Saturday, April 23, 2011

Meet Annie and Louie

Annie, on the left, Louie on the right

A lot of my FaceBook friends offered names; I got ideas, also, from Joy, Bitty and Bubba.
Some went from the sublime (Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth) to the ridiculous ( Marzy Doe and RamaLama), but all were accepted in honor.
The "disinterested party" who voted was Norm.  He lifted his lip at some, shook his head at others and chose "Anna and Lewis," but changed them slightly.

The honor goes to Bubba, who offered these names; they are a couple that got married just a little while ago.
Thank all of you who offered names.  Keep thinking --- hopefully Soot will have one or two lambs in the very near future.

They are still in the barn.  Every time it THINKS about sun, it rains again; the weather is soggy, cold and windy today.  Therefore, Soot is locked outside, as it's not raining and Lulu and babies are locked inside.

But it's a beautiful day, none-the-less and I wish you a beautiful Spring Day and a blessed Easter tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New additions!

On Sunday, Norm got in the mood to do some traveling.  He gets “house bound” sometimes.  He also was getting “antzie” to go visit the new Menards store in Marshall, where niece Cookie lives.  So we packed Peanut up and headed northwest to Marshall for a day at Menards.

Any new store is busy and Menards was no exception.  It was busy and noisy and crowded.  We collected several things that Norm felt we needed.  I couldn’t buy anything for myself because Joy told me she had gotten me my Mother’s Day present and not to buy anything.  Well ..... food doesn’t count, so I got some Spice Drops on the way home.  And I doubt if she’s gotten me any corner rosettes - Norm is working on trims in the living room and studio and I want rosettes in the corners of the doorways.

So we survived Menards, packed the car with all of Norm’s goodies (craft glue, wood glue, tools for working in the house, a lamp for the living room corner (no, I don’t think Joy got me THAT, either) and headed to Cookie’s to visit.  It was Candy’s last day of work on Monday so she was looking forward to coming home.  I gave Cookie a cast iron griddle (I’m gifting my family with cast iron - an inventory showed me that I would never use all the pans at one time and my dad gave me a “new” griddle that I like better).

We headed home and Norm went out to do chores; he came in saying “dress warm and come to the barn!”

Yup, Lulu had given birth to two very healthy lambs!  A young ram-ling (male) and a young ewe-ling (female).  Fortunately for all, Lulu is a good momma and all are doing well.

We are hoping that Soot will have her lambs, as well.  She looks to be fattening up and looks to be “bagging up,” as well.  So we will see.

As far as names, I have asked FaceBook friends as well as Joy, Bitty and Bubba to supply me with ideas.  Norm has picked out two of the choices and I will think about those over night to see if they will fit.

It’s been raining, snowing, blowing and being not-very-nice.  The lambs are in the barn with Lulu and will not go out until the ground dries up some and the sun comes out for more that 15 minutes at a time.  But it’s a beautiful day, none-the-less.  You have a beautiful day.

Little girl on the left, little boy (bigger than girl) on the right

Wistful Wednesday

I actually remembered that today is Wednesday and I have 3 photos to share.

In 1952, our family moved to Japan for 3 years.  My dad scanned in a lot of slides that he had taken while we were there.  

The first is self-explanatory ..
Mom is holding Candy --- Cara is beside Candy.  I am in the back with always-grinning Charles.

The second is of Candy with our live-in maid, Tsuru.  She was an orphan who was hired by the military to be a maid.  She lived with us for several years and looked on Candy as a daughter. Tsuru means "crane" in Japanese.  You pronounce it "Suru" but stick the "T" on so you actually say "T-Suru."

Tusru's very first birthday party with her very first birthday cake.
Candy is in the back, holding a present; Cara is holding a paper-folded  crane on a toothpick.

 In Japan they made a bit thing of birthdays.  I am wearing a new dress with rhinestones around the lace.
The cranes are Tsuru birds that were paper-folded by our own little crane, Tsuru.

Friday, April 15, 2011

He didn’t think I could do it!

Norm didn’t want me to go to Rapid City by myself, but I said that if I was not pushed for time and could take it easy along the way, I COULD do it.  I ended up traveling 1,000 miles in a week.  It was tiring, but I DID it!

I told you about my week with the lambs.  We are having a hiatus with them, right now — hopefully none need my assistance in the near future.  All went back and Norm says that “Tiny” is doing very well ... bouncing around and enjoying life with a hay-covered floor, not a linoleum one.

And my week with the folks was very busy.  I stopped on Wednesday night at the ranch to stay with Mavis and Darrell (Norm’s brother) then headed into town on Thursday.  I saw friend Nancy on Thursday night - that visit lasted 4 hours. 

Friday is a blur as to what I did or who I saw. 

Saturday I went with Mom and Dad to listen to Peter Vodenka, who wrote a wonderful book - “Road to Freedom.”   He is a Czech who escaped through the Iron Curtain in 1983 with his wife and 2 children.  I strongly recommend that you visit his site and learn more about this courageous man and his family.  They know what freedom is all about!

Then met friend Sally for a short coffee that lasted 3 hours (Mom called to see if I had gotten lost). 

