“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.”
I really enjoy reading Ayn Rand and hope you don’t mind that I share her quotes. They could have been written today and not so many years ago. Who’s in charge here? I thought it was “We the People”. She was a smart cookie. Like my hay guy Lou.
He’s able to back his truck up to our little loft door, then he stands on top of the bales and throws them in, where I grab them and stack them. The loft holds about 90-100 bales, and so they have room to breathe now with 50. He suggested that I leave the loft door open so they could dry a bit since he just baled them the night before. I listen to Lou. He’s got old fashioned wisdom about so many things and the alpacas sure were glad to see him. Here is Kapi watching him open a bale of hay to show me how fresh. I ran to the bottom of the hill so I could get this picture of them in the same shot.
As he always does, he brought us a treat-sometimes it’s his home tapped maple syrup, and yesterday he brought his mom’s homemade black raspberry jam, for which he, himself, picked the berries. I can’t wait to have some. This guy and his family never stop!
After he was on his way, I made a quick trip to the farmers market where I got eggs, milk, cantaloupe and a nice big bone for Connor. He didn’t come yesterday, but if he comes today, I’m ready.
Then because things were going so smoothly, I was able to head to the Community Art Center to see Lauren’s kids (all 3 of them) in the performance of “Out of the Woods”. In 5 days, these kids learned an entire production. As the director said, kids are sponges and absorb it all. They sure do and were great! Here’s a little peek.
Molli as the Father.
And Miller as the “Mysterious Man”.
Such a talented group. As the director shared, if they could accomplish this after 5 days, imagine what they could do in a month.
Then off to celebrate the young thespians at Eat n Park where Jay met up with us, and home.
The day wasn’t over by any means. We grabbed a short break and then were treated to dinner with our friends, the Whitlow’s, where we celebrated their son Sam’s return from Singapore. He was there with his job for several years and returned briefly before he’s off to continue his education in London. He’s always been an interesting young man. I got to interrogate him, oops, I mean ask questions about his interests and what it was like living so very far from family. He’s developed a real love for cooking and travel. Must have been all that exotic food Mr. Molchaney, their troop leader, let them mix up on camping trips. I remember taking my Jack to the grocery store to buy supplies in preparation for them. The things those kids put together…but how else to learn what goes well together than to figure out what doesn’t, right? Our families have been in each other’s lives forever and Sam and Jack have had some common interests and experiences, like, love of travel, both having lived in New York and places far away with culinary influences from many countries and both appreciate food beyond pierogis and meatloaf. Sam described it as the “mouth feel” and how foods can be very flavorful while still being spicy. It’s about the slow preparation and the process. I love that about these kids. They get together and prepare food with their friends. That’s why J and M couldn’t join us last night. They have a standing group with whom they do this too.
Last night, I caught a glimpse of my new neighbor’s FB post. In their driveway, they discovered this rattlesnake in plain sight. I have NEVER seen one here-unless the snake I saw the other day was a rattler. Gosh, back to long pants and knee high boots. I guess I’ll be carrying a stick and getting a snake bite kit to have on hand. Why are they so low and off the mountain? She’s right next door on 271. I don’t like rattlers. Isn’t living in the woods grand, Sue? Welcome to the neighborhood!
I can’t wait to go to church in person today so I’m headed out to tend the herd before we leave.
In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air 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!