Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Just what did Jena look like...

Some people have wondered just what Jena the Gentle Ewe looked like. Well, here she is with me (when I was much younger -- like 21 years ago when I was in my 40's) and my wonderful Shu-Shu-La (Great Pyrenees) in 1987. Because of bear problems I went out of the sheep business in the late 1990's. But I will always remember Jena with great joy! She was one of "my girls" and a sweet ewe who always came when she was called. I loved her so much!
Shu-Shu-La was raised with Jena and when the sheep went out to pasture, Shu went along with them to guard and protect them. We had two other Great Pyrenees during this time: Barnyard Barnie (who guarded his dog dish) and the wonderful Pal-of-Mine (Shu's mom, Barnie was Shu's dad). Pal did all the perimeter checks of the pastures -- she did not like staying with the sheep. the Pyrs did not fear much (except when they heard guns shots from hunters in the area and thunder). The Pyrs lived on the ranch for 11 years and saved many lambs, calves, and ME from bears, wolves, coyotes, dogs and othe predators. They were great family dogs and loved being with the family as well as the sheep. When the Pyrs were getting old we then began raising Anatolian Shepherd Guard Dogs (a very sturdy guard dog and also family pets).
One thing to remember when buying or adopting these type of dogs -- they love to bark at night -- ALL night, because they are on guard! They also like to challenge vehicles that are entering your ranch and this can be a real problem. One of our Anatolians, Feather, likes to attempt to grab tires, or wheel wells -- always a horrible scare. But they feel the need to challenge anything new that comes into their territory -- the ranch and home area. When we know the UPS man is coming we keep the dogs close to us and restrained. After all these years (15) the Anatolians still hate the Big Brown Truck when it comes roaring into the ranch.
...and so it goes on the ranch...have a good day...

Red Skies in the Morning....

...Good Golly Miss Molly...look at this cloud! You know the old saying?...red skies in the morning sailor take warning...and on our windy side of the Rocky Mountains, that's no joke!

...I just took this picture (approximately 0750 hours) of this fantastic cloud to the northwest! Batten down the hatches and where is the root cellar, Dorothy!

...here is another part of the sky as the sun begins it's rise.
When the wind blows in our part of the country, high profile vehicles are swept off the roads, trains are blown off the tracks, and no one wants to drive!...I have had the wind come under my vehicle and lift it off the ground. Who needs a tornado when the winds blow at 95 mph gusts. Even at 56 mph to 70 mph it is very difficult to walk outside and do the chores on the ranch!
...our home place (of the ranch) is located on a flat plain (no trees to speak of) right off the Rocky Mountains and the wind howls down upon us with extreme force. Nothing is safe from the winds this time of year. Trips to "town" , sometimes three hours away, have to be planned around the wind (or blizzards) but the wind is the real problem. If it just snows or rains a smidge, the winds pick up and just whip the land something terrible! The winds are the worse from now on through January.
I have tried to grow trees in our yard at the house only to have them grow to a certain height and then get snapped in half by the wind! We have our roof cabled down on the northwest side!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Some pictures taken in our area

The wind really howled here last night. This morning it was 38 but with the wind chill it was 14. I saw the wind register at 56 mph earlier today. It is calm now. A gray day. Fed and watered my chickens waiting for them to lay their eggs. With all the weather changes, they are really down on their egg production. I have about 30 or so hens...and I am only getting about 4 eggs a day if I am lucky. I know some are getting old and do not lay anymore. I let my chickens just grow old whether they are laying eggs or not.

I will add some pictures of our milk cow Keisha. She is Brown Swiss and gives about 2 gallons of milk a day. Part of her milk is feeding the bum work horse filly, Meadow Muffin, and the rest the family drinks. Keisha has a lot of cream on her milk. The picture of Keisha is early this year when her calf was just a few days old.

This time of year when the wind howls and the grass is no longer green, we need to be reminded of the beautiful country we do live in, I will add some pictures taken of the area and Logan pass.

The first picture is at the top of Logan Pass (Going-to-the-Sun Highway). The second picture is of a bear in the trees taken on Chief Mountain Highway. In all my encounters with bears I did not have a camera with me...but then I was trying to get away so no pictures would have been taken anyway.

The third picture is of our Anatolian Shepherd Guard Dog -- Turk. A beautiful member of the family with a wonderful temperment...unless you are a predator!
The forth photo is of a moutain sheep that was in the tunnel and could easily have been hit by a car. We have seen this guy in the tunnel on several ocassions as we go across the Going-to-the-Sun highway early in the morning.

The fifth picture is of a waterfall on the hike to St. Mary Falls...we turned around at this point because there had been bear sightings on the trail.

The sixth picture is a well-known place to visitors to Glacier National Park -- Wild Goose Island. Probably the most photographed area in the park.
The seventh picture is of Keisha and her heifer calf.

Our area where we live abounds in wildlife. Elk, deer, cougars, grizzly and black bear, eagles, hawks, cranes, herons, geese, swans and so much more! All of this right out our back door.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Newest lamb!

This is the newest little lamb that I am adding to my shop on ETSY. It is a size three and is about 7 inches tall and 10 inches long. The little lamb has a beautiful red felt bow and a special brass bell.

It is a cold and windy day here by the mountains. Wind -- is what this time of year is all about. The wind can get very wild and unpredictable from now through January (or whenever it wants for that matter).

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Creating more of the Flock

November 05, 2008

Cold and snow on the ground here by the mountains. Not a lot of snow, just enough to let a person know that winter could come at any time.

I have just finished creating the flock pictured above of new little Columbia lambs shown above. This is before they are dressed in their bows and bells.

Today, I received some very yummy "Salsa Jam" from Juliana's Jammin! It is so very delicious. I call it a jam with an "attitude"...Juliana is a team member from the Big Sky Montana Team. Juliana makes all kinds of delicious jams, pickles, jewelry -- check out her website on ETSY. http://www.julianasjammin.etsy.com

This is just a short note! Everyone take care!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Is that snow falling outside my window?

It is November 04, 2008...it is trying to snow...the skies are very heavy and it is cold! A few days ago we have temperatures in the high 60's. We just never know what will come next, we can have three seasons in one day, it changes so rapidly!

Well, Halloween is behind us...next will be Thanksgiving...and then Christmas, my most favorite time of the year! I am busy making lambs for Christmas orders and have started making my Christmas Tree Angels again. Here is a picture of Willa! A full description and more pictures can be viewed on my web site: http://www.judyelizabethsflock.etsy.com/
I just heard today that there will be a Craft Fair at the Babb School (in Babb) on November 30th. That will be a fun event to attend (reminder to me, in case I forget)! I love to go to Craft Fairs.
I have to end this and get back to work!
For Christmas shopping or for any gift giving check out the ETSY site for items made in the United States and all over the world: http://www.etsy.com
The Big Sky Montana Team has beautiful items in their shops on ETSY. When you get to the ETSY site, you can type in "montanateam" in the search area and that will take you to most of the teams creations.
Enjoy your day!