Share Your World – Week 29

It’s Hump Day, so we’re posting questions from Cee and her Share Your World – along.

Have you ever been in a submarine?  If you haven’t, would you want to?

No. No way. Let me rephrase: no way in hell would I voluntarily get into a coffin that is then submerged under the sea. Not a chance. Not for money. Not on a dare. NFW.

Are you a listener or talker?

Both. I listen when needed, but I can talk your head off if I’m in the mood. People tend to tell me things they probably shouldn’t, kinda like when a person in authority says nothing and you feel compelled to fill the silence. I don’t feel compelled to run at the mouth and I don’t think people know how to take that.

Do you prefer crunchy peanut butter or smooth peanut butter?   Anything with your peanut butter?

Crunchy, no jam or jelly, thankyouverymuch. I like toast with butter and crunchy peanut butter.

Have you ever been drunk?

I am a child of the 80′s, so of course I have. Never liked it much, though, so it never became a habit. I like a rum & coke on occasion or a really well made Marguerita, but not every day.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that Sabu passed her Home Interview and will be able to go run with the pack at Adventurous K9 while I’m doing a Fiber thing in a couple of weeks. Not only does she get to go to sleep-away camp, but she’ll be treated to air-conditioned shuttle service! She’ll probably not want to ever come home, but it’s a chance I’ll take so she can have a party while I’m doing Boring Human Stuff in the hot sun.

I’m looking forward to receiving some material I ordered today for a Big Project that I’ll reveal in due time, provided it goes well…



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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Uncategorized


Share Your World – Week 28

It’s Hump Day, so we’re posting questions from Cee and her Share Your World – along.

Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do?

Believe it or not, I have! Several people who boarded horses at a barn in Troutdale rode out early one morning to a little town, I forget the name, to ride in a July 4 parade. It was short – the ride over was longer than the whole parade. We waved and marched our horses through town. Total Small Town experience.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?

Sell them because I have no time to go to the opera.

Why did you start your blog?

I started this blog as a private diary to keep track of the crap the narc pulled. I was doubting my memory and my sanity. I needed to be able to document things as they happened because he re-wrote history on a daily basis and I no longer knew what was real.

What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever.)

Truthfully, at this moment I can’t think of a single tradition in my life. I’ll have to get back to this question another day.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am thankful for a lovely trip to Mom’s and some great bargains and sight-seeing along the way. I’m looking forward to getting new glasses and an interview with the local dog whisperer to see if she will accept Sabu for sleep-away camp. It’s going to be a very busy couple of weeks!


Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Share Your World



Hey, it’s not Cat Blogging…

Behold Amber amongst the daisies -

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAStill doing Alpaca Stuff. While this picture looks all lovely and peaceful, don’t let it fool you – Amber, here, refused to be led to the fence to get her shot on Sunday. No worries, though, she got it laying down and then had to endure the further indignity of having me stare at her while snapping pictures. Here’s Pucheena with her new necklace -

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAAnd, hey, no cats!

If you’re interested in RV improvements, head on over to Travels With Towanda for the latest updates.

The Crew and I are off to the House of Mom for the weekend. After that blogging should pick up. Or not. It’s freakin’ hot here and I’ve got a lot on my plate.

Happy Summer, everyone!


Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Alpacas, Farm Life


Share Your World – Catching Up

Now that regular blogging can go on again, it’s time to get caught up with Cee’s Share Your World challenge. Today we’ll be covering weeks 21 – 27, so buckle up!

Starting with the newest and proceeding to the oldest, here we go -

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If you were the architect of one existing building, which building would you select?

This is an odd question. Would I be claiming the credit for designing an iconic building? Would I become the architect? What if the building is 300 years old? What happens then? I’m gonna change the wording of this one: if you were a building, which building would you be? Answer: the Guggenheim, because, awesome!

2010-01-guggenheim-2000We toured through back in 2004 when we visited New York and it was a wonderful experience that I would repeat in a hot second.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

EinsteinWhat color do you feel most comfortable wearing?

