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Ridgetop

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No lambs yet today. DS1 is going t Smart & Final for groceries (turkey on sale), and to Lowes for lumber so he and DS2 can build the shelving unit that will become the Barbie House. 2 shelf units 36" x 16" x 72". This is their joint gift to DGD1. DD1 is buying the materials. The advantage of using a shelf unit like this is that it can be repurposed for other storage when she outgrows her Barbies. The interior space between the shelves will be 15" high because Barbie and Joe are 12" dolls. They need to be able to enter the rooms. LOL It will be fun decorating the rooms and possibly making kitchen cabinets. I can't remember if there are any kitchen cabinets in the boxes from DD1's dollhouse. I can whip some up fairly quickly though. We replaced the fan in our bedroom and I saved the blades for that purpose. They are oak. I also have some metallic aluminum spray paint I used when I made DGD1's kitchen set that I can use on the appliances. They will look like stainless steel! LOL GI Joe is not only macho, handsome, and armed, he is also a good provider for Barbie and their large brood. :gig

I am filling out the FSA loan application today. I need 3 years of production records on the sheep, money made (or lost), a listing of all classes I have taken in livestock, etc. This will require pulling out the 4-H record books and finding the seminars that I took the children to during the years. I also attended some on my own. Then I have to show all experience in livestock that qualifies me to become a "first time farmer". And then the normal loan app stuff - all property, debts, income, etc. etc. :thI do have the sheep production records, the weight charts, sales and purchases of all sheep, feed and equipment receipts, etc. I plan to flood the loan people with copies of everything so they can see that I keep extensive records. This will either influence them to my benefit, OR make them deny the loan outright due to the enormous amount of paperwork I submit! LOL If we can get a loan for the perimeter fencing it will be worth it. Maybe. :gigThe perimeter fencing is mainly what is holding us back from our move right now.

This FSA loan is different from the NRCS fencing grant where you front the fencing costs under rigorous rules, submit your plans for approval, sign a contract, and then receive partial reimbursement for the fencing costs after they inspect to see it is done the way they agreed on. That does not cover perimeter fencing, only the interior fencing for rotational grazing or watershed. The FSA loan is a one-year loan and I am not sure we will qualify since the FSA rep was not sure it was obtainable unless the property is paid off. One bright spot is that we are considered "Socially Disadvantaged" since DH is 80% military disabled vet, and I am a woman. We are racially incorrect being white, but I wonder if I could identify as a race that gets a more favorable social disadvantage and be sure of acceptance. If male athletes can do it, why couldn't I? I wonder why that would be considered ethnic appropriation while men "identifying as women" are applauded for breaking sports records in women's sports. :idunno

DDIL2 has taken Robert to stay with her folks until Tuesday. DS2 and DH are going to Nipomo tomorrow to get the 2 horses. DS1 and I will be on our own. Maybe I will thaw steak for dinner tomorrow. HEE HEE Robert had a major tantrum when DDIL2 took the car seat out to her car. He likes to sit in it in the house and pretend to drive. Then when she left he refused to come say goodbye to any of us. Instead he just waved from the doorway. LOL

I will take a break and make 3 batches of cookie dough. Then finish packig some of the open boxes in the LR. We need to move the packed boxes outside - keeping the under cover - until the horses are moved up here. Then a major cleanout of the trailer and start loading the boxes and equipment. We won't take any lambs to the auction until we get back from Texas.

Baymule, too bad you are sick because you could drive up to meet us and I would bring back a ewe lamb for you to start your experimental cross-breeding program. I have 6 3-month-old ewe lambs right now, and 7 (as of yesterday LOL) ewe lambs that will be 3-4 months in February. Put in your order. LOL
 

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I will check before we come back. Barber pole-wise this is the best time for the lamb, but we will be back again in February/March for the wedding in Athens.

Sunday afternoon, X087 had a nice pair of lambs m & f. DS1 and DS2 were shopping for wood for the dollhouse. I finished my mending and made the last 2 grocery bags for DS2's Christmas gift. Dinner was ready. It was getting dark so I went down to the barn and moved the 2 ewes with 2+ week old lambs into the closed off creep pen. Then I cleaned out both jugs and moved BL18 and her single ewe lamb into one. DH went out and fed. Then we moved X087 and her twins into the remaining clean jug. DH also hitched the stock trailer for the trip to Nipomo the next day. All done when DS1 and 2 got home after dark. DS1 said "why did you do that I would have done it when I got home". But I hate moving ewes and lambs in the dark. Easier to trip and fall.

