We made a lot of progress on our expanded garden beds today, thanks to my husband and his tractor. I watered my seedlings in the greenhouse - they definitely dry out faster there. Of course, the deep clean of the animal shelters always happens on the weekend. I also did some castrating out there, my first time but just a fact of sheep farming, I suppose. First time anything is always a little anxious.
The oldest daughter went off hiking with some of her friends from high school. It is always nice to see those kids; we've had some lovely huge sleepovers in the past, and now they are all growing up to be young men and women.
As I am typing here, I hear some thunder out in the distance and a few rattling rain drops on our metal roof (metal for rain catchment). One of our catchment tanks is only about 1/3 full, so the rain is coming at a good time. Just a few days of light rain and we use so much water with all these animals. I am including the 4 two legged young animals who are going to learn the hard way (a turned off water valve) if they don't go the easy way of shortening their showers on their own.
Yesterday, I was really thinking about what to do with the horses. The sheep are very much taking the time left between being a teacher, a mom, and a gardener, and I have been feeling guilty about that big galoot of a horse out there being untrained. I love her manure, and she is an easy keeper, but I am not using her mind or her body in the best way. She tends to make it difficult for my laminitic gelding to get his share and generally just pushes him around and all the other animals on the farm, too. (She tries to push the humans around, but isn't very successful. I have no patience for it, and it could be dangerous, so she just isn't allowed.) So, I said a little prayer asking what I should do for this mare. And, darn it, if there wasn't someone on craigslist looking for just this type of horse. I don't know what will come of it, but we'll see. I will miss her terribly, but maybe it is for the best.
A lot of changes, therefore, might be down one horse and we've doubled our sheep population. The garden space has been quadrupled, not including the greenhouse. I wonder what else is in store for us?