Shades of brown or gray with pops of color.

What is something you learned in the last week?

You can’t force someone to put on corrective glasses, even when they are not able to perform the job at hand without them. All you can do is resist the urge to strangle and take over the job. This is another “character building” experience I could have done without.

Is your refrigerator organized or a mess inside?


If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

My wit.

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? 

Owned a small farm. I could totally make it pay for itself and be self-sustaining if only I had a chance.

Where do you eat breakfast?

Nowhere. I’m not hungry until 1030 and I think that would be called brunch, not that I eat at that time, either. Lunch is at 1130, eaten at my desk during the week, and eaten quickly while batting away cat & dog on the weekend.

What is your favorite type of dog?  (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal, drawing, cartoon or character in a movie or TV show)

I prefer a Good Dog. Breed doesn’t matter. A well-mannered, polite dog is a joy to be around. Not that I would know…

Name one thing not many people know about you.

I’m afraid of heights. I’ll climb an eight-foot ladder, but no higher.

Have you ever gone scuba diving?  If you haven’t, would you want to?

God, no! The idea of being trapped under water when the air runs out is terrifying. Also, sharks.

What was the most important event in your life last week? (anything goes it can be a good nights sleep, finished a reading book,winning the lottery, or getting married)

Pulling the carpet out of the front half of Towanda. Man, that was satisfying! I’m loving the cooler floors and will get the rest of the carpet out this week if all goes well. It’s RV Renovation Month for Awana and I and we have lots of projects in the hopper.

What makes you feel the most secure?

Knowing that I have only myself, Sabu and Revy to care for and knowing that I have the situation under control. Barring a natural disaster, we are doing very well and that makes me feel on top of the world.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

C40403-568x357_ProfileI am Ordella by BOC. I am practical, comfortable and made of sturdy materials. I am casual but tough enough to Get Some Shit Done at a moment’s notice.

How many languages do you you speak?

One fluently and one enough to understand most of what’s said but no longer conversational. Sigh.

What was the largest city you have been to?  What is the one thing you remember most?

NYC in 2004. I remember how NICE the people were. We heard all sorts of horrible stories about how rude New Yorkers are, but every experience we had was wonderful.

Would you rather be stuck in a small plane with mild turbulence for 2 hours or be a passenger in a car racing the Daytona 500?

The Daytona 500 takes longer than two hours, right? I’ll take the quicker option for torture, thank you.

Would you rather be alone with nobody in the vicinity for one month or never be alone not even for a minute for one month?

I just want to be alone :-) I would have so many naps and read so many books…

Would you like to sleep in a human size nest in a tree or be snuggled in a burrowed spot underground?

Underground because it’s impossible to fall out of a burrow.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

I find that I prefer to drive these days, although there was a time I preferred to be driven – that’s guilt-free knitting time, after all.

Regarding animals would you prefer not having them around or having domestics pets, farm animals, or seeing them in nature or the zoo?

All animals, all the time. I don’t like zoos, though.

Are you a collector of anything? 

Wool. There, I said it. I collect wool in its many forms. Wool for spinning, wool for knitting, wool for wearing, wool for insulation.

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?

What do cats really think? Are they as Zen (and crazy) as they appear to be?

If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to?

Long, hot baths.

If you could make a 15 second speech to the entire world, what would you say?

Is this just a message or would I be laying down new laws? I would say that people suck. And are mean. And it Needs to Stop before we are all destroyed.

If you could take a photograph, paint a picture or write a story of any place in the world, what and where would it be?

I would photograph and study Wallachian sheep -

Zackelschaf_1012011Spiral horns, just like a unicorn!

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick?

I would try out all the furniture at Ikea. I’ve never been, so it would be a busy weekend.

