Friday, June 29, 2007
Meanwhile, we'll see if Antje's breeding to Oscar and Yeungling's breeding to Snowman took. Both are due next weekend. My friend Cheryl bred JG's Fuhrerdernacht to JG's Little Brat, she is also due soon, if she hasn't already delivered. That is one litter I am looking forward to, Brat is Louisa's aunt, and one of the few animals left from that bloodline. I really want a buck from that litter. Rosalin also has a litter by Oscar due on the 15th. Hopefully, some of these does will catch!
I sold Snowman and Betsy to a lovely young lady, I'm sure she'll do well with them.
I finally got all the spinning done on my son's Dingo sweater, only to find that I really need his chest measurement to get started knitting it. He, of course, has no idea what it is, he's going to get the measurement and call me. So of course I had to start spinning something else. ;)
I decided on a bag of roving I got from Lisa at Somerhill. It is called Tiger Lily, it is a fiery orange with red and muted tones. I've never spun Blue-Faced Leicester, it is a dream. Not as slippery as angora and angora blends, but very easy to draft nevertheless, and very soft. I also have 2 lbs of natural colored BFL from Lisa, some of it will be dyed green and plied with the Tiger Lily, I think.
Have a Happy Fourth Of July!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Dingo is guarded about this newcomer, she's OK as long as she doesn't invade his space. That means, leave Mom (me) alone. Fortunately, Chloe knows and accepts me as Mom, but LGDs (livestock guardian dogs) are not cuddly and demanding of attention by nature, they tend to be independent and attached to their livestock, and Chloe already demonstrates this. She looks to me for approval and direction, but a pat on the head is about all the attention she wants.
Banjo is in LOVE with this girl, he hounds her relentlessly. Not only that, but he, guardian of food, water, and playtoys, actually allows her to eat, drink, and play whenever she feels like it, with no growls or threats, no sulking if she gets his favorite toy, the change in him is just hysterical!
Fiber-wise, I am the proud owner of a new Roberta electronic spinnier, and I love, love LOVE it! I am finally making serious progress on my son's Dingo sweater, I was having issues doing a three-ply on Polly. The Roberta plies beautifully, and FAST. Now that I have empty spindles, I am a spinning fool, lol. And I love my wool winder, I'm finally using it and I can't believe I used to wind balls of yarn by hand.
I cannot wait for September...
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Don't get me wrong, I truly loved my job, and felt priviledged to have it. But I am getting 3 months salary as severance, and with unemployment, I will be quite well off for about 6 months. So... I am moving up to Camp. Camp is 68 acres of Heaven on Earth, near Clarion, PA, which the family owns. Bob and I have always wanted to live there, now we can make it happen. I had in fact been praying about it, since I was getting frustrated with some (well, one) of my neighbors poking his nose into my business. Nothing ever came of it, I abide by my local laws, but it annoyed me that this jerk felt he could/should tell me what I can and cannot do on my property. So, when I am unemployed, I'm moving up to Camp and getting a job there. Then when I am set up, Bob will quit his job, put the house up for sale, and move up with me. Then he'll get a job, and we'll get a mortgage and build a house...
At any rate, I'd like to float a political thought out there...
Those "environmentalists" out there, who complain about urban sprawl? Urban sprawl is caused by people who think they should be able to tell everyone else what to put in their yards, where their kids can play, what their kids can play, and generally tell people what they can do with their property.
People like that should be legislated into gated communities, where a Board decides what and how many pets you can have, what kind of border plantings you can do, what kind of fences you can have, what kind of mulch you can use, etc., etc.
That way the rest of us can exercise the full rights and priviledges that come with OWNING our property. If I wanted someone telling me what I can & can't do, I'd be renting. People seem to lose sight of what makes this country great - freedom - and property rights are integral to freedom.
Anyway, plans for the bunny barn are under way...
Sunday, June 10, 2007
"Ok, I know I look silly, do you have to take pictures, too?"
We'll see if he passes those shoulders on! :)
I'm going to have to thin out the bucks in the herd. Snowman is hopefully going to New York, if we can work out transportation. Nacht is spending the summer with my friend Cheryl, I will likely see if I can move him on eventually, but first I want to pair him with Verizon when she comes of age. Oscar and Stinker will likely stay with me for life.
Louisa has been acting very loving lately, she has always been such a snot, she must be pregnant. If so, she should deliver Saturday. Sunrise is also due, if she took. Keep your fingers crossed! :)
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Cheryl and Michelle also worked on wet felting, I was surprised how quickly a piece of soft, strong fabric can be made. I'm definitely going to pursue felting!
Meanwhile I put Antje in with Samson's Oscar a few days ago, I'm not sure the breeding was successful, but we'll know in 31 days or so... Oscar just needs some practice, lol!
I have 4 Giant Pumpkin plants in the ground, 2 here at home, and 2 at camp. We've been spreading bunny manure up there near the spring in preparation for this, and the plants seem to love the rich soil and the plentiful supply of moisture. Pics to come soon!
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Oh, I didn't mention that yet? Yep, Fate has intervened in my life and given me an opportunity to do what Bob and I have been yearning to do - move up to Camp, 68 acres of Heaven on earth. More on that later. Meanwhile, here is a picture of Samson's Oscar, in short coat, but SO reminiscent of my beloved Billy. He looks like him, acts like him, and I am soooo in love with him... and he's from the 2006 imports!