Sunday I went to sister-in-law Eileen’s to meet Peterson family for a nice visit and meal.  Sunday night Mom and I went to see cousin Kathy.

Monday (whew) was restful.  We went shopping to get Norm and Wayne their traditional boxes of cookies, went swimming in the pool that afternoon and had supper (Dad fixed it).

Got up early on Tuesday, packed and headed home.  I planned on going through the Badlands but not the route I actually took.  There are several loops through that end up in Wall.  I was going to take the straight-through that ended up somewhere between Wall and Kadoka, but took a loop instead, adding an extra half hour onto the trip.  But it was worth it — I hadn’t seen this loop for many a year and really enjoyed the scenery.  I arrived home in time for supper, which I supplied ... I stopped in Worthington and got KFC for Norm and I.

So, now I’m home and catching up.  Laundry on Wednesday, not Monday.  It was too wet and windy out to put the clothes out, so I used my faithful laundry rack.  Hopefully by next Monday it will be decent enough to put clothes outside.

It was a great trip!  Fortunately for my sensitive mind, the Farm didn’t have any more stressed lambs to rescue.  I was worried that some would be born while I wasn’t here to foster.  However, the ewes decided to cooperate and the remaining pregnant ones waited until I got home.  I think we have a little bit more time before these last ones start “popping” out lambs - hopefully strong and healthy with good mommas.

I promised some pictures of the ones I fostered, so here they are.

 Velvet and Tiny - Tiny is almost a week older!

It was 75º on Tuesday and I used the air conditioner to keep cool.  Yesterday I went to town to a “home-made” Antiques Roadshow which had our local antique dealer telling us what our antiques might be worth.  It was 42º at the hottest, with a very strong wind and a lot of rain!

It’s windy and cool this morning but a beautiful day, none-the-less.  We have a pair of Wood Ducks swimming in our “lake.”  You have a beautiful day!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Babies, babies, babies!

I apologize to my millions of fans for not being on for so long. I will try to catch you up with what’s been happening in my little world since the 25th of March.

On the 26th of March, Norm called from the Farm to tell me to get the boxes and the heating pad out - he was bringing some orphan lambs home. He brought home twin boys for me to foster and care for. The first one, “Feisty,” was strong and did well with my care. The second one, “Tiny,” was half the size of his brother. Norm said he thought the lamb was dead when he found him.

Feisty was able to get up and around and running (and eating toes, ankles, fingers, anything that was in nibbling range) so he went back to the Farm on Tuesday. Tiny had to be fed by syringe for several days and was unable to walk. He laid on the floor, looking like a frog swimming in water. In fact, he moved around by crawling, swimming. It took him almost a week before he could curl up like a normal lamb.

The day the Norm took Feisty home, he brought a black ewe lamb for me to care for. “Velvet” was unable to suck, as well. Even with a syringe, she could not swallow properly and it took over 24 hours to get her to be able to get more than an ounce down without swallowing it into her lungs (which gave her a “smoker’s cough”).

Therefore, I was up every 2 to 3 hours during the night and busy feeding and cleaning lambs, washing lamb towels and keeping things in order.

Peanut thought these precious young things were her babies and assisted me in washing their faces to get the formula off and keep their chins from caking up.

And while I had THESE babies, my own baby, Jill came for a weekend. I was able to visit with her and she was able to cuddle the lambs.

The week after, Joy and family came down so THEY were able to cuddle with the babies and I was able to cuddle my grandbabies.

Once Joy and family went home, I started making plans for heading to Rapid City to see my folks. I had promised my mom that I would try to visit in April and figured that if I didn’t make it this first week, I would have the month slip away.

Norm took Velvet back to the Farm once she was strong enough and the only baby left was Tiny. Norm promised to care for him and take him back to the farm only when he felt he was strong enough. Tiny was now able to walk, even though he was a little shaking on his pins and was eating quite strongly. He even slept the entire night through, 3 nights in a row before Norm took him home yesterday (Thursday the 7th).

So on Wednesday, I headed west. I stopped at Norm’s brother’s place, the home ranch that the Peterson clan was raised on; I spent the night with Mavis and Darrell and wandered around while Mavis fed her cats.

Then headed here yesterday (again, Thursday) to the folk’s apartment. I have already visited with friend Nancy and hope to get in touch with friend Sally soon. Mom and I are going to go to see my cousin, Kathy, on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon, Norm’s sister, Eileen, is having lunch with some of the Petersons so that I can see them.

I had planned on heading home on Monday but Mom has talked me into staying another day and heading home on Tuesday.

It’s around 500 miles from our house to their house and it’s a long trip. However, I took my time, stopped often and rested (and ate) so I took only about 1 ½ hours longer to get here on Wednesday. I hope to have as good a trip home as I had here.

The weather is really nice -about 60º right now - with sunshine and little wind. Spring IS coming … the trees are starting to bud out and some of the tulips and daffodil’s are starting to creep up.

I don’t have pictures with me of the lambs or any of my family, as I didn’t bring my computer, but I do have them at home. I will post the pictures after I get home so you can enjoy the pretty little lambs and my pretty little family.

It’s a beautiful day out today …. You have a beautiful day!