Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Exhaustion reigns

Whew, what a busy weekend, starting with Friday evening as soon as we got home.  Fence had to be made in the large pasture in order to move the sheep again, so we did that until dark on Friday night.  Saturday morning came all too soon, up and out to the Green County Breakfast on the Farm at the DeVoe farm, grocery store trip, then home for more fencing, followed by a fast shower before our niece's graduation.  After graduation, grab a bite to eat, then home for more fence building until dark.  Sunday we got up early, headed to town for breakfast and then on to the Steinmann Memorial (motorcycles) ride that went up by Spring Green, WI. 
Back home at approx. 7 pm, do some chores, weed a little bit of the garden, then had a couple people over that sat and chatted until 11 pm.  Monday was a cookout for my father in law, Irv and the last of our guests left about 10 pm.  I needed to get back to work before I kill myself with all this fun I'm having.  I think we have every weekend filled until the end of summer. 
I have to head to Allegan, MI on June 12th to pick up a ewe and ewe lamb from Meghan Namaste and Karen Valley, and she has generously agreed to bring them as far as Stephen Rouse's farm so I can get the ewe I'm buying from Stephen and their sheep, all in one trip. 
I have purchased sheep in 3 different states this year, and thankfully I have a very understanding hubby. 
My new angora rabbits are simply lovely little creatures.  One is a fabulous champagne color and one is a rich, steely gray.  I can't wait to blend it with some shetland fleece or maybe even needle felt a lining in some mittens.  The added bonus is how friendly these two little wonders turned out, they just hop right up to you!
Hoping to get the new alpacas home soon and possibly even getting our llamas sheared soon, I'm kinda on a waiting list and it's been so hot here that I worry about them.  Cookie, our male llama just lays his entire head and neck in the water tank, and then looks at me as if to say, "What?  You've never seen a llama taking a dip before?" 
I've managed to sell 5 sheep already, the yearling ram, and two ewes will be going to their new home in about 3 weeks.  I will miss the ewes a lot, as they are my 2 friendliest, but I have to be strong and do what is right for the improvement of my herd.  I have to repeat it to myself in order to overcome the hurt I feel when I think I won't have them greeting me everyday.  But, I do know that it does no good to keep breeding substandard sheep, so I have to convince myself that I'm doing the right thing. 
Another busy week stretches before me, but it's Tuesday already.
Ta ta for now.

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