Tuesday, January 29, 2008
L and i will have been married 40 YEARS on Saturday... i just can't believe we have together that long..I went out and bought him a new wedding band today... wore out the original, lost the 2nd when he was in hospital for his heart surgery... I am on my second one.. it was this type of year when we got married, snowed that day... had our reception in the "Rose Garth" in New Westminster... what a beautiful house... does anyone know if it is still there.. I remember Mom and Dad complaining about the cost... about $1500.00 for about 100 guests and my wedding dress cost $80, and was the one and only one i tried on... it was a size 9, if ya can imagine... my skinny days... Larry was driving a transport truck at the time, so we took it on our Honeymoon and went to LA, and spent a day in Disneyland... we had a mixed load of fruit and veggies, and when we got back to Canada, the border guards couldn't find one box of spinach, so we had to unload the whole truck, just him and i.... what a pain that was.. Oldest son and his wife are taking us out for supper on Friday, that will be the only celebration for us... just another day..bundle up nice and warm and will talk to ya soon............ hugs
Sunday, January 27, 2008
This is 'EASY', our very old llama...we got him about 15 years ago I guess... he was about 2 or 3 years old... he was young enough that he was still growing, he had a halter on, and it had grown into his nose, poor boy, so we doctored him up with 'icing sugar and Vaseline', an old timer cure-all...and it worked good... he is a real sweet heart, he loves people, loves to smell their hair, and gets right in their faces..He is too funny, he teases the dogs... runs up and down the fence with his head over the fence..just to watch them run...He chased a bear out of the sheep pen one year, that took them all a long time to get over it...they are funny creatures...they have to poop in a building.... him and the alpacas... his fleece isn't any good, so i just chuck it away...we shear him our selfs, as he is a bit of a goof, and the last thing we would need is for him to hurt the shearer, and the shearer not be able to work....he doesn't spit much although most people are afraid that they will get spit at...they only spit when they are really mad..first time we sheared him, he spit, but he spit over my head... he has been easy to look after and is fun to watch, think i will walk the pooches this afternoon the sun is shinning... and i need my vitamin D.... hugs
Friday, January 25, 2008
..and then the kids who are working for us, have gone on to better jobs, so we don't have anyone after the end of January.. and Larry won't be able to do anything for at least 2 months... and there are all the bills to pay...yuck... oh well, things can't be much worse..I bought 10 bucks of 649 tickets today... maybe, just maybe...
the Jimmy was towed into a friends shop, and after he fixed it, he very kindly washed for me... and guess what?? all the doors froze..except the driver's door, so his Lordship had to crawl over the driver's seat....the heat from the truck finally thawed them out... It was -19.5 this morning, that is -3.5 F...guess i am getting old, we used to take the kids out sledding at -25 F.. feed cows at -50F, calved cows out at -35F, guess we are getting spoilt..and old...
i have had enough of winter... i need spring and summer... the only thing that would make this the worse January in history would be if i started lambing...oh my god...I don't have enough pens to keep the ram away from the girls..oh well... the way my life is going this month, i won't be surprised..-10.7 right now...
I think i will call my agility instructor and cancel out on my classes tomorrow... Dixie would be fine, as she lives outside, but it would be tough on Jesse, as she only goes outside to do her business... and she has no winter coat...and it is just too cold for this old girl...
My modem died this morning, i knew it was thinking about dying as i had to unplug it and then plug it back in several times in the last couple of weeks, but this morning it died altogether, so i called Telus at 7 am...and after a few minutes of discussion, we made arrangements for the tech to come out on Monday, L and i went into town, and as we walked in the door, the Tech called and wanted to come out right then... who was i to say no... so he showed up, changed the dead one for a live one and we were away... i just had to call Bev, who waited all the month of December for one... guess i have pull... ya right..
take care... hugs
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Went out for supper at friends place, played Canasta, and did we bet the pants off them..the guys that is... guys are just too funny... they just hate to loose, and sure get grouchy when they do...and then get really silly when they win...
I had bought myself a Woolee winder this fall, i do really like it, i can't believe how much more you get on a bobbin, but when i went to put it on my new 'lazy kate' from Dan George, the bobbins didn't fit..too big, so i whined and got Larry to build me one just a bit bigger..he almost has it finished...he even turned the dowels out of brass..and made the end buttons out of brass...i didn't expect anything so fancy, i just needed plain, but he doesn't like plain..
Finished the yarn up for Karen's 60 th birthday shawl, just have to find the right pattern... will ball up the skeins tonight..
I emailed Vivienne and Bill Hendrickson.... i was wonder how she was feeling, turns out Bill got appendicitis after the fall Retreat, and it turned out to be cancerous too... so they both spent time in Kelowna doing chemo and radiation.. can ya believe it... both of them...if you are interested in reading her email, email me and i will forward it on to you...
Better go... chilli is almost ready, and the homemade bread is almost ready to come out of the oven... homemade chilli and bread... how good does that sound..
Thursday, January 17, 2008
This is a picture of a couple of my Shetlands... I kept all the lambs this year, i got rid of the ram after shearing last spring, as he kept charging me, so i won't have any babies, but should have a bunch of nice fleece.. the black one in the pictures has a lovely fleece, the hardest thing to do is to keep the fleeces clean..
