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I’m still here! But am I ever tired! Since both my Hired Hand With Benefits and his trusty lawn tractor/snow thrower are both out of commission for the season, I have been the one to shovel, and keep shoveling, our thigh-high snow. I know we wanted a White Christmas, but geez!
I informed the Hired Hand this evening that I do not need to take “walks” lately as I am getting more exercise than I’ve had all year long. The one thing I’ve had to realize is that I have to pace myself. I have had my heart skipping beats. I believe this is due to stress, shoveling, stress, snow, stress, splitting wood, stress…and have I mentioned stress? Yes, I’m making sure I eat regular meals and have added vitamins to my regime and I have noticed it acting better already. And yes, I will indeed visit the cardiologist…I promise.
I think it’s the worry about the HH. I have had a hard time getting through to him that he can not do things he normally does, like fill up the wood bin for the evening’s fire, split kindling, or even lift heavy grocery bags. Worry aside, I have to admit that I’m not as young as I used to be either. I really don’t mind snows like this, but I need to work smarter, not harder.
The sheep seem to be fine except they can’t understand why some of them are Barn-Bound. And Skit seems to insist I come in his pen and dig his tire out of the snow. (Yeah, right…like that’s going to happen!)
The one sheep I should really thank is Ole Olafson. I arrive at the gate huffing and puffing as I refuse to shovel a path and walk through the snow instead. When I lift my head up to see, there is Ole – encrusted in snow and a look of delight on his face. He wants his kiss and hug. I get through the snow while he waits patiently. Yes, I occasionally give Mr. Ole a peck on his clean nose and a big hug. He loves it. He would live in my back pocket if he could. I used to think Colin was the Love-Bug in the crowd, but Ole has turned out to be the one who seeks out attention. And on these snowy days it’s a pleasure to see him waiting to return the hugs with sheep kisses.

There’s another thing I’m a bit worried about: My daughter is due to deliver my first granddaughter any time. Well, that is IF this kid will turn around right. She’s backwards. And she’s staying backwards no matter what they’ve done to turn her around. Apparently this kid’s going to be like her mother – except that Kelly was just impatient and wanted to get going. heeheehee My DD was scheduled for a C-Section on the 24th, but that’s now been changed to the 23rd. We’ll still keep our fingers crossed that the kid decides the 21st is OK.

So, everything is actually pretty “normal” around here. But I warn all of you east of us…get ready for this storm system now…it’s a doozy!

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First Real Snow

The other day we had our first real snow – one that stuck on the ground for more than ten minutes. The day before, all of the animals here, myself included, were restless and tempermental. Little did I know that my reason for such mind-set was I was coming down with a cold-thing that has seemed to stick around and taken my voice to some other place for hiding.

I did get out to snap a few photos of the “dusting” the trees received. I only wish it had been more in accumulation as we really need the moisture.

Above is an offering to the ewes. They absolutely love pumpkins this time of year. Each day I try to give them a treat of a pumpkin sacrificed to the sheep-gods/goddesses lest I be made to endure the wrath of the ewes for no goodies. No, my sheep are not spoiled.

I love the frosty days of this time of year. It is my most favorite time. I just wish this stupid cold will make a decision to either stay and really have it out with me, or go away. My hope is the latter.
On other notes, I have been experiencing my computer’s decline from old age. Geez…I hope this is not a portent of upcoming trends in my life! 🙂 (I plan to go unwillingly and fighting all the way!) I am still able to send and receive emails, but I have started looking at new computers instead of just replacing bits and pieces of this one. While part of me loves new gadgets and electronics, the other part of me knows full well that as soon as I buy a new computer, it will become obsolete. It’s just like driving a new car off the lot – immediate devaluation.
The big news and bonus of the week has been finding out that my DD is having a girl next month! I was sitting last night thinking of all the joys (and some pains) mine brought me. No one should ever underestimate the bond between a mother and a daughter. Ours was and is a very strong one. I can only wish the same blessing for my daughter as the blessing she brought into my life.
And no, Kel…I won’t over-do the “Pink”-thing that little girls seem to go through. But you have my word that I will, most definitely, over-do the “Sheep”-thing. There may come a day when I’m about 97 that my sheep may just need a new shepherdess. 🙂

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We were supposed to be headed for Oregon this week to attend Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene. But, with gas prices high and the nagging feelings I had about leaving our wonderful petsitter with way too many animals, both sheep and cats, plus my needing a dental crown next month to the tune of $850.00/copay, we started thinking about cancelling the trip.
There is another reason we’ve been wanting to save our traveling money. We HAVE to be in New Zealand in December this year!!! “HAVE to be???”, my dear friend Tina asked me. Why, yes…HAVE to be. And the reason for having to be in New Zealand is a really good one. We’ve known about it for about two months but I haven’t been allowed to say anything until now…

You see, in December, our daughter, Kelly is expecting her first baby! 🙂 It hasn’t sunken in yet, but I shall be a grandmother! Last night we were informaed that she is now 12 weeks along and has told her coworkers so it was OK to write about it in my blog. Thanks, DD…I thought I was going to burst if I had to hold it in much longer! 🙂

Hmm…I wonder if Shepherd’s crooks come in child size?

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