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First lamb of the new season has been born!  Cute little white thing.  Oldest already named it Marshmellow.  Pics to follow when there’s some light available tomorrow.


Winter Lambing Season Has Begun

We went out to feed tonight and saw that one of our pregnant ewes udder was HUGE.  She looked a little dilated as well.  We knew the time was near but then she started giving birth pretty much right then.  For some reason the rams wanted to be around her and pester her.  We even had a bit of a duel between Rambo and one young buck.  I’ve separated her from the rest of the heard except for the banthas.  They’re no big deal as they are very subdued and shouldn’t bother her.  I’ve just stopped watching long enough to post this and will go out and check on her again in a few minutes.  She wasn’t huge so I hope we don’t have a preemie.

huge mama udder


Happy Thanksgiving!

I dunno about you but I’m stuffed!  So was the turkey, hehe.  Hope everyone out there in internet land had a wonderful Thanksgiving today.  Youngest daughter is back from college with us for a few days and we gathered with some good friends for the holiday meal.  Just doesn’t get much better.  Today I thank God for all my blessings and for each of you reading this.  May you and yours be blessed too!

Turkey


Veterans Day

I’m a vet.  I’m one of the many fortunate ones that never had my blank check cashed by my country.  That’s the check every service member writes when they join, pledging to give up to their lives if necessary to defend our constitution, our country, and our people.  I served for about 9 years.  I even served during war-time but, as the oddities of modern military service played out, I was not called upon to go to that war.  God only knows why.  Still, I stood on the line while my brothers and sisters were called to go.  Some did not come back.  Some came back grievously wounded, either in body, or spirit, or both.  Many more came back having just served.  They did their duty.  Nearly all went who were called.  I almost went.  Turns out it was just “practice” but my fiance and I didn’t know that at the time.  It’s a sobering thing to have that ‘blank check’ you signed start to be processed.  I was ready.  WE were ready as a force.  It was what we were there for, voluntarily.  The old line sums it up best.

All gave some, some gave all.

I’m proud of my brothers and sisters in arms.  Today I salute you, the living.  We will always remember those who gave all.

Gregory T. Miller

PFC – United States Army Reserve
MOS 11C (indirect fire infantry or mortar man)

Sgt – United States Air Force
AFSC 461X0 Munitions Systems Specialist
AFSC 302X0 Weather Equipment Maintenance Specialist

I’d do it all over again, only better.


Happy Birthday United States Marines

Semper Fi

Marines

 

 

The Marine Corps Birthday and Flag

The U.S. Marine Corps traces its origins to November 10, 1775, during the Revolutionary War, when the Continental Congress called for two battalions of Continental Marines to be raised. Their mission was to provide security onboard Navy ships, conduct ship-to-ship fighting, and serve as landing troops. Tradition has it that the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia served as the first Marines recruiting post. The Marines’ first landing, led by Captain Samuel Nicholas, came in March 1776 at New Providence, in the Bahamas, where they seized British cannons, shells, and powder.

The Marines were disbanded after the Revolutionary War, then reformed in 1798. The U.S. Marine Corps has served in every major armed conflict in American history. As a “force in readiness,” its missions range from amphibious assaults to counterterrorism operations.

The Marine Corps flag is a scarlet banner that carries a yellow and gray image of a globe (symbolizing service in any part of the world) and an anchor (a reminder of the amphibious nature of Marines’ duties, and that the Marine Corps is a partner of the U.S. Navy). An eagle stands on the globe, holding in its beak a scroll inscribed with the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis (“Always Faithful”). Below, a larger scroll reads, “United States Marine Corps.” The flag’s design dates to 1939.

– Bill Bennett’s American Patriot’s Almanac


New Coop Door

Finally got the door to the chicken coop replaced.  It really didn’t take long to build.  I just needed one of those ’round tuit’ thingamabobbers.  Once I got that, everything fell into place.  We got the sticks several months ago and Mary painted them at the same time we painted the front door.  And there they sat.  I’ve said before that there are 3 lifetimes worth of work around here that needs to be done.  Living a part-time ranch life leaves about 2 and 3/4 of that amount of work untouchable.  Still, we do what we can, when we can and have fun doing it!  I’d never trade this place for anything.  And of course, some pictures.

Finishing touch

Here I am putting the chicken wire on the door.

Hows that look

How’s that look dear?

On way too coop

Lets get it to the coop!

ooo shiney

Installed at last!  Sure does make the rest of the coop look shabby.  I have to get out there today and fix the water lines.  Been neglecting that too long and the ducks (yes, there are 3 ducks in there) keep using it as their personal pond.  I really need a coop about 1/4 to 1/2 acre in size for what I’d like to do with these birds.  I guess I can dream big at least.

We found a hen down last night.  I don’t know if it’s sick or just got beat up by the others.  I have it in the “incubation room” inside.  It made it through the night but it’s doing no better.  I’ve had one come back from this state so I have hope.  I’m rolling the mobile coops out there today and am going to start separating them out.  I have a few roosters that are going on their first (and last) winter vacation next weekend.  A friend and I are going to process some birds over at his house next Saturday morning.  He’s set up to do a bunch at one time.  I’ll post about that experience but I won’t put any gory pictures in it.  I’ve done it once before with him.  We did turkeys for Thanksgiving.  I think we’ll be doing both turkeys and chickens this year.  Anywho, more to come!