Monday, January 31, 2011

January Reading

Print:


1. The Bard of Bone Plain, Patricia McKillip - Thoroughly satisfying, even if I'm left scratching my head a wee bit as to what exactly happened in the last few pages. It was considerably better than the last couple of books by McKillip, and - as always - her use of language is a treasure. (Even her worst is better than most!) Several of her characters in this book really stood out, and I loved them!

2. And I finally finished My Mother She Killed Me... I know a few of you have already picked up a copy of this brilliant volume of modern fairy tales to read, and I hope you are enjoying it as much as I did!

3. The Painted Boy, Charles De Lint - DeLint has moved away from his Newford books for now, and it's interesting to watch him explore entirely new characters. It perhaps wasn't such a grand idea to read a book set in the desert southwest during a crazy cold, snowy winter as it made me long for something I can't have right now....but that's neither here nor there. My only complaint is that this book seemed to lack the emotional punch most of De Lint's books carry - and I'm not entirely sure why.


4. The Awakened Mage, Karen Miller - I'm perplexed. You might remember that when I finished the first book a couple of months ago I was left with a great deal of reluctance over the second book because of what happened at the end of the first. Miller is a talented writer with an ability to draw you in, and she does write engaging characters. Having said that, I still don't feel as if her work added anything new or interesting to the genre. I liked these books, but then I don't feel as if they were anything special. It's an odd reaction.


Audio:


1. The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise, Julia Stuart - In a word, delightful! I'd seen the book at B&N, but had never even picked it up so I didn't have a clue as to what it was about. To my delight it was a gem of a book centered around a long marriage and filled with a cast of memorable - and eccentric - characters. It helped that the reader had an amazing English accent appropriate to the setting in the Tower of London. It was both deep and lighthearted, and left me feeling very happy indeed.

2. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen - I think I stumbled onto this book just as the library was making it available in downloadable audio because there wasn't a waiting list - which I would have expected given all of it's buzz. Seriously, isn't everyone reading this...especially after it was let known that Obama had taken it on vacation? A few comments. 1. I realized about 1/2 way through that I didn't like ANY of the characters. They are all rather unsympathetic. (Although I will admit that the female protagonist's autobiographical section is amusing.) 2. It's pretty bad when (around the 2/3 mark) you find yourself wishing that one of the characters would just have a heart attack and die already. 3. If you are going to use an idea as your title, it's perhaps a bit too obvious to then repeatedly smack your readers with long discussions about that idea in which the word gets thrown around way too often. 4. And yet, I listened to the end. The payoff was somewhat satisfying, but overall I'm left with a general sense of meh. I have had some pretty significant prejudices for years against popular contemporary fiction - and this book confirmed most of those issues.


3. Proust Was A Neuroscientist, Jonah Lehrer - Science as explained by art....Or rather, modern science predicted by artistic inspiration. Hmm...maybe the genius of artistic thinking carrying particularly accurate insight into the workings of the mind? Any way you look at it, this is, quite simply, a fascinating book. Each chapter focuses on an artist, explaining their particular insight into the human experience - from memory to taste to how emotion is generated - and then that insight is tied into modern neuroscience, proving why they were right. Fascinating! Now I must go read Whitman and Eliot...although I still have no desire to read Proust. (Lehrer is another RadioLab discovery of mine...and his other book, How We Decide, is also available through our library. I'll be checking it out the next time I'm in the mood for nonfiction!)

4. Middlemarch, George Eliot - The great question is, "How on earth did I manage to get through an honors English degree without ever having read Eliot?" Curious indeed. I actually didn't read any of her work at all until I started using my library's downloadable audiobooks, which converted me immediately into a raving fan. Lehrer reminded me that I've been meaning to read Middlemarch for a long while, and I'm so very glad I did. It was a very satisfying read.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Before and After





