Daily Reflections From My Window

April 8, 2021 Thursday: Hoop Day!

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 “Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”

Erica Jong

This too: “Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”

Henry Van Dyke

I sometimes get caught up in the idea that there are plenty of others doing what I do and there’s no room for me. Not true. There’s room for us all. Pursue the gifts that God has given you. He gave them to YOU for a reason.

Yesterday was herd health day. I check on the alpacas a little more closely, get my hands on them, give shots, any other meds and spray Frontline for fleas and ticks. It takes a few hours and I use the Marty MacGee Bennet method of packing them in tight to make it easier. It does. When they are in full fleece, it’s a sea of fluffy backs. One will set the tone for the rest so I try to find that one who will take it in stride and yesterday that was Hammy. He was fine and the rest followed his lead. It went quickly.

Here is Kapi’s fiber. He is very dense. (Complete with piece of whatever!)Good example of a dust line-look how white the fiber is closer to the skin. This is not Kapi. I’m not sure who it is. It’s tricky to get a picture of things like this when I’m by myself. This is Bea. She, too, is very dense and her fiber will be clean.

After herd health, I like to clean the matts and spread some Thieves household cleaner on them. This way, they walk through the solution and bring it up into their body through their soft footpads. It’s an easy, passive way to get another treatment into them. Along with the Dectomax and the other essential oils, which I will put on their food today, it keeps intestinal parasites at bay.

Here’s a picture of Dovis from 8 years ago that popped up in my FB memories yesterday. She looks exactly the same! No need for a new photo. She’s timeless.

Next up, I put my plants outside for some sun. I hope I’m not rushing things, but couldn’t resist giving them a good soaking with the hose. I think they loved the warm sun all day. If it gets cold again, I will cover them with a blanket out there.

Here they are first thing today. I heard a warning cry but couldn’t see anything amiss and they went right back to their business so it must have been nothing.

After farm chores this morning I am going to walk with Kathy and then get back to catching up on some bookwork. Not my favorite thing, but necessary. It is definitely NOT my talent.

Looks like another glorious day ahead. I hope you can get out and enjoy it.

It’s also Hula Hoop Fitness Class at the Grove Day. If you want to have a fun day. This is the day! Join me there at 6:00 PM.

In the meantime, 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 an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!