Yesterday was my "day off" from farm chores.
Wednesdays are my day to run errands, drive to the city to see "Mom",
and just generally accomplish all that I don't have time for on a regular day.
I can do this with complete peace of mind thanks to our neighbors and dear friends,
Jim and Kathy...
I can't tell you how great it is to have neighbors who love our animals as much as we do...
and take care of them exactly how we like!
(Thanks guys....you are so appreciated!)
Yesterday I headed to the city to take my Mom to our favorite yarn shop.
I have started knitting, as it is something that I can do in the evenings
when sitting with Hubbs.
(By now you have probably guessed that I have an innate inability to sit still.)
I thought I would knit washcloths to be given as gifts with homemade soap and lip balm
or lotion made from our beeswax.
This is my first... trimmed with a bit of crochet.
My Mom knit this.... a shoulder cozy.
After returning home, I took the dogs for a walk out to the barn to visit with the animals.
It is nearly impossible for me to go even one day without visiting my dear friends.
I miss them when I don't see them!
For warmth, they constructed a hay nest with walls that are about 18 inches high.
on these bitter cold nights.
I stopped to visit with the horses and donkeys.
How about Ollie's winter coat!
(Oh, and guess who will have to shave that off come Spring!)
The goats also have lush coats this winter.
Here's Smoochie showing off his coat and his smile!
Our fainting goats all develop big underbites as they age...
giving them the appearance of always smiling.
Naturally, Dot gets up close and personal...
a bit of a camera hog.
And then there are Ginger and MaryAnn....
who really, truly smile when they are happy.
And with me snuggling with her...
MaryAnn is truly happy!
Thanks for all of your suggestions about Ole Roy.
I was starting to think that perhaps he did have Mareks disease,
until he made an amazing recovery yesterday.
He was much perkier, and even resorted to chasing the guineas away.
The cold continues, with temperatures in the single digits.
Hopefully this cold spell will soon be over,
so I can stop worrying about the animals!