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    PD, I wanted a bulldozer to use at the farm for years. It is the best thing for cleaning up old fence lines & the rock row created back in the day when they picked rock. Tipping over trees is another use for a dozer.
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    RRW, You definitely do have interesting breakfast conversation. Will be interesting if the land clearing & who learns to drive the bulldozer. Spring has to come first, but no doubt putting plans forward first, will move the project along faster. Sounds interesting. PD
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    PD, you will find the special someone to share your love with. If only you had the ability to sit at our table for breakfast to hear the conversations we have. Today we got pd our rent of the field that is cultivated. Mentioned how nice it would be if they would cultivate the other section. Problem is there is a lot of cleanup that has to be done in the field before hand. So hubby mentioned that I will have to learn how to operate the bulldozer we acquired last month. Then Shortman said the mini excavator would have to go to the farm for him to do work. (told him we didn't need holes dug) & how hubby will have to work his magic with the skid steer. A novice family of dirt movers.
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    I can tell railroading is already runs deep in his blood. That is great, just think where he might take this interest down the road. No end of possibilities. The shopping part has lost some fun, since Mozelle is not here, to do it with. I can't really replace her, but I do want someone in my life again. My gut feeling is it will be in the New Year. Take Care, PD
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    PD, smart to have the girls buy the gifts. We are having difficulty buying for Shortman. Santa will be giving a camera & book. We will give him the latest 11% rebate to spend at Menards for himself but I am stumped after that. This is a kid that made up a list of private railcars & locomotives that are for sale he would rather fancy to have. Question???? Anybody want some snow? If so please come get it.
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    You all must getting ready for Christmas. I take the easy way out & give both daughters money, & let them buy what the kids need, as I have no idea. Different with older grandsons, I could them lost in hardware section of my favorite farm store. Take Care all, PD
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    The family that had sheep, that I remember, it was back in late 50s, I'm sure those that raise sheep now have places that are heated to avoid loss if possible. I can understand where lamming would best, when there are few bugs. Kind of that way up here like things to be born in early spring before the heat & bugs are a problem. Nature has a way of controlling own best time for birth. Take Care PD
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    Anyone riding this time of year? It's prime time for us. Bitsey's laid up for a week, though. She cut herself right on the coronet band. We have to let that heal up. It was almost deep enough to get into the coffin bone joint. Thanks goodness it wasn't. She didn't need stitches, but she's on antibiotics.
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    Oh yes, PD. Indoor barns for lambing in northern states. It's also the breed of sheep. Ours are derived from warm weather breeds and have a longer breeding season, so winter lambs are possible. Winter lambs are great down here. The coldest we usually see in December is the 30s. January has more hard freezes. It's nice to lamb without the bugs and heat. Lambs are small when they are born but they grow very fast. By three months, they can be close to the size of the ewe. Twins are usual and triplets are common in our breed.
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    LC, Glad you are in Florida with those ewes ready to lamb. It is in single digits here this AQM. Used to have friends that raised sheep, & it seemed like lambing season was more March or April for them. But I remember seeing lamb laying on cookie sheets being warmed up in oven of a old wood cook stove. the oven door was open. They probably saved many of them that way. PD
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    Christmas? Oh dear. Maybe half ready. We also have four heavily pregnant sheep getting ready and a live Nativity on Friday. I think Nancy the goat will have to be the stand in for the sheep, unless one of them has her lambs today. They need a couple of days to settle after lambing before the short drive to the school. Our two most-ready-to-lamb ewes love going to the school, so it would be great if they lambed today. Fiona the cow and her 7 month old calf, Ursa, are going, as is the donkey.
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    In fact they are more fun than a Furby or Elmo doll.
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    NP, maybe you can sell them at the latest greatest new pet everyone needs for Christmas. For every three someone buys they get a sample bottle of that special snake oil.
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    Oh, I have a whole LITTER of those!
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    We have a table top tree up with lights & a star on top. No decorations are on as of yet.
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    I have a chocolate lab (5 years old), a beagle (2 years), and a silver lab (1 year old). I have been in your shoes. Thankfully mine is a better outcome, at this moment, but I don't wish that on everyone. All I can say is just be there for your friend. Enjoy all the memories you can make it the tough times to follow. Much love to you. Almost ready - just a couple more gifts to make. Then I'm done. As for planning...a couple dinners and that's it. Was to go to a friends out of state for New Year, but hubby always tells me last minute...so we'll see.
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    If you go upstairs you just might find yourself with a new pet. It is a particular creature that is easy to feed & keep. Dust Bunnies, oh & they are known to multiply rather quickly.
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    I try to forget I have an upstairs. Except when I have to choose another book to read or use the shower with the 1970's shower head. I'm thinking about calling Busy Brooms for a Christmas present to me.
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    RRW, My house now is about 1500 sq ft' & it keep me busy enough keeping it up. about 300 sq ft' is upstairs . Seldom go up there. But I kinow it needs cleaning. PD
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    Oh it is interesting looking at the plans. Especially the plans for a 11,000+ sq ft home that one could get lost in. Or the 3,000 sq ft with only 2 bedrooms. Why would you need that large of a home if only two people are going to live in it?
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    RRW, I'm not a big reader, I like books with pictures in them. I could handle a house plan book, most of them have nice pictures to look at.
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    I never declare it spring till June. Especially after the last couple years. I bought two house plan books. They are completely filled with builder prints. To me they are fun to read & look at. Then picking the perfect plan to build at the farm. Oh maybe Sanata will build me a new house at the farm. Cook books are another way to waste time.
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