Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sheepcicles

Here he is, Himself...standing outside in the 15 F weather this morning! What a test for the Shetland breed! As you can tell, we had some snow and very cold temperatures around here lately. I, myself, wore three layers of clothing to go out and feed this morning, but then, I don't have a thick wool coat either. :) (Well, I DO have a wool coat, but it's long and formal and hanging in the closet)
And here is Amanda looking at me with pleading eyes saying, "Hey, it wasn't like this in Washington State! What's the Deal? I thought Arizona was warmer than this!" I hate to tell poor Amanda but tonight will see dangerous wind chills below 0 F, so they may have to spend the night in the barn - whether Skittles likes it or not.

I've had a couple of people ask me about why I have the sheep and what I plan on doing with them. Well, as a spinner and weaver, most of what these sheep produce will end up on my wheels and loom. I plan on making Ralph a throw from his buddy, Colin's, fleece. And I can see a few other things for the family in the works. (Must keep the knitters in NZ happy! Ha, ha!) And I have a waiting list for fleece and lambs this next year. Of course, this all brings to mind about not counting chickens (or sheep) 'til they hatch.
The sheep are also great physical therapy for me. I have to get up and out to feed and care for them. But they are also small enough for me to handle. This makes some of my doctors happy I'm sure...I am not sitting stewing over aches and pains but actually moving around. That being said, I still count on my feed store to deliver and stack the feed and hay for me as that is just too much for these bones to handle. :) All in all, there are many advantages to having these critters around. The down side is that we have to find people to feed and water them if we wish to travel. I still think we come out ahead. :)

I also have to confess of a very supporting husband in all of this. Spouses that help us with our dreams are often overlooked in the scheme of things. I really appreciate all the help I get from mine.
And sometimes, dreams are more fun and fullfilled when shared. Even when they're shared with someone who might not understand them, but supports them anyway.

5 comments:

Tina T-P said...

Your kids don't look too much happier than ours - the wind has FINALLY died down here so they are out poking around this morning - I'm off from work for another day(I'm about ready to reorganize my sock drawer!) However, they are bringing time cards out so I can do payroll - what little there is to do - only 7 days - 6 for some - we have one guy who is working in Alaska right now up at Ft. Wainwright - I told one of my co-workers that this storm is "Stan's revenge" LOL - Have a good day & stay warm!!! T.

Tina T-P said...

P.S. - I really loved your reasons why you have sheep and how it has had a positive effect on your lives. :-) Dreams do come true, don't they! XOX T.

P.P.S. - It's SNOWING again! AACK!!!

sheperdchik said...

I love your comment about the spouse! I have one of those too. I don't know what I'd do if it wasn't for him. My poor city boy husband has learned to build fence, bale hay, etc. I better tell him how much I appreciate it!

Kathy L. said...

I don't think I could do it without my DH's support to let me be me and follow my dreams - however weird they seem to him. Many times he has graciously come along for the ride. I can only hope he's gotten something out of it too.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I'm sitting here in San Antonio counting on our chore person to take good care of all our critters right now. Gone are the days when we had neighbors we could trade chores duties with; now we have to pay someone. Fortunately, she's a client of Rick's and is happy to trade out on her bill!