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…’cause when you get older, you need a break now and then. 🙂

Yes, I’m still here. It has been three whirlwind, crazy, busy, beautiful, weeks around Oleo Acres. Our daughter and granddaughter were here to spend three weeks with us! WooHoo! While the original intent was to see Miss Julie before she passed, Kelly still came over to go with us to a neighborhood get-together in her memory. While she was here, we made use of her wondrous abilities to: have her help me get my new (on my lap as I write this) laptop computer up, running and connected up; set up a server for all the computers in the house (which backs up all the computers’ files every night so we’ll not lose anything again), clean out the office with a fine-tooth comb (something Hizzoner hates to do because he can not throw anything away); eat lots of Mexican food with us; and share her daughter gracefully with two beaming grandparents. I don’t think Gwen’s feet hit the ground while she was here. We loved it!
Truthfully, we did come to realize that having a baby around illustrated just how much older we’ve become. We’re not ancient by any means, but I know I could tell that bending, carrying, car-seating, buckling anything Gwen was in to actually keep her in, and going-going-going all the time did take me down a notch or two. I loved it!
Here’s just a few of the pictures I took:

Best Friends. Grandpa and Me

OK, Pixel…You’re In For It Now!

“Who? Me?”

Ninja Warrior Baby? -or- Up-and-Coming Pool Shark?

Along with everything else going on, I have been finalizing something for Sheep Thrills Farm. I haven’t really wanting to say anything yet, thinking it would jinx everything, but I am working out an exchange of sorts. It looks like Skittles will be heading for Colorado. A fellow Shetland breeder and someone appreciative of quality rams, Mr. Jared Llyod of Jehovah-jireh Sheep and Cattle LLC. , was very interested in Skittles. Would I be willing to exchange Skit for one of his rams? Jared knew I needed some new genetics and had a number of candidates for me to choose from.
While logic dictates this is a no-brainer, I have to admit that I will really miss my buddy, Skit. With the exception of breeding season when he takes on the appearance and personality of a shark in a feeding frenzy (I swear, those eyes of his would roll back in his head if a ewe in season was anywhere near), Skit has always been a big teddy-bear.
I hesitate to make friends with any ram, espousing a more “ToughLove” approach as my friend Lois, of Stonehaven Farm, calls it. Skit and I respect each other, but that never stopped him from asking for his tail to be scratched or that spot between his shoulders rubbed a bit when I let him out to pasture. He always gives me a look to say, “Thank you.”, then goes on his way. Apparently, he believes this is a duty that every shepherdess must provide when asked nicely.
It was only when Jared promised that Skittles would be used for breeding, then when he’s older, he’d be retired to a pasture with another of Jared’s beloved rams to live out his days. Skit will have more ewes, plus have a larger place to roam. He deserves that and it’s something that I cannot provide on our small place. So, I said yes. Soon Jared will arrive to pick up Skittles and deliver two ram lambs, one of them sired by a ram from Shetland. Yesterday the veterinarian came out to examine Skit and fill out his Health Certificate for travel. He’s ready to go and fit for this year’s breeding season. And I will miss him.

I don’t know if he realizes it or not, but I will have to explain to Jared how important having a “Tire Toy” will be for Skittles.
…I so hope there’s room for one in that new pasture.

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This beautiful cardigan and the matching set of booties were knitted by our son-in-law’s mother, Val. Isn’t it gorgeous? Val chose a laceweight yarn (hope I’m correct here, Val) to knit this for the new granddaughter, Gwen.
Val’s the kind of knitter who could look at you, holding an in-depth conversation, while knitting right along at Warp 9. Sigh. I am in awe of her talents.

I count our extended family in New Zealand as one of the blessings in my life. While everyone was a bit anxious at our first meeting years ago, we all hit it off straight away. I feel as if I have known Val and Hugo all my life. The private joke between Val and I is that both of our kids came home with foreigners. 🙂
Both Val and Hugo have been over to the States a couple of times. We have a ball when they visit even just doing simple things like visiting the sheep down at the barn or shopping at the local Kohl’s store where everyone seems to find at least one necessary or frivolous thing they needed. And Las Vegas will never be the same. wink, wink…
So, you see what I aspire to as I learn how to knit myself. No, I never learned although my mother, another knitter-extraordinaire in her own right, tried to teach me many times. I was the child who could not sit still indoors long enough to learn anything even remotely domestic. The knitting talent has jumped over me and landed in the capable hands of my daughter. Maybe, someday, with practice, I will be able to at least do a hat or two.

I just hope I’ll be able to keep my jaw from dropping while watching the two “real knitters” in the family. But, it’s like having the Mona Lisa hanging in front of you while you are stuck doing paint-by-number….

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Never Long Enough…

As you have been able to tell, lately we’ve been uber-busy with a visit from our daughter and her husband. I know they were here just last year but when you have relatives living halfway around the world, every visit becomes a cherished time knowing that the visit is never really long enough. The Kids arrived on Halloween and stayed until this past Friday. After some time at home we all went to Las Vegas where they caught a plane for San Francisco, soon to head towards home again. I happened to catch this photo of them on the Monorail as we were traveling from one end of the Strip to the other. (Gee…I wonder where the red in my DD’s hair came from???)
We had a great time with them. It always seems that after kids leave home and find their own paths in this world that visits are either too long or not long enough. I usually am a believer in the wisdom of Ben Franklin about fish and guests, but as I’ve gotten older I find that visits with good family and good friends are not long enough at times. Such as this visit with the Kids. We had a ball!
One of the neat places to see in LV is the Conservatory at the Bellagio. Four times a year they change the displays. When we arrived to walk through it on this trip, the theme was Fall’s Bounty with giant baskets of apples, a Wood Man or Green Man depending on your culture, and a moving Cider Mill. It was breathtaking as always. The photos of the mill wheel don’t do it justice. Both Kelly and I stood there, both seeing the composition of the moving wheel amongst the timbers and plants as amazing – and both of us disappointed that a mere photo could not do it justice.

I realize as I write this that I’m exhausted, but very happy. The past ten days have been so busy I don’t think my feet hit the ground, nor did my bee-hind stay in a chair for any length of time to recover. Ross and Kelly were our last visitors for this year. Soon, we’ll be shutting up and doing indoor winter things. I know by January I’ll be wishing for another visitor to brighten up the days. I will have to coax my orchids to bloom for some “excitement” in January and February as I can’t afford a trip to summer in New Zealand just quite yet. 🙂

Soon it will be time for Skittles to be let in with the girls for another breeding season. Placecards will have to be engraved for this affair, I’m sure. Colin will go in with his half sister to keep her company this year. The three “Bonzo Brothers” – Shaun, Sven & Ole – have all been wethered and will be together until we can find two of them new fiber/pet homes. And life will return to normal around Sheep Thrills Farm….

that is, IF I can remember what “normal” is….

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