Saturday, September 20, 2014

Three Little Pigs

Some of the Gang
As usual on our homestead, things are always changing for new and better ways.  We have lost one of our alpacas to the extreme cold that we had last winter. I think it was a little rough on every one!  We still have our llamas and gained a total of 15 sheep!  These hungry little beggars have made a noisy place of my once quiet solitude.  Huggable, squeezable and constantly hungry.  We built another barn to accommodate the little monsters, though they are on pasture right now and only need a run-in at the end of the day. 

Three Little Pigs

My favorite addition, though, has been the addition of three little pigs. (No big bad wolf included!)  We bought them from a much larger pig farmer about 45 minutes drive from my house and my dad was kind enough to use his trailer to pick them up for us.  They came home dirty and skinny and literally the runts of the litter.  We got busy right away procuring a source of waste milk to feed them.  After a good worming and a few days on the cheesy goodness of sour milk, they had started to fatten up!  Throw in a bunch of clean hay and a lot of sunshine and they were almost sparkling!  My daughter gets up every morning before breakfast and goes out to feed them.  She loves to hear them slurping and slopping and grunting in delight when she dumps a bucket of cheese and whey in they're trough.  She's also counting the days till ham and bacon and likes to keep an eye on how her future dinner is being treated. 

Christmas Morning Soap with Chubby Sheep Stamp

My daughter Cam's soap shop is becoming more popular.  My yarn shop is growing in leaps and bounds.  My stepson's learned to play guitar well enough that he can occasionally provide us with an evening of entertainment.  And my husband may have enough wood cut for two years.  He's been a busy man and insists he won't be could this winter.  He's ready to start stacking it indoors in hopes of getting a jump on the winter weather. 

Overall, things are really good down home.  We live and let live and thank God everyday when we rise for the privileges He's given us in this wonderful country!  We are all healthy, happy, and well-adjusted.  To God be the glory for all things!



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