Out Like A Lamb…or not

You know I get stir crazy. Last year at this time I was gearing up for a peacock wedding.  This year it was a  lamb shower.

We had fun on Sunday evening with the second episode of our LAMBCAM – LIVE webchat.  Thanks to all followers that joined in to watch me open the lambing kit we keep perennially stocked and prepared for just-in-case situations.  I gave it a big purple bow to simulate a baby-shower gift, made a plate full of cupcakes with my first ever attempt at fondant icing, and decorated the lambing-stall with a festive banner.

Flock of Cupcakes

Flock of Cupcakes

If you watched that evening, you know how it turned out.  If you didn’t, this clip will probably give you a laugh.

Cupcakes aside, literally, my cohosts Martha & Jimmy helped me to explain the different items a shepherdess/shepherd might have on hand for delivery.  Though I’ve not used the leg snare or the stomach tube, I’ve read my books and watched enough online videos so that when/if there is that first time, I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.  That is often how it goes for farming.  Until you’ve experienced it, you don’t tend to simulate the need for the sake of practice.  As in, I wouldn’t willfully introduce complications to any of our ewes’ birthing so as to get a chance to try out my lamb-puller.

We’re playing the waiting game with Laurel.  I jumped the gun in my estimation of her delivery, as I do, and I had a great conversation with her previous owner on Sunday morning.  Judy says that of Laurel’s breeding group of 8 ewes, 6 have delivered and she’s waiting on two.  She calculates that they could deliver as late in the week as this coming Sunday, April 6th.

And here I thought we’d have March lambs this year.

Laurel - full term

Laurel – full term

Oh no, we definitely are out like a lion instead.  The wind was absolutely howling through the aisleway tonight when I closed up shop out there in the barn.  I was happy for the little break as I barely had to move my broom to sweep.

Here comes a warm front.  And, I think, some lambs.

12 responses to “Out Like A Lamb…or not

  1. Oh, Tammy! Your cupcakes! 🙁 Makes for great video, but what a shame. Laurel clearly wasn’t in the mood for any sweets. Here’s a wish for an easy, complication-free delivery. I can’t wait to see her beautiful lambs!

    • Rebecca: Thanks for the comment and it’s true, it was one of those cake-disasters in my life. I have another one – a birthday cake I made for my mother-in-law’s 60th which I ended up throwing into the river on the drive to the party. I’ll share that some other time!

      Yes, I do hope I haven’t introduced too much stress by being in her stall these past two Sunday nights. No more cupcakes, she’s made that clear!

  2. I hope you never ever ever have to use those “just in case items” in your lambing box. If you only saw the look on my face when you demonstrated the stomach tube (pure terror). That said, I completely understand the necessity of these items. Just hope they never are needed.

    • Thank you, Sandy! Love hearing about your horrified reaction! I know, these things, unless you’re hands-on with them in the time of need, you don’t exactly think about them much(or at all.) But it’s good to know there are things out there that can help us if we need them. Necessity is the motherhood of invention, as they say. I’m imagining that first time a shepherd needed to feed his/her lamb and came up with the stomach tube…

      Thank you for your comment and for your support. You’re so awesome!

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cupcake episode with the music added. It’s hysterical!!!! I wasn’t expecting the music and my volume was up high. I had to dash to the volume knob as others in the house were sleeping at the time.

    • Ha! Carol, that is so funny! That happens to me all of the time! I’m always scared out of my wits when something with volume comes blasting out at me! I’m glad you enjoyed it. We have to laugh at some things. No crying over spilled milk or tossed cupcakes, right?! Thank you for your comment!

  4. Joanna and I just watched the Cupcake event … all she could say was, “A lot of effort went into making those … what was she thinking?” Come to think of it now … I’m not sure who she was referring to! Laurel looks pretty darn big … it can’t be very long now … the very best of luck to everyone. D PS: If you ever need to be guided through tubing … just give a call … 24/7, we’re happy to help. [And, it’s not as bad as you think … really.]

    • What was I thinking? Quite a few different things, at the time. And though I would’ve liked for the cupcakes to make a quick appearance, then be removed for our posse to share later on in the evening, it didn’t work out that way. But what’s done is done. I can’t be fussed about something like that, only laugh at it. I tend to only fret over bigger things, like broken horns. And tangled rams. Thanks -your phone number is on the wall in the barn so if I have last minute questions re:tubing, I’ll take you up on your generosity. I actually demonstrated the tubing on the web-chat show and used myself as an example(only, I didn’t put the tube all the way into my own stomach!) But I really do hope I don’t have to use it. I don’t like to jinx myself so I’ll not talk about it any more.
      Thanks for your visit, D & J!

  5. Good luck with Laurel’s delivery, I hope it goes well! And I hate to say this, but I had quite a laugh at the video. How terrible to have all those beautiful cupcakes go to waste, but I have to say – it was pretty funny seeing the sheep running circles!

    • Thank you, Caitlin! It was funny, wasn’t it? We don’t mind laughing at ourselves around here. What are you gonna do, cry over spilt cupcakes?! What’s done is done, and I can always make more cupcakes!

    • I agree, Lucy! I am happy to have the lambcam, it sure saves me from going out to the barn in the cold and dark and also saves Laurel from the intrusions that would occur if I was out there. She likes her privacy! And that little pig across the aisleway from her thinks that every single time I go out to the barn I am supposed to feed her. And she makes SUCH a ruckus!!!! Thank you for following! I wish you could let your preschoolers watch her and I could do a special show for them!!

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