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Tuesday, November 27, 2012


It must be tattooed on my forehead.

Today I received a phone call at work.

"Sherry, remember me?  My name is Mary and you rescued an Eagle at our house two years ago."

"Yes, of course Mary I remember you.  How are you?"

"Well, not so good.  We found our neighbor dead in his house the other day.  He had five ducks that we don't know what to do with that were his dear pets...he raised them as ducklings in his house."

"Ummm...are they Mallards?"  (She called me at work so I thought MAYBE this was work related)

"No, they are white ducks".


"Let me call Will...."

Three Pekins and two Indian Runner Ducks.  Males? Females? They make softly quacking noises and some have curly tails.  We'll figure this out as we go I guess....

(the "internet" says vent sexing is only for experts, and I have to admit that most of the wild ducks I have vent sexed were maybe I'm not really an expert?! I think I'm too old for an identity crisis.)

Their wooden house is on blocks and filled with clean straw in the chicken yard.  We put up a box shelter behind their house blocking the north wind.  They have cracked corn and a three gallon pan of water and are probably wondering where Bob is. 
 I hope we can live up to their expectations, because I think Bob treated them like royalty.

(the kids are thrilled!)

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Very Barry Cherry Matchless

I received the following exciting email this weekend:

"Our vintage, matchless founder is soon to have a significant birthday. To celebrate, we’re offering a special-edition cherry Matchless double-treadle spinning wheel. The production folks are working on a not-yet-revealed special treatment/mark/bauble that’s sure to be unique and fun! We’ll let you know when we know!

If demand is anything like the last run, which sold out in days, it is best not to delay!

We’ll ship in batches beginning April 10, 2013, Barry’s birthday."

Price: Matchless Double Treadle Spinning Wheel, cherry $1450 (free shipping).

I've ordered one cheery cherry Matchless for the shop, so let me know if you are interested. I also have a price list for cherry accessories! They are worth the wait.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Eye've Got My Eye on Ewe

Soleil's extra large alpaca eye....feed me, she says, and I will be your friend....

Alpacas and Llamas are not partial to pumpkins.

 "What in the name of all things wooly are they thinking!"

"Don't they know that pumpkin seeds are nutritious and may have anthelminic properties?"
(please remember that sheep are not particularly good at spelling)

"nom nom nom nom...."
Shhh...Zanzibar is concentrating. (She is B.o.B.'s fourth girl)

"Where are the alpaca bits???"

"Maaaa....goat over it already!"

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Catching Up with October

October 7th- Big D turns EIGHT.

There was a party.  With lots of noise, boys, and face making.  Yikes.

October 26
 Halloween Dance for grades 5-7; the Lila Wren attended in this costume.

The Mandarin style long jacket was mine in my early 20's.  
I'm amazed at how much of my clothing from that era fits her.
She is also wearing my shoes!  Size 9 1/2....poor girl!

October 27- National Hug A Sheep Day

Fancy obliged me as usual.

Samhain 2012
I can't help but think of Terry Pratchett when I see Sam in this.  

Zombie's won by sheer numbers at the Curtis Ladies Aid Halloween Party.  At least one third of all the kids were dressed up as zombies.  I had that Cranberries song "Zombies" running through my skull all evening.

The Coquettish Cat.
I made that black skirt from 5 yards of black cotton when I was 18.

"Cats" is one of Lila's favorite movies.  I think her costume was thus inspired.

You may have noticed the photo rich post?
Yes, we have given up and joined the ranks of those enlightened by satellite internet service. 
 It will be years before, if ever, we are given the opportunity for any other form of high speed internet.  
 You can hear the sound of the wallet being sucked dry...
 However, all the wireless devices in the house now work much to the joy of all the 
wee ones and the phone line is forever available!  Call us!