|Agility is an every day thing around here!|
I last posted just before Thanksgiving which ended up being an "interesting" day. First, we left home an hour and 15 minutes late for our 3 1/2 hour drive to Mom's because there was a deer caught in our pasture fence and she could not be saved. Her legs were horribly mangled. I will not post the photos Sam took, they are very disturbing and he took them only in case he needed to prove to the game warden that the deer was beyond saving. Sam put her down as humanely as possible and got permission from the Sheriff's department to keep the meat. After all that was taken care of, we got on the road with two vehicles because we planned to drop my truck at the Fieldhouse in Zanesville on the way through. This way Sam and Rowdy could leave Grover and me there for an agility trial on the way home Saturday. Long story short, the truck got a flat tire only 15 minutes into our trip and while we had no trouble getting the truck jacked up and the lug nuts off, the tire itself would not break free from the hub until we finally flagged down a guy passing in a truck who had the proper tool, a 12 pound sledge. We arrived at Mom's 3 hours later than our planned time. But we didn't miss dinner (which is good because I had the pies!). The rest of our visit was good, no sick dog this year. And as an aside, the truck now has all new tires. I am just glad the flat did not occur on my way home from agility class at night in the middle of nowhere.
Grover and I missed part of Saturday's trial, but we got there in time to do our jumper's run and a premier jumper's run. No Q's Saturday, but we got our 13th QQ on Sunday! Our next trial is New Year's weekend, Saturday and Sunday.
|Apache age 27|
That's really the most exciting news. I have to say I have felt like a kid at Christmas thinking about getting this pony. Dec 29 will mark 5 years since I lost Apache and lately I had really been missing just having a horse around. I wasn't looking for an equine friend, but now I think one has found me. It seems right and I hope things work out for her to stay here a long time.
Rowdy is here with me at work today. He has an appointment with the alternative vet today for acupuncture. He has good days and bad days. He is doing well on his diet of homemade food. Gun season for deer was last week and Sam collected unwanted shoulders as well as hearts and livers from all the guys who hunt in our area. I think he has close to 200# of meat to grind for me to use in dog food. He said the guys were giving him a hard time about it and offered to take up a collection to buy him some dog food. Believe me, the meat they do not want is way better than dogfood they could buy at the store. Sam grew up butchering meat in his family's business and he is very good at what he does.
Saturday was our local Christmas Festival and I attended along with my good friend, Tari. It was moved to a new venue this year instead of being at the courthouse, as in past years. Sales were not as good as in previous years, in my opinion. However, Tari and I reserved an extra space and we took our spinning wheels and I am glad we did. We had ample time to spin and I forgot how many people have not seen handspinning. It always draws attention from children and adults (mostly men who are fascinated by the mechanics of it). I managed to finish spinning about 4 oz of Rowdy's undercoat, pictured above. I'm not yet sure what I will do with it. I can ply it on itself for a 2-ply, or I can ply it with some nice alpaca or maybe silk. Or hope to collect more undercoat in the spring and spin some more. Whatever I decide, I now have some yarn spun with which I will eventually make something that I can treasure forever as part of Rowdy.
I have fun projects on both my looms. On my big loom I have this sampler of the Norwegian weave structure, Krokbragd. Don't ask me how to say that. But it is a fun weave structure, great for rugs, and I think it would make an awesome saddle blanket, so I may give that a try (especially now that I have a pony!). This is woven using some heavy alpaca yarn I bought several years ago that was too heavy for scarves and too light for rugs. It would be about perfect for saddle blankets, but I don't have enough and I don't think I can get it anymore. But it is nice to use it up.
On my small loom in the home studio, I am working on overshot scarves, using tencel warp and hand-dyed wool weft. I am using some yarn I dyed years ago in a dyeing class I took and I have never known what to do with it. I will make a second scarf on this warp when I finish this one (I have 8" to go) using a wool/silk blend I dyed in a tonal teal color, again a couple years ago. I am pleased to be using up some yarns that have been languishing in my stash. It makes me feel less guilty about appropriating new yarns for new projects, which I may have been thinking about lately.
Sometimes, driving home from work this time of year, I actually get to see a sunset before I descend into the hollow. I had to pull over and photograph this one a couple weeks ago. By the time I got to a good spot to pull over, the colors were not quite as spectacular as they had been, but still wonderful. Especially if you can see the tiny little crescent moon up in the left hand corner.