The day I arrived here to house/animal sit, I found out that not one, but TWO of the sheep are pregnant. They may be giving birth while I am here alone. "But, don't worry Mom, there shouldn't be any problems. If you see the mama is struggling and there is a little leg sticking out of her, just give it a gentle tug."
I put the neighbor farmer on speed dial. I'm good at 'watching'.
Trust me, I am not afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone. In fact, most of my life I have lived outside of my comfort zone to the point where that is my New Normal. But dirty sheep, knee deep in poop......I love my daughter.
My daughter. This is a girl who is a gemologist and worked for one of the largest diamond companies in the big city and traded her high heels for flat work boots. I don't get it. But she loves it and she is good at it. The animals love her. The goats hug her. The ram actually listens to her and the sheep follow her as if she was their shepherd -- I guess she is!
Tonight I was headed to put the animals in their shelter for the night. I heard a noise at the front door. It was the goats. They jump their fence regularly and like to come visit the house. They walked extremely close to my side to the fields as they knew it was feeding time and enjoyed the game of 'Let's See If We Can Trip The Old Lady.'
I get to the barn, grab the hay and proceed to the fields. Opening the gate, the ram decided he wanted out so he could go to the neighboring field and visit his wives. No amount of coercing or pulling or pushing would bring him back. Did I mention that he is very large and a lot stronger than I ever hope to be?
I was covered in hay because I was trying to maneuver the gate, the goats and the ram. Bending over to gather up the hay, I remembered Rochelle telling me you never turn your back, let alone your bum to a ram. Fortunately, he was more interested in the girls than me. Back to the barn, get some grain. This is like dog treats. They will follow you anywhere to get it.
I ache in places I didn't know I had. This was Day One. It is supposed to rain tomorrow. Slippery sheep and goat poop is even more fun to walk on. I'll keep you posted.