First, an update... They got rid of the wicked Wizardess (Witch) of Snozzz, mentioned yesterday in my post about the DMV building in Catskill. There was a large sign on the wall, telling Greene County residents to come there and not mail any renewals to Albany, because they were losing tens of thousands of dollars in revenue in Greene County. Someone must have mentioned that one of the reasons for this to happen... was the Wizardess and her skill at turning all applicants into toads if they asked a question and didn’t follow the printed directions on the applications. I’m sure their revenue intake has quadrupled since she left. Ahhhhhhh, a happy end to a horror story...and that seldom happens, especially in New York State!! We found this out as we renewed our licenses yesterday, just before my x-rays on both hands.
The shearer is to show up this evening to shear Herbie, our sheep and Norton, our friend Dawna’s sheep. One thing a shearer doesn’t want to do, (I assume) is to shear two wet, smelly, oily sheep after they have been out in the rain all day long.
With this in mind, I ran to the barn and let the sheep into the main stall and penned the alpacas out, allowing the sheep to roam in the main stall all day, keeping them dry for shearing. Considering that all we are to get most of today are passing showers, the alpacas will be fine outside, using the run in shed for shelter from any passing downpours. Usually they are content to stand in the driving rain while eating from the round bale in the pasture, never entering the barn until dark...and many times not even then. They would rather cush next to the round bale, contentedly chewing their cud all night long...rain or not.
At least when Jeff shows up this afternoon, the sheep will be dry for him. We have a few chores to run this morning, but nothing that will keep us from being ready when Jeff arrives to shear. Our problem is that there is a rabies clinic which we must take Casey Mae and the three cats to later, after Jeff has finished shearing.
I’m not really looking forward to that, because the only time our cats were ever in a crate, was while taking them to be spayed...and I can’t imagine their memory of that being one of vacation like joy.
We are going for three collars and leashes so they have them on in case they squirm from our hold during the shot process. At least we will have a collar and leash on them to get them back into the crate. Without a collar and leash, we would be without a cat, because it would be easier to catch a greased lightning bolt! So the afternoon will be interesting to say the least!
1. Cats in a collar.....1st time...hee, hee, hee
2. Cats in a carrier crate...not a happy thought...aw boy...
3. Getting cats out of crate to administer shot, nasty, just plain NASTY
4. Holding cats while getting the shot... Imagery, next to Impossible!
We were also notified by Liddy at Appleby’s, that our frozen mushrooms had come in...so we can also add that to our already bulging list of things to do before the shearer arrives.
I had many, many birthday wishes yesterday on my facebook wall. To any of you reading the blog that made a gift of your kind wishes, I want to thank you here as well as on facebook. THANK YOU KINDLY for the wishes! This ancient sixty one year old farming fart really appreciates your kind and loving wishes.
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