2014 Updates

Pattern update, due to the high volume of traffic from FB, Pintrest and Primitive Forums.I NO longer offer my patterns for free to everyone. To receive my patterns FREE you NOW have to be a follower of White Sheep Farm, or you can find my Google + page, White Sheep Farm and follow me there. Please DO NOT confuse this with following by e mail. Thanks!

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

Tuesday

My View (s) ...

Good morning,
One of the best things about living out, is the view I have. Not just the scenic ones, but my view of how I keep my land. I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by so much beauty. I try very hard to leave a small footprint on my land. I do not use gasoline to burn my fence row, nor do I use any chemicals at all. In fact our land has not seen any chemicals on it in over 6 years that we have owned it. We also do not and have not altered the lay of the land. I have for the past 6 years done nothing but improve my view (s)  This one is the most amazing three season view. Even better from the second floor of the farmhouse.

Leaves have been mulched up to enrich my lawn, I don't use any fertilizer ...
organic pasture ...
 A few of the beautiful Red buds that line the wood line ...
The early morning sun shinning on the woodland ground that is starting to fill with May pops is another view I fully enjoy, soon this all will be a lush green.
 A long hard winter has made this pasture needing a long break from sheep ... The birds are finding what they need for their nest with the left over hay and the wool that is in the wire fencing.
Bluebird boxes await new nest and new families of Bluebirds ...
And I added one more new (old) box. trying to move them over to this side of the yard.
Grapes are just now starting to come alive ... 
And same for the strawberries ...
Wild Violets are always a welcome sight.
Holly is still waiting for her lamb to be born.
 A new mother ...
Happy Earth Day and whatever view you have, I hope you enjoy and nurture it just as much as I do mine. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by the farm.

Teri