We had quite the busy weekend. Saturday we spent the morning clean the barn out (as usual) - we had a bad rain on Friday night and the barn was a bit of a mess. We put down fresh bedding and filled all their hay bins, put in fresh minerals and cut all their hooves. Whew! That is quite the task. We've never done the alpacas hooves. Honestly, we are scared to do it. Alpacas are the animals that make us nervous. They are the biggest animals, most mysterious, cautious of us too. I mean Blossom loves us, she'll come up for the occasional snuggle and when she's done, away she goes. Josie could care less about us. We are the people that provide her with food and she's even suspicious about that LOL. The last time their hooves were done was back in the Spring, when the shearer did it for us - needless to say, they were a curly, nasty mess. It needed to be done and it was time for us to just bite that bullet. Blossom was in a particularly snugly day. So while she was there getting a pet, I wrapped my arm around her neck, from behind. Picture me facing her hind end and wrapping my arm from behind her neck, around the front - so her head/face (AKA: the spit factory) is facing away from me and Mark. She knew something was up right away. She started to do her warning siren - if you've never heard this sound, it's a high pitch, rolling of the tongue sound...very loud. She is sending out a warning to the other animals that we are getting ready to kill her...Ahem...give her a pedicure. Mark makes his rounds to all of her hooves and gets them clipped and looking good. Wasn't as bad as we thought. Then, it was time to do Josie - the hardest part of that is the catch. She does everything she can to avoid us. We (Mark, Drake and I) try to get her cornered...have you ever tried to corner an animal that is tall enough to look you in the eye and gallops like a horse...in a panic? Not fun. I suggested that we fashion some sort of lasso out of rope that we had. Mark says that we aren't the lasso type. After quite a while of us stupidly thinking we could capture Miss Josie - Mark finally goes and gets a rope. He creates a slip knot at the end and with a couple tries, he actually catches Josie around the neck! I guess we ARE lasso people LOL ;-) After she knows that she is caught, she becomes fairly submissive. No sounds, no spitting...just stands still and lets it happen. But you know who DOES have an issue with this? BLOSSOM?! She is sending out the warning call like crazy! She is pacing back and forth! Spitting in our faces! Trying to clean Josie to let her know that everything will be ok. Um, Blossom, it's ok - we aren't going to kill her, we're giving her the same gentle pedicure that we gave you! Let's just say, it got so bad that 8-12 buzzards were flying overhead, thinking they were about to feast on a dying animal. Not today guys! Since we were already in the process...and dirty...we figured that we'd go ahead and get all the animals trimmed up. That's always a rough job - it sneaks up on us - but when it's done, it feels so good.
Later that day, Mark finally had the opportunity to clean out our garage - it was such a mess from working on the barn...tools and hardware everywhere. It looks so nice now - swept out, open space...he really did a great job.
On Sunday, we decided that we finally needed to commit to putting up our food and prepping some food for the week. We cleaned and cut up four gallons of zucchini, shredded three - 4 cup containers of zucchini (two got put up in the freezer - the third is to make fried zucchini cakes tonight), we made four loaves of zucchini bread (two for the freezer, two to eat this week), we made two loaves of white bread (I just love homemade white bread), we sliced and speared all of the cucumbers that we had picked and canned 7 pint sized jars for the shelf and another for the fridge, we made a delicious cucumber salad for dinner to go with our homemade pizzas (first time making homemade pizza crust)...it was a yummy, tiring, dirty, productive weekend.
Oh! Last week we took the kids in for hair cuts - they all look ten pounds lighter :-) See pictures below...
Freshly baked white bread - LOVE this recipe. It's pretty easy and our dough actually rose...which is always good when you are making bread :-) I'm hoping to switch over to making all of our own bread...eventually.
|We made the two loaves of white bread and four loaves of zucchini bread - two went in the freezer and two were left out for dessert...breakfast...lunch...one loaf is already gone LOL.|
|Her hair was long enough to donate to Locks of Love...again! For the THIRD TIME! So proud of that little girl, giving up that beautiful blond/brown hair to a child that doesn't have any. Who wouldn't want a wig made out of that gorgeous stuff!?|