Friday, January 21, 2011

Upcoming Knitting & Crochet Classes

We've just scheduled knitting & crochet classes for February and March. We'll be offering beginner classes as well as classes on knitting cables, knitting hats, and crocheting hats. And don't forget about Stitch & Spin and Block of the Month Club - both are FREE, except for the materials you need. Click here for more information. We'd love to have you join us!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Just Call Me "Doctor"

Yesterday, I performed my first surgery. Two of them, actually - on goats. That's right, I finally took the plunge and wethered (castrated) two goats. Since I had never wethered a goat before, we took the larger goat, Elvis, to the Harrogate Hospital for Animals to do it under the supervision of our vet. I was quite nervous to make the cut, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and the whole procedure went off without a hitch. That gave me the confidence to go home and wether the other goat that needed to be done.

Our son, Ryan was helping. He held the goats still while I did the dirty work. He did a great job, but he couldn't bring himself to watch. It is a clean and simple procedure with almost no blood, but if I were a guy I would probably be squeamish about it too!

When we got home, I gathered the supplies we needed, caught the goat, cut him open, removed the first testicle, went for the second one and it wasn't there. Oh no! It had not descended. Thankfully, I had my cell phone on me so I called the vet. We took him to the vet and she was able to coax the shy one out.

So it was done. I had not even thought to check to make sure they were both "there" before I started. I won't make that mistake again! Moral of the story: measure twice, cut once.

Both goats are recuperating without problems. They bounce right back like nothing ever happened. It makes my wonder why a vasectomy is such a big deal for men...

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Not Your Average Snow Day

It's been snowing a lot here in NE TN lately. Personally, I LOVE the snow, but as a store owner - not so much. Business has been terrible lately. However, we are still busy on the farm.

Brett and Ryan are almost done demolishing the wall around our fireplace. We needed to do it because our fireplaces are old and unsafe so we opted to install a wood stove. The installer told us that he would have to place the stove 16" away from the wall because the wall is combustible. Hence the demolition. We didn't want the stove in the middle of the living room.

We now have the wall down and the entire brick fireplace & chimney exposed. The bricks are dirty and the grouting was sloppily done, but it was probably always supposed to be behind a wall. That's OK for now - our house is an old farmhouse and a fixer upper, so it kind of "fits". We can always reface it later.

I wish I could post pictures but I lost the USB cords to both my cameras. So until I find one of them, this blog will be photo-less. :(

I have been tending a sick goat. She is 8 months old and I found her when I got home yesterday laying in the pasture, nearly dead. Her temperature was below 92* (that's the lowest temp my thermometer will register). The normal temp for a goat is 101* - 104*.

We brought her into the kitchen, called the vet, stationed 2 space heaters next to her, put warm towels over her and heated up 2 rice packs to help warm her up. I treated her with an antibiotic and pain killer. The prognosis was not good. The vet said that it is very possible that her organs began to shut down because of her extremely low body temperature and that she would probably die within 24 hours.

I was delighted that she survived through the night and now she is holding her head up, drinking, eating, and pooping. She still can't stand up on her own though, so we are not out of the woods yet.

Our oldest son, Andrew, spent the morning setting up a Facebook page for our farm. There is a link to it on the right sidebar of this blog. Click on it if you'd like to be kept up-to-date on our farm activities and store specials.

This evening we are having steaks on the grill for supper. I love having a roof over our deck so we can grill in any weather. I think it will be a well-deserved treat for a hard day of work!

So, tell me, what's the most interesting snow day you've ever had?