It's just a small farm, named after our three beautiful daughters. Along with working full-time at our local city office, I sell a few eggs, produce and do odd jobs such as commission sales, e-bay sales and so on. My life is a learning experience, full of frugal ideas, staying sober, being creative, emotional ups and downs, sharing and good times.
Just some pictures of what's been going on around the farm!
Met Mac (short for Big Mac) He's a pretty cute boy!
And he did figure out the bottle, yay!
A Pinterest hint I found. Now I don't have to worry about setting the salt down and getting the container wet.
I love this saying!
My first attempt at t-shirt crocheting. It ruffled and looks strange, but it captures the dog dribbles quite nicely.
A "grandma" blanket made by a friend of mine for ME! Austin gets to be wrapped in it when he comes to visit us, it's not gonna go home with him. I love the print, it's perfect!
The new Suffolk ewe lamb we bought for the Farm Pink Breeding Flock (Lyndsey's flock). I met the lady on Facebook, through the lady in the picture below, who I met via Craigslist when I sold her a Suffolk Ram lamb 3 years ago.
I can truly say that I have made some great friendships through social networks. And it's extra special when I get to meet them.
My friend, John Silveira (think Backwoods Home) wrote this book and I was lucky enough to get to proofread it before it was published. It's on Amazon!
And when Lyndsey bought me a copy last week and got John to sign it, I was so excited. Then I read the "acknowledgements" and I got even more excited... woo I feel famous!
I also saw these on pinterest and am going to to make them tonight:
Not the best picture, but it was dark and I was tired... 5 day old beef bull calf. His momma's udder and nipples were so big he never could get attached. They've been tube-feeding him, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes to get him to take the bottle.
Raising bottle calves has worked well for us. We keep them until they are weaned, then send them to a friends property to be grass-fed. 1.5 years later we have healthy meat options in the fridge. It's getting harder to find cheap beef bottle calves, we got this guy for $100 because we know the family for 4-H. Some dairy farms are getting $150 for day old dairy calves. Beef is gonna get expensive. We have this fall's beef almost ready for the freezer, and this guy takes care of 2015.
I love blogging and facebook. I have "met" so many wonderful people through my compute tr. It is always a wonderful experience when I can meet them in real life. It's only happened a few times, but I come away feeling great.
3 years ago I sold a ram lamb (through a craigslist ad) to Kat, who lives about 4 hours away. Through that sale, I friend-ed her on facebook and met another "sheep" person, Sue, who raises and sells Suffolks.
Today, Steve and I drove 4 hours to pick up a new ewe lamb for Lyndsey's breeding flock, Farm Pink. Along with obtaining a beautiful young lamb, I got to meet Sue (from Peterson Show Lambs) and her daughter. Kat had also driven a short distance to say hello.
Kat and I
Cupid, myself, Sue and her daughter.
Hugs were exchanged, with Steve even getting one. (He wasn't quite sure of that). I think it's wonderful that I can feel so close to other people who love gardening, farming, animals, and are just good people. Michelle from Boulderneigh is on my list to visit one of these days. Thanks for being my friends.
Gramma wants to introduce you to Austin Marshall Coleman, 12:42 pm, February 20, 2014, 21" long,7lbs, 5.3 ounces. My daughter and her husband successfully delivered with no artificial induction, totally natural birth, the three of them are doing great. Gramma and Grumpa are slowly recovering afer spending over 24 hours in the most uncomfortable waiting room chairs possible.
Baby Boy Coleman (or BBC as I call him when his momma isn't listening) is due in the next week or so.
Kaitlyn took this picture at 34 weeks, so she's bigger now. My co-workers and I have a weight pool going. Kaitlyn's only 5'2 but Justin is 6' 3" and approximately 275 lbs (he was supposed to play college football til he blew his knee out, so he's not small). The pregnancy has gone really well, for the most part. Right before Christmas she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes so she's had to monitor her sugars and watch her diet, but she's done great with that. Her blood pressure has been high the last couple weeks, but she's kept it manageable.
I worked for a midwife for 4 years and attended a few births during that time, so I've been able to keep a "cool head" about the pregnancy. The only thing I'm concerned about is that they will have a 1 and a half hour drive to the hospital where they are delivering, worried that her labor will go really fast, worried that they'll drive up there and it will be false labor, etc.. We will follow them in our car. She told me she didn't want me to be in the delivery room with Justin and her. I respect that, so much! I couldn't tell my mom I didn't want her with me, so that was hard for me. I do wish that they would have had labor classes, but unfortunately they aren't offered here. I need to talk to Justin about what to expect and how to help Kaitlyn focus. I love her, but she's a little bit of a drama queen... LOL I am so glad she doesn't read my blog.
