Monday, March 21, 2011

Curse of the BBQ

Last time I posted that we had hamburgers on the grill, boy did they taste yummy!  Unfortunately the Minnesota Winter struck back and hit us with 3" of heavy wet snow.

This was my lovely view the next morning.  No grilling today.

Before, you can see the waste hay........

....and after, the hay is buried in snow!

Here is the floor of the sheep stall that the Commander cleaned out.  It still didn't look too appealing so I gave it a few days to dry.  Once the floor was swept again, sprinkled with DE, a few wood chips and straw added and it should be ready for lambing.

My sheep area has 3 stalls and a aisle way, this picture is taken from the doorway.

The stalls should provide plenty of room for a mother and her lamb(s) to bed down and spend some quality time together.

I just need to clean up the one closest to the front door, the ladder and the feed hay can go in the loft when the time comes.

Orchid can't wait for the lambing to begin. I told her, "Go ahead, you can be first!"  Oh yes, we are expecting a blizzard tomorrow with winds gusting to 40 knots and a possible 8-10" of snow - ugh!  The curse continues.


  1. no WAY! sorry about the weather. i'm sitting here in shorts and a tshirt. whooot!
    ps baby you're the best! thanks for the fun laughs today

  2. OFG - If I had known it was this cold and snowy here we may have moved somewhere else.

  3. When did you get snow?? It rained here the other night, but no snow. We're suppose to get about 6" tonight or tomorrow though. BLAH! :( Just when things were starting to melt finally!

  4. a bit chilly there I am so sorry for you today was a beautiful day and tommorow will be a bit cooler but warm as well

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  5. Snow? Bah! Or, because of the post, BAA-AAA-AH!

    Does look like you will have a nice spot for the wee ones, tho...

    Cat (no snow, but could use water wings, here.)

  6. Wow, sorry about the snow.
    Your lambing pens look perfect,mom and baby will be very happy. Hoping they hold off until your storm passes.

  7. I like your stalls. One of our goats gave birth yesterday and we weren't quite ready for it! (our dates put her at birthing in another 2 weeks) I ended u very quickly converting a storage area in the barn to a temporary growing out stall. Not nearly as pleasant as yours but it is clean and warm and will do nicely!

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  9. you know i'm laughing with you and not at you. especially b/c i seriously considered Alaska at one point. ha! i would have never made it - Ohio is bad enough. ugh!

    hang in there baby!

  10. I know what you mean! We've had 8 inches in the last two days, and it's still snowing! Blecht!

  11. Like Oregon? Because it's super cool to live here and it hardly ever snows. You do like mud, right?
    I *love* barn tours! Thanks for the shots of the inside of yours. Your lambing stalls look perfect and very cozy.

  12. Mandy - We got snow Saturday night Sunday morning, it was awful.

    ShopAnnies - Thanks for stopping by, I will be right over to return the favor.

    Cat - I like your new LARGER Cat picture although I was really hoping for the Woman Formerly Known as Cat! Did the grill Cause it to snow? I can't prove otherwise.....

    Farmer - I hope they hold off too, the wind is HOWLING at over 40 knots outside right now. I think the stalls will work but I still need to figure out how to manage/create a creep feeder.

    Leon - I was worried that I wouldn't be ready as well. Since this is my first time panic won't help things go any smoother!

    Mandy - I will check out the website, thanks.

    OFG - The Commander asked me about Alaska but I told him I couldn't live in a place that "Honey buckets" were required! If I'm not laughing I'm crying.....

    Ian - Old Man Winter is back with a vengeance, I guess the extra snow will make the follow on flooding look prettier.

    Danni - Moving to Oregon would be ideal except we couldn't get jobs and the taxes are really high. I love the look of my (mini)barns, I think they look cozy too.

  13. ohhh that doesn't sound good! Good luck tomorrow!!!

    Great pictures!

  14. Those are really nice stalls! We didn't get any snow in NE but are getting the cold and wind. I hope this is the last of it.

  15. Leontien - Thank you.

    Michaele - My father made those stalls and I too hope this is the last of Winter, I can't take any more.

  16. Nice sheep stalls!
    We had railing on our deck that looked just like that, or at least did when it was new:)

  17. Karen - I hope they keep looking new for a long time!

  18. Oh this makes ME want sheep! Just so I can have beautiful stalls like these

  19. Subirban Farm Girl - You don't need sheep, I just have to introduce you to my father. Of course my mom may have something to say about it....