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Rearrangement Derangement 
Feb. 18, 2012 11:25 am 
Updated: Feb. 29, 2012 5:35 pm

There was once a time in my life, when I constantly moved furniture. Everything would feel homey and inviting until one day I was sure it all needed to be rearranged and after a back-wrenching day I would fall back, satisfied and watch as the family staggered and groped their way through the new changes. (Always funny until I came back from vacation to find my visiting mother had rearranged my kitchen) I finally outgrew the furniture moving phase of my life and began rearranging barns, arenas and kennels. Randyman, fine fellow that he is, always obliged me as I reconfigured everything to accommodate my teaching and training. The arena was stretched to accommodate the jumping horses, mare motels were moved from the ranch to the residence and back, gates were changed, new gates were made, things were squeezed to contain the horses for special needs riders, split to accommodate the trail obstacles and so on and so forth. Oh the good old days!
These days things are a little bit simpler. Well..sort of. Changes are always in motion as I try on different combinations to see what is going to best work in the future. Now that Cletapotamus and Bruno are with us, protecting the stock, the chickens get to free range. We have 30 more meatie chicks arriving in April for Cletus to raise and they, of course, will be outside again, as they are enormous, pooping machines. EmmaLouMoo will have to be dried up around that time, so they will get to inherit her small corral and shelter.
There are plans for a really big production vegetable garden this year, new fruit trees have been planted, along with a grape and I THINK I have a currant bush on the way...perennial flowers have been planted and I have already got seedlings started so the chickens and dogs had to all be evicted from the back yard. The pups love to run through everything and Cletus has a hole digging fetish. Their first year, I fell into many bottomless pits as the snow gave way above them when I was passed over on the way to feed the critters.
There is a low fence by the chicken/lambing shed one one side of the yard, but the other only has pipe corral  panels which both chickens and dogs negotiate without too much problem. My plan was to put wire there and effectively lock the chickens out, let Bruno or Cletus chicken spend  their days in the new ‘chicken corral’, while the other Maremma goes out in the back pasture with the sheep. Randyman took the 6’ high heavy duty chain link kennel panels and gate and used those to wall off that side of the yard. It was perfect. I could access the chicken pen, use the alley to run goats or sheep through, and lock everyone in, or out, as I choose.
Triumphant, I finished milking Emma and headed to the house. A short time later I peeked out the window to see Stickman, the Blue Andalusian rooster, two of the Speckled Hamburg psycho hens and a Rhode Island perusing my yard, digging up flowers and pecking their way through my newly transplanted black berries. Randyman had wondered if they would go over the low 4’ fence or not. They didn’t. They FLEW over the 15’ high roof of the shed!!! As soon as I get an accomplice, we will be sneaking into the hen pen by night and clipping some wings.
I will never accept defeat.
Other than the rebel girls flying into my yard, things went swimmingly well. Bruno had chick duty and Cletus was out in the back 40 watching sheep. I thought, with them suitably contained, that I could safely ride the 4 wheeler up to the ‘mail room’ where our mail is delivered. I no sooner arrived, than 2 big Polarbears were at my side. I have NO idea how they got out. Cletus, I know would be able to access holes in the fence as that 20 acre pasture has several, but Bruno was definitely contained. He had to scale SEVERAL fences in order to get out. What was the MOST scary, is that he got to me so quickly! It became clear to me that they are staying where I put them, out of obedience or choice, not because they cannot escape. I guess thats a good thing. I returned them to their posts.  Bruno found a nice spot in Emma’s corral to nap while the chickens pecked through the straw in her shelter and Cletus went halfway down the pasture and laid down with the sheep. Gotta love these dogs!

This morning it was windy and snowing when I got up. I was a little late getting out to milk EmmaLou and Randyman had already fed. Rosemary complained about needing her bottle but her gut was SO distended when I saw her, I was afraid she was bloating like her mama had. I carried her into the house and found a dosing gun. I got some baking soda water and some oil into her and the distention started to go down. As I am sick, and its so cold out, I decided she needs to stay with me for most of the day so I can keep an eye on her. It only took a few minutes for her to stop crying about being removed from the flock. She began to follow me all around the house, through the kitchen, into the pantry, on through the bedroom and bathroom...She is happily settled at my feet, like a dog. I am pretty sure I am creating a monster, but she seems quite content. Cider could surely use some lessons from her on how to heel.

