|Get rid of us?????? What???|
When I left off last month I was working on taxes and just about ready to be rid of the boys! They certainly haven't been what I expected, but they are my boys and I have learned to love them. For those of you who follow my Bev Ann's Mixed Bag Blog you know that I have had some tough times with them in the last month. More and more God shows me through these three guys what it's like to have trust and then have it gone in a flash and tried my patience more than I could ever have imagined, but in the grand scheme of life, it's been one big laugh! What I've learned is that I
take way too many things way too seriously. They are alpacas and they are going to stay alpacas and I'm finally OK with that.LOL One day it's love and the next maybe not so much, but we're working on it!
If Bill heard me say that he would laugh, because he knows that too can change in a flash!
The week before shearing I was working with the boys twice a day - they would come into the catch pen, I would put on their halter and lead and we would walk in circles. Lefty and Sammy actually let me pet them a little! Pancho simply thought of ways he could dig in his heels and not walk. He would finally walk as long as I held the food bowl out, but not because he wanted to. He is a stubborn little guy. As shearing day grew closer the goal was to keep them as dry and clean as possible. That's when Pancho discovered the berry brambles along the back fence. He rubbed himself in them and drug long sticks all over the field! Yes, that makes for a great fleece! I cleaned off the fence and he still found limbs who knows where, but he found them. And then on the Saturday before shearing on Tuesday the rains came. They have a nice area to stay dry and where was Pancho? He was lying in the yard in a huge puddle with water rolling past him. All three got wet, but nothing like Pancho! So on Sunday Bill and I came up with a temporary fence across the concrete part of the back overhang! We can now let them go up there and stay dry and clean limiting them to their stall and the new area! It worked as the storms on Sunday afternoon came and went and the boys were dry! So on Tuesday morning they were dry, they were somewhat clean except Sammy who had eaten something that just didn't agree with his stomach! Yes, Bill held him and, well, let's back up to Monday night!
|Pancho all wet with brambles!|
|Lefty with his wet head!|
|Cushed down in trailer|
Once, home they headed out into the pasture and we sighed a breath of relief. "Our" first shearing was over! Notice the "our", this was much harder on me and Bill than the boys! hahaha We put away the halters and leads and looked out in the pasture to see Pancho lying on his side! Out flat! We had never seen this and panic set in. I ran out and he jumped up and began to graze. I relaxed and looked over to see him flat on his side! More panic and a call to Laurence, but before we heard back Pancho was up and grazing. We learned they like to sun themselves following shearing! Oh, I will be so glad when we've had them long enough to not panic when we see them simply lie down, or some other silly thing they might do that sends us into a tizzy!
|The body/blanket fiber!|
|Top small bags are the legs and neck fiber|
The next big adventure will be my trip to Oregon for training! Just a month from now, so if we all can survive that long maybe our lives will improve! Fingers crossed!