Thursday, November 14, 2013
We've had a long, warmish autumn here in the Bluegrass. Weirdly so. After a summer of rain just when we seemed to need it, things turned a little dry as summer drew to a close. Consequently, we didn't have a lot of color and what we had seemed to be mostly yellow and gold. Then came some dramatic wind storms, with broken branches and leaves stripped from the trees before they even turned and the boat cover ripped to shreds!. A few days ago it was in the low 60's and when we awoke the next morning there was a magical dusting of snow!
Our visiting lover boy (the Wensleydale ram) is keeping me guessing as to whether he's doing the job or not. The only ewe I've actually seen him breed is Gabby. Gabby is what you'd call an "easy keeper" (translates to extra good eater and needs to lose some weight!), so I'm not sure if she'll even get pregnant. I'm hoping he's doing all his romancing during the night-time. The ewes cycle every 17 days and we are approaching the end of a complete cycle, at which time the ram will go home to begin the breeding program at Seldom Scene Farm. I suppose our Rowdy boy will have a chance to prove himself with the ladies after that.
This time right before the holidays has seemed strangely rushed and stressful for me. You know that feeling of being way, way behind before you ever get started? Well, that's been me lately. I've been a bit under the weather with (what I think is) a virus and plagued by poor sleep issues. After a few visits to the doctor and while awaiting some tests results, I've decided to just get on with it. Too much to do to spend time moping around.
Though I have plenty of knitting going on, it mostly cannot be shown now. What can be shown is knitting that should not be going on, but because I am weak and highly suggestible, I will show you my Lady Marple. Not long ago, Amanda mentioned on her blog that she had begun knitting a Lady Marple .... and included the Ravelry link, which I, of course, went to straightway. In turn, that sent me to the stash where there was just enough (I hope!) hand-dyed (by me), circa 2011 Sheep Dreams yarn in my very favorite semi-solid barn red colorway. I am really enjoying this knitting. I'm in a groove now with the simple lace pattern and can knit anywhere and anytime without having to think, which is sometimes just what I need.
And, because my life is nothing, if not color-coordinated, this is what I'm reading these days. I heard Ann Patchett interviewed on Tom Ashbrook's program (On Point) on NPR not long ago and was intrigued by her latest book, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. It's a collection of non-fiction essays and it's so, so good. I can highly recommend it.