Wednesday, January 02, 2019

If you can't do-over, just do

So Mary Engelbreit posted this on Instagram yesterday, and kicked me gently in the rear.
It helped that the news about my friend in the hospital today was slightly improved. Regardless, it was Brian's last day of Christmas break, and his last opportunity to make good on a suggestion – that we clean out the Sheep Sheraton together. How do you pass up an offer like that??? Besides, hard physical labor and accomplishing a much needed task would help dispel the helpless anxiety I was feeling over yesterday's accident.

It was still cold and foggy when we started. The ewes got pasture time while we got to work cleaning their quarters.

 Nice view of the house and the new gate Rick made from the sheepfold.

The straw/hay/manure pack was especially deep, 'thanks' to all the stems the girls are wasting. We could only get first cutting hay last year; none of the fine, leafy 2nd, 3rd, or 4th cutting orchardgrass they're used to. So thankful for the little used Kubota with a front-end loader my parents brought us from Texas!

As we worked, the fog lifted some. The girls noticed the new gate with some concern. 
 "It's safer here under our favorite tree."

And four hours later, the fold looked and smelled much cleaner!

I started a spinning project today to participate in a year-long challenge on the Jenkins YarnTools forum on Ravelry. I also have two knitting WIPS (works in progress), an almost unheard of level of diversity for this monogamous crafter. I'm not sure how long I can keep this up, but I'm doing it for now.

That's it for now from . . .


Mama Pea said...

There's nothing quite like knowing your animals have clean housing and bedding. Always a big job, but so worthwhile after it's done! Glad you had a willing helper as a job like that can be awful when done by yourself. :o\

Glad to hear there is improvement in your friend's condition. Sending good thoughts for speedy healing.

Susan said...

No wonder Brian was anxious to help - there was a tractor involved! It's hard to find the nice, green, leafy hay here, too. Mine waste tons of it. I love that gate - and the photograph of the sheep looking at it with suspicion! Your flock of girls is so lovely. I'm glad your friend is on the mend, and thank you for that reminder that all we can do is move ahead. Hugs to you.

Michelle said...

I was dreading ASKING for help, Mama Pea – and then HE suggested it! Glimmers of hope in the teenager; I'm trying to hold tight to those.

Ah yes, the tractor helps, Susan, but it's not a novelty anymore. It was mostly a hard, stinky job he volunteered for! We'll just take turns reminding each other, okay?

thecrazysheeplady said...

Glad for some improvement. Nice job on the barn, Brian :-D

Theresa said...

Look at all those lovely sheep about to enjoy clean fresh digs! And help doing it no less. I love that Mary Engelbreit quote and that your friend is a bit better. Yeah!

Michelle said...

Me, too, Sara. I visited her today and she was in good spirits. Staying another 24-72 hours, though.

I love ME period, Theresa!

Leigh said...

New gate! Oh my, how suspicious! Critters are so funny, LOL. The tractor looks like a wonderful way to clean out the barn. Lots of lovely future compost!

A :-) said...

Glad for some positive stuff for you - and for your friend. I hope she will be better every day. I'm guess she might have sustained a closed head injury - those can take some time to resolve.

And really - people are always telling me that they have no idea how I am able to do as much as I do, but when I see what you do daily on the farm - what I do seems like a drop in a bucket!

Michelle said...

Yes, they are, Leigh! We only used the tractor to haul the manure from fold to pile (the loading of the bucket was all done by hand), but that's still a huge help.

A, thankfully her head was protected by a helmet like it always should be on horseback. She learned in hospital that she has brittle bones, hence ALL the ribs on one side. But her spirits are good!

A :-) said...

So glad to hear she had a helmet on, but wow - all her ribs broken is pretty wild. Glad to hear she's got a good attitude and is hanging in.

Jeanne said...

Somehow I missed this one. I'm SO thankful that your friend was not more seriously injured! I can't imagine how it would be to have that many ribs broken! It just be awful.