If you were given a boat or yacht today, what would you name it?  (You can always sell the yacht later)

Revenge. I would fit it out with a long, reinforced bowsprit and go sailing in the Salish Sea, ramming a certain sailboat piloted by Captain Bligh, sending it to the bottom of the ocean in as spectacular a manner as possible. If it won’t sink, I’d burn it to the waterline.

Okie-dokie! We’re all caught up. More details about what’s been going on sometime soon. The Crew and I will be OOT for the weekend at Mom’s helping with the neighborhood yard sale. I got a new phone, so there may be some tweeting or facebooking. Stay tuned.


Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Memes, Share Your World



And we’re back!

June was a busy month!

Sabu got her new Summer ‘do -

Sabu 'Do

She was humiliated with the bows, but she’s sooooo much cooler now. A little razor burn has been bothering her, but today she’s doing much better. She looks so small! I need to get a new harness in a smaller size – I had no idea her fluff added so much to her girth!

Revy developed a new strange habit -

Revy blanketAs if mauling anything made of rubber wasn’t bad enough, Revy found this (unfinished) blanket and has been dragging it around, chortling softly. He drags it into the kitchen, lays on it for a few seconds, drags it under the table, into his basket, etc. etc. etc. I have no idea what he’s thinking, but it’s strange to watch. I think he needs to get out more…

I ripped out half the carpet in Towanda and am thrilled with the results – you can read all about it over at Travels with Towanda. Awana and I have designated July RV Renovation Month.

The last alpaca was sheared on Thursday and it feels like I’ve been running ever since. Mo got a call from a woman who needs her five alpacas sheared and it looks like we’ll be taking our little show on the road.

Mom’s neighborhood yard sale is the second weekend in July and I hope to get pictures this time – it’s always a hoot.

July is shaping up to be a very busy month.

In news relevant to this blog, the narc (hereinafter referred to as Captain Bligh) is living the Good Life, sailing up to Canada with friends, where he will pick up his boat and spend a few weeks sailing around and having a wonderful time. How is that fair? Shouldn’t he be covered with boils or something?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled with my life right now, but it just doesn’t seem fair that he’s going on as if I never existed, all the lies he told me being proven by his very actions (I needed to give him more money, more time, more support for his hobbies.)

Maybe he’ll be lost at sea…



Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Cats, Crazy, Dogs, I totally Rock!, RV Living


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Alpaca Shearing is Over for 2014!

The last alpaca, very inappropriately named Rainbow Glow, was sheared last night. She was not a happy camper, as evidenced by the following -

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAShe led Dave and Mo on a merry dance but Dave finally got his arms around her neck. Here she’s pushing him up against the wall, screaming at the top of her lungs at the indignity of it all.

She wasn’t the loudest, or the fiercest, or the biggest spitter or fighter and she was sheared at last, number 91, in spite of her protests.

Regular blogging will resume next week. Lots of irons in the fire, lots to talk about.


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Adventures on the Farm

This is Fancy Pants before her spa treatment:

Fancy Pants 1And this is After:

Fancy Pants 2Quite a difference, yes? I am continually amazed at how different the same animal looks once you cut all their hair off – one brown boy from yesterday is totally black under all that hair! Don’t think I got a picture of him, but if Awana did I’ll post it another day.

Here’s my view of the shearing operation when the alpaca is almost finished -

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAFrom left to right, Dave is trimming toenails, Awana is holding the head while Mo trims the topknot to make him look snazzy. This is a moment when I can stop and take a breath before the dismount operation. I really should find an extra body to take some video.

This shot will give you an idea of how much hair the alpaca grows in just one year:

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThis is Lucky, who has one dark spot in an otherwise white coat. The fleece is ~4″ long, not the longest of those we’ve sheared so far, and not the shortest – some of the older females only have 1.5″ of hair, all of their extra calories going to nursing babies instead of growing a long, lush fleece.

So. The shearing continues. 65 done 30+/- left to go, including “Glowie,” who will be last as she is a total nightmare but they won’t say exactly why…


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