The owl was gone from the barn this morning, or he could have been hiding about the grainery, as it is dark up there...
This is Easy, our llama... he is a real character, he loves people, and people are so afraid he is going to spit..in the 15 or so years we have had him, he has only spit at us a couple of times... the first time we sheared him, he spit at me, but over my head.. and then when we vaccinated his buddy Phil,the GOAT, he is usually okay when we shear him, but when we miss a year, he does spit... last time we sheared him, we had him tied next to a post, and he was mad and green spit was dripping off the roof, doesn't spit at us, just around us...always worth a giggle or two....
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
We had a mini blizzard last nite, lasted about 2 hours and gave us 4 inches of snow.., wind and snow, a real dandy... we got a surprise this morning, our oldest son Joe came out with a loader and plowed the drive way and tidied up the yard...looks good now... thanks for all your kind thoughts about the old dog... you all made me cry... but what are friends for... Better go, oven is dinging... i have to get the "sticky buns" out... two loafs of bread and a pan of sticky buns...with my new mixer..... see ya
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
This is the magenta really bright yarn done in the Flower basket pattern... it looks much better than it the silk one.. you can see the pattern better.. i have also just finished a scarf out of purple silk done in the feather and fan pattern, have to get a picture of it and it is off to it's new home tomorrow.. 50th birthday present...
worn out cleaning house today, didn't get my walk in today, put on a pedometer today about 11 am, and since then i have walked 1500 steps in a mobile, just cleaning house and washing floors... will keep it on to see how many steps i do, doing chores...see ya
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
His story was a good one... our neighbour had hired someone to build a fence between us, and I heard them up the hill with their children, but after they left i heard a puppy crying, I thought that the kids had left their pup behind, but then things went quiet, so i figured they had come back for him... and didn't think anymore about it.. the next morning as i went out to do the chores, i found this little black puppy in the sheep pen... he was about 5 or 6 weeks old... so i brought him in, feed and watered him and put him in a wire kennel by the back steps and headed off to work. I called the boys when they got home from school and told them to check to see if the pup had food and water... all i got from them was "what pup"... they had both walked right by him...I laid the law down and told them that we couldn't keep him and that i would take him into the Vet on Tuesday as it was the May long weekend... I was working at the local Greenhouse down the road,and it was our busiest weekend, so fool that i am i went to work with orders to both boys that the pup was to stay in the kennel and they were not to play with it... Saturday was okay, they did as they were told, but Sunday, the man of the house was home, another big mistake on my part..when i got home for work that day, who is laying on the back step but this cute little black pup... and both boys yelling at me... " Dad said we could keep him as he will be a little dog"... that little dog weighted 70 lbs.. I insisted that i name him as i had gotten gyped out of the dog that i wanted... so i called him GYP...he was a good dog at times, he was the kind that just never grew up..a very athletic dog, always jumping.. I can remember going out to check the sheep in the dark and a set of grinning white dog teeth go flying by my head... he would jump on me all the time, even holding a stick won't stop him from jumping on me... he would jump over any fence on the place, so that made it hard to keep him out of the sheep pen, so we took to throwing pebbles at him..and with my arm, i never hit him, but it was enough to keep him moving.. Neighbour down the road had a couple of sweet little girl dogs, one a border collie and the other a chow chow... so there as more than a few collie/gyp and chow/gyp dogs around Merritt..it was hard feeding the dogs tonite, i wanted to put out food for him... he did live a good life, was an outside dog, a good watch dog, and i think having him around keep all the wild life out of the sheep pen... and he didn't suffer.. rest in peace old boy
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Finished my 'Victoria Rose" shawl... it was just a plain knit with an increase at the beginning of the row, two in the middle and one at the end... i cast off too tightly, and it made the edge curl... but i think i like the effect... i have got it soaking in the sink, so will block it soon, and take a picture of it when it is dry...very plain, but interesting with the yarn.. now i have two scarfs to finish before...before, before i start something new..unless i get bored with the scarfs.. one will be that wonderful 'Chinese red' silk and the other will be silk too, just not sure what colour..the red is a project i started at 'Dream Spin' at Lake Cowichan, i made a deal with one of the spinners, she also bought the silk there, and we challenged each other to have it finished by the next retreat in Feb... and the other is for a friend who just turned 50...she is the kind who will really appreciate it.... think i will go for a walk.... take care.... sheila
Friday, January 4, 2008
Off to agility tomorrow.. I have been walking every day this week, so hopefully it won't be too hard on the old bod...we were suppose to go out to a 50th birthday tomorrow nite, but Larry isn't in to spending a nite on his crutches with people he doesn't know..
The '&*(%' bird chewed on one of my 'Denise' needles and chewed the end off..and of course it was the 40 inches one that i bought extra... so i asked Larry if he could fix it... and he is feeling so guilty with me doing everything that he couldn't say no... which he won't anyway... anyway he fixed it good.. cut the end piece out of the cord and heated the cord and put the end back in...so now my 40 inch is about 36 inches..it will do...
We will have our first guild meeting next week.. funny how you miss the girls.. we only see each other twice a month, but i do look forward to seeing them..and seeing what they have made .. hope everyone is well....... hugs sheila