Greetings …. Wow, another chunk of time has flown by, hasn’t it? I’ve been in my new job for about three weeks now, and although I love it and am learning lots & lots, it has proven something of a challenge to keep up with everything. Between my two jobs, I’m working nearly full-time in total. Then there’s grad school. And the farm, which as you’ll see in a moment, has grown considerably. Best of all, of course, are the kids. Speaking of whom, here they are bedecked in their Halloween weirdness:
After I’d removed Arden’s face makeup, I couldn’t help but be struck by how much he resembled a bygone, silent-film era leading man:
Max was happy to pass out candy for trick or treaters. Oddly enough, though none came, the candy was noticeably diminished:
Ha ha, no, that’s not Max! That’s our baby boar, Fish. He’s an American Guinea hog and will hopefully make lots of beautiful baby piggies next year with Thing One and Thing Two.
In addition to getting into hogs, I have also gotten turkeys this year. I don’t intend to breed, but simply raise them to eat. They aren’t cooperating, however, and are getting a pass on Thanksgiving dinner. There are four Royal Palms and they should be ready for Christmas … I hope! Have any of you heard turkeys “talk”? They make the loveliest sounds (other than the standard gobble-gobble, LOL.)
There are several new bunnies, including what I hope will finally be the right combination of Silver Fox rabbits. I have not had good luck with the breed so far, but hopefully my persistence will pay off. The Silver Fox is a rare American breed that’s well suited for meat and pelts, and they also make great pets. I’ve also gotten into angora rabbits with the intent of using their fiber to blend with sheep’s wool for a non-itchy yarn that’s warm. Here’s Ro with one of our four bachelor bunz (laughingly referred to as the Fab Four by yours truly):
So what sheep wool am I talking about using with the bunny fur? Oh, just these gorgeous Shetlands. There are five lovely ewes and one studly ram. Not all of the ewes are named yet, but here’s Blossom:
Here are the five ladies all together, wondering why I don’t get lost and let them munch their hay:
And here is Hammer, the ram. His name is actually Abraham (as in father of many) but I call him Hammer in memory of my step-brother, Mike, who couldn’t say Abraham when he was little – Abraham Lincoln became Hamma-Hamma Lincoln. Hammer is only about the coolest name ever for a ram, and I love the feeling of connectedness it gives me to Mike. The people we love are never really gone.
Not a stitch has been stitched in many a week, but I did receive my new Sampler and Antique Quarterly in today’s mail and it has me itching to pick up linen and floss. What a fabulous issue!
We’ve had some health issues, large and small, and I’m relieved to say that (knock on wood) everyone is doing as well as possible at the moment. The kids have had the usual childhood nasties that come and go, and sometimes those are shared around a bit; both Dad and Jim had more substantial issues to be explored and hopefully all will be right as rain from here on in; my mom’s health continues to decline at a slow but steady pace, but she refuses to cooperate with physical therapy, take her medications, or otherwise try to reclaim some control of the process. I hope all of you are eating right and exercising regularly and taking good care of yourselves – it doesn’t only affect you, but everyone who loves you!
In addition to textbooks and scholarly articles by the kilogram, I’ve been reading for fun. The kids and I have recently embarked on the Rossamünd Bookchild trilogy and we’re all loving it. I’ve also caught up on a few John Connolly novels that I missed and, in a similar vein, am waiting for Stephen King’s latest novel to come out in paperback so I can justify the purchase price. Niek and I also caught Ender’s Game on the big screen this weekend – the first time I’ve been to a movie that didn’t feature cartoon characters in several years, LOL. (I liked it pretty well, by the way, though of course the book was better.)
I hope this finds everyone well – happy and healthy and enjoying life! Thank you for visiting and sharing a bit of time with me.