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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Expecting

. . . another litter from Lucy.

Come on girl, you're due today. What gives?
She is closed in the barn with the 'barn rats' to stay out of the weather and keep her sense of purpose watching over her charges. But I'm starting to wonder if she is even pregnant. She feels and looks loaded. But maybe I got the confirmed date wrong. Who knows. Only the Man above.

Pretty uneventful day for the most part. J worked online doing some Vet Tech schooling and Stacey is her normal c read more...

Friday, February 27, 2015

Think Spring

Wishful thinking? Exactly !

Don't get me wrong here, I'm not complaining. I hate complainers. Complaining gets you nowhere. No matter what you are complaining about, it won't change a thing. But I'm here to tell you, this winter thing this year bites. Sure we need the moisture, that's a given. And we are blessed in our little vortex to not be getting slammed like millions of others including our friends in the northern and eastern part of the state. But I've had enough already.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Anticipation

Anticipation according to Merriam-Webster is a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen. : the act of preparing for something. We had both this morning at our 'morning meeting of the minds'.

Today as we plan our path of attack, 2 things immediately came to mind that we needed to consider. First off, we are expecting to receive our POS system from Square and second we are expecting some weather in the late afternoon or early evening. With that being said, the girl read more...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Better Days Are Here

Future Vet Tech

Future Vet Tech

Well that didn't take long.

This past Sunday J stated that he was interested in becoming a Vet Tech and had looked at some online schools. "Cool, sounds good". Today, he's enrolled and completed his first lesson. "Even cooler". J enrolled in Penn Foster Colleges' accredited Vet Tech Associates Degree program. Needless to say we are very excited, proud of him and will support him through this next journey he has chosen. It's a perfect fit for what he wants to accomplish in the alpaca read more...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Seen Better Days

Sometimes being a steward of livestock is challenging, to say the least. Today was one of those days. Our Pretty Girl sudden crossed the rainbow bridge with what seemed to be complications giving birth. She went very quickly and we will miss her dearly. One thing I've learned is if you are going to have livestock you have to be prepared to accept short term defeats, know in your heart that it was God's will, and move on.

The weather presented a challenge as well. Sudden snow storm mea read more...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dog Day Morning

First thing this morning J discovered that Pretty Girl had delivered her first pup, a boy. Being a first time mother, she seemed a little confused and put off with the whole thing. First reported to me that the pup was really big. That turned out to not be the case. Just a normal size pup. The odd thing is that as of 6:00 pm she still only had one.

J apparently has come down with the same thing the girls have been battling and is under the weather. Therefore I took over and handled th read more...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Is an Onsite Vet Tech in Our Future?

Why yes, quite possibly it is.

This morning J walked in my office, like he does most mornings and shared with me that he had been investigating going to Vet Tech school online. Obviously I was surprised, yet really happy to hear that. Together we looked at the school he had been investigating and discussed the endless possibilities that a move like that could have on his life.

J is motivated to have a career involving animals and becoming a Vet Tech plays right into his pl read more...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It's Time, or is it?

Sitting here thinking about things and pondering the state of affairs at High Country Alpaca Ranch and all the things going on and how I was going to keep up with it all and on and on and on. So, the light bulb went on and I thought maybe I should start the blog back up.

I used to blog in the old days, but found myself spending a little too much time flapping about things that people probably couldn't care less about and didn't have the time to spend reading 'my mind'.

I cr read more...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

High Country Alpaca Shearing - The Start

The time has come to kick it into gear and get the 2011 shearing season scheduled. We are presently looking at about 1000 alpacas to get shorn in 5 states so far. The interest in Cody's services this year is very positive and a clear indication that he did a good job last year.

Cody schooled with Matt Best of Best Shearing last year at Magical Farms and then traveled with Matt up and down the East coast and New England area for 2 months as an apprentice and head man. Working and tra read more...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

BAT - Leap of Faith?

February 2nd is a day that will be a yearly holiday for myself and my family. That's the day we made the decision to join the Build A Tent initiative and become a "Founding Investor". February 2nd will stand out in my mind because that's the day we made the "leap of faith".

I had been watching the BAT initiative since October 2010 when I stumbled upon the first gathering of alpaca owners/breeders, fiber fanatics, fiber processors and a whole slew of people gathered in a room somewhere read more...