Wednesday, January 16, 2013

These days

I've written before about how this time in January is a time of transition - a quiet time, really.  The daily chores are pretty much the same every day and right now it takes hours to complete them. Mornings, I'm feeding hay to the sheep, llamas and alpacas, feeding mash and corn to the chickens and peafowl.  A little grain and more hay to the sheep in the evenings, hay and alpaca pellets to the fiber boys, hay and pellets to Pippi and Strawberry.  They are all ravenous, twice a day.  They would have you believe they are actually starving.  I think they are sometimes bored.  Mr. Bates has taken to heading straight for the alpaca's mineral feeder when I let him out in the mornings.  If I don't get there first, he bashes it until it falls to the ground....just because he can.  (If only I could teach him to use Pinterest!)  Soon though, the grass will start greening (hard to believe, looking at it now) and lambs will start being born and there will be plenty to distract us all.

(Needle size US 35, anyone?)
I am never bored.  Seriously.  Never, ever bored.  There is so much I want to do (let's not mention all those chores I must and need to do) and not nearly enough time to do it all.  I have UFO's (unfinished objects) aplenty and even more I'd like to cast on right now, but I'm sticking to my resolve to work on the backlog of knitting and hope to have a few new/old finished knits to show soon.

And, then there is my full-time job as personal servant to Carson.....who comes to the back door of the studio more times than I can count every day.  He walks in, as though he owns the place, nibbles a few morsels of food, sometimes pauses for a little lie-down and then saunters to the front door and requests the door-person to let him out.

(I suppose I can be grateful that the sheep are not able to follow Carson's lead!)

*And speaking of my Mr. Bates, I'm sorry but I'm a little worried.  I hope I don't regret naming my favorite ram lamb after this Mr. Bates!


  1. I feel the same way; never bored, too much I want to do, not enough lifetimes to do it all! The only exception is if I find myself in some necessary meeting without a spindle or knitting project in hand; then I get antsy about the "unproductive" time.

  2. May I ask where you bought your 35s? Mama is looking for some 35 circulars. :) Your picture of the sky is so pretty. :)

  3. Michelle-The knitting goes everywhere....never leave home without it!

  4. Hannah-I think I might be mistaken on the needle size. They are most likely 36's. Here's where you can find them on Amazon (and they have lots of other brands, too).

    I'm anxious to hear if you are having lambs this spring!

  5. I feel better this week about Bates but I was sorely worried last week.

  6. LOL. This whole post cracks me up. I completely relate to it. Haha, you know, I wonder what you could make if you sheared Carson. But I could never do that, he is too pretty.

    P.S. I love kitties.