Jul 9

What’s this?  A blog update?  Yes, I am announcing a new podcast episode, but I have decided to get back to blogging.  I didn’t realize how much I had come to rely on this blog to keep track of events and how much I have missed being here.

I had a really good weekend.  On Saturday, Scott and I picked up my Clun Forest sheep, Kaala Hiraka, from Brenda’s farm (she’s moving to CT, so has dispersed her flock and I bought her half of Kaala from her) and drove her to Sara Dunham’s Equinox Farm in Cynthiana, KY.

Kaala on her way web sizeIt was easier to get her into the car than I thought it would be.  Yes, she fought it, but once in there, she curiously looked around, munched hay, and with the boring interstate, she laid down and relaxed.

When we got to Sara’s, we opened the gate, carefully took the halter off her, and let her jump out of back of the car on her own.  She stamped her feet a couple of times at the Corgi, but once she was in her stall, she settled down.  Sara gave her a hoof trim and soaked her feet with some anti-fungal, then we removed her collar and tag, and Kaala was given some hay to munch.

Kaala’s first sighting of a chicken was interesting, too.  She has so much to learn in her new home, but she’s in paradise, and she will have a fantastic life of making wool.

Kaala lying down web sizeYesterday, I got up at 7 and went out of weed the garden and wash fleeces.  The garden is a 19 X 30  and is cut into 6 8X8 sections with a 3 foot walkway separating them.  At the first of June, I planted 6 different types of sunflowers, Coreopsis Tinctoria, Coreopsis Mardi Gra, a couple different types of marigolds, peppermint, and purple cone flower.  Then the rains came and the crabgrass tried to take over.  A couple of weekends ago I weeded two sections (the coreopsis and one of the marigolds) and yesterday, I reweeded the coreopsis (only a few weeds had worked their back in there) and the peppermint bed.

I am really disappointed in the peppermint.  Out of 5,000 seeds, only about a dozen germinated.  So, I might see if I can get some catmint plants and plant them in that bed.

Speaking of catmint, I  bought some new catnip at the pet store.  Well, it must be strong enough that Dylan can smell it, because this is the first batch ever that he has gone nuts over.  Then, bless his snotty heart, he sneezed his head off for about 5 minutes.  So, I am going to get out the toy mouse with the pouch for catnip in it and fill it with the good stuff for him to play with without sneezing.  And when we give some to Annie, we will shut him up in the bedroom with his mouse while she can have fun, then vacuum the rug so Dylan doesn’t have another sneezing fit from it.

While weeding, I also was re-cold soaking Marley’s latest fleece (natural colored Horned Dorset) and a fleece from a Corriedale named Felvet – they had been cold soaking for about a week, and needed to be taken out for hot washing.  Once they were done, I started the cold soak of two white Corriedale fleeces, Cloudy and Hannah.

At about noon, I came in, took a shower and rested a bit before taking my podcasting equipment and projects back outside for the recording session you see above.  It was 80 degrees at 1:30 and there was just the very gentle breeze – Perfect!!!

Once that was done and edited, Scott and I went to Red Robin for supper (I got the Avo-Cobb-O salad (550 calories)), then we went to Noblesville.  I bought a new stainless steel saucepan from Meijer ($34.99!!! Yikes!) while Scott went to Barnes & Noble for his Imagine FX magazine.  He also “rescued” a little, stuffed dragon.

When we got home, I went back to washing fleece, but this time hot washing.  I started hot washing 2/3 of Marley’s fleece.  I’ll finish it tonight, then begin hot washing the last third of Marley’s and 1/3 of Felvet.

Scott started his new position at Menard’s this morning, which means he now starts work at 5:30 every morning and gets off work at 2:00.  No evenings and NO WEEKENDS!!!!  We are so beyond thrilled.  It’s going to be an adjustment to get his circadian rhythms realigned, but it will be worth it.  He can have a regular writing and art schedule, and we can do things and work on the house every weekend – well, those that I’m home.  I still have my own schedule to contend with, but it will be so lovely having him him more when we can be together.

I think that catches you up with what is going on.  Goodness, it feels good to be typing out my thoughts and events once again.