So here I am, trying to ride this bicycle of a blog again. Why does it seem so hard to do? I’m gonna say that since I now devote 30+ hours a week to a job is maybe, just maybe, the answer. My quiet time in the morning, curled up in my happy place on the couch typing away, is simply not available anymore. I’m aiming for one post a month, with a daily photo on Facebook and Instagram. Follow me there if you want a more frequent update on what’s happening in the barnyard 🙂
On the other hand, my barnyard time has not been reduced one bit and it is even more precious to me now. Doink knows the sound of my car returning home in the afternoon and is at the gate as soon as I head out the back door—he knows a carrot is on its way.
The alpaca shearer arrived at the end of May, just in the nick of time. Alpacas need to be sheared every year—that beautiful coat they wear all winter will just not do in a Colorado summer. Junie B was obviously miserable on the few warm days we’ve had this spring.
I spent the morning looking at their big, fuzzy bodies and tried to imagine what they were going to look like without their winter coat.
I was forewarned that this shearer would do a serviceable job but he would not produce a “show quality” trimming. I only hoped he would be gentle and kind.
And the shearer was a very nice man with two very nice helpers. Of course, that didn’t mean the girls liked the process. No, not at all. But like going to the dentist and getting a tooth filled, this needed to be done. The team did the job quickly and efficiently, shearing both girls and giving them a nice nail trim in less than 30 minutes.
And now, I have aliens roaming the barnyard.
True, it was not the cleanest of haircuts. They have bits and pieces poking out here and there. Junie B’s fringe on top of her head is still crazy long…and I love it that way. She doesn’t seem to mind. They both seem much more comfortable, and that’s what matters.
Thanks for sticking with me everyone. I promise there’s more coming soon 🙂