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Do they take I-10 and then I-20 to the north?
Yes, the southern route because there has been construction on the northern route and bad surface on road. They will come back the northern route though since they have to go through Kingman for the hay and the northern rout is shorter for that. They will stay over in Kingman an extra night because of picking up hay. Actually, they just called and they are in Las Cruces now. Tomorrow they will arrive at the ranch. DH says they will unload everything Sunday, then start back Sunday night. Very silly but it must be a man thing - to make time and drive all night. :rolleyes: I suppose when I get to Yantis all the boxes and cabinets will just be sitting in the living room for me to move around. :( Nothing I can do about it since they are far from my control at this point.

When the guys get back, we need to go to northern California and pick up the new sheep. I need to ask Wess if he wants us to wait till they lamb or if he thinks they will be all right traveling. He thinks they are about 2 weeks off lambing. I guess I better spend some time in the barn cleaning out the pens and setting up the jugs for them.

The next trip back will be the furniture, tools, sheep scale, and all the rest of the stuff we can bring in 2 trailers except the sheep. Probably mid-March for a quick trip. I will let you know @Baymule. Then back for the sheep and vet health checks. Then bring out the sheep and dogs and I will stay at ranch while DH and DS1 bring the rest of the corral panels and jugs out. And the horses.

This afternoon I emptied metal rolling tool chest and packed tools in small boxes. Very heavy boxes even though not full! However, each drawer of different tools went into a different box so I can just unload the boxes back into the labeled drawers. :) Still have to find a box for the sockets. Not a problem except that I bought socket holders and one of them is about 18" long. :mad: I think I might have a long narrow box that it will fit in. Have to look for it though so will pack them tomorrow if I find the box. Tomorrow I will start packing up sheep and livestock supplies and small equipment.

Tonight I will wrap the cream separator in bubble wrap and box it up along with the film tins. My DFIL was a real scavenger and he found them somewhere. DMIL started using them to store and carry her pumpkin pies for holidays. They are the exact size and the family liked them, so Daddy gave us all a couple. When I was doing daycare my clients' husband was in the industry. They were phasing out the metal tins for plastic, so she had him collect a huge stack of them for me. When I had my boutique jam and pickle business I painted and decorated the tins. Then I sold mini fruitcakes in them.

Fed sheep, horses, dogs and inside now. Cut up some strawberries that I will eat with yogurt. DDIL2 and grandkids are at her parents for their weekly sleepover. Her sister and brother are in town today so they want to spend time with the kids. Only grandkids/nephews in the family so far.

DD1 told me about a free 2 hour sewing class being offered at the church where the preschool is. She wanted me to take Elizabeth to the classes. Elizabeth said she doesn't really want to go so I won't have to spend 2 hours in a room with a bunch of kids learning to sew. :)

5 kids, 9 grandchildren, 8 years running my own licensed daycare business, 5 years as a preschool teacher, 18 years as a 4-H leader, 16 years acting s babysitter to DD1's children, and I realize I really don't care much for children. :lol:

DS1 just got home and brought BBQ for us.
 

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DH and DS1 got into Yantis a couple hours ago. They stopped at Walmart for a couple large pot pies and some frozen breakfast sandwiches. DS1 said they got home and plugged in the freezer and will measure the door opening to see if they can get the freezer into the house instead of leaving it on the back porch. They will unload the trailer tomorrow. DH's cough came back yesterday after finishing the antibiotics, so he probably needs another prescription of them. They got a bottle of cough syrup since he forgot to some. DS1 drove all day today.

DGSs 1 and 2 came over this afternoon and cleaned out the barn. Then we put the jugs back up and moved 7088 into one pen and Snowflake into another. Snowflake is still barely putting any weight on that rear leg. Putting her in the 5x7 jug will be better for her. She is eating well and spends most of the time laying down. She is alert and can walk but doesn't want to put weight on that leg. No obvious break in the leg so hopeful that keeping her confined will help her heal. While the boys shoveled the dry hay and manure from the pens into trash barrels, I scrubbed out the water buckets for the jugs. Then they helped me feed and water, and moved another bale of hay into the barn. Finally they brought up a 10' cross arm from the creep pen. We used them as fence posts and it had eroded out. I noticed that several of the lower fence posts are tilting too. We probably will pull them out and take them to Texas on one of the trips back after we move. Those posts are completely soaked in creosote, don't rot, and are great for building shelters, etc. We have about 20 12' long posts that need to be removed and taken back to Texas. DGS2 wanted to know why I wanted the posts and his brother said, "because lumber is really expensive". Didn't realize he knew about the cost of lumber!

Now that the jugs are clean and put back together, we can get the new sheep any time after the men return. I am up the creek about ordering new gates so have decided I will have to make them. I have some ideas how to go about it. I have lots of 5' panels to use as pen sides so only need the gates. My neighbor hasn't gotten back to me about them. She said that they mainly do sheet metal construction, so I sent a text asking if she can weld up the frames and put sheet metal on it for a solid gate instead of bars. Have to see what she says. If she can do that (and depending on the price) I may have her make a bunch of 10' panels to use as a chute. Solid sides in a chute keep the sheep calmer and moving through. Finished packing the sockets and rest of tool chest tools. Naturally, since they were all packed, I needed a pair of dikes to cut some plastic zip ties DS1 had used to hold up a panel. :confused: No problem, I keep a set up in the house. While we were working in the barn, I found some more equipment that needs to go to Texas - a grafting panel, head gate, bifold gate, stanchion headpiece, sheep fitting head, connecting posts, and extra connector pins for the panels. They were stacked out of sight behind the scale. They can go next trip with the scale and some boxes of sheep equipment and meds. I think I am going to have to buy a small fridge to go in the shed for all the livestock meds I have. They are already taking up all the door compartments and the 2 vegetable drawers in the spare fridge in the laundry room - and that is a big fridge! I will have to see how much one will cost and how large it will have to be. Might get one at Lowes Memorial Day sale.

After feeding DS2 had the boys help him move the white chairs and ottoman into the Connex. Only things left in living room now are the loveseats (wrapped in plastic), the loveseat cushions in garbage bags, and boxed items. A few more paintings and a fancy mirror to take down, wrap and box. Getting much less crowded in the living room. Soon we will be able to roll up the Persian rug and have it taken to be cleaned, along with the smaller one in the family room.

Starting to look like we are finally going to move! :weee:weee:weee
 
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