the barn aisle, we figured out a way to work in there.
At first we just got him used to the look of the cart behind him. Then the sound of it moving. Then the sound of it following him as he moved. He figured everything out in no time!
We even set the cart shafts into the harness loops so he could feel the weight of the cart and then asked him to walk up and down the aisleway with Reg and Valerie holding the cart into place. We didn't want to clip him in on his first day in case something scared him. We also lifted the cart off of him to turn around at each end.
I have seldom been as impressed with an animal as I was of Andy this afternoon. Obviously having really good help made a big difference, but still...this could easily have not been a successful venture. For him to have been so willing to give it a try...well, there's always been something about Andy...
By the time we got to the Jacobs on shearing day it was getting late, everyone was tired and they got shorted on pictures. I love the sunbleached chocolate color of their full fleeces, but also love how black and white they look underneath. We've had some lovely evening light this spring.
The T's. Ts just looks wrong. I'm in a grammar vortex :-o.
Sun to the camera face.
Sun to my back.
Billy Belly and Annabelly. Both came through winter in good order. I was relieved. I was afraid they'd be thin. They are both 13 I think. Or, wait, Billy Belly is just 12. Annabelly was the first Emily lamb. Billy Belly and Baby Belly were her second lambs...
I stepped out back in the nursery pen yesterday to get some pictures of a friend's sheep and new lambs and ended up getting more than my money's worth!
Pretty lambs for sure.
But wait, what is that little guy looking at?
Stella, the livestock guardian dog, not to be confused with Stella the beekeeper and enforcer of "If it's not right, Sara (and now half the rest of the knitting world ;-), you need to take it out and do it over."
Stella and The Krista Ewe came to Final Frontier Farm together a few years ago when their shepherd had to move out of state. I've taken lots of pictures of ewes and lambs in the nursery pen and never seen Stella take any special interest in any of them. Until yesterday.
"We'll be back later, Stella. It was nice meeting you!"
I love the action of this picture. And I like how the sky adds some excitement or action as well. This is the oldest group of lambs at The Training Center and they are headed for their night paddock near the house.
I like the action of this shot, too. Both tell a story, or if you look closely there are several stories, but this one, even though just seconds later, has a completely different look and feel. I love the two Border Collies working together, the flock dogs, the cheeky lamb on the left...
The first picture was the puzzle shot...in case you weren't playing along :-).