That’s the game we play frequently. Tesser is the master of disguising herself, making it sometimes difficult to locate her. When we have conveniently-placed sheets full of fiber on the warm floor, no matter where we place them, she finds them and makes a little indentation on top of one and snuggles in. You can walk past her a hundred times, but if she wants to do her own thing, she is well hidden!
Last Thursday we had a snowday from school, which was lucky as I woke up feeling miserable with a cold. So Tesser and I did a little bit of snuggling together. Whenever I took out the green fleece blanket and put it over my lap, she found me. It’s her favorite :*)
Maybe that’s what we have to do when we can’t find her!
We finally are having some weather that looks a lot more like the season. Snow, and plenty of it, is still falling. They are promising freezing rain, sleet and ice for tonight. I hope the powers-that-be at least call a delayed opening for tomorrow… I don’t want another trip to work like the last ice “event” (terrifying doesn’t even begin to describe it).
All in all it’s been a very lovely day. John baked up some loaves of semolina bread, I did some reading, got a short nap and movie screening in, and just generally had a relaxing few hours. Tesser and I had a chance to spend some quality time together, and now I am contemplating dinner. Hmmm. It’s almost too much for this relaxed brain to consider!
Phew. My husband called me at work yesterday morning to say that Kate had finally (!) had her lambs about 9 a.m. A white ewe and a black ram. They were a little overdue, but they both look great and are doing well. I am a little surprised at the white lamb as Kate is a blue ewe and Lucky comes from two black parents; Kate’s father was a blue and her mother also. But white genetics are very strong in sheep and I guess you never know when they are going to defy the odds and pop out :*)
Snowday again today, wet heavy snow out there. I have not been anxious to lengthen the school year with more days off, but I have to say that I was looking forward to taking it easy for the day. We have one doe that has not even come close to looking like she is going to kid anytime soon, so while we will be watching her closely, it’s not as extreme a situation as watching for multiple ewes and does to go into labor.
With the bad weather today most of the babies spent the day inside the greenhouse. It was a hopping place!
Another storm. Another snowday. More photos that don’t look any different from the last ones I posted. The sun is shining this morning and everything looks clean and white. Such a surprise! I can’t complain, however. We had a good day yesterday. It gave me one more day to recuperate from the stomach flu.
John did some bread baking, Sawyer began his career with blocks, watched some movies and did some reading. (Yes, we did have a little bit of a Thomas the Tank Engine marathon!). I got the better part of a baby cap knit up as well. All in all, a pretty relaxing day until the storm wound down and John went out to get the tractor started so that he could get us dug out. Thank goodness it isn’t as windy today!
(Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., and Zoe Francois, 2007).
What a week! Not sure how it’s going to end yet, but it began with some crazy weather, hit us again with crazy weather (early release from school on Tuesday), and it looks like tomorrow we will be getting some more snow. Added to that, I have been down with the stomach flu (yuck!) for the past few days. A week not to remember, for sure. But as usual, the recent snow of yesterday has left the immediate surroundings as gorgeous as ever. Since the temperatures are staying low, I hope that the snow on top will remain light and fluffy. And I can’t believe that the sheep and goats still have not cut a path to their favorite playground, the giant boulder at the top end of the paddock!
In the meantime, over the weekend I finished spinning up the dark grey/brown roving that was the result of some Coopworth and Border Leicester cross lamb fleeces from a few years ago.
There wasn’t that much of it left, so I decided to spin it medium weight on my Majacraft Rose, and then on Monday I plied it up on the old stand-by Louet S10. I had gotten two over-full bobbins of the singles, and when I plied it I could not get it all onto one Louet bobbin. That’s always my goal, so I put it all together into one giant skein when I wound it onto the niddy-noddy. It is quite the heavy skein! I washed it and it is drying now. I hope the plies plump up a little. I am never quite as pleased with my 2-ply as with my singles. I don’t usually put enough twist into the 2-ply. But as I spun the singles with not much twist, this looks like a fairly balanced yarn. Now that it’s almost dry, it looks pretty nice! Now to decide what to knit :*)
This one wasn’t a surprise, but even so, yesterday at work we were wondering aloud at lunch what the result would be. I don’t know why snow days are so special, but they are! It’s found time, when you really can’t go gadding about. Staying home is enjoyable. So today we are playing with Thomas the Tank Engine trains, watching Thomas on video, making soup, knitting and spinning. (And before anyone says anything, we have only become experts on Thomas since our grandson decided it was the best thing since sliced bread! And dad is out plowing…). He has been really getting into character this morning, draping himself with a pretend cape and hat. Super Sawyer!
We did get 3 or 4 inches of snow on Wednesday. I got to work (my farthest school, 26 miles), began to enjoy the staff holiday breakfast, just to get the word that we were going home. It was an adventure, but not too bad. The snow really began to add up late in the day, and the next morning it looked beautiful. It’s still on the ground, so we will have a white Christmas morning tomorrow. As long as we aren’t buried under many feet of snow over the weekend, maybe we can do some sledding in the driveway!
Coopworth Fiber, LaMancha Dairy Goats and Cheese on the Coast of Maine!