I can't wait to meet the little guy (they are keeping his name a secret), and praying for a safe labor and delivery and a healthy baby and mom! I'll keep you posted!
The yearly average for rainfall in Oregon is 46.10 (on the coast we usually get more than that.) The previous driest year on record was 23.56", so approximately 1/2 of the average. However, 2013 was only 21.13". Ski resorts (not anywhere close to us here in Gold Beach) typically open around the end of November. There are a number of them that aren't open yet, 4 months later. There is no snow pack to speak of.
There will be no snow pack in the mountains, no filled pockets in the ground. Our water source is a spring/cistern system. We have a 2,500 gallon holding tank. I will have to start working on conservation now, because I need to get in the habit. How will our garden fare? We are building raised beds so that should help some with water use. Will the spring dry up? It has once since I have lived here as an adult. That was miserable, hauling water from town for the critters, drinking water, washing water, etc. It would be much harder now with a small flock of sheep and a large flock of chickens.
Fire danger will also be very high this summer. The Oregon coast actually does have hard core forest fires. With drought conditions plus stupid human behavior or lightening storms, the country will be ripe for a bad fire. We have no brush close to our home, but we live in the "valley" between two large hills (or small mountains) that are covered with fir, alder, myrtle, gorse, and all sorts of flammable brush. I pray that this doesn't happen.
Since I obviously have no control over the rain/snow that we need, I will work hard to find ways to collect and conserve water, keep fire danger as low as possible and educate others.
Last weekend, an almost unheard of snow event happened here in Oregon (not in my area, of course). Lots of the light, fluffy stuff fell down in the valleys and coastal mountains in the northeastern area. Nothing in the mountains to help, though. We had, finally, a "winter storm"... 3 plus inches of rain and higher (tho not our usual high) winds. The ground, which is so dry, had a problem soaking it up (think an old dry sponge with the water from the faucet running off it). Our creek did finally rise and take out the upstream beaver dam without damaging our bridge, thank goodness.We have more rain predicted, starting Saturday. The weather report says possibly up to 17 inches in the next week. I am worried though, because of the problems a large rain event will cause.
That much rain in that short of time will possibly bring flooding, slides and other hazards. Our sheep and lambs (we lamb in January to have market lambs ready for fair) are used to the rain and mud, but heavy rain brings heavy mud with feet problems, etc. A lot of people in our area are spoiled and don't think about things like flooding and safety until it's too late, which is silly because events like the upcoming one happen every couple of years. Then they are yelling for help, and mad if they don't get it. I work for the city as the water and payroll clerk, so I deal with the phone calls or silly questions, like "We have to fill our own sand bags? Where do we get sand (our office is 4 blocks from the beach). Also, our fire department is volunteer. They are not trained to do water crossings, etc. and our insurance doesn't cover them if they do those things. So, if they ask you if you want to be given a ride somewhere because your home is in danger of being flooded and you say no, but call back two hours later when your house is surrounded by water, they cannot come rescue you. Some people say they should be willing to take the risk, but if they were injured or worse, died, there would be no insurance coverage to pay for hospital bills, funeral expenses, etc. because of the contract. I have been posting reminders on the City facebook page for people to be prepared.
I'll get pictures of anything exciting that happens, but it won't be near as pretty as all of the snow pictures I've seen...
I got my blogger address quite a while back. I never activated the monetary part of it, where you have the ads, etc. I decided to do that not to long ago. For some reason Blogger is telling me I violated some thing and they won't allow me to activate the ads. I have absolutely no clue what they are talking about and I'm not having any luck contacting them.
Any suggestions? Do you use the adsense ads? Is it worth it?
Beiste had her babies, good sized twin rams, Friday night. Once again though, unfortunately, I had to help. She labored for a couple hours, and I could see feet, but she never seemed to get the urge to push. So, after a small argument discussion with hubby, I gloved up and went in. This time I had to put my whole hand in up to my wrist. She was grateful. The first boy was trying to get up less than 5 minutes after being born. Strong little man. Once again, 15 minutes later, still no pushing and just a tiny view of the hooves. So went "diving" again and popped the second guy out. Another strong one who didn't want to wait for momma to clean him off. No more lambs (I checked). Babies nursing good, and off to bed we all went.
So lambing stats for this year:
3 sets of twins (2 sets boy and 1 set girl)
1 single ram lamb (now a bottle baby)
Helped with 1st of one set of twins (other shot out on his own), helped with single, and helped with last set of twins. Other set of twins born out in the pen with no assistance, and ewe is being a great momma (she was our bad mom last year).
Lost one ewe, sadness still being felt. I feel like I failed her somehow.
But every year I learn something new and gain confidence. It's good for me! And I love baby lambs!