It’s another three weeks until Solstice, and a couple days past that, Christmas. It’s time to get the ball rolling for all the holiday shopping, and the end of year wrap up and new year goals. I didn’t accomplish as much as I’d have liked this year. I think that’s probably something most of us can say, most years. I’m just rolling off a week at home—I took a couple days of PTO and combined it with the Thanksgiving holiday for a much needed break. I have a list of tasks I wanted to accomplish, and made it through a couple of them, but I also spent a lot of time just taking it easy. I read a couple of books and watched a couple of movies, and spent time puttering around outside with the
dogs, raking a few leaves and doing a little garden clean up. The weather was very cold, with heavy frosts every night, but mostly clear until Thanksgiving day, so it was an extra treat to be home in the sunshine, without constant rain and mud.
Of course with the Thanksgiving holiday I had a nice visit with family, and some yummy food, too. My nephew and niece-in-law (and their adorable almost-one-year-old son) hosted dinner and did the bulk of the cooking. I made a yummy quinoa and roasted Brussels sprouts side dish, plus a beet/walnut salad, using my own beets and onions. It was a lovely afternoon and a delicious meal. And of course I forgot to take a single picture.
Colin the sheep is still here. He’s been enjoying himself, I think, and the girls have all settled down. I noticed he and Minnie were hanging out together yesterday and the day before, so I marked it on the calendar. I’ve not seen any other noticeable attention with any of the other ewes (other than Cinnamon on the first day he came here). Another couple of weeks and we can send him on his way, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed until shearing time that they’re all incubating.
It was especially lovely to have time to spend with the critters. The dogs, the cats, the sheep and the chickens. Feeding the sheep before dark every day is something I’ll miss next week. The hen that the bobcat tried to take last month is doing well; it was a little dicey for about a week, but she’s been out with the flock for a while now and seems to be back to normal. She didn’t molt like she should have; the shock and healing seems to have derailed the molting process, so she’s a dingy brown-gray compared to her sister’s smart grey feathers. The cats were able to get outside regularly, something
they love. They don’t spend much time out there when it’s cold or wet, but at least gets a little of Eloise and Madeleine’s kitten energy expended. I had a little nose work practice session the other afternoon with the dogs which they enjoyed immensely. We’re between classes at the moment—next session starts up soon, and a NW1 trial next month—so they’ve had a couple weeks without it. They all did well, and I did one of Daisy’s rounds unpaired (three hides). She did beautifully, and gave me the boost in confidence I needed. She’s so good at this; I just need to get good at reading her.