Daily Reflections From My Window

August 14, 2021 Saturday, Great fiber day ahead!

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“It was one of those heavy, sultry afternoons when nature seems to be saying to itself, ‘Now, shall I, or shall I not, scare the pants off these people with a hell of a thunderstorm?”

P.G. Wodehouse, Jeeves and the Tie That Binds (Jeeves, #14)

That about sums up the weather yesterday! It WAS hot and sultry and humid. Connor was here for the day and was dragging like the rest of us. He wanted to play “stick”, the game that wears him out after about 20 times of us throwing the stick, him chasing it and bringing it back. Jay always adds a little tussle before he releases, but I don’t, so that I don’t twist my knee just yet. I played with him for a while yesterday and the best I could get was about 5 retrievals before he gave up due to the heat.

Jay went to work out and just as he was pulling into the garage, his friend Marc called. I walked out to hand the phone to Jay, and Connor went and grabbed a twig from somewhere and took it to Jay. That dog is so darn smart! It’s like he was saying, “I want to play, but maybe not quite as long”. He knows where Jay keeps the sticks and took 2 and put them somewhere. Only one left for him this morning. He’ll be here soon! Get ready Jay. He’s your shadow. Here they are after a hard day of playing “stick”.

I didn’t make it to the Johnstown Farmers Market yesterday because I had more livestock care than I thought to tend to. That storm the other night got thinks pretty muddy. Jay was great and emptied the poop wagon for me and now I can fill it without spilling it. That’s a huge help. The drainage seems to be working and redirecting water away from the barn. That’s another blessing. I got my minerals and was able to fill a feed bin for the boys and one for the girls so they can nibble as needed.

I tried something new with Oia, and of course at first she fussed, but then caught on. I have to give her two tablets each day as part of her treatments. Dr. Dan suggested that I could dissolve them in water and squirt them into her mouth that way, or put them in her food and hope she eats them. She’s so clever and has a knack for eating around things like this. I chose the latter and after I administered her treatment, gave her just a handful of grain. While all of the other alpacas were inside the barn and very curious, but incredibly, not jostling to be fed, I led her outside with that handful of grain to her special bin outside where her grain was with the tablets. I closed the door and of course she didn’t want yo be alone, but once she realized that she was all alone with her food, was as happy as could be and even ate the tablets. On to the other two, who are no trouble at all. I think Flo loves the personalized service and massage, so always gets a treat, and Dovis has always been calm and now that her eye feels better, almost waits in line. It was unusual that all 8 of them came into the barn at once yesterday. Wish me luck today. It worked so well with Oia, I’d love to think we could repeat this until she’s finished with treatment.

Last night, once again, we had quite a storm, and once again, we still had power! Amazing. I was just writing not too long ago, how at the first sign of drizzle, we’d lose power. Maybe they fixed what was wrong with our area. .Today, Connor has arrived! Good thing he did his business right off the bat. All cleaned up and ready for his next meal.

My plan is to get more fiber packed and off to the mill. My original plan was to do what I could for a 365 challenge, but in reality, it’s beyond me. Sometimes, moving it on to where it will become something lets my brain focus better. It’s like getting rid of clutter. When I feel like progress has happened, I can think. I think I have Covid brain fog. It’s real and not fun. I’m still keeping some to hand process and will have some raw to sell, but for the most part, it is going to become felt sheets. Insoles, socks, yarn, roving and more. I’ve got to get going though, I have a show in a few weeks and not much accomplished. The whole process made me think about how, when I had my dressmaking business, I used the fabric and didn’t make the fabric. I could only wish something existed. This process gives me so many options! I can make my own fabric and that’s pretty amazing!

I also spent time cleaning off my desk. THAT alone was a feat. I needed to file some receipts and couldn’t even see where anything went. I have so much lingering MacKid stuff. Will I ever use it for something? I don’t know, but it didn’t have to be on my desk. Take a look. I haven’t seen this forever. You can actually see the counter around the computer. For now, time to get the day started. Connor spent some time in our one air conditioned room yesterday while I showered. He does NOT like the floor! He is such an interesting dog. I don’t know if we’ll need that today. It already feels less humid. Jay’s off on a bike ride. I’m headed to the farmers market after livestock care and then for the best cup of coffee in town at H.Wonder Coffee and Records . Check out their Instagram page via the link. Everything looks so delicious!

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!