Wow, we had a wonderful time yesterday. We had a group of 21 students, 11 adults and 3 babies visit
the farm for a Field Day from their Home School Group. First, James introduced the alpacas: Cocoa and Domino, the boys. Then they met the girls: Cleo, Nora, Honey Bee and baby Sable. There were pictures taken and plenty of smiles and questions.
Next, I (Nana) presented the hoof to hat program. Relating how the alpaca's fiber is turned into a wearable or usable item.
Then they felted fiber as a take with them project.
After the programs were over, James took the kids on a hay ride while the adults got lunch on the table. Then we all sat down and enjoyed a meal together. What a fun time, we hope everyone had as much fun as we did.
Wow, we have started out this month in the fast lane. James and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary at Bob's Steak & Chop House in Fort Worth. I can highly recommend the steaks, if you want to blow your monthly food budget. Well, we did blow the budget. But, it was worth every bite.
Next we had the Lewisville Winter Market, which was Saturday and Sunday. The best part was connecting with my friend and Real Estate Staging Partner, Cheryl Jordan. Cheryl is a Realtor in Denton County, if you need to buy or sell give her a call.
After that we participated in the Christmas in Cleburne Market. We met a lot of people and we able to share our love of alpacas with them all. Also, we did make a few sales of our favorite products.
Our youngest great granddaughter celebrated her 5th birthday, and her Mom will celebrate her 25th birthday this month.
In addition to the alpaca business and birthdays we've been involved with church functions. We are participating in our Thanksgiving meal at the church by bringing dressing for the turkey on the 22nd. The Thanksgiving meal is my second favorite activity of the year (our Candlelight Service is first).
We are beginning to plan our families meal, we have the ham!! Now, I'm trying to decide small turkey or chicken? Next, we need to decide on sides. We will definitely have sweet potatoes (I planted one little rotting potato and I harvested almost 14 pounds!!!), candied, casserole, pie....
Hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving enjoying food, friends and family.
Our Store will be in Lewisville on November 7th and 8th. There is a Holiday Market in the Lakeland Shopping Center and we will have a booth. How convenient is that for you to purchase your Christmas Gifts early or get something just because?
Looking forward to seeing people I have lost contact with. Stop by our booth and say hello.
Today Brother Adam's message was from Philippians;
Rejoice in the Lord, again I say Rejoice. Isn't that what we should do all day long. Let's let our lights shine to show others how full of joy we are, and don't keep it to yourself; share it with someone ...today.
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Vacations are what working people look forward to, a time of relaxation and ease. What do retirees call it? I call it a trip or touring, these are action words that certainly describe what we do when we take a trip.
Our trip started in sunny San Diego, we saw so many beautiful flowers and trees and the climate, aaah just right. Next, we saw the Mission Capistrano where the swallows return each Spring, Then, on to Hollywood. Where we saw and did so many things it boggles our minds. Then on up the Big Sur highway to San Francisco. The coast was beautiful the water was aquamarine, looked so clear and clean. Short and sweet that is how I like them.
However, back home Ollie had stomach issues that required a trip to the vet. Thanks to my granddaughter, Melania she took care of him and our trip was uninterrupted. Melaina was very resourceful; never having pulled the alpaca trailer, asked a friend to help hook up the trailer, another friend (quasi) to ride with her to Granbury. She handled the issues and took care of Ollie so good, I'm so proud of her. Ollie was treated and back to normal by the time we were home. James and I thank God for a wonderful granddaughter who is willing to step out of the box for us!!!
We are back in the groove, notice I didn't say rut, and life is good. God is good all the time; all the time God is good. One of the last things I want to say about our trip is that God blessed us throughout our trip. We did not have any encounters with rude people, everyone was very nice. In our driving we only had one problem, a semi wanted our place, God took care of us there too. Our accommodations were fantastic, all booked on line. If you book online you know you never know where it will actually be located or how it will look. Our hotel in SF upgraded us to a SUITE and had the most amazing breakfast offering. The morning of our Alcatraz tour the serving lady put the food out early just for us, all we asked for was a roll. She put everything out as quickly as she could so that we could eat before we left. (Larkspur Landing) At the Alcatraz tour, the person taking tickets and keeping everyone in line, moved us to a VIP area with seats and we were first on board the ship. We felt God's presence throughout the trip, everything worked out so good.
God promises to be with us. If we never step out in faith, how do we know He is with us and will provide for us? At one of the first Women of Faith conferences I attended I heard this saying, "if God brings you to something, He will see you through it". Today consider how to exercise your faith in His provisions for you.
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Leaves falling are a sure fire way to know fall is here or will be here soon. Now is the time to get your property ready for winter. I'm sure that is why God made fall, so we would have time to prepare the earth and plants for the cold weather. Here at our farm, we use a lot of mulch for the plants and beds. Also, we cut the plants back. Boy, is that hard to do when they are still green. Be careful with that cutting back thing. If you do it too early, the plant will spring to life and the cold will kill the new growth. We temper the cutting with the anticipated weather. Right now we are cleaning up leaves, dead limbs, moving some of the plants around, planting bulbs and always creating compost with the Alpaca Beans and Oak leaves.
That big vacuum we bought and hooked up to the John Deere riding mower is a great thing for cleaning up the pastures. Really makes them look nice and gets all the debris and leaves so they don't end up in the Alpaca Fleece. However, there is a little snag this year. The John Deere has a minor problem, which James is working on today. He's also consulted most of his friends and acquaintances about. James doesn't have much patience when it comes to anything mechanical.
I've learned the easy work is to be driving the mechanical things; otherwise you are using a hand tool. So, I can drive all the mechanical devices and use the power tools. It is a lot easier to use a chain saw to cut a tree than to whack at it with a hand saw. Another thing I have learned is men are the only ones who can start those power tools. I have no pride, I ask James to start it up, then off I go. A word of CAUTION; use ear and eye protection as well as know how to safely operate any and all motor driven tools and wheeled devices. Go to the store and purchase good eye protection and good hearing protection. I also use a good quality glove and boots. I work smart and I work safe. Know the risks of using the tool, then become educated in safe operations. Even using a sharp hoe requires a conscious effort not to chop your foot. I still don't run with sharp scissors or chain saw, etc... you get it!!!
Last night was the blood moon, I hope you all saw it. Neat to watch a lunar eclipse. A cool night, the alpacas were frisky because the weather is cooling down. The Cria (Chappy, Abe and precious Honey B) were all playful and jumping off the barn ramp, they are soooo funny. Even the older girls were hopping around. WOW, you go girl....
Alpacas are very entertaining, everyday brings a new laugh about something. Cocoa, our first baby (I know Cria) is venturing out food wise. Every day I pass through the barn on the way to feed the chickens or to the compost bin. Now, Cocoa has to inspect and select the best morsels before I can get by him. He is sooo funny, who would have thought he would want vegetables!!! And, he is now sampling fruits. Yes, he likes them too. So far he is the only one who is venturing outside the haybox.
Gotta go do some work. Now, get up and go do something you enjoy (or not) for exercise.