Because change is good.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Last Of The FO Parade



by Lisa Lloyd in A Fine Fleece
Cascade 220 Heathers, 9 skeins
Addi Turbos - US 8 and 6
September 24, 2009 - December 29, 2010
Pattern Modifications:
  1. I eliminated the side seams, working the body in one piece and then dividing for the armholes.
  2. I worked the sleeves in the round to eliminate that seam as well. (This does, of course, mean that I had to set the sleeves into the armholes and sew them in. I also had to sew in the saddles.)
  3. To get the best fit, I used the 42 inch (M) numbers, but then knit to the lengths used by the largest size. My husband prefers a close fit...but he is pretty tall and spindly.
Comments:
  1. It's no wonder I was so annoyed with this sweater....I let the project hibernate on the needles for way too long! Never again.
  2. I was very, very lucky with the yarn. I had originally intended to make this sweater for myself - purchasing enough yarn to make the large size so that I could have a cozy weekend sweater. Lucky Duck me, that was just enough with the modifications I made.
  3. Cables are still my mother's thing, and not mine. I love the finished look, but they just aren't my favorite thing to knit.
  4. The husband is very happy, and spent several days circling the sweater as I did the finish work and blocked it. He's a smart man!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

From My Knitting Guru

Truth be told, though it's been close to 8 years since I joined the Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild, I'm still more than a little bit in awe of my friends in the Knitting Study Group. As far as I'm concerned they all have magical abilities which enable their knitting needles to produce great feats of beauty and technical excellence. If ever I hit a stumbling block or have a question, I just take it to the group. Someone always knows the answer.


Of course, they are quite naturally a highly opinionated lot, and trying to manage the group is akin to herding a large group of cats. How I managed to wind up with that dubious job is still a bit of a mystery....

I digress.

I knew when I started my blanket project that I wanted to incorporate leftover yarn from as many guild friends as I could cajole into sending me their scraps. After all, not only are they friends....but they are also the knitters most responsible for the type of knitter I've become.

The batch of leftover sock yarn above was gifted to me last night by my friend Shelda. She's gone from being my personal knitting guru to a very good friend....albeit one who's really good at digging up new yarns and patterns to tempt me with. (We have a bit of a competition.....and I always consider it quite the coup if I find a new lace or sock pattern before she does....which I rarely manage.) As she is my partner in the crazy sock plan of 2011, it is only fitting that her yarn is now finding its way into my blanket.

Thank You Shelda!

PS. You most likely have figured this out by now....but yes, I do plan on posting pictures and a wee blurb about each friend who gives me yarn for the grand blanket. Not only will it help me to keep track of things, but it also gives me a chance to introduce you to some important people in my life!

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Man And His Sheep

Photo by my Mom.

The weather has been so frightful that we've been unable to visit our sheep since the first of December. Fortunately, the Shepherd is fond of calling to let us know how they are doing.
Two things.
One, Dad is very proud of the fact that he's won over all four sheep.
Two, do you notice how very - ahem - fat the sheep are getting? Especially the two girls on the left? Jacobs are known for multiple births....
This spring is going to be fun.....

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The FO Parade - Day 3!

As promised....the girls' Christmas Sweaters!Julia Best Friend's Pullover (Ravelry link to my page.)
Yarn - Nashua Handknits Julia, kitted by Webs
Clasps from Schoolhouse Press
Needles: Addi Turbo circs, US 5 and 7
Time To Knit: Nov 20-30, 2010
Mods: First and foremost, this is a pullover in the original pattern, and I did quite a bit of monkeying with it to turn the whole thing into a cardigan. All of the details can be found on my Ravelry page. The only thing I can add is that I actually used the schematics from The Princess's cardigan to help me determine the size I wanted to make for the Pixie and to guide the alterations as the fit of the pullover was considerably shorter and more narrow than the cardigans. I must say that I'm pretty amazed with myself for busting this one out in 10 days!
Silly girl...she loves it, but she'd rather wear her swimsuit.

Child's Zip-Up Cardigan (Again, my ravelry project page)
also by Kristin Nicholas in Color By Kristin
Materials are all the same as above
Time to Knit: June 27 - November 19, 2010
Mods: The pattern was actually riddled with mistakes...and my solutions can be found on my ravelry project page. I found myself doing what a guild friend does - knitting largely from the picture and not the pattern. It was frustrating, but the end results were more than worth it.
She loves it so much that it's already showing signs of wear...and I've already had to repair one pulled float! Makes this mama proud.

Please do check out my Ravelry page if you would like more information about either sweater. I know that I have a lot of readers who aren't necessarily knitters, and so I just don't want to bog the blog down with the details...especially when the projects were so very complicated.

I will say, though, that the yarn - Nashua Handknit's Julia, which was created by Kristin Nicholas herself, is a delight. It was a pleasure to work with, and I'll definitely be using it again!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The FO Parade - Day 2!

