Thanks and "cheers" to Laughing Orca Ranch for giving me the second version of the Lemonade Award! Lisa is a great blogger and keeping up with her current condition makes me grateful, every day, that I can walk! Lisa is getting over surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus in her knee, and she is suffering from farm critter withdrawal in the worst possible way. I wish her a speedy recovery and a faster return to horse riding than she currently expects. May the healing winds be blowing her way.
Of course, this comes with the usual rules about awarding 10 other blogs for gratitude and/or great attitude, which I did do earlier this month. So, I did a new thing. I decided to be creative for once, and make my own award. You know, it's my blog, and I can be my own creative soul, so this is my award - the Wonderfully Woolly Award, and I'm awarding it to five sheep-related blogs that I enjoy. Those blogs can either choose to award it, or ignore it, as they wish. It would be fun if they award it to others, but no obligation!
So without further ado, I hereby award the Wonderfully Wooly award to:
1. A Shepherd's Voice
2. Sheep Thrills Farm
3. Kalwa Taure Shetlands
4. Zephyr Sheep Farm
5. Laughing Orca Ranch (cuz she got this whole thing started!!)
Last minute edit: Edited to add Harvest Thyme Homestead to the Wonderfully Woolly award winners, because she just got on the waiting list for a black Leicester Longwool, and I am insanely envious!
My advice for today (take it or leave it) is: Don't bite off more than you can chew! Sometimes, I need to learn to say no. There are so many wonderful things I enjoy doing. There are many things I want to learn. There are many things in which I want to participate. Sometimes, I overestimate my capacity to do things. Today was such a day.
As some of you know, I work full time in a legal role, as a patent agent, which is stressful and intense. As some of you also know, I attend law school part time. This is also stressful and intense. (and no, not all lawyers are evil and repugnant). On top of that, we have a farm with a whole lot of critters. I also have the usual chores, like laundry and other household stuff. Oh, and I'm also taking spinning classes, as mentioned in some of my other posts. It was my intention to also take knitting classes. That was supposed to be tonight. And then I realized...too much...overload alert! Can't do all my necessary studying and housework and barn chores and my regular job....and keep up with knitting.
One. Thing. At. A. Time.
It is not necessary to be and do all things at once. In fact, it is counter-productive. My advice is, don't even try it.
Stuffin is still pregnant. She still has a puffy udder. She still hasn't had a baby. She still feels like she has loose ligaments. Patience is a virtue. She knows this....why can't I follow suit?
We have 4 roller pigeons. Two pairs, in fact. I haven't blogged about them before - they are not all that exciting. But about 18 days ago, one of my pairs laid 2 eggs, and today, one of the eggs hatched. Baby pigeons are cute, in an ugly-cute sort of way. Here is my first, ever, baby pigeon. I took a quick pic when the parents were switching duties. Hopefully the baby will make it despite our cold temperatures.
Here is the mom:
Here is the dad:
Here is the little pink baby pigeon. Much less capable than a newborn chick. But apparently they mature much faster. We shall see how it goes.
That's all for now. In the meantime, stay warm, do what makes you happy, and laugh a little every day.