It's Saturday May 22nd and still no new little lambs at the farm! What is up with that? Maybe Arly is just fat like me and isn't really going to have lambs! I have been going out to the barn during the night all this last week and there is always this beautiful white face with a little pink nose looking thru the gate at me. She is looking like "O.K. just bring on the food and go back to bed".
Today is my nephew Chuck's wedding in Websterville, VT. We are suppose to leave around 9-10 a.m. I have my cousin coming to stay at the farm to take care of everything. That includes my dog Lettie, Darcy's dog Kara, new baby chicks, the sheep and possibly help deliver lambs. I am very torn about leaving Arly because she is a triplet and I worry that she could have problems and I won't be here to help. I am going to call my brother Everett and ask him to be on Maternity watch while I'm gone. What would really be nice is for her to pop those little babies right out without problems! I guess I'm just an old worrywart and can't help it, these are my four legged children.
We are also having an issue with coyotes now. They killed one of Darcy's beautiful barred rock hens in my backyard last Sunday and they have been coming through the millyard when my brother is running the lumber mill. They come up the bank right by the tractor shed and that is very,Very close to the barn. Well, here is my problem. What do I do about the coyotes? Do I get a llama, no because I don't want one. Do I get a guard dog, no because I would have to sleep in the pasture with the dog. Do I get a donkey, no because I have been around enough _ _ _ _ _ in my life so I don't need that. Do I get a gun, no because with my luck, I'd shoot my sheep and miss the coyote. So far my solution has been to shut everyone in at night. That means alot more work for me mucking out the barn but at least I can sleep at night.
Sunday night as I sat here at the computer at 10:30 p.m. I was lifted out of my chair by a pack of coyotes, right down the bank from my house. They were howling and made the hair stick up on my neck. I yelled and woke up Jon and he went to the barn with me to shut in 8 ewes that I had left out. They were huddled in a corner by the barn and about knocked me down when I slid open the barn door. I didn't have to ask twice for them to come in!
On a much happier note, I taught my needle felting class last Sunday afternoon and we emade a gnome. It was so much fun and having classes in my fiber studio is a dream come true for me. We have such a great line-up of classes this summer and people are signing up almost everyday. If you are interested in any of the classes and would like more information than is on our website, please e-mail me with your questions. Got to go take a shower and go to the barn for one more check on Arly. Good-bye from Maybelle MaMa.