As she is having some difficulty negotiating between the sofa and the trunk, I may have to rearrange some furniture...
Feb. 18, 2012 11:38 am
Hahahahaha, priceless!
Feb. 18, 2012 11:39 am
Love this blog! I am in the yard today weeding and planning my spring planting... I put my seeds in the temp greenhouses and they are really thriving! I have started my spring cleaning... This season is like my Christmas! I still rearrange all my furniture every three or so months... we downsized so much over the last 6 years ... change is needed! Kiss the pups for me and that new baby is just too cute! Petey , Thanks again for sharing with us!
Feb. 18, 2012 11:57 am
I would love to start my seedlings! It stays cold so late here all I have been able to start so far is delphiniums and basil/parsely
Feb. 18, 2012 12:26 pm
After last years seedling disaster, I'm just going to wait and get plants to set out. I'm ready for some new furniture in the family room to be arranged.
Feb. 18, 2012 12:35 pm
well if u need to borrow any sheep to help decide how to rearrange it, let me know!
Feb. 18, 2012 12:44 pm
I love your life!!! Great blog, Petey!
Feb. 18, 2012 12:53 pm
I laughed out loud at the thought of you going about your routine in the house with a lamb following you around. Now I know why Mary's little lamb followed her to school! And I have to say that is about the cutest face ever!
Feb. 18, 2012 1:04 pm
That is the sweetest face! I enjoyed the blog as well.
Feb. 18, 2012 1:12 pm
It does make housework go a little faster, with that tap tap of little feet behind me!
Feb. 18, 2012 1:16 pm
Love it! I just want to kiss it's little head! :)
Feb. 18, 2012 2:06 pm
Great blog Petey! Those animals sound priceless. You sound like you're going to have some fabulous fruit trees too!
Feb. 18, 2012 4:29 pm
Cute little lamb. I enjoyed reading your blog. When I was a little girl, I spent a few summers on a sheep ranch with my Grandma. Your blog made me think of the summers and all the work that goes into raising sheep.
Feb. 18, 2012 4:42 pm
I so love your blogs/life! Rosemary looks quite content in the house, too! She is so sweet....
Feb. 18, 2012 5:41 pm
As always, your posts are beautiful to see and relaxing to read. Thank you, Petey.
Feb. 18, 2012 5:42 pm
They are a lot of fun. I guess she isn't the first odd houseguest we have had...
Feb. 18, 2012 6:01 pm
Great blog as always, Petey! So it is the Circle of Life again...started out rearranging furniture for yourself, now done to accomodate a new friend in the house. So sweet. Hope she is feeling better. Wonder if she will want to return to her former digs now that she has seen how the other half lives!!!! Keep on writing for us, we LOVE it!!
Feb. 18, 2012 6:05 pm
As always Petey, your blog made my day! I do so love your life and your animals! When I was growing up, my dad raised sheep and we kids often had a lamb to bottle feed. They are precious and would follow us around like a puppy!
Feb. 18, 2012 6:47 pm
o.k..... this is just too coincidental. Today I was thinking, hmmmm, I think I'll rearrange the living room furniture. I didn't of course. I made cupcakes and a bundt cake instead. But, I did think about it. LOL!!!! Love your blog Petey. And, BTW... I have a psycho hen too. She's a great big Bramha (sp)and pecks one of little Americauna's half to death. We let her "free range" in the back yard to get some relief. Get a group of hens together and, well... you know!
Feb. 18, 2012 6:51 pm
Rosemary is cute as a button! Why of course she follows you around - you are mama!!! And what mama wouldn't rearrange the furniture to accommodate her kids. And is Stewie going to be allowed in the house too??? Then you will need to rearrange the furniture or move the couch to the corral - LOL!!!
Feb. 19, 2012 3:39 pm
Once again, I love reading about your life. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Feb. 19, 2012 4:57 pm
Rosemary is back out in the pasture with her flock now. She is feeling great! I wound up re-arranging the dogs instead! LOL
Feb. 19, 2012 11:09 pm
Petey... it's all been said already! Be well!
Feb. 20, 2012 6:58 am
I love it, petey! Great blog, and what a cutie.... : )
Feb. 20, 2012 8:46 am
I knew it! In my Spring clean fling, I had missed your blog. The window into your world is lovely as always. Blast, while cleaning the stalls a question came up to ask of you. I was thinking about chickens so it had to be along those lines but rats I've forgotten it now. Maybe I'll remember by next blog, fingers crossed :)(:
Feb. 20, 2012 9:01 am
i might forget the answer by then, Cat Hill... :)
Feb. 20, 2012 2:43 pm
I think you're living the life that we all, somewhere inside, want to live. We, thanks to your great blogs, get the share in that life, and without all the very hard work that keeps it all going, thank you!
Feb. 21, 2012 7:02 pm
As always.....a wonderful storyteller you are Petey. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful life :)
Feb. 22, 2012 3:40 am
What a sweet little lamb and I love her face as she looks at the camera!!! :) and don't let chickens fool you - they are wizards in disguise! :) another great blog petey! :)
Feb. 22, 2012 2:13 pm
Thanks for sharing, Petey! I could see everything in my imagination from your description. The photos enhance your writing, and I enjoy them, but your words can stand alone.
Feb. 23, 2012 7:30 am
I always enjoy and look forward to your blogs. They should be put together in a book :)
Feb. 24, 2012 11:07 am
Well done again. Rosemary is a definite keeper!!
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