After a couple of days of hard work, I hit a milestone this evening when I managed to finish all of the mini-socks I needed to complete my set. I now have one mini sock for every single pair of socks that I've knit....all 50 of them.
The little ones you see above are mostly representative of the patterned socks that I've done, which is why I had let them hibernate for so long. I try to incoporate as many details from the original pair of socks as possible - although often because of the size and scale I have to make alterations and occasionally it's just impossible to translate the design.
Unfortunately, they are difficult to photograph with my camera, so I can't get really great shots of the details. Ah well, you'll just have to take my word for it...they are fantastic!
AND, I can most assuredly promise you that I will no longer be setting the yarn aside when I finish a pair of socks to make my mini somewhere down the line. My BKB suggested I make the mini in between sock one and sock two, and I think that's a fine, fine idea.

Friday, January 21, 2011

The FO Parade Begins!

Vining Vest
Cheryl Beckerich, Interweave Knits Weekends 2010
Cascade Yarns Eco+ - 2 skeins
Addi Turbo, 24" US 10
Dec 1-7, 2010
This project is sadly a FAIL. The fit is horrid despite repeated swatching and careful blocking, the shoulders poke out like crazy epaulets, and the arm holes don't hang like they are supposed to. I think part of the blame is mine...the original pattern called for alpaca, which would have given considerable more drape than wool. I'm thinking that the seams at the shoulders would have been softer in alpaca, preventing the ugly, pointy shape they have in my version.
Having said all of that, I would love to try this vest again at some point. It was a super-fast knit, and with a little bit of tweaking to remove the shoulder seams I think it could work as intended. Not soon, though....I have too many other projects to work on!
AND, I would also like to add that I am now hopelessly in love with this yarn. Eco Wool is fantastic in every way possible....it feels good to work with, blocks well, shows of the stitches/cables beautifully, etc., etc., etc. I will definitely be working with Eco Wool again.
My 50th Pair of Socks!
Ann Budd's basic sock recipe from The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns
Opal Speckles
Knit Picks Harmony DPN's - 2.25 mm
November 10, 2010 - January 20, 2011
When I bought my very first sock yarn, I didn't realize that you only needed one skein of Opal to make a pair of socks....so I bought two. It seemed only right and proper to then make a commemorative 50th pair out of the same yarn that I used for my very first pair...only this time I'm keeping them. (The first pair was made for Dad.) I absolutely love them - AND, now that I have finished them I feel like I'm free to move on to other sock projects.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Some Random

This is where I've been spending a lot of time lately. The chairs in the kitchen are falling apart, as is the linoleum underneath, so it seemed a wise plan to move elsewhere. My husband has always called this the "Sweet Spot" on our sectional...and I must say it is a good place to set up knitting/crafting operations. We've since moved a lamp to that corner for better lighting. It's a bit ridiculous...how much I love our couch....
Craft Stuff:
  • I haven't been able to get much done for the last week because we've been living in a house of high drama and lots of illness.
  • Seriously, I need a break.
  • I did rip out that shawl last night and am going to cast back on tonight, going up 2 needle sizes. Honestly, it's a fast knit, and so I don't mind at all.
  • Besides, the more I get to work with handspun, the better!
  • I owe you LOTS of FO posts....for the girls' Christmas sweaters, for my husband's sweater, for the clogs, for my vest.....Ouch, I'm behind!
  • I raided my fiber stash for some pretty pink to give my daughter....and managed to give her a pretty worthless braid of merino/tencel that we way matted. Oh well, it was an etsy purchase and it's the only thing I bought from that seller. Live and learn.
  • Now I have to find pink fiber for the child....hmmm.
Allergy/Health Stuff:
  • I am happily back on my allergy diet. Yay me!
  • I took a two week break from it for the holidays, and that was a mistake.
  • Then I decided to ease back into it rather than go cold turkey..which was both good and bad. I'm not sure which is the better plan.
  • Just an FYI - ice cream and yogurt (neither of which I've had in months) are evil.
  • Pizza (which I did have during my break) is also evil.
  • A blessing...Patric Chocolate, which is made here in town, doesn't seem to bother me at all. I'm guessing this is due to the fact that it only has three ingredients - Cocoa Beans, Cane Sugar and Cocoa Butter - and my preference for 70% dark, which is low in sugar anyway. I eat it rarely, but it's awfully nice to have something available when I'm desperate!
  • I literally haven't been able to go to the gym since Thanksgiving because of illness/holidays/snow days/etc. It's really stunk.
  • SO, this week I'm starting over...and man! Does it ever feel good to be back!
Kid Stuff:
  • The girls are still traumatized about the Guinea Pigs, and we're considering some options.
  • Nothing will be done until the school is out, though, because I don't want to deal with anything else until my babysitting job is over for the year.
  • We had two snow days last week...and will probably have one tomorrow. (It's starting now...)
  • The girls took turns being sick last week....
  • and the Princess's bout with the evil bug ruined all of our plans for the weekend..... including a trip home to visit my parents and celebrate Mom's birthday.
  • She had also been invited to a sleepover (I don't know the parents, and so I would have said no anyway.), and knowing she had missed not one but TWO parties pretty much trashed her mood for the rest of the weekend.

