One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.Carl Jung
I think I use that verse a lot. Because it’s true. No matter what. God’s love is there. Thank you to all teachers for keeping our kids safe. I can’t imagine what they are going through right now. God is with you.
Let me tell you about yesterday. Jay didn’t feel well and I think that’s why he was so cranky. Maybe it was food poisoning or something he ate because it came and went pretty quickly, considering that he woke up in the middle of the night with an upset stomach and a bit of a fever. Now, it was a good reminder that people are still getting sick from things other than Covid. He started to feel well again last evening after sleeping all day and just letting the fever break. He had chills and sweats and the whole digestive track gamut. I went to the store to get my mother’s cure for nausea and stomach ache-coke a cola. Works every time but then you can’t sleep! I also got our Thanksgiving turkey and some cranberries. Did you know that there is a nationwide can shortage? Apparently there is, as stated by a sign in several aisles, so why were canned coke products on sale? I think they tell us that to put us in a frenzy to stock up and yes, I got the 4/$12 deal just to have it because we don’t usually drink soda.
I think I mentioned that we were going to have a bride come for photos after her wedding yesterday. Well, the rain never stopped. Perhaps another day she can redress and do it on a nicer day. As fabulous as the weather was on Friday, it really turned on Saturday. We had planned for around 4, so I texted the Aunt on my way to the grocery store (before I left!) to give her a weather update and to tell her that Jay wasn’t feeling well. Their choice. I think the weather sealed the deal! Who wants to be standing with a wet alpaca in a white wedding gown in the rain? It didn’t stop all day. She texted me back while I was at the store to say they’d take a rain check. Good decision! The rain didn’t stop. I could just envision that beautiful white dress dragging on the patio stone and her hair and make up. We wanted her to keep that beautiful feeling and look.
On the way home from the store I passed a little farm on the right on 271 (Menoher) and every time we pass it, we say that we’re going to stop and see what’s going on there if we ever see anyone outside. They have a little pony that Jay just adores. Reminds him of the miniature ponies that his mom had when he was growing up. They’ve got quite a menagerie that rotates around the property. I love when they put their 2 cows in their front yard. They have plastic electric fencing and I always want to know how that works. When I was on my way TO the store, I glanced over and noticed 2 sheep in the field. Hmmm…you know where my thoughts go-what do they do with the fiber? Does she spin? Knit? I continued to the store and on my way home passed by and there was a man walking down the lane by the pasture. A first! So I turned around, went back and pulled into the lane. I got out and introduced myself and said how much we enjoyed watching what was going on every time we passed and always wanted to stop but that this was the first time we’d seen anyone outside. I met Vince and he showed me around. He showed me the sheep, pigs and 3 giant Great Danes. Patches was the leader.
The chickens followed us everywhere!
We talked about fencing, farm cleanup and shearing. We will definitely stop again and this time I’ll take Jay. It’s always good to know your neighbors. I met mom Brindsay and asked if they sold their eggs and they do, but most other things, like the milk are for their consumption only. They have 3 kids, one of whom is a newborn baby. This momma is busy! She does knit, but they inherited the sheep from a cousin and just pitch the fiber. We’ll fix that. Lucky me! We found a full blanket in the garbage of this white ewe.
I’m trying to figure out the breed. It’s definitely a long wool. Maybe Wensleydale? Romney? Leicester Longwool? Cotswold? I think I need to go back with my field guide. I’ll examine the fiber a little more today.
I took the nicest picture of the brown ewe and darned if I can find it! I got a chunk of Waldo’s (the brown ewe) fiber that Vince pulled off. I think Waldo is a Katahdin breed. They are known for not needing to be sheared and are actually an American breed named after a mountain in Maine. The shedding is called “rooing” or plucking. They naturally rub it off themselves. The fiber shaft develops a weakness as the new growth starts and the fiber naturally breaks off there. It looks pretty funky until it’s totally off. Clumps everywhere on their bodies.
I was so excited to tell Jay that I finally stopped at old McDonald’s farm when I got home, but he was asleep and I let him rest while I unpacked and put away the groceries.
While I waited for Jay to wake up, I decided to clean out our kitchen cabinets and the infamous Y2K closet. I don’t know what I was thinking when I arranged our cabinets. We have so many coffee cups and only use a very small percentage of them with only two of us. And what’s the best use for those cabinets with the swing out shelves? That story is for another day! Today, it’s raining still and I have to go tend to my own herd and check on Jay. I had made reservations for church this week but because Jay wasn’t feeling well, felt I should stay here. Yesterday I wore my mask the whole time I was at the store and with my neighbors and kept my distance. I try to limit my interactions. Have you had a Covid test yet? If so, what’s it like? I want to know.
Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!