Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fire Season in CA is here

My neighbor called me Sunday afternoon about 4
and said her power was out and there was a fire on the mountain. 
You can just barely see the smoke and patch of burnt grass.
As you can see all the green grass is now brown and very dry.

it didn't take long for the wind to expand it's territory, fortunately
Cal Fire brings in Air support immediately here.  The Helicopters
are able to refill in the lake at the bottom of the mountain.

There were also 2 fixed wing planes too along with a spotter plane flying above.

so glad there is an orange grove between me and the mountain.

Great job by Cal Fire getting this under
control in 2 hours and staying overnight
watching for flare ups.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2016 Update

January 30th brought a lot of rain all at once but still not an end to the California drought

March was shearing time, fleece, lots and lots of fleece

Shearing staff taking a break

Not much time for the shearer to take a break

One of the three Finns getting sheared

and one lone Babydoll Southdown after shearing

if you look close in my weed patches you might find some flowers

Shetlands started lambing April 9th, here is Clara and her ram lamb.

This morning Ousto also lambed, two black ram lambs.

And waiting her turn is Ollie, hope there is a ewe lamb or two in there.

How green is my valley ...........


Hoping all my friends in Blog land are well and enjoying spring, for those areas making the news with still getting snow or hail the size of golf balls there is still some open space in California.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Today is Hug A Sheep Day


Cookies?  Did you bring cookies?

They even like Wheat Thins Popped

Thursday, October 15, 2015

wow it's ben a year.

I am still here, still having computer issues, will try to use my tablet and do more posting. Until then enjoy one of my morning sunrises.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Everyone ready for Halloween?  Thanksgiving?  Christmas?  Time is flying by, time to finalize Shetland breeding groups, bring in another load of hay, find some motivation to get things done.  I have been needle felting, and made some orifice hooks for spinners out of wine corks and beads, now I need to find spinners that need orifice hooks, lol.

I didn't make it to the big Fresno Fair this year, missed my chance for a corn dog and other fair food.  Weather is finally cooling down into the 80's with even a 79 in the seven day forecast, now where have I stored my sweat shirts and cold weather clothes?  The big draft horse and equipment sale is coming up the end of this month, always a fun event.


Friday, August 29, 2014

what's up

August is almost over and boy oh boy I will not miss it when it's gone.  August 3rd, my cousin who was in the process of moving from California to Idaho came to spend one night enroute.  When he called and said he was about 2 hours away I decided ok, time to put clean cover on the sofa.  As I took the one off the sofa out to the washer (my laundry is out in a separate building) I walked down the three steps and went about 5ft and almost stepped on a coiled rattlesnake.  $@#;;&% ran back in the house found my shotgun, box of shells, loaded one shell and shot the snake from the deck.  As I watched to make sure I got the snake I see a second one come out from under the steps ....... that I had just gone up and down.  I quickly loaded another shell  and blew that sucker away too.  Both snakes were about 3 ft long one with 8 rattles the other had 9. 

My one night visit with my cousin lasted 5 days, he had kidney stone surgery two weeks before traveling.  Ended up taking him to Urgent Care Facility and getting him some antibiotics.  Would have been a nice visit if either one of is was feeling well.  He is going to be 85 this year and since Idaho is a ways away don't know when we will see each other again.

I had my kidney stone surgery on Monday, feeling much better, just waiting to get off antibiotics tomorrow so hopefully I will have an appetite and food will taste good.  Haven't been to fiber group get togethers in over a month, hoping to feel up to going on Sunday.

Come on Fall ...... I seriously need some rain.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

If it's over 100 degrees how can I have frostbite?

Well I have made it thru July, weather 7 day forecasts are a continuous rolling 102 to 107, and August is known to be more of the same.  Why oh why did I move to a place that has 6 to 8 months of summer.  I am so looking forward to Fall.  The last few years it has rained just enough on one day of the Big Fresno Fair to mess with attendance, Fair runs for 10 days in the beginning of October, can't wait.  It was cloudy, with thunder and lightning Wednesday with a few sprinkles, not even enough to dampen the dust, just saw a few drops of water in one of the dogs feed dishes.  Don't need lightning starting fires....there are 2 major fires just north of here, the Sand Fire in Mariposa County, near Yosemite, area is close to last years huge Rim Fire.  Saturday a fire started in Madera County area of the Sierras called the French Fire, brought a lot of smoke my way Saturday night.  And now, I see my cousin in Shasta County posted pictures of lightning caused fires in her area.

Two of the older Doppler ewes each had a single ewe lamb two weeks ago and are doing fine.   The Shetlands are having issues with the hot weather but the ewes do have a big fig tree to hide under during the day.  Bella and Dollar hang out in the house close to the fans.

How do I have frostbite?   I am living on popsicles and I noticed the tip of my tongue seems s little tender, LOL.

Doctor has been on vacation so nothing has been scheduled yet for my kidney stone, since it is in my kidney and not causing blockage it is not an emergency .....