Random Random:

  • I'm taking book suggestions for my upcoming vacation.
  • I'm also taking suggestions for which crafts to pack....there will be sixish hours on the plane (during which I'll have to wrangle children) as well as four days on a cruise ship where the girls will be happily checked into the children's area. Ahhh....
  • Redoing the kitchen floor is now a priority.
  • As is reupholstering/reinforcing the bottoms of our dining chairs.
  • Don't have much else.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Rip And Repeat

It's been a week for mistakes. The first was fairly benign. I just wasn't paying attention when I added that square...probably because the Princess and I were out together for some Mommy-Daughter time.
The second was much bigger...but also was more of a error in judgement issue rather than an out and out mistake. I had started this shawl - Jared Flood's new Juneberry Triangle - on the recommended needle size with some homespun. I liked the way it looked, and figured that I would be sure to have enough yarn this way. To my surprise, I finished the center portion this morning to find that I had only used 2.5 of 8 oz! As I do NOT want that type of leftover, and as I ALWAYS like my shawls to be a bit bigger...I will be ripping the whole thing out this afternoon and starting over with a larger needle. Not sure yet if I'll just go up one size or if I'll be brave and go up two. (Opinions?)

If it's worth doing...it's always worth doing right, even if that means starting over.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Poor Substitution

This is Kritter, my husband's cat.
He and I have a notoriously bad history. Most notably, when we got married he got mad and proceeded to shred one leg of my couch. How dare I have moved into his home?! and brought another cat and a dog?! Through and through, he's always been my husband's pet...and he's never really liked anyone else.
He's been mellowing a wee bit in his old age, though. Where once there was downright hostility, in the last year or so there's been tolerance.
And then my Tynan died.
The day after his death, Kritter came to me in the morning. I was still in bed - too tired and sad to get up. Kritter curled up in Tynan's old comfort position and started to purr. He stayed there for well over an hour, until I was ready to get up. He knew what I needed.
Since then, Kritter has taken to sleeping on my feet. He really wants Sean, but Sean's dog has always slept curled up next to her master, and the cat gets along with the dog even less well than he's gotten along with me. Having had a cat in that position for 18 years, I've found him to be a comforting replacement....even if we still have an odd relationship.
So you see, we have come to an understanding. I'm a poor substitution for my husband, and he's a poor substitution for Tynan. It's not perfect, but it works.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Unexpected Consequences

Yesterday I opened the mailbox to find a wonderful treat! My friend Bonnie - she of the Blue Peninsula and designer of Emily's Firmament - sent me a package of yarn scraps for my blankie!
The little tags you see? Bonnie very kindly labeled each ball of yarn for me.
Which is a good thing, because these three are so lovely that I just might have to track down full skeins for myself....

Nevertheless, the yarn hadn't been in my home for more than an hour before it made an appearance in my blanket, putting a big smile on my face.

Bonnie sent a lovely note with the yarn, commenting on the types of colors she generally prefers. It got me to thinking....what do the colors of my own scraps say about me? There is one obvious answer - that I knit a LOT of socks for other people.

The rest I'll have to think on for a bit.

Thank You Bonnie!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Challenge

Home decorating is NOT my forte. And I had become completely bored with this wall, so when we took the Christmas stuff down I decided to completely empty it and start anew.
I'm still staring at a blank wall.
The Green Woman finds this all rather hilarious.

