Monday, October 22, 2007

More on Convention, and Rhinebeck

I had a blast at Convention! The center was well-lit, pretty well organized, and smelled nice and clean. The compressed wood pellets that were provided for bedding are exactly what I use at home in my dropping trays, because they control odor very well. Check-out could have been run better, I had to schlep everyone out in the rain because we weren't allowed to use the front door, even though we had been checked out and cages sealed. Nor could I seem to get access to the loading docks, I had earlier stayed parked outside them for awhile, and no one entered or left. But, all in all, it was very well run.

I think one of the best things about it was the abundance of well-stocked bathrooms, lol! Bathrooms and toilet paper are two things you can never have too much of! I never had to wait in line or got stuck drip-drying, something I cannot say about every other big show I've been to.
I came home for a day, then was off to Rhinebeck. I really need to go there sometime and not take rabbits, I spent most of my time picking up, delivering, or worrying about them. I got a Tan Angora buck from Louise Walsh, picked up a Satin Angora for my friend Michelle, bred Oscar to a doe belonging to my friend Katie, and maybe also to a doe from my friend Cynthia, although that doe was not at all cooperative. I delivered a Satin Angora and a German to my fiend Mary Jo, I picked up soap from my friend Terry, and did not buy a fleece, afterall. I need to work on the house, and if I'd bought a fleece, that would be taking time away from work that needs done and has been too long neglected.

Did I mention that we had no hot water when I got home from Convention? Seems the gas company shut it off because they could not get inside to read the meter. Then, when they did,m they found a leak. Which, despite numerous ads for "24 hour emergency service", no plumber would fix until Monday. So, in anticipation of a much-needed hot shower, half of my afternoon on Saturday was spent searching for my hotel, because the confirmation they sent me had THE WRONG ADDRESS! I did figure it out eventually, after a lovely if unplanned tour of the Catskill Mountains. Hot water is such a wonderful thing! :)

We just got the gas turned back on as I type this.

On Sunday, I hooked up with Leslie Samson to get Oscar shorn and certified for registration in 90 days. I had been corresponding with Leslie about it, and we both forgot that I needed to advise IAGARB of my plans. So, that did not happen, although we had a lovely visit and I am glad I went if only for that reason. Leslie was impressed with Oscar's condition, she even said he smelled healthy, lol! We hope to have shearing/registration parties in PA or Ohio soon. Anyone out there interested in seeing how it's done? Any skeptics who think it can't be done? By all means, come and see for yourself! I'll keep you posted on the dates and locations.

After our visit, I set off for Breezewood, PA to deliver more bunnies. Then on to home just in time for the Steelers' game. Which they lost. :( Well, there's always next week...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Convention!

Naturally, I forgot to take my camera. :(

This Convention was a lot of fun for me. My entries did not do well, but I had a blast anyway.

I was counting on Stinker and his daughter, Verizon. Stinker fell just short of senior weight, so he stayed home. Those of you who know me know that I always have one REY (Ruby-Eyed-Yellow). This time it was Verizon, who was otherwise PERFECT. My bunns have been having an issue with red urine, and Verizon's brother Sherman (who will be moving permanently to Virginia) sprayed her right before the Washington County show last month. I have been trying to clean her up, and she does look better, considering she used to be orange. But that isn't why I scratched her. Sometimes I'm SUCH a moron. Anyway, I entered her as a Junior, which she was at the time, but when Convention rolled around she was an Intermediate. And you can change class due to weight, but not for age. So she had to sit this one out. I'm still kicking myself.

So, my first and second string animals either blew their coats, didn't make weight, or had some other issue. So, I pulled a buck and a doe from the breeding pool, groomed them as best I could, and took them, Verizon, and a couple of juniors. As expected, I didn't do very well, but I did help some folks earn legs. I also sold the junior doe. :)

Meanwhile, exciting things happened at Convention. Collin Burns, a young man who has been breeding and showing English Angoras for about a year and a half, won BIS youth, and his colored senior buck also won his class in Open! THIS KID KICKS SERIOUS BUTT!

Also, my friend Charlotte Schweikart won BOB French Angora with a beautiful Colored Senior Doe. I was sorry that she didn't win her group in the BIS competition, but she was beaten by the Mini Satin who went on to win BIS Open. It was a gorgeous little animal, and its owners also had another bunn in the Open BIS competition who won its group. Think they had fun at their first Convention? LOL!

I went out with friends, made new friends, and had a fascinating talk about genetics with Judy LeMarchant. She is always a highlight of going to Convention for me, I always learn something from her.

Anyway, I'm home, the bunns are tucked in for the night, I'm tired, and my feet hurt. It is sooo goood to be home...

So I'm off to Rhinebeck. I'm a glutton for punishment. Hope to see some of you there!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Family matters

As you all know, Bob and I had hoped to move up to Camp this Fall. Unfortunately, due to some family interference, it doesn't look as though that is going to happen, at least not yet. However, there is a "Plan B" and even a "Plan C". I have a generous severance check coming from my former employer, with which I can buy land. Once you own land, mortgages are pretty easy to get. Then of course, there are other family members who are friendly to the idea of having a family compound out in the country...

So things are still very much up in the air, but one way or another, we are going to have our little fiber farm.

Things are also up in the air regarding my Convention entries. I originally entered 5 animals, I doubt I will wind up showing that many, but one never knows...

We are experiencing uncharacteristically hot and humid weather in this part of the country. I don't want to blow coats out, but I need to. Hopefully, things will cool off before I have to leave! I have my hotel reservation, all I need now is a little cool weather to get coats primed, and then I'm off... maybe things will be cooler in Michigan?

After Convention, I'm off to Rhinebeck. I am picking up and delivering animals, plus I want to buy a nice fleece. With all this free time on my hands, I plan on dyeing and blending fiber, and working on Christmas presents. And somewhere in all this I'm going to find time for hunting...