Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sailing from Boredom to Monotony and Back Again...

I have to say this "Being Good" part of my recuperation from has been very hard for me. I am not a person who just likes to "not bend" for three months. Try it out sometime. Try going through part of your day without twisting or bending your spine. No lifting, except for maybe a tissue fallen to the floor and when you go to reach for it, don't use any bending of the back. Keep it straight and bend only with your legs as a ballet dancer would. Uff Da! :) I will either have very strong legs or my knees will give out before my next Dr. visit!

I did take a few pictures of the lambs having their ears tagged this past weekend and IF I can find where my DH put them on the computer, I will try to post one or two. That's right, we ARE official and the lambs are up for sale! I will try to get some "nice" pictures (current ones) of everyone.

I walked down to the barn this noon to make sure everyone has fresh water and I wanted to spray fly repellent in the pens in the barn. It's hot today! Even Skit came out from under his lean-to to take the tender leaves from the apple tree I picked for him, then went right back under into the shade as soon as there were no more leaves. He's no fool...the shade is where to be today. Rain has been forecast, but not until later in the day. Until later we all must endure the hot.

At this altitude, the sun can be more brutal than south of us in the Phoenix area. It'll fry you in about five minutes in the summer at 80+ degrees. Locals can tell who isn't from here as most visitors leave with roaring sunburns and puzzled looks as to why they were burned when it wasn't as hot as home. The news people always do the egg-frying-on-the-sidewalk thing here in Arizona in the summer. And I knew exactly what that egg felt like as I came out of the house. There is no breeze. The fans in the barn are going full blast. Everyone is getting ready to "siesta" until the cool of the evening.

At night we start out without covers over us, but by morning we're in the 40s here at Oleo Acres, one of the cheaper spreads. I am always amazed that I have a blanket over me upon waking as I barely remember pulling it up during the night. But it's always there in the morning. :)

I know now that summer has dropped from the favorite season when I was a kid catching fireflies in jars in the Midwest. I'll take a cool Fall or cold Winter day over this anytime...and you're welcome to remind me of that statement next Winter!

7 comments:

Kat said...

Oh my, your weather doesn't sound fun either! It was 104 here, also with no breeze, and I've been SO thankful for air conditioning.

I'm glad to hear that you're still being good during your recovery!! I'll keep sending good thoughts your way.

DH asked me a while back about your DH's roots--I can't remember what you told me about where his branch of the L's came from?

-Kat L (the other one LOL)

shepherdchik said...

Now Kathy, you just keep being good a little longer...it will pay off in the end. I'm anxious for those pics! That reminds me that I haven't ear tagged my crew yet. I hate ear tags, they ruin the whole asthetics of the cute little ovines.

Lauren said...

I miss fireflies. Running around everyone's back yards at night trying to catch them put the fun in summer. I find no fun in summer anymore.

I bought tattoo kits for my lambs but after looking at the brutality that they are, I am seriously thinking about returning them. Maybe I should just stick with my little spinner's flock and call it good. Addtional paperwork and recordkeeping is more than I can handle right now, especially with David gone all the time.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Rick is complaining that we haven't even HAD summer, apparentlly because we haven't sustained 90-plus degree temps for weeks on end. I AM SO THANKFUL! Today is cooler and cloudy, and the weather forecaster says we may actually get rain (I've almost forgotten that clouds can do that - ha!) on Sunday.

Nancy K. said...

I actually figured out WHY summer fell from my good graces. It used to be my very favorite season ~ the hotter the better. But, that was when I was a skinny, little kid and spent the entire day in a swim suit, usually down by the river! No wonder I didn't mind the heat. Now-a-days, you couldn't pay me to put on a swimsuit and air-conditioning is the only thing that makes anything over 75 degrees bearable.

I do like the flowers though...

;-)

Leigh said...

No, I'm with you about summer. I do not like being hot! I feel sorry for your pour sheepies! I can't wait for cooler weather.

shepherdchik said...

Kathy: just so you know....I was here to check for a new post today but I did not find one. I will wait patiently.