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Monday, March 18, 2019

I Have to JUST Do It ! ( Blog)

One of the last times I posted on my blog I wrote about my dog Whimsy and a walk in our woods with her. Whimsy is still a big part of our lives and here she is as she followed me around just a few days ago. You can see in the background we still have snow here at Laughing Dove Farm.

 The view from my wool shop porch shows a lot of snow in our driveway, across the pastures, and the snow covered hills just across the gravel road that runs in front of our home. ( And there is still snow on the porch , it just drifts in.)
 This is our front pasture. It is in front of our home, the gravel road, the road to our home, runs parallel to it . There are hills and mountains just across this gravel road and bountiful wild life, including moose, bear, deer, elk, coyotes, wolves, cougars, lynx, bobcats, and numerous wild fowl. ( We have captured more than a few of these on our own woods' game cams.)
 Last year I acquired two Finn sheep ewes. I have needed much more white wool than my Jacob sheep provide and bought Mona & Martha. They are due to have lambs any time now, and this will be their first time having lambs. I am pretty excited about this. Here Mona & Martha are enjoying sunshine , WARM sunshine after our very cold and frozen weather.
 Britta is one of my Jacob sheep ewes ( female) and she and her sister Jacob sheep are all due too. I have a total of 17 ewes due to have their lambs within the next 2 or 3 weeks. I will not be getting much sleep in the next few weeks.
 It has been awhile since I blogged. Every day I think about blogging and what I might write, but then I have been away from my blog for so long I don't know where to begin. ( This is the view from our driveway on a very cold and frozen February day last month.) Today I decided to JUST DO IT !
This is our driveway only a month ago. The driveway is still snow and ice covered and my blue truck is firmly entrenched in ice just waiting for our spring thaw . This past weekend I saw my first robin of spring, and yesterday the swallows had returned. The ice and snow are melting, we'll be maneuvering around big puddles soon and the snow melt from the hills and mountain across our road flows down our driveway, through our pastures, into our creek, then into our pond and over and through our neighbors' farms.

We've been loving winter here, and are now excited about spring. We've ordered way too many seeds , and know we'll not be able to plant until at least mid April because our veggie garden still has over 3 feet of snow in it, but we've started seeds indoors in optimistic anticipation of a glorious and bountiful garden.

I am hoping to be consistent with my blogging, especially because my husband said he very much missed my blog posts. For no other reason alone I would blog, but I really miss my blogging friends. One of the main reasons I quit blogging was because I love reading and replying to other bloggers but for some reason my computer treated my responses and comments to other blogs as a virus and would not allow me to comment. ( I tried everything I could to figure out how to take care of that problem, even consulted an"expert" who could not help me at all.) I am going to blog away again and work on being able to comment on the blogs I especially miss.

That being said, we are very much loving our new home and even though we're retired, we're busier than ever, but now we're busy doing what we've deemed important to us and our family, and if we want to take a day off and go fishing or camping, we do !


ellen b. said...

Good to hear from you. I always try to wave when we head to Spokane from Colville. We are entering the season of mud!

Theresa said...

Yes, retirement has kept me busy for 17 years:) I love your views, SO pretty. Your dog is precious and looks like my Granddaughter's dog Molly! Have a blessed day and post when you wish! HUGS!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

So wonderful to see this blog post from you. I've missed your blogging about your life and new home. Your two new sheep are so sweet looking.
Your wintry countryside is beautiful.

Love, hugs & prayers for you and your dear hubby.


Your comment came through on my blog. ;-)

Henny Penny said...

I too am so happy to see this post. Whimsy is absolutely beautiful! I love seeing your sheep (I've always dreamed of owning sheep) and can't wait to see the babies. Have missed seeing the pretty things you make too. Do you still have the Sebastopol (oops, I can't remember how to spell it) geese?

Leigh said...

It's great to have you back Kathy! Gosh, but you certainly do still have snow. Doesn't look like spring is anywhere in sight at your place.

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

So glad to see a post from you, Kathy, and you have even more snow than we do!! Wow, 17 babies on the way? What a blessing!!

Just Mags said...

Whimsy is beautiful. Oh, my you sure did get a lot of snow. Those are great photos of the sun shining on the snow and the shadows. The sheep look to be doing well. I love that last photo of the snow and trees. I really do enjoy your blog posts. Hugs

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hello Kathy! I am so glad you are blogging again. I think of you all of the time.......my two little sheep(the ones you made) are on the shelf and I always think of you! My goodness you will have your hands busy with all of the little sheep to be born! The snow in your photos looks so lovely. Whimsey is such a pretty dog! Wishing you many sheep and lots of pretty wool!

Carol Henstra said...

Oh your dog is adorable. My son and family have same breed.

My sister had a Farm. Had great memories there. Both have passed on.

Along with my Parents.

I am enjoying your pictures all.

L. D. said...

He is a very nice dog. They really do want to be a help to you and a companion. I like seeing all the kinds of animals that you have.

Deb said...

It sounds like life is good, Kathy. Lovely to see you are happy in your new home.

Laurel Wood said...

So delighted you are blogging again. I enjoyed seeing Whimsy and all your new sheep. Happy you guys are loving your home and staying busy. God bless your day. xo Mildred Nalley