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April 2017

Pets and Livestock

Lambs Arriving

April 27, 2017

The games have begun. Our new crop of Lambs are arriving. The first baby showed up several days ago. He has a very sweet face so I named him “Sweetie”. Bob thinks that is a terrible name for a Ram lamb. However, I like it and it suits him. One of our Mama sheep looks like she may have triplets or even quads. She is as wide as she is tall. The multiple births are common to the Polypay sheep. There is usually not a problem. Sometimes, I have to bottle feed several of the smaller lambs. There are baby bottles and a huge sack of Lamb Milk Re-placer sitting in the corner of the kitchen. It is ready if needed.

Several years ago, we had a tiny lambs whose Mom did not want her. It was cold in the barn so Bob arrived in the kitchen carrying the wet baby. I ran for the heating pad and old towels. We put her in an old dog kennel and kept her inside for several weeks. I bottle fed her, held her on my lap, and named her “Buttercup”. Here’s the story of “Buttercup” on our sheep page at Milk and Honey Farm Farm. I wrote her story for Country Living magazine. She had fans from all over the country.

I am on “lamb watch” today. I check the barn every few hours. There is a gentle rain coming down and the air smells of spring. I will name the next baby “Rain”.

Pets and Livestock

My “Vet Kit”

April 14, 2017
Sheep Med Kit

We could start our lambing season any day now.  The barn area has been made into “jugs” . This is where we will put each Ewe and her new lambs. Each “jug” has fresh straw on the floor, new hay in the feeders, and a nice big bucket of water.

Today, I am getting my “Vet Kit” ready.  It contains all the items I will need for a successful birthing.  We have been shepherds for over twenty years and have learned how to do stuff.  It really helps if we get everything ready ahead of time.  Having several of the Mama Ewes giving birth at the same time can get crazy if we are not prepared.

My “Vet Kit” contains everything that I will need.  There is Sheep Drench, Iodine, Peroxide, Blu Kote, Mineral Oil, Dawn dish water soap, surgical gloves, scissors,  thermometer,  empty Jar, stomach tube, old towels and plastic bags. It makes for a peaceful birthing if I do not forget anything.

We raise Polypay sheep. They usually have twins or triplets. Most of the time, the Ewes do it all by themselves. Sometimes, I need to help. I pray and I do what is necessary. There is something very special about sitting on a pile of straw and holding a new born lamb.


Pets and Livestock


April 12, 2017

Dallas is my friend, companion, and guardian.  He loves me, Bentley, and the cat. He likes Bob too.  All the other Pyrs live out side with the live stock. They patrol day and night.  Dallas is my “House Pyr”. He has great manners and has never made a mess. We have taken him to basic obedience classes and it is paying off.  He goes on walks with me and stays close to my side. He does not pull on the lead.  We can walk on the road or go to the Country park. I am thinking about taking him to the local nursing home. He is just the right size to put his big head in someones lap who is confined to a wheel chair.  I think the folks would enjoy him.


Boomer Life

Minnesota Great Bike Trails

April 11, 2017

Even though, I still need my ear muffs and a jacket, we are biking again. Minnesota has some of the best bike trails in the U. S, and we make good use of them.  We can talk and collect wild herbs and flowers along the trails. Last fall, before the winter snowed us in, we found a huge patch of wild Bittersweet. Since I always carry clippers, some of it came home with us.

We look for fairly level, paved trails. Our bike is heavy and with our added weight, gravel trails and hills do not work  well for us. Fortunately, there is a wonderful trail very close to out house.  We have learned to ride early in the morning before we start on all the farm chores and projects.  Maybe this summer, we can go to a National park, camp out and ride our bike. We do not work all the time! Just saying —

Country Wisdom, Kitchen

Berkey Water Filters

April 4, 2017

For over ten years, we have been using a Berkey Water Filter. We would not be without it.  When the electricity goes off,  we have good, pure, water always available. The Berkey runs on gravity, not electricity.

I believe we are approaching turbulent times in our weather patterns. Water is always the first thing needed in an emergency. Food is secondary. If this is of interest to you, please check out our web site Milk and Honey and see the video I made about the Berkey.  Information on sizes, prices, and the filters are available. This is important. Just Saying–

Berkey Water Filters


Country Wisdom


April 3, 2017

The world looks pretty bad out there.  I am aware of that. I am not ignorant or uninformed. However, I choose to focus on the “good stuff” that is still here.  In the Bible, the book of Ecclesiastes, tells us that “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” It is my choice what I look at, write about, and think about.  I can choose to see death or I can choose to see Life.  I choose Life. Just saying.



Pets and Livestock

Sheep Shots, Toenails, and Worms

April 3, 2017

Today, Bob is giving the sheep their shots, worming them, and cutting their toe nails. These are prevention procedures. It is easier to prevent disease than it is to treat it. Sheep are no exception to this.

Our teen age helper is assisting  with all of this. The hard part is turning the sheep upside down to cut their toenails. It take two people to “flip” them. I do not do this, ever.



Getting Ready

April 2, 2017

For the last week, I have been getting ready for “Garden 2017”. Getting everything cleaned up and put in place takes almost as long as it does to plant. The Hoop House  green house has been a storage area all winter. Things have been stacked up in there to put away “later”. Now is “Later”. I think the cat has been using the green house for a bath room.  Ugh! That detail will involve in taking out the floor and starting over. Sweeping and scrubbing and hauling are not my favorite things to do. However, one of my very favorite things is to move the plants that have been growing in the basement under grow light to the green house. That is fun!

The big garden (10,000 square feet) needs cleaning up. Dead plants, from last year, need to be pulled up, areas need to be raked and new nursery fabric needs to be put in place.  The Pedestal Raised Beds require hoeing. They are the first areas that I plant.  All that is the next step after the Green house clean up.

The general plan is to get ready this week, move plants to the green house in April, and plant the big garden and Pedestals in May. Bob will help with the hauling and doing the heavy work. I will be organizing, putting things in place, and taking care of all the plants.

Yesterday, was so beautiful. Warm and bright with sunshine. I was able to work outside all day.  I move slower this year, but I am moving. My back continues to heal and I am grateful to the One who heals.



Boomers and Beyond.Life — A New Season

April 2, 2017

“To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven,”— is from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible.  The season of Spring will announce itself  soon. There are indications everywhere.  One of my female geese has built herself a nest and is laying eggs. She will become the official “Mother Goose” of Milk and Honey Farm. The Gander is strutting around like he had something to do with it.  I like geese. They make good parents, with  the males and females both caring for the babies. I like goose eggs too. They are three times the size of a chicken egg and make great omelettes!

Another indicator of  Spring approaching is the box of baby chicks and ducklings from Cackle Hatchery, arriving  at the local post office in the morning.  I will drive over and bring them home, with the heater in the Van running at full blast.   It is important to keep all varieties of babies nice and warm. Their forever home is ready with  containers for water and feed and a heat lamp hanging over their box.  The box is by the wood stove in the basement. I could put them in the barn in the brooder. However, I like to watch the babies and make sure everyone is okay.  When they get too stinky for the house, they will be banished to the barn.

There seems to be so much ugliness in the world right now. In protest, I will write about the beautiful things, no matter how simple and ordinary.  Today, it is my geese and tomorrow it will be the chicks and ducklings.  Soon, the greenhouse, the garden, baby lambs, and bee hives will be my focus.

In Ecclesiastes 3:11 it is written, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”