FAME!

Hey, the blog is famous now!  We made the Seguin paper on the front page!

http://seguingazette.com/news/article_995a51aa-9c07-11e3-b382-0019bb2963f4.html?referer_url=/news/article_995a51aa-9c07-11e3-b382-0019bb2963f4.html

The article is behind a pay wall so it may not show you much.  Our part wasn’t real big but we did get our pictures in the paper as well as a couple of our sheep!  Here’s a sample:

  Greg and Mary Miller bought 10 acres on Auxiliary Airfield Road with hopes of being more self-sufficient. They wanted to get away from the city and experience the quiet of  country living.

  They grow a garden for three reasons — to eat healthier, to prepare for possible shortages or economic downturns by producing their own food, and as a means of blessing the lives of others.

They call their home the “Double Portion Ranch” and hope to grow enough to have some to share.

There was a little more on us and then it went on to another gardening subject.  We did in fact buy a bunch of gardening supplies just this weekend.  I hope we’re not to far behind the power curve getting started this year.  Now all I have to do is get the tractor started and break up that ground.  I have a nice chisel attachment I can run in there and do that with.  I haven’t had any spare time of late for the blog but I intend to keep it going.  Especially now that we’re all famous and stuff!


More News

The MIA emu turned up.  We suspect a well hidden nest but haven’t dug around out there to try and really find it.  Glad it’s back though.

We got iced in today!  It was pretty much gone by about 1PM.  I was going to try to go to work but the truck wouldn’t start.  I need new batteries in it but really can’t afford that just yet.  It doesn’t jump start right off the bat.  You got to let it charge for 20 minutes or so.  By then it would have been a waste of fuel to go to work so I just took the rest of the day off.

Lambs, lambs, and more lambs!!!  All but one ewe has delivered.  We literally JUST had another set of twins born to one of the black bellies.  That puts us up to 5 sets of twins and 14 total lambs for the season so far.  That ought to buy us back some feed by September or October.  I’d love to get a ridiculously large herd built up but I just don’t have the forage to feed them.  Some day, some day…


News

Goodness time flies!  Due to business related time commitments I have not had a chance to post in a while.  Lost of stuff has been and is happening too.  I have no time for much of an update but here’s what I got.

Lambing season is going crazy!  10 new lambs so far.  Lots of boys.  Three ewes have yet to deliver.  If they all go, then every mama we have will have had something.

Rambo is a killer.  He and his son Spot where fighting.  We think Rambo hit Spot on the side and broke a rib, puncturing a lung.  All oldest daughter saw from the house was Spot flying 3-4 feed up in the air.  We were out of town of course.  Stuff like that always happens at the most convenient times.

Had to move a rooster to the small mobile coop.  He was being picked on and not doing well.  Had him inside a few days.  Crowing at 1 AM last night ensured his move today!

MIA Emu.  We’ve misplaced one of the three emus.  Haven’t seen her in three days or so now.  Searched the property twice so far but no sign.  Dead or alive.

First vet visit for one of the Pyrenees today.  Sammy had an ingrown dew claw so we had to have a vet look at it.  She’s a master at being dead weight as she becomes one with the floor.  85 lbs of dead weight…  She’s good now though.

Another lamb being raised inside.  Mocha was unwanted by mom.  She’s the happiest lamb in the world too.  Much easier to raise than Pistol was.  She got an infected hoof somehow and also had to go to the vet a few days ago.  She was apparently the cutest animal the staff had ever seen.

I got, and recovered from, pneumonia over the holidays.  Still recovering really.   Takes a bit out of you that one does.

I’m probably missing something.  Tons has gone on lately.  I’ll catch up later but that’s the news for now.


Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…

One of our family traditions is to go out and get our own live Christmas tree whenever life permits.  There have been some Christmases in recent years where we have done little to nothing for Christmas.  Life just gets in the way sometimes.  This year we were fortunate.  Any year we can, we go to Seiler’s Christmas Tree Farm.  Now that the cat out of the bag they’ll probably be famous because of my blog post.  Really, both of you try not to go at once!  If you do though, here’s the address: 4100 Jakes Colony Rd, Seguin, TX 78155.  I even found a video somebody took of the place.

Now that my youngest daughter is testing her wings, it’s a treat for the family to be together.  She came home from college over the Thanksgiving holiday and we went to Seilers that Saturday and got our tree for the year.  Picking the family tree is part fun and part chore.  It has to be the perfect tree.  Some years, most years, it takes quite a while for us to locate it.  This year we found two almost right off the bat.  Here’s the one we picked.