I also still need to do something about the bane of my existence - the plant shelf that wasn't. (It's a long story...suffice it to say that we bought the house just after the foundation was poured, it was one of my requests for the interior...and they completely botched it.)

I'm hoping that by having shared my challenge with you I'll actually do something about it.

At least that's the theory.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

BKB To The Rescue!

I fell in love with the yarn the moment I saw it....a beautiful variegated skein of Malabrigo Sock in what I can only describe as a pickle green. (Really, it's called Turner, but I insist it's pickle.) Add to that the perfect size 6 seed beads and one fantastic pattern - Electra by Rosemary Hill - and you get knitting magic.
(Ok, the color is between the two pics...my camera just can't get it right, so you get two pictures.)
Of course, the problem was that I didn't thoroughly read the pattern before I bought the beads. I was so proud of myself for remembering to take the yarn with me to the bead store that I missed one fatal detail....the required yardage. At home, ready to cast on, I pulled out the pattern only to find that I was at least 60 yards short. A call (and a trip in case they were wrong) to the yarn shop dashed my hopes of being able to pick up a second skein.
Devastation galore.
Would you believe I was considering ordering two more skeins? I just could not let go of my plan to marry that yarn with those beads and that pattern!
Then I remembered something.
During a recent conversation, my BKB had told me about some yarn she had purchased. Now, this is actually a fairly common conversation....we just get so excited!....and usually I'm sure that the information goes in one ear and out another. However, I do remember that particular conversation because at the time I had found it very funny to hear how different her description of the color was from my own. In fact, I had been puzzled when she first described it because I had known what the store had in stock and it didn't sound like anything they had. I wasn't sure, but I thought....
So I called, and sure enough Jenn had a skein of Turner in the same dyelot! Yippee!
Long story short, my wonderful BKB went to the yarn store and picked out a new skein yesterday, which I am paying for, and is generously giving me her skein of Turner so that I can make the shawl of my dreams.
EVERYONE needs a BKB like that!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The First Workbasket Of 2011

For the most part, I'm just obsessed with the leftover sock yarn blanket....which is really too big to get into one photo.I've done 91 squares in 10 days - which is 3 x as many as I need to have done to stay on track to finish it in one year. (Why yes, this OCD knitter sat down with a tape measure and calculator to figure out how many squares she would need to get the finished size she wants! Weighed the leftover yarn on my kitchen scales to see about how far I'd get, too.)
I had planned on weaving in the ends today - don't want that job to get out of control - but I, ahem, may have left my knitting tool bag at Starbucks yesterday morning...and we are now snowed in. Why on earth I don't have any needles stashed elsewhere is a mystery. Hopefully I'll be able to get out tomorrow so that I can pick it up. Originally I had fussed a bit over color placement, but I shouldn't have worried. As I had hoped, when you step back from the blanket the overall look is what really matters....and for it the more random, the better. It's helping me to relax a bit, and I find that I'm really enjoying the process.
Of course, it's not the only thing I'm working on. I'm very close to finishing Sean's cardigan, and hopefully today will be able to do the neck and buttonbands. Then - once I get those needles back - I can weave in the ends, and voila! I'm ordering some really cool buttons from Schoolhouse..and I just can't wait!
I've the first sock done from my 50th pair, but I've set them aside for a bit so that....
I can hurry up and finish my December socks, which sadly have been set to the side for all of the projects shown above. I don't want to fall any further behind, so I have a feeling this will be what I work on this evening.
I don't know what exactly is wrong with this particular project. I love the yarn, I love the colors, I love the pattern, I love finished versions on Ravelry....and yet I'm not loving knitting it. I think it's going to have to go into hibernation for a while because I certainly have other things I'd rather knit. (More on that tomorrow!)
In the background, there's always the Princess. I'm going to shoot for adding a repeat/day until the edging is done. I think this is going to be her year!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Birthday Girl!

My Princess turned 8 today!
She's a delight, and is becoming a wonderful person.
And that present....
Yep, we bought an 8-year-old child her own spinning wheel!
Thank You to my parents and my Grandma for contributing to the gift!