Monday DH and DS1 went to Nipomo. They couldn't get the mustang to load. He was never trained well to trailer but DDIL1 thought he would just follow Skittles into the trailer. Skittles hopped in and he probably would have gone in if they had shoved him forward with her but they waited. When they went to load him, she was pawing the trailer floor making noise. Her mother did the same thing, anxious to get going. They couldn't even get him close to the noisy banging trailer so decided not to send him. I asked DH why they didn't just unload the mare and load the mustang with a butt rope. Then load the mare. He stared at me blankly and said he let them get on with it. :\However, one less horse to feed along with the rapidly growing flock of ewes. As of now we have 40 ewes, 4 rams, 5 junior ram lambs for auction, and another 4 still to lamb before December. And 7 more being bred now. Got to get to that Texas grass.

Went to DD1's house yesterday and decorated for Christmas before she left to take DGS1 for a doctor appointment. DGS2 had gone to Nipomo with his grandfather and uncle so I brought DGD1 home and we made cookie dough. I am making the dough now and freezing it so I can bake it before Christmas after our trip to Texas. No room in the freezers for baked cookies and 3 lambs coming from the butcher soon. DS1 had taken the car for his DDS appointment so DD1 came back and picked me up and we finished the decorating. She had brought 2 sofa tables int the room but they were all crowded together and I suggested we move them back. The room is very hard to arrange because the piano and bookcases are on own wall while one complete side of the room has a window seat. We decided to rearrange the LR furniture. The DGSs moved the loveseats, chairs, and tables out, and rolled up the rug. We tried it with the rug at an angle but not too satisfied. I kept asking her what she thought but she kept saying that she couldn't do furniture arranging or decorating and I needed to do it. I called for wine. After a glass each, DD1 suggested angling the loveseat. I sat in a chair and we had the boys put the rug back in place. They angled the loveseat which looked good. Both sofa tables went on the other window wall (no window seat) with the other loveseat in front of one and a leather chair in the corner. That made room for the other 2 chairs in the other corners. With the coffee table turned crosswise, the room suddenly looked bigger, more welcoming and had a better seating plan. Before the loveseats were in the middle of the room facing each other and the chairs were sort of in the corners behind them. Now the room can seat 8 people in a comfortable conversational grouping. Each seating area has table space for glasses. Looks much larger too. DD1 was happy with it. I channeled my Gammy and directed things from my chair with another glass of wine. ;) I could rearrange furniture like this all day!

Scary emergency yesterday when DH called to say they were on their way back early. Got a call from DDIL2 that her OB/GYN couldn't hear a heartbeat (due on December 14). She was sent to the hospital for another test. DS2 still 90 minutes away. Just before leaving DD1's we got a call that everything was ok. In hospital doctors heard heartbeat and DDDIL2 was on way home. Big relief for whole family. :celebrate

Dental appointment for me today, then DD1 wants to go shopping. I have a return at Ross and today is 10% off for seniors so we will go together. :old My knee was hurting yesterday, and I had a touch of sciatica in the good leg. Hopefully I can get my last shopping done, DD1 can get hers started, and all I will have left to do is my return to Burlington and a good zipper front sweatshirt for DS2 which he told me he would like. I wish I had known during my 4 hour expedition last week. Hope things are not picked over. Maybe most people are waiting for Black Friday. :fl
 

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That’s good news on your DDIL and the baby! I know that is a relief!

You know the horse trailer fiasco is all your fault. Yup, your fault! If YOU had gone with those adorable dolts, you would have seen to it that y’all came back with BOTH horses!
Never send a man to do a woman’s job!
 

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That’s good news on your DDIL and the baby! I know that is a relief!

You know the horse trailer fiasco is all your fault. Yup, your fault! If YOU had gone with those adorable dolts, you would have seen to it that y’all came back with BOTH horses!
Never send a man to do a woman’s job!
I think @Ridgetop needs to clone herself! :D
 
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