I escaped! :-)
Yes, I am sorry for not having posted sooner. I have had a really rough week emotionally (some of which I shall not go into) as well as physically. But not to worry...I believe I will have many chances to post now that summer is here and we all take a "Siesta" during the hot part of the day. As I am entering this, I can see in the "Sheep-O-Vision" monitor that all of the ewes and lambs are back in the coolness of the barn after dining al Fresco this morning. The barn stays relatively cool during the day due to the cinderblock/frame construction as well as the fans I have going to keep air circulating and the flys down.
As you can see in the picture of Shadow and the keyboard, you will note this as one of the many obstacles to my actually getting anything done on the computer. It's nice to know that I always have help - even if the helper gets in the way. At this moment Shadow's down in the basement in his basket taking in the morning sun as it comes through the basement window over my workbench.
I have never been able to understand the amount of heat a cat can stand. On a summer day, when it's so hot I can barely breathe, I see cats sleeping in the sun! And I can never fathom why they aren't turning into puddles of cat-plasm or some other sort of gooey mess. If you go to pet them you can hardly stand to touch them they're so hot. But there they lay anyway.
Now that Lauren has received her print I can show you what my cyber-friend Michelle sent me for my birthday! Michelle did this breathtaking rendering she did of an Arabian mare. Bless her heart. She knew how much I had loved my horses and how hard it was to give them up. (After a shoulder surgery back in '98 from an injury, I could no longer even lift a saddle to the horses backs and it really wasn't fair of me to just have them stand around for the rest of their lives, so we found them good homes.)
I will have this framed and find a suitable spot for it on the wall near the cross-stitched Arabian my wonderful daughter, Kelly, did for me. Every time I see it I will remember Michelle. :-)
Part of my not posting has been the coordination, and being stunned, afraid, numbed, etc....of a surgery date being arranged for my having back surgery from my neurosurgeon. Now, I knew this was coming, but I just didn't realize it would be so soon. When I left his office he said something about a problem I was having not being able to be fixed by physical therapy, medications or hanging up-side-down from the chandelier...and while it wasn't an emergency-type surgery (meaning I wasn't any danger of being paralyzed or nerve damage from this) I did need to have this fixed sooner than later. Little did I know that his "sooner-than-later" meant like soon! As in the end of this month! Boy, has that put a crimp in my plans, damn-it. I was hoping to make it to Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon this year. I was so looking forward to driving there and exploring Oregon as a possibility of moving there in a few years. The only good thing I can say is that I should be recovered from it by the time our wonderful family from New Zealand will be arriving for a visit. I am so looking forward to seeing them!
This surgery has really put a damper on my emotional well-being lately. Darn it, darn it, darn it.
Well, at least I'll have my Roberta spinner to keep me company...
and maybe I can actually get caught up with all the fleece I have stashed around the house. That is IF my helpers don't try to "help" me too much....