Well, I've finally gotten a few things done around here! The BFL breeding groups have been broken up and the boys are back together. Granite was kicking up his heels with the snow and cold temps this morning. He's top dog in the ram pen.
The biggest project I got done is the 2009 NA BFL Breeders Survey . This is the second year that I have collected data from North American Bluefaced Leicester breeders in an effort to determine production characteristics. The idea sprung up on the BFL Friends list when several breeders were posting their lambing results in spring of 2008. A small committee of new BFL breeders (Jody McLean, Linda Wendelboe and myself) developed a short questionnaire which was sent out the members of the Bluefaced Leicester Union of North America along with the Flock Book. This year's survey was a little more involved than the first year because we included lambing data from crossing BFL sires on other breeds of ewes. I think the results this year are very interesting and informative. You can download results on my website, www.riveroakssheep.com or click on the link above.
The other thing I finally finished was a basket I started way back in August of 2008. It's been sitting around for over a year! I can truthfully say that basket weaving is NOT for me. I never wanted to do it, but our art group was making them one day and I thought I might as well see what it was like. But I had to leave early that day and didn't finish the top edge. It didn't take all that long to finish it up once I had it well soaked. But still, I'll leave the basket weaving to others.
We got some snow overnight which reminded me that it's time to start thinking about Christmas. I finally dragged out the little artificial tree last night. I'll have to decorate it and the house in the coming days.
Shachah comes in for daily naps now. However he's been taking longer and longer naps lately. Last night with the blowing snow and dropping temps I didn't wake him to go back outside when I went to bed. Well, when Shachah wakes up and wants out, he wants out! Stan woke up when he heard all kinds of rustling and panting by the patio door in the kitchen. As soon as Stan opened the door OUT went the BIG dog. Then Stan had to get his boots and coat on and open the gate so Shachah could join the ewe flock in the pole barn.
I know, I'm such a sucker! I need to be firm and not let him in (the dog, not Stan!). At the very least I need to make him go out before I go to bed . But with the upcoming below zero temps that will be hard, he's just so darn lovable. So far his arthritis doesn't appear to be acting up. And it's amazing how little he eats.