Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Stills - Potluck (And A Couple Funny Lila Stories)

It's been so blasted hot here. Feels like August instead of the first week of June. I walked up to the barn after lunch the other day to check on everyone and found Hank in his favorite sleeping position.



That's not some fancy Photoshop frame around him. I was peeking between the stall bars.



He loves to sleep on his back. In this spot. I love it.



There is now a big entrance into the "inside" stall as well. We haven't decided what sort of door we want to build here, but figure we have months to study on it. Sigh. The sheep love the extra ventilation.



I took a couple different shots of Keebler getting a drink. I love the reflection and how if you look close (click to biggify) you can see all his curls... I couldn't decide which cropping showed me what I wanted to see/show (plus I thought his little armpit was cute ;-). How would you crop this?



I like my pictures to tell a story. Sometimes I'm the only one who can see it maybe.

Speaking of stories, here's a classic.

Last night Lila, sleeping on the porch all by herself and doing just fine, woke me up. I heard a soft baaaa. Then another. Then CLOMP CLOMP CLOMP! CLOMP CLOMP CLOMP! back the other way. I'd put her to bed about an hour earlier than she was used to and I figured she was off schedule and wanting to play.

I got up to go check on her. She was wound up. I sat down and tried to get her back to sleep (she loves to have her hair brushed back off her face like Keebler did/does) and then I heard a couple boys holler something, a car take off from the bottom of Stella's long driveway and then saw a big fireball.

I yelled for Tim to call 911 (I thought it looked like a car on fire) and we drove down to see what was going on. Some punk kids had set Stella's mailbox on fire. We have a great neighborhood (well, other than those kids and we think we know who they are). Everyone knows everyone and has everyone's phone numbers so I called Stella's grandson and he came up and we all talked to the sheriff for a few minutes.

One of us was wearing silly sheep pajamas. And a certain special sheep didn't get any credit for alerting us. "One of the animals on the porch woke us up..." Really Saint Tim??? There was only one animal on the porch and ALL the dogs slept right through the whole thing.

Okay, second funny Lila story. Just happened. I spend much of my time in the morning (when Lila first gets up) worrying about where she is and what she's into/eating. We had a botanist come out and survey our yard for poisonous plants (hence why I tweeted about teaching myself to run a chainsaw - a story for another day). Everything that's left is pretty benign. Pretty.

I was just thinking I really need to be checking on her (or doing so many other chores) rather than posting silly sleeping dog pictures to the blog and tap, tap, tap through the house and Lila walks into my office. "I'm right here Mom. Can we go to the barn now?" I'd apparently left the side door open when I fed the birds this morning.

Now I'm going to go get busy.

For more Sunday Stills Potluck Pics...

23 comments:

Janna said...

She is SO smart!

Peruby said...

Wonderful pics and wonderful stories. She sounds like a very special lamb.

Shame on those boys - I hope they realize what they did and grow out of it "quickly"!

Deb W said...

Poor Stella. Why would anyone want to pick on her? Good girl Lila! Have you been hanging out with Hank, honing your watchlamb skills?

dibear said...

Cute post. Loved your Lila tales.

Our Maggie Mae likes to sleep on her back as well. :)

Michelle said...

Cute photos!

Alice said...

The Keebler photo is a welcome change to the heat laden ones. I can't see where to crop, it looks balanced especially with the reflection in the middle. Card/ Calendar worthy.
Lila is more than a lamb, she is part people, part border collie. What an honor student! She learns from everybody. Has she tried Vanilla Wafers yet?

Nancy K. said...

I prefer the first photo of Keebs drinking. If I didn't already know what it was, I would have a difficult time figuring out what it IS, in the second photo. Then again, I'm a little slow...

WONDERFUL Lila stories! Maybe she's a Leadersheep? Regardless, she's a good friend to have!

This post could have been titled "Sunday SMILES"...

Alice said...

addendum:
Very cool rainbow in the reflection photo. It shows the heavens above and the wellspring of blessings from which we drink to refresh our souls. Great job, good shepherdess.

VioletSky said...

I have had a lot of catching up to read on your blog ... and I've enjoyed every minute!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Lila sounds like a very special sheep.

Lori Skoog said...

Sara...I can't believe what an up and down spring we've had. Crazy! That guard lamb Lila is earning her keep. Maybe she needs to have a house on the porch (for your protection of course).

cyndy said...

That Lila...she is a keeper!

Shelley said...

I think Lila deserves a medal of honor or something like that!

Ed said...

Oh that Lila..:-)
Great pics and stories..

small farm girl said...

Never dull around your house. lol. Luke(st bernard) sleeps on his back too. It's so funny. Oh, and YEA for Lila!!!!!!! She don't need no stinkin dogs.

Brenda said...

love the pics and love the stories. I hope they caught those kids and no one was hurt. What a smart lamb!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Cute photos. Your sheep are very smart. Crazy about the fire ball mailbox. I've never heard of such a thing. Sounds like some kids have too much spare time on their hands and could do with a job or two. Maybe you could put them to work with the chainsaw instead?

~Lisa

MTWaggin said...

Love that first one of Hank ear turned over and all. Thanks for sharing the Lila stories too!

Susan said...

She may need to stay near the house - apparently, she is a great watchlamb.

Sheepmom said...

Poor Stella. She needs a rock mailbox like yours. Love the pic of RB flat out. "Can't....stand it. Too.....hot."

LindaGay said...

But we like all the stories!

Linda
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flowerweaver said...

Probably the same thugs that stole Magoo. Sorry to hear about Stella's mailbox. Lila is one smart sheep. I'd probably keep her in the house yard as a future alarm!

Regular Guy said...

Hot is right. Great story and love the nap picture. I need to do that.

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