Friday, April 26, 2019


The stitches came out yesterday morning. I never expected it to be as painful as it was!! When they were taken out after the first surgery, the nurse cut them into shorter pieces before he pulled them out. I also had to have tiny pieces pulled out by the surgeon a couple of weeks later.
This time the nurse cut the knot, which was tied super tight to the skin and pulled them out in long pieces. I wish she had just made them smaller. The surgeon had stitched the skin so tightly together that the stitches would not slip out easily. I DO NOT want to go through that again.

He believes I am healing well, although he did not feel the need to do another X-ray. I can now use  a soft compression brace on my ankle when I go out. I told him I still plan on using the air cast around here as our hill is steep and you are walking at an angle from the house to the truck. And, the cane. 😏

I have no real restrictions, except to be careful as I could easily fracture it again and no heavy lifting. I wonder what he considers heavy lifting... I may have to call his office and ask.

In the meantime, I am doing what I can to get ready for NH Sheep & Wool in 2 weeks. YIKES!! I have a LOT of fleeces that I still need to get to, but between the ankle and the rain it is not getting done.  I think since it is raining AGAIN today, I will put my set up on paper. New to the setup this year will be the section devoted to Shave 'Em to Save 'Em. We will have our 'normal' array of different fibers in different stages, but we will have one section under its own banner with 6 out of 22 of the breeds of wool listed on the Livestock Conservancy's list of endangered, threatened, watch or recovering list of sheep breeds. One of which is our Horned Dorset.

Hope to see y'all in Deerfield!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Horned Dorset

This explains one reason our Horned Dorset sheep have such a fine crimp to their wool. One day I may spend the money to have a micron count done to compare them to Merino sheep. When (if) I have some 'mad money' to spend.
(Horned and Polled)

Dorsets are best known for their ability to produce a lamb crop any time during the year. History tells us that centuries ago when Spain wished to conquer England, Merino sheep were brought into southwest England and crossed with the Horned Sheep of Wales. The result was a desirable, all-purpose sheep that spread over Dorset, Somerset, Devon and most of Wales.

The first Horned Dorsets were brought to the United States in 1885. In 1948, a dominant gene for polledness occurred resulting in Polled Dorsets which are now popular in the farm flock states. Dorset ewes are prolific, heavy milkers that produce lambs with moderate growth and maturity that yield heavy muscled carcasses.
Breed categories: medium wool, meat
Distribution: Worldwide                                                                                               

Saturday, April 06, 2019

My new look and my new ride

Until April 16th that is.

All of the hardware came out of my ankle yesterday in
day surgery. The surgeon called my husband after surgery
to tell him I was done, and that he had also removed quite 
a bit of scar tissue. I was sent home in a soft cast to protect
the incisions. He cut me open in the same places he had cut 
me before. I was home by 3 pm. Last night was rough pain
wise. But, today is better. Between the Lyrica for the nerve
pain from the Fibromyalgia, the Ibuprofen and the 
Oxycodone for the other pain, it is all bearable.
My neighbor Pebbles brought me to the hospital for
6 am yesterday. When she got back to Sutton, she let
out and fed my animals. This morning when she came
down, I put a trash bag over the soft cast and I took my
crutches, and with her beside me, I 'walked' out to the
barn with her. When chores were done, she walked back
to the house with me. I won't be trying it on my own any
time soon as there is still a lot of mud, ice and snow in
front of the barn.
Thankfully hubby is on vacation this coming week, 
so I have help if I need it.

I am so thankful for all the prayers through this whole
ordeal, and I covet more of them. I can not imagine
going through now 4 surgeries in less than 26 months
without God and your prayers.

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