This girl….

This furchild is Ellie Claire and she is two years old today. Which feels really strange because I could swear she has been with us forever.

Look at those eyes. All of our labs and lab-mixes, Becky, Vinnie, Chip, and Reuben, live in those eyes. Their spirits go on and on.  And, that’s the best thing ever. :D

Soon I will post an actual update about what has been going on for the past year. I know you are all on the edge of your seats. (Yes, getting up to get a snack and a drink.) :D

Birthday Ellie Claire

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Oh, FB.

Sigh. I have definitely become too involved on stupid Facebook. And, now I have gotten into a word war with a guy who is married to one of my best friends.

I posted a photo of a native American and it said something about the “genocide” of the Native Americans by Europeans was a worse genocide than Nazi Germany’s genocide.  Well….he takes umbrage at that, and I can see why. But, the point was that Native Americans were treated crappily, and have been for hundreds of years. I can agree that maybe “genocide” was too rough a term….but, if you were on the Trail of Tears I think you might have felt like you were being genocided.

So, my point here is to say, f*ck you, FB, for making arguments like this too easy.

Now, do I block him because he’s name-calling? On most points he is a rational person. Sigh.

Ah, first world internet problems.

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The Alpacas Have Finally Been Sheared!

Hear ye! Hear ye!

It was a bit of a chore getting my two boys sheared this year. A guy had committed to coming out and shearing them in early May. The day of the shearing I talked to him. He was going to be late. Fine. He never showed. I called a couple more times….never answered his cell phone, never showed, never called back. True professionalism.

I scrambled to get another shearer. This company shears alpacas all over the continental US. They promised to get me in, but it would have to wait until they came back from out west.

Finally, today, they made it!  Strong and Nugget were not happy campers. The guys are super gentle with them, but alpaca brains are not huge. They spit and peed and hollered through the shearing.

Before pic.

IMG_4581Beginning. Beginning NugBeginning Strong1During.

During StrongDuring NugAnd, finally, after!!! It only took about 15 minutes to shear each alpaca. And they immediately got up and started eating.

After

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More June….it’s the Solstice!

We’ve been having beautiful days, lately. So much rain, the first of the month, but now we have had several sunny days in a row. I was just out trying to pull the weeds (rainforest height, actually) but in the direct sun it was too dang hot, so I’m in here messing about on the computer.

Ken and I went to Las Vegas a week ago. It was lots of fun. Good shows, good food, good drink and we won $70 the one time we played Black Jack.

Went up in the new giant Ferris wheel…..it has cabs like the London Eye, and our cab had a bar and bar tender. Wheeee!

Bar High RollerHigh roller avenueLauri and KenWe put our drinks down for this picture. :P

We stayed at the Bellagio…they always have awesome displays in their atrium.

VegasThen, after we got home from Vegas, several co-workers and I went on a bike ride near Lansing. We had forgotten the torrential rains of the weekend before, so we found many parts of the trail underwater.

It was a fun ride, wading, pedaling, or climbing over railroad tressles to get around the paths.

10354073_1435580476764759_7338073482253166418_nMy friend, Melissa is in the foreground, I am in the background.

10494830_1435580336764773_3511909393019031089_nMy friend, Caroline, peddling through puddles. 10672223_1435580653431408_5470318045367782953_nAnother friend going under the bridge!

A fine time was had by all!

We even stopped at a playground to climb around for awhile.

IMG_0027 (2)They didn’t have playgrounds like this when we were kids!

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Happy June, Vox Friends.

Hmm….I should say WordPress friends, but it’s always about Vox to me. It’s still cool here, which is a good thing since our alpaca shearer won’t be here until the third week of June. The boys have been comfy and cool with our more-like-April-weather.

Ashlee has had two new babies this spring. Two weeks ago Rowdy made his appearance. He’s adorable! Rowdy Rowdy and AshleeRowdy and AshleeRowdy giving Ashlee a kiss. Actually, she said he was trying to nurse on everything but Mama. He has it figured out, now!

And yesterday, a beautiful gray baby girl!

Chile's babyNo name for this cutie, yet. Her mama is Haychile and her dad is Candyman.

It’s June, so the Martians are invading…in the form of my Alliums. I love these guys.

IMG_4619See how the one has sent up an antenna? I don’t know what it’s seeking, but it’s looking for something!

My awesome mini-rose survived the minus 25 degree nights and is blooming along with my ajuga.

IMG_4616Ellie had a great time at the lake Memorial Weekend as Adam and Sarah and two of their friends and families came north to help my mom and dad put the docks and boats in! It was a great weekend.

IMG_4589 IMG_4611So that is how the summer begins. Hopes yours is going well!

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The PotCats are sprouting.

Miss Luna Marie Tuna Toes was adopted from the county animal shelter six years ago. She loves having a home and being a house cat. She rarely goes outside. When she does, she sleeps in this plant pot on the back porch. Then she goes back inside. Miss Lu loves her life.

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This is Blorp.

It has been so cold this spring that I thought Blorp, the frog, would like a swimming pool in the middle of my fishpond. The water can warm up faster in there. Looks like it worked!

It’s still super cold today and I want to wash my window screens, so I am going to put them in the shower!

Blorp

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Time to spruce up the blog for spring.

I’ll get my header and background pics changed. And since I said “Spruce up”…I’ll see if I have any pine tree pics. :P

We had 3 beautiful days….went on two long, lovely bike rides. Got my fishpond and garden around the pond cleaned and weeded. Now, the it’s blowing and freezing and snowing!

‘Tis April!

IMG_4551Here is Orion helping Ken measure for a shed he is building to house our new generator. And, lo and behold, there are some spruce trees. I amooose myself.

IMG_4552The maple blossoms this year are insanely huge. This much be why I have had a horrendous allergy attack this spring. Allegra is helping out a lot!

IMG_4553Crabby alpaca face when he wants to be let out of his pasture.

IMG_4570Happy pacs grazing in the backyard! Happy spring to one and all!

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I posted these pictures on Facebook….

So, the least I can do is to share them here! I must do better at posting!

It’s been a cold March, but some grass is sprouting. Strong and Nugget have been eating every blade in their pasture, so I have started letting them out into the backyard to graze so their pasture grass has a chance to grow.

IMG_4537When I want them to come back in to their pasture, I get a pan of alpaca pellets, which they love. Here they come running for pellets.

IMG_4542And chowing down.

IMG_4548We had a sunny day about a week ago and the dogs loved that! Soon it will start to warm up!

A Three Dog Porch!

IMG_4534There, that wasn’t too difficult! Happy Easter weekend, everyone!

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Wow, we lucked out.

Ken and I just returned from a 5 day cruise on Saturday. Saturday night a huge snowstorm started. It snowed all night, all day Sunday and finally stopped sometime early Monday morning. It looks like we got well over a foot of snow. If we had to fly home on Sunday it would have not been good.

It’s now 9 degrees. Brrrrrr. I have to go to the grocery store. Good thing our driveway is plowed.  I’ll have to find my tallest boots to get out to feed the chicks and ‘pacas.

I have a cold which developed on the way home so I feel sort of floaty and blech.

And I came downstairs this morning to find that Ellie had opened a cupboard and ate an entire box of unfrosted blueberry Poptarts. Yes, I love those. And they are hard to find. I was shocked to find them at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago. And now they are in Ellie’s stomach. I’ll definitely be warming up the car and taking Ellie and Shel with me to the grocery store. She is way too wound up after being at the kennel for the week.

Alright, off to the store. It should be an adventure!

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