Sunday

It's About Time ... For a Giveaway ...

I have just realized that I have not done a giveaway in quite some time ... Boy, where does the time go anyway? Has anybody ever figured that one out?  I tried to think of something to make for this and I kept coming back to a wreath. I love them! On everything, everywhere, made for most anything. So with most all of my Sweet Annie sold, (preorders)  and keeping some aside for myself, (I grow a lot of it) I thought why not make a fresh Annie wreath. So, this giveaway is for a fresh Sweet Annie wreath. Size will be about 24 x 18 inches. It will be made fresh and shipped the same or next day it is made. This wreath will dry into a nice fall brown color over the months to come. I love this wreath and made several of them for my house last year. The next
photo is of my fresh Sweet Annie wreath from last year.
This is what the wreath will look similar to that the winner will receive.
And this is what it looks like a year later  Still so pretty and smells great!
 Okay, so on to a few rules. I don't have many, so the ones I do have I really like them to be followed.

1. Only one (1) entry per person and you must be a follower of the farm. New or old is fine. This does not include following by e mail. Your photo must appear at the bottom of my page under followers of the farm. You can also follow me on my Google+ page, there is a link at the bottom of the page for that as well. But, if I don't see your name or face, then you can not enter.

2.  All entries must be received by Monday September 1, 2014 at 5 p.m. CST. There are no exceptions to this. So that gives you 14+ days to enter.

3. Winner will be drawn by random generator (if possible) if not then names will be written and drawn.
Winner will be announced on September 2, 2014 by 9 a.m. CST
Winner has 24 hours to contact me through my contact page at the top of this page. If I do not receive your shipping info within 24 hours you will forfeit your winnings and NO other winner will be drawn.

NOTE:
Sweet Annie does not get harvested until the very end of August, or the beginning of September.
Please allow up to 5 days for me to make and ship. Winner will be contacted when package ships.
Also, some people might be allergic to this herb, if so please enter with caution.
So here is the part where I say the same thing as I always do, PLEASE, if you do not think that you will be able to contact me, or be able to follow any of these rules, than I ask please do not enter.
This allows for others who want to win a better chance at it. Thank you for understanding and
thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Tuesday

Cutting Back ...

This summer has been a strange one to say the least ... In the beginning of the season we had no rain, for weeks and weeks and weeks. Then if we were lucky we would get a passing shower for a few minutes. I really thought we were going to be in another drought situation like a few years back. Then this past week we started getting a little rain. Well, this weekend we got tons of it ... 
It rained almost all day Saturday, and Sunday and Monday and today looks like much of the same. I am not complaining one bit.When the lack of rain came it did a few things to my plants. My blackberries, or a really good portion of them just dried up on the stems. Most all of my grapes where eaten by the birds, and my cutting flowers pretty much just produced little to no blooms.
This is some of my Cat mint I cut back about 3 weeks ago. You can see it is about 12 inches and lush green again.
 My yellow Yarrow was cut back just about 2 weeks ago now, and again, all new grow is coming back.
 And I just cut back the day lilies yesterday, these will not/or should not regrow at this late stage. I cut them back to make room for the fall mums I plant here. I like a little bit of fall color in my flower beds.
 This is sweet Annie, as you can see she is right on schedule. She is now starting to develop her seed pods.
Such a tried and true herb. Just love watching these plants grow.
Here a just a few of them in the back of my shed.
And a few more in with the Tansy and Yarrow ...
A few of my herbs drying for wreaths I will be making for fall.

This seems to be all my perennials are good for this year ... a black Hollyhock has gone to seed.
Been an odd weather year here, last week when I came home from work it sounded an smelled like early fall. Won't be long now, I will be glad to get this summer gone. And move into cooler less humid air.
I also want to say thank you to the few people who comment on my posts I do appreciate every comment. And for those who email regular. Hope YOU all have a great week, and thanks for stopping by the farm.

Teri

Monday

Less = More ...

Good morning,
With the sale of the last of the spring Cheviot lambs and my 4 year old Cheviot ram, the white sheep at White Sheep Farm are at a count of 4. Yes! Only 4 Cheviot's left. I have to say that it will be a sad day for me when the last one goes. They have been my way of life for almost a decade. And to go from 30 to 4 is a big deal for me. But, I have to remember that my body is just not able to do certain things that it once could. Like having a 200 lb sheep run into you, running from a ram, being kicked while you are trying to shear, trim hooves and so on. 
I know that all the Cheviot's I sold this year are going to people who researched the breed and want them, picked them ... searched me out to buy them. So for that I feel very thankful!
Still a few Cheviot's left in this photo.
And with less Cheviot's I will now increase my Shetland flock. I do hope that next year I can find a white breeding ram. And a few registered ewe lambs.
I would like to keep about 40 Shetlands when all the Cheviot's are gone. Right now I have about twenty, I really have not stopped long enough to count them.
 Even though we have had less rainfall than I can remember in a few years, the pastures are staying green and lush. But, we still need rain ...
These Limelight Hydrangeas have been so pretty for the past few weeks.
Sun was just coming up over the ridge when I snapped this one.
 Almost ready to start going through their color change and then drying...
Hope you all have a great week, and thanks for stopping by the farm.

