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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Book Give-away and stuff!

I had made a vow that when I got a certain number of followers on my lil' blog, I would give away something. Now, I don't knit, can barely crochet, I do make some beautiful homemade blackberry jelly, but until I make a new batch I don't have an extra jar, and my wool is still on the sheep. So, I thought and thought (could you smell the smoke from the burning brain cells?) and decided upon this book.

Excerpt: "I am a farmer in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. And have been for nineteen years. The winds blow, unobstructed from the north through the valley where my house, barn and carriage house are sited, and where I live with 150 sheep, fourteen goats, one Border Collie, Glencora MacCluskie, my house cat Peabody, one barn cat, unnamed, a dozen chickens and a donkey, Giuseppe Patrick Nunzio MacGuire. Farming came to me unexpectedly, in all ways that the words mean. I bought a house with more than 25 rooms, plus a barn and carriage house and 85 acres of land with the intention of serving afternoon tea to my family and friends while wearing finely tailored wood crêpe dresses in winter and linen ones summer. I would sew the dresses, of course, in between planting a perennial border, complete with stone paths, 130 feet long, little rectangular vegetable gardens, bordered as well by stone paths, with black currant bushes on the outer edges, and Rugosa roses along the stone walls. Some of that happened. All of it, in fact, except the dresses. The muddy footprints of loving dogs, the drips from bottle lambs held in my lap, the ever present barn boots instead of English country shoes did it, in effect, spelling the impossibility of wool crêpe and linen. Not impracticality but impossibility. I've traded the luxury of beautiful colors and an immaculate house, constantly being redecorated, for another luxury. The presence in my life of sheep to whom I can say with humility in my heart, I knew your grandfather. My beautiful dogs who still haven't finished educating me. The deep rich black of composted manure in a thick pack created by the livestock. And a sense of peace, joy and correctness of place I've never known elsewhere. This is my story."

Though I have no intention of having that many animals (let alone sheep) the bonding this lady has with her critters and her thoughts on life have touched me. If you would like to have this book in your library (or just to read and pass on) please post a comment and I will draw the winning name out of a feed bucket on Friday, February 11th.

Other news: My mood is still somewhat out of sorts. I haven't talked to hubby, waiting for my grouchiness to pass so I don't come off like a witch. However, I spent yesterday helping teenaged girls get ready for a "Winter Formal" and it was fun to be at someone elses house, with another adult female and taking the time to laugh and hear the high school ups and downs. The girls are all very open with us and not into the whole "mean girl" behavior. They looked beautiful-Lyndsey is in the middle of this photo in her dress that cost $8.97! I hope they had fun. Dad picked her up, as I was sound asleep, so when she gets up, I will hear the details.

Lil' lamb is still hobbling around, so yesterday we applied a splint consisting of wrapped gauze, a paper towel tube cut down both sides and some vet wrap. She was able to get around easier and after some experimenting, could lie down and get up on her own. I moved them (Momma and both girls) into my greenhouse, which is flat ground and a smaller enclosure so the hurt girl doesn't have to try to go to far for a snack.

Time to get off of here and get some chores done. We have been invited to the neighbors for Super Bowl and tho I don't care for football, it's a chance to go do something with grownups... See you soon!


  1. I would love to read the book, then pass it on!


  2. Poor little lamb! I would love to have the book!

  3. Sounds like a great book.

    Very inventive thinking on your splint for the lamb. Way to go! I'll be she appreciates your efforts more than you know.

  4. Great dress! Still can't believe the deal you got! Your baby lamb looks so sad all wrapped up like that! I really hope it rebounds fast!

  5. That book sounds fantastic! The girls all look beautiful, I'm sure she'll be full of details soon!

  6. This would be a fun book to read and pass around the community. Nice job on the splint. If she doesn't seem to be gaining weight or starts to have problems with other joints, she probably needs an antibiotic.

  7. Found your blog from CAF and liked the title of your blog so I had to pop over and check it out! Lo and behold you're giving away a book! Cool! Would love to read it and then hold another giveaway on my own blog! Thanks!

  8. Books about farming/homesteading are always interesting to read. We all can learn something from someone else who's doing it.

    Great price on your daughter's dress. I love it when things like that happen.

    I think it's a good sign that Little Lamb is still hangin' in there. You're doing all you can do to help.

  9. Remember "Horshack" with his hand in the air! Well thats me, I WANT THE BOOK! So please put my name in the bucket (5 or 10 times?)Ijust read "The Dirty life" on farming,food and Love by "Kristin Kimball. What a great read!
    I hope your mood improves, doesn't do to hold it in. Keep a stif upper lip and just talk it out.
    Check out my last post and join the guessing game.
    Lamb looks like the splint is working. hope it gets better

  10. The girls all look so great...and what a steal on that dress! Looks great on her! That poor sad lamby...hope it heals up nicely! And the book looks great...count me in!!