I love rain. I love the smell of it, the feel of it before it even begins to drop from the sky, and the awesome view of how it looks as it rolls in with the clouds.
Wednesday morning, I was running late doing my chores. So, after I dropped off my youngest at school, I headed out to the barn. It hadn't begun raining yet, but I could tell it was comin'! It slowly began to sprinkle, but before I could get everything done, it began pouring. As I watched the animals, I laughed at how different each of the species are. The ducks were playing joyfully in the puddles and thoroughly enjoying the rain and all it brings. The alpacas made themselves comfortable under the protection of the barn while all of the chickens slowly walked around hunting for any left over feed that may have fallen out of the alpaca food bowls. Only the ducks ventured out into the rain to enjoy themselves.
As I headed out to the chicken tractor, the rain really began coming down hard. I'm sure my neighbors got a chuckle out of me going from a slow walk, to a faster walk, to a trot, and finally and all out run! I proceeded to enter the chicken tractor and get the chicks fed. Their chicken tractor stayed nice and dry, despite the downpour going on all around them. So, I sat down on the feed bucket and began to pass the time until the rain let up.
It only took 5-10 minutes before the rain let up. As I sat there in the tractor, I realized how very, very fortunate I am. Years ago, I spent my days as a systems engineer working day in and day out in an office, working at a computer. Don't get me wrong! I LOVED my job! I worked with some incredibly nice and talented people. However, I'm so blessed to be able to work from home, taking care of all of these critters. I love spending my time outdoors...even when it's raining. :) I love the sound of the chickens clucking, as if bragging when they finish laying their eggs. I love the sounds of the roosters crowing all day while there is sunlight (yeah, they don't just crow in the morning). I love the sounds of the ducks quacking at the joy of splashing in the water. I love the sound of my alpacas humming to each other while they enjoy hanging out under the protection of the barn during the storm. I love knowing that all of my animals are happy, healthy, and living life well on lush green pasture and healthy foods. BEST DAY JOB EVER. Yep, blessed indeed.
This year was incredibly fast and easy! Mind you, it would have been WAY, WAY more easy if we had a 3rd person helping us (next year, we wake the kids up!). Three up, three done! One by one, we captured, cleaned (by air blowing), and sheared each alpaca. We didn't trim nails or trim teeth. We simply sheared. It was over super quick! Why didn't we reduce our herd down to this size YEARS ago!?! Here is a picture of Dolly, before having her fleece removed.
And here is a picture of Isabella (pictured top) and her mom, Charlene (pictured bottom). Charlene is laying down, ready to be shorn.
And here is a picture of Charlene shorn (pictured above) and Isabella (pictured below).
We don't have very good pictures (again, three is better than two people!), but you get the idea!
I hope everyone is having a super Monday! Have a great week!
I'm Cyndi and I LOVE the farm life! I went from being a systems programmer to a stay at home mom taking care of the kids and animals. I couldn't think of a better life!