Happy New Year! Jim is busy hauling manure from everywhere. He was in the sheep yards, now he is back in the cattle yards. December was a busy month for us. Unfortunately Jim did not get any fall field work done. I kept him busy in the kitchen with cookie orders. Christmas found us with 8000 cookies baked and delivered and we were tired. December did have a few exciting times too! We found a farm cat in the house the beginning of December one night. Getting her out of the house was not her idea at all. If we had been more dressed for the occasion it might have helped I'm not sure. What we did have happen was not fun either. After finally throwing her out literally, we were left with deep scratches and lots of cat bites for both of us. Midnight is not the best time to visit the local ER but that is what we did. Tetanus shots and high doses of antibiotics and we were on our way home bandaged up again. Everybody has asked if the cat is still alive and yes she is still eating at the cat food pan. We are now getting ready to start with the shearing of the sheep in a week or so. Lambing will begin the first of February and we like to have them sheared before if possible. Having them sheared is just easier to see how close they are getting and easier to nurse the lambs.