Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sheep Shearing

Elizabeth's Bike
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52 degrees this morning and cloudy but by the time I got home the sun was out and shinning.

I walked the Farm Loop and around the two cemeteries and the ball park loop. 

Three deer ran across the street in front of me.  I've been seeing deer lately after not seeing any for quite a while.  I saw the usual rabbits, birds, and a couple of chipmunks.  The horses Faith and Grace were by the part of the fence that I could get to and gave them a pet again today. 
Number 25 was right near the fence and didn't even move when I got this close to take his picture.  I was going to give him a pet too but he didn't look like he wanted one.
I saw Peggy walking Saxson by the cemetery and we said a friendly hello.  I think she meant well warning me about the bears.  She is nice, just a bit bossy and I've never seen her smile.

A nice morning to be out walking.
I walked 6.6 miles.
Found a penny.
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We never did get to go outside after supper yesterday to take up the sod with the tractor.  The rain came down pretty hard as you can see.
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This morning we went back to church to get more work done.  We painted the rest of the fence, finished the rock walkway and put down mulch.
The only thing left to do is put up the station letters on the tower which is that thing in the  middle of the back fence.  I'll take a picture of that when it is done.  The dish at the back of the picture is where we weeded and painted that fence too. 
We were finished lunch time and then it was off to a farm to help with sheep shearing.  A first for both of us.  Stu who goes to our church has a farm and is the fifth generation to farm there.  The farm is 160 years old.  His parents live in the house here in the picture and Stu and his family live in a house on another part of the farm.  We met his parents, both in there 80's who are so very nice and still do work on the farm.
This is the shearing shed and that is Ken in the doorway.
Here are the sheep.
Ken holds the next sheep to get sheared.  Sheep are stronger than you think and Ken had  quite a time of capturing one.
The sheep not only got sheared, but had their hoofs cut and got an injection.  My job was to write down the tag number of the sheep and to get the injection ready. I had to fill the syringe with the medicine.
Here is Stu shearing one of them.
 This is Wilbur.
He is an orphan and is still being bottle fed and is off by himself in a pen.
It was quite an experience to be a part of and help in the little way that we did.  Farmers do a lot of hard work for little pay and I am so thankful for Stu and all other farmers.

It's been great day and one I won't soon forget.
Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )
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The farmer has to be an optimist
or he wouldn't still be a farmer.
~ Will Rogers
Three Thankful Things for Today
  1. A beautiful day
  2. Being at the farm
  3. For Farmers

10 comments:

  1. You got some wonderful pictures today. The one of all of the sheep is amazing. Working on the farm was quite an experience for you both.

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  2. What an interesting day you had! Shearing sheep can now be added to your been there done that list. Ken will sleep well tonight!

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  3. Oh how nice of you to help them!!! and what a cool experience.
    I think Wilbur is adorable!

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  4. What a great day, a nice walk and to help out with the sheep shearing.. Wilbur is just so cute. Love the photos. Thanks for sharing, have a happy Sunday!

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  5. You have the most interesting days! I live vicariously through your adventures. The garden looks wonderful. The sheep shearing looks more difficult than I would have thought. Have you ever worked with sheep before, or was this a first? I hope you're having a wonderful Sunday :)

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  6. Well there you are!
    Looks like you had a glorious day.

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  7. What a busy day, I feel tired just reading what you have been up to!

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  8. The garden at the church is sure looking nice!

    I'll bet there are some sore muscles after working with the sheep all day! That was hugely generous of you two to help them. :)

    ~Lindy

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  9. Wonderful photos. Working with the sheep is a good experience. Love to see the way the wool is taken from the sheep!

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  10. Sheep are very strong, as you both found out today. that is a lot of work. I agree, farming is such hard work. Most people people could never cut it. But those that do so must work an ungodly number of hours to make ends meet.

    I remember as a kid trying to catch a sheep with my brother and sister, and we could not believe how fast they were.

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