 Teri

Sweet, Sweet Annie ...

 Good morning
If you all remember back on July 9th I showed this photo of a few of my volunteer Annie plants ... 
And if you remember I said they still got a lot to grow yet ...
So here is what they look like now .... Three weeks later ...
And they will grow a little more before they are ready to cut ... LOVE the smell of them ... 
Already been cutting and drying some Silver King, Cat mint, Yarrow and Tansy. How is your gardens doing? Busy canning peach jam ... Have a great week and thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Sunday

Addition and Subtraction ...

Addition and Subtraction ... that is what has been going on here at the farm. Moving forward with the downsizing (subtraction) of my Cheviot's and the increasing of my Shetland flock I have two new additions that I added to the flock this past weekend. A couple of cute redheads ... I love the Moorit color on these girls, one is a little lighter than the other ... When the deal for the white ram in TN. fell through, (as I figured it would) I made a deal with another woman for these two girls. I traded my BL twin ewe lambs. I still hope to find a white Shetland ram ... or possibly breed these girls to my spotted ram lamb. Either way, they are two little cuties ... I named the dark one Isabella, and still need another I name for the other.
A few months back, I had noticed that my Shetland ram was acting a little different, upon inspection we noticed that his horns had grown so much in the past few years that they were pushing into the sides of his jaw. Poor Blinkin, did not have very good horn genetics. So I started searching on line for answers ... well, there really was not much in the way of answers, just a few Youtube videos that showed how easy it was to trim their horns. So we, me and hubby set out to do some trimming ... It really is a good thing that Blinkin is such an easy going ram. Hubby got the saws-all out and started cutting ... Well the next thing you know blood is going everywhere ... With blood stop on hand (just in case) I stared to add it to a rag and place at the end where it was cut ... rag, after rag, after rag, was loaded with blood stop powder an applied ...After calling the vet ... he said that yes, it would stop and yes it did ... only after taking about 5 years off my life ...
We bandaged his horn up with more blood stop powder and duct tape ... put him in the stall and kept an eye on him for 24 hours ... he was fine ... a little lopsided, but fine. We made an appointment for the next weekend to have the other side done ... It took the vet no time at all to cut with a wire ... Here is what he looks like now ... still a little lopsided but, he can see better and nothing pushing into his face, You can almost see his smile ...
This is how much was cut off ...
I wanted to show you what Israel looks like now ... she is a beautiful Mioget colored ewe lamb, and has such a sweet disposition.
It's funny to see more colored sheep in the pasture than white sheep now ... I have but a few Cheviot's left ...They have been such good sheep, that I will keep three of the small girls and breed them with my Shetlands for good now ... I love the look and size, and the colors are so pretty.  I really am getting such beautiful fleece colors ... and speaking of fleece, I still have to skirt May's shearing, all the fleeces are in pillow cases in the shed ... I might hold off until it gets a bit cooler ... Have a great week and thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Wednesday

Summer ... But not The Lazy Dayz ...

 Good Morning,
Well, as I write this post, I think surely there must be someone, somewhere enjoying the lazy  days of summer ... Unfortunately it is not me ...
So I thought I would show you a few summer shots of the farm ...
This is a few volunteers of sweet Annie, as you can see they are about 5 feet tall, and still growing.
 Love the yellow day lilies ...
 Bee Balm intertwined with Cat mint ...
 I have already cut some of my Yarrow for drying ...
And my most favorite flower of summer ..

And this is why ... can you see how many birds there are on these sunflowers?
mini pumpkins ...
Grapes are doing great ...
And most all the lambs will be gone this weekend ...
These two are part of the triplets, One raised by mom and these two by me and hubby.
Iris and Ida ... they will go with their other sister.
Hope you all are a gettin a chance to enjoy your lazy days of this hot, dry summer ... I am thinking and wishing for fall ... Have a great week and thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Tuesday

Open ...

After 2 long months of every weekend, every spare minute, and every last bit of energy,
 Precision Automotive is now open for business. Hubby finishing up some last minute wiring. He moved tool boxes, work benches and equipment most all weekend.
 We also got the office-waiting area all set for now ... The doors still have to be painted.
 Plenty of chairs for waiting for your repairs ... and a small TV to pass the time.
 A few more touches to the walls and done.
 And I had time for a little, and I do mean little July 4th dressing up. 
God bless America.
Have a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend and thanks for stopping by the farm. 

Teri

Monday

The Home Stretch ... And a Recycled Quick Craft ...

First, I want to say thank you to all who e mailed me to see if everything was okay ...Well, the months are flying by, and I find it almost unthinkable that I have not posted in almost 2 months. With hubby's shop taking the fore front of all things ... it has been very challenging here as of late ... I also have had a rough go of it with Bronchitis ... Anyway, we( he) is about 2 weeks away from opening his shop ... I am very excited for him, and glad that his dream will be soon realized ...
This is a photo that was taken about a month ago ... I will show the completed waiting room, hall and bathroom when complete.
Since then the framing has been completed, the walls have all been sheet-rocked, and painted, a counter built, electricity ... and everything that needs to be done is almost complete.
We are hoping for a July,1st opening ...
And then onto the house ... We will try to get a little work done this summer, but the heat is over bearing at times when you are working without A.C.
Anyway, more fencing will be done on the small pasture, to finally rid the electronet fencing and to make room for a second Shetland ram lamb ... I am excited about him ... he is all white ... And you all know how I love my white sheep.However, I will not be getting this guy ... the woman decided to not deliver on the deal!
I think he will be named Ira ... As this being my ninth year rising sheep, they all are named with the letter "I".