The Fun Stuff I Promised

This is the best cake I EVER decorated, and I have decorated a lot...given that I started doing cake decorating in 4-H at the age of 12ish.
It's really what happens when your child wants to both have a Darth Vador cake and decorate a cake. She was torn...and I suggested a compromise. The cool thing is that she's old enough to do more than just squeeze the icing onto the cake now, and so between the two of us we got a pretty spectacular cake.
Darth would be so proud!
We actually celebrated with the cake yesterday. Later on today I'll post a few more birthday pictures...complete with the pretty darn spiffy gift that my girl received. (Yes, it is a highly unusual gift for an 8-year-old, and yes, she LOVES it. Guesses?)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Drat.

It was perhaps inevitable.

Rufus passed this evening. He was fine up until about 4, and whatever this was took him out in less than two and a half hours. I am very glad that I took some extra time last night and this morning to enjoy his company. He was, by far, the sweetest, calmest of the Christmas bunch...and I did enjoy my short month with him greatly. In addition to just being a nifty rodent, he helped to ease my hurt over my cat a bit...and for that I'm grateful.

I'm left with a fairly large amount of parental guilt right now. The Christmas present that we were so wonderfully excited about just completely exploded in our faces, and instead of several years of fun my girls received one really harsh life lesson.

Ah well.

I'll be back to fun posts tomorrow, promise.

After speaking extensively with my Dad, we've decided to take the replacement Guinea Pigs back to the store tomorrow. We purchased them (stupidly in hindsight) when we thought that the first death was a fluke, and that the meds would take care of the others. As whatever this illness was obviously was extremely powerful and didn't respond to the antibiotics, we have no guarantee that the cage and supply sterilization was enough to get rid of it. I've spoken with the store manager, and we are also going to return the cage condo and all supplies, and so financially at least it's not as bad as it could have been. (For the record, it's a reputable store that does quarantine new animals and also does vet checks. We honestly don't know what happened or where the problem came from, but the only time Dad's ever seen something similar it was a salmonella taint that came from another store.) At this point the kids - especially the Princess - are fairly traumatized, and I don't know that we'll try Guinea Pigs again. If we do, we're certainly going to wait for a very long time.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hard Lessons


It's been a really tough couple of days. We woke yesterday morning to find that Fireball had passed suddenly in the night - despite apparent perfect health the night before. The two remaining pigs again seemed perfect last night, but it became apparent early today that Rudolph wasn't well. He was gone by mid-afternoon. So far, Rufus appears to be ok....but we'll see.
The Pixie is fine. Really, she's a bit too young to fully comprehend death. She did ask to see him yesterday, and we let her. She said her goodbyes, and it was very sweet. Later, when she finally realized she couldn't see his body again, I think she finally began to understand a bit. We've had a LOT of the type of heaven discussions that can make a parent want to climb the walls, and to be honest she's exhausted me. She's at peace, though, and that's what matters.
The Princess, on the other hand, is taking this pretty hard. We had isolated Rudolph when we discovered that he was sick, and unfortunately had to watch him decline rapidly. She knew his time was near, and chose to hold him through his death so that she could be with him as long as possible. Besides just missing him, she's struck with how unfair it is that she only had him for a couple of weeks...and that she'd only just got him to the point where he trusted her and was beginning to interact more. She's hurting, but I'm proud of the decisions she made today and glad that she is able to fully articulate her grief.
There are now two new Guinea Pigs (Cinnamon and Humphrey) installed in the newly sterilized condo. Rufus is in the isolation tank (and fairly ticked off about it) until we are sure that he's going to be fine. All of them are getting antibiotics as a preventative, and we've increased their Vit. C dosage as well. We're doing all we can, and we just have to hope for the best.
As I've been dealing with all of this today, I've been reflecting on the blessings of my own childhood. Being raised on farms and in a vet clinic, I was perhaps better prepared than most for the death of a pet. That doesn't mean it hurt any lest...just that I understood it better. I'm hoping my girls gain from this experience that same understanding...that life goes on, that grief can be a blessing, and that love is worth it.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Who's Leading Who?

While home over New Year's weekend, the Pixie had several encounters with JoJo the llama.

You see, JoJo is so very calm and laid back that we are all very comfortable with letting the Pixie lead him around the lot. You can imagine how much she loves this!
For the most part, we adults just sat back and watched.
Well, ok, we sat back and laughed ourselves silly. Whenever JoJo would stop, the Pixie would turn around, look up at him and start bossing him with this rather royal little tone.
"JoJo, COME ON! Walk JoJo! Come with ME!"
The look on JoJo's face says it all.