In spite of it being Spring Break, I have been driving incessantly...which left me with less time on the farm than I would like. Today, though, after driving my son to his track meet, we wormed the sheep. Only two really looked like they needed it (nasal bots and less than bright pink eyelids) but I wormed everyone, just in case. I checked Minnie's udder, because she should have her first lamb in a few weeks. She felt right on track.
I also wormed the horses. Crazy Horse Gib did really well with the wormer - so his craziness is selective, it seems.
I really wanted to do some repair to the dug up garden, but it was really pouring and a bit chilly, so I headed in help my husband with some business things. I have been looking out the window like a kid in school, longing to escape all day.... What I really need to do when there is a break in the rain is to bag up a lot of my finished compost and wheelbarrow it over to the green house so I can at least start some seeds. My green house is filled with tomato volunteers. I hope I get enough tomatoes that I can learn how to can.
Several weeks ago, I inquired about a craigslist ad for half dairy sheep/half local hair sheep. The farmer didn't get back to me, so I thought it wasn't going to happen and put it out of my mind. Well, he called today! It's been over a month, so it was a surprise. He lives in Honaunau, which will be a four hour round trip drive, but I hope to go see them early next week. They are half-dairy (Lacaune-East Friesian cross) and half-hair: which around here means some barbados, some katahdin, and some st. croix. I really need some thought, research, and expert help on how to manage the breeding of my little flock, and how to improve them.
Right now, I have two unrelated ewes (Dodie and Audrey). Audrey's daughter is Minnie. Dodie's daughter is Niele. I have two ram lambs intact, who are half-brothers to Niele and full brothers to Minnie. All the lambs are Elvis' offspring. I am sure I will need a new ram, and at least two more ewes, but it gets complicated.
A lot to think about. I just about have time to do at least some of the baking for the week before Driver's Ed. I would complain about Driver's Ed being two hours every day, except that I have been waiting in the parking lot and taking naps. Apparently, I needed them, because yesterday was the first time I didn't feel like falling asleep in a week and a half. I have been running at full speed ahead since Christmas - Spring Break came just in time.