Recycled Quick Craft 
While doing some heavy cleaning earlier, a few months back, I realized I still had this boxwood wreath that I displayed on this old cabinet at Christmas. It was made from fresh boxwood, and is just a small one, about 10 inches or so. As you can see it is past it's prime ... really it passed it's prime about 4 months ago ... but I just could not throw it away ... now before you go thinking I am a pack rat, I am not. As mentioned in the beginning of this paragraph, I did heavy cleaning ... meaning I (we) brought about 4 truck loads of blanket, quilts, clothing, furniture, and yes, even some of my primitive to the Goodwill. But ... call me strange, I LOVE wreaths, mostly dried herbs, twigs and such. Anyway, this is what I started with.
 it still has a pretty shape to it ...
So I grabbed some white spray paint ...
and sprayed ...
the dried leaves held the paint very nicely.
 Now I have a new wreath for my cupboard door ...
so don't stop at white ... how about  spraying and old wreath for whatever holiday you like ... red, white and blue ... gold, silver, orange ... the possibilities are endless ...who knows, come around October, it might be sprayed black.
Happy recycling and as always thanks for stopping by the farm.
AND for taking the time to check up on me!
Teri

Saturday

Changes ... They Are a Commin' ...


Good Morning,
Change ... is a funny thing. We have all under gone some sort of it in our lives, our bodies, our mind, where we live, how we live, and so on ... Sometimes, change is a good thing, and sometimes we are forced into a change, that we ourselves would never make. So therefore, that kind of change is not so good. There are changes in our health, our outlook, our direction, our surroundings.
I am probably like most people, I don't mind change, sometimes it just takes a little bit of time to get use to ... you know like Google and Google Chrome ...
 I work for a large company that changes almost on a hourly basis ... so just about the time you have the "new change" down ... they have changed it yet again! Sometimes, you go through all the changes, only to be right back at where you started.  You have to just learn to deal ... And as I get older, the less I like change.
Changing means so much  ,,,
As I get ready for the slowing down changes that will be coming to my life, I know that I must make a few changes ... One of the big changes that has come my (our) way, is that hubby has purchased a large building with 7+ acres to start his own business in.
Hubby is a Master Automotive Technician and has been for 25+ years. So, it is now his time ... time for him to follow his passion in life ... And, so he will ... just not in the town we live in. So what does all this mean? Well ...
I have had my turn at my passion ... (sheep) and yes, I will continue with that. I will however, downsize my flock, I have been thinking I will just keep the Shetlands, I am undecided on that right now. They are much smaller, and easier for me to handle alone.
Geese have already been sold ... going to a farm with a pond to swim all day ...
What ever breed I continue with, that will wait. For now they all will stay here on this farm ...
I also will downsize my home ...
  We will continue the work on the farmhouse as planned. A new Master bedroom with ensuit bathroom. Laundry room and fifth bedroom and HUGE storage closet, will be added this year. When complete it will be a wonderful large family oriented home. And will be on the market for sale in May, 2015.
 It's funny, change ... just about the time you are headed in what you think is the direction you want to go ... something comes along and spins you around ... and sets you on a new course .. not a bad course ...
 just a different course, a sort of unplanned course. Why sell? some will say ... well ... where the business is located is over an hour away from the farm.
And so what do you do ... well, you go with it, you throw caution to the wind ... take a chance, try your best, and see where it takes you ... Hold on, get ready, and pray it all works out for the best. As said I will be slowing down my life, leaving my job in May 2015, so no need for hubby's travel time to be over an hour, no reason to not be close to his business ... So, life will change for me, for him. I can only hope that it will change for the better, that I find a nice farm for me, for us, for the sheep.
Photo of hubby's new shop ...
 7 + acres to the back, the building is on a very busy road ... with lots of vacationers ... He also has a well established customer base in this area.
 Inside of shop, he has a lot of work to do to get this open in a month ... WE have a lot of work to do ... build an office, bathroom and storage. Install lifts, ceiling, lights, wiring and so on.
So for the next year life will be busy, even busier than it normally is ...
Still waiting on 1 ewe to lamb ... But these cuties were born last Saturday morning ...
 And Holly had her lamb on Sunday ... Shearing is next week so I hope my last ewe lambs this weekend.
But, for now they have plenty of shade in the pastures. That is the really great thing about these pastures, they are lined on one side by the woods. The tree in the pasture still is waiting on leaves ... They love to rub on this one ..
The garden has been tilled once, will do it just once more and then plant ...
Anyway, today starts the first day of my new busy (er) life. hope you all have a wonderful weekend! And as always ... thanks for stopping by the farm.
 
Teri