The Christmas Tree for 2013

The Christmas Tree for 2013

Finding the tree fast was not the only strange thing about our visit this year.  The tree farm is way closer to our house now that we live in Seguin.  What used to be an all day affair only took us a couple of hours this time.  Still, it worked out very well and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  We gathered ’round the tree for some pictures before cutting.

Mary and I

Mary and I

Mary and the kids

Mary and the kids

And now for the traditional moment.

Where does it say "cut here"?

Where does it say “cut here”?

Looks like we should cut it here.

I have no idea...

I have no idea…

Just a little more…

TIMBER!

TIMBER!

TIIIIIIIIMMMMMMMMMMBBBBBEEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!!

Hauling off the bounty

Hauling off the bounty

Bagged one!

It’s times like these that it’s very handy to own a pickup truck.  As you can see in the video, they shake out all the dead needles and whatever else isn’t well attached to the tree.  Then they net it and you take it from there.  It’s a neat place and if you live around the San Antonio area, I highly recommend making it a Christmas tradition with your family.

The tree all dressed up!

The tree all dressed up!

Here’s the tree all dressed up in it’s Christmas finery.  Unfortunately, we have to make the bottom few feet dog tail resistant.  We lose a few ornaments every year to destructo tails.  This year has been no exception!  We still think it’s a darn fine tree though!


Name the Twins!

This post has a poll for you to pick your favorite lamb twin names of all the suggestions we’ve gotten.  If you see this on Facebook you may have to click through to get to the poll.  Let the contest begin!

P.S. There were a lot of suggestions of varying quality.  Some, while humorous, stood no chance with the family. Take Dinner and Supper for instance :)  Cute, but a no go.  So, we whittled down the list to stuff we knew we could live with.  Thank you all for your various suggestions.


Merry Christmas Everyone!

From the Seguin Millers to all our family and friends, we wish you all a Very Merry Christmas this year!  I hope yours is awesome!

Here’s some shots of our tree cutting trip this year.  I’ll post that story tonight.  Time for pancakes now!

Mary and I with the tree of 2013

Mary and I with the tree of 2013

Mary, Rachel and Rebecca with the tree of 2013

Mary, Rachel and Rebecca with our tree.

The tree all dressed up!

The tree all dressed up!


Name That Lamb!… Err, make that Lambs!!

Winter lambing season is in full swing now.  We are 3 for 3 4 for 4 so far.  We may only have one or two more to go this season but I’m not sure.  This little gal was born sometime this morning.  Introducing, ol’ whatsername!

New Black Belly

New Black Belly

Name wise, nothing seems to have jumped right out at us this go around.  Any of you readers want to take a crack at a name?  I’m all ears.  She seems healthy and like her cousins, is fearless and curious.  She’ll come right up to you.

Where to now Mom?

Where to now Mom?

Cute as a button (of course, they all are).  This makes three new additions, putting the herd up to 22 er 23.

Proud Mom, Mothering

Proud Mom, Mothering

 

HOLD EVERYTHING!!!

Turns out there are TWO!  This little one above was with Mom all day.  Not even a hint of another one.  We delivered a couple of last seasons ewes to a friend today and came back tonight to feed (more on that later).  While Mary was getting the feed I was in the corral area with the sheep.  I started hearing a baby lamb baaing.  From the woods behind the corral!  And I could see all three new ones and it wasn’t any of them.  You know when you have that moment when something is introduced to you and you know that’s just not right?  That was that moment.  I started frantically looking for this baby.  I kept hearing it.  I shot out the back of the corral and started combing the woods and then, there it was!  Identical to the other one except it’s all alone out here.  Ruh roh raggie!  Now I’m wondering if we had a mom down somewhere.  I had not yet put two and two together that morning mama had had twins.  We kept counting the sheep and coming up one short.  Just for your information, sheep are kinda hard to count in a herd.  Not exactly sure why they chose them for sleep inducement. Seems like that would frustrate the tar out of you!  So the whole family is out looking around the woods for this missing Mom.  Finally, the herd gathers and we count, and count, and count again.  At last we’re satisfied that we have the right numbers.  This must be a twin.  We tried to get it to join mama.  Mama was OK with it being there but wasn’t being real helpful.  The new lamb kept trying to suckle a ram.  Wrong sack dude…  We decided to call it for tonight and bring it in.  We’re working on bottle feeding it now and will try to isolate it tomorrow with mom so it can bond.  Wish us luck with that and pray if you do, we really don’t need another house raised lamb!  Without further ado, I introduce, thing two!

Thing Two

So give us suggestions for Thing One and Thing Two.  Good grief, I need some sleep now.  Ranch drama is draining…


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