Eve The Fiber Fanatic

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Fiber bunny

Hi I realized that I had not posted a picture of my bunny. She is a French Angora and is named 'Freda'. We got her at the Sheperd's Harvest Festival last spring up by the 'Cities' Minneapolis/St.Paul. http://burroak.hypermart.net/festival.htm She was pretty cheap cause she is about 5 years old which is pretty old for a bunny so they don't want her to have anymore babies. Since I really don't want to deal with a lot of baby bunnies that worked out fine. I coulda got some nice baby bunnies there but bunnies are a lot of work. Especially fiber bunnies. Now that winter is here it is even worse as we have her out in this shed to keep her warmer and drier. I gotta tramp through all the snow to water her every day cause the temps are so cold the water freezes. With her up by the house it is easy and the water lasts at least 2-3 days and I can check her at nite if I forget. So don't look at those cute, cute little bunnies and think that they are not very much work. I still need to clean her cage out a bit while the weather is a bit warmer, she is getting great piles of frozen poop in her cage. nothing to be done about it when it is so cold, but as it warms a little I can get it scraped out a little. She needs a grooming too so maybe this afternoon that will be the activity.
Enjoy the Holidays

Merry Christmas!

Well, I know I am late with this wish for everyone! But the season is not yet over. We still have the New Year! So HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Hubby decided that we would go to the Black Hills, SD for Christmas. So I got two (2) nites in a nice Super 8 motel with a pool and hot tub and continetal breakfast. I did not have to cook or clean or drive. We tootled around the Hills for Christmas Day enjoying the grand Beauty that our God has created for our enjoyment and wonder. We did have to drive all the way into Rapid City for a place to eat on Christmas. We found a wonderful restuarant open called the Hunan Buffet on rt 16. Very nice atmosphere and decor and very good food. Very busy too!
We did not go to church but did invite Jesus to help celebrate the day with us. Since we had a wonderfully peaceful day I feel that Jesus did just as we asked. I hope that He enjoyed seeing the Creation through our eyes. I think I was influenced in asking Jesus along by a song played on our local Christian radio station KNWC. It was a letter from Jesus about not being invited to the parties or celebrations given because of HIS Birthday. About being left outside and unwanted. Hmmm it made me think. Why wouldn't we invite HIM to celebrations to do with HIS Birthday. Selfishness was the first thought. Commercialism, agnosticism, other religions,etc.
On Soap Box: I think that this holiday has been wayyyy to commercialized. It has lost the original purpose of the day being chosen; ie: to get the new Christians away from the Pagan celebrations. Seems to me that we are back to the Pagan celebrations anyway and still leaving The Lord Jesus out! The evil one still is coming between Jesus and His Church! I love the Holidays and the idea of celebrating Jesus' birthday but what does Santa Claus and Christmas Trees and lots of other things have to do with it??? I can see decorating with lights as Jesus is the LIGHT of the World. Maybe trees too as Jesus is the Tree of Life but Santa Claus was just a man who did a good deed in giving to others. Now he is a god to all our little children who write him letters and ask for everything they want. He is celebrated in parades and pictures and movies. Jesus said "Let all the little children come to Me." But now they go to Santa instead and sit on his lap and whisper their secret wishes in his ear when they should be doing that with Jesus! The tradition of gift giving that he brought is good but it has gotten way out of hand.
Now it is not so much a wish to give but a 'have to give' tradition. We are pressured from all directions to buy, buy, buy! 'No one will be happy unless they have this or that latest thing.' Bullcrap! We choose to be happy or not. Things will not make us any more happy and sometimes make us more Unhappy. I think I had a happier time the way we spent the holiday than most other years of doing the 'traditional' thing.
So what shall we DO about this. Maybe more people should skip the 'gift' thing other than something tiny and meaningful and do something with Jesus. Send someone on a trip that could not otherwise afford it. Make clothes for homeless and give them out. Do housework for some senior who can't do their own so well anymore. There are so many things to DO for people than just giving them the Latest Thing. Sometimes with your kids just to tell them NO is a gift. Do something as a family or couple that makes the time together memorable. Avoid all the buying frenzy! Save up for a very nice holiday instead of getting in debt to the credit card companies. They are the ones benefitting not you! Look around your area of the world for God's handiwork. It is alllll around you! I look at a snowflake or a blade of grass and think in Awe that My God Has Made That and He did it for Me. Is that not the Greatest gift. And even Greater is that He sent His Son to Earth to Pay My Debt that I owed for MY Sins. I earned that death not Him. Yet He paid it! Most Awesome! Off soapbox.
Well I did warn you in my bio that I am a Christian and have opinions! Agree or disagree that is your right and I will stand by that right too.
I hope that all are safe and well through the Holidays and celebrate them with meaning. Not just mindlessly following traditions or advertizing scams.
My brother got hold of us that his son and daughter had an auto accident that broke both axles on the vehicle and has pretty much totaled the car! The kid were ok. Like a miracle they only had a few bruises and scrapes. The next day they went siteseeing with the rest of the family that had gathered together. So thankful that they are fine!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

For Dale and Mary Ann

This is "Dolly" Yes she is real cute. She has one blue eye and one brown/blue eye. She is so small that she is a bit hard to do. She was hand raised by her very nice owner's. She just lost her 'mom' a couple months ago to a sudden heart attack. She was a very special person and we all miss her a lot. She had been in a nursing home for a while before this happened and had had a couple heart attacks already. She had been recovering from a broken hip and suffered from macular degeneration. I always knew her to be cheerful and helpful to everyone. The couple was very active in their church and I consider them a true christian witness in their lifestyle. I know that she resides now with God and is now truly well and whole, and waiting for her family to join her in due time. These are also true 'Pet' people and will never let an animal go abused or neglected. Patience is also one of their virtues. Patience with pet,people and life in general. So this is my tiny tribute to a fine wonderful couple who have been a joy to know and be of small service to. Love you both Dale and Mary Ann.

"The Snug's snuggler"

This is finally a picture of "Snuggles" with her new sweater. Daddy was trying to stay out of the room but she had gotten wind of him so wasn't going to pose for me.
"Snugs" before her "do" She's done with her bath and blowdrying. Such a ham! She had been trying to get out of the photo shoot and then decided to cooperate. She held her paw up till I got the shot then put it down. Toooo cute! Her Mom says she is a total ham for the camera but only when she is pretty. She evidently doesn't like pictures taken when she ain't at her best.
Hi Sue I finally got this to upload. Only took me 3 days of trying 2-3 times a day to get these two little pictures to upload. Tada! I really think it should be easier than this so if anyone out there has some suggestions, please let me know.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Monthy Snow Globes

This was way toooo cool to not put on here. And you can use the link at http://www.luvscreations.com/ to get your own. She has lots of different ones and lots of other stuff. If ya like angels this is a site you need to see.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Here's the closer up of the sheep. The merino/shetland cross is a really cute girl. Very friendly but follows the example of the wild one more than not. Delihia sometimes come close if I have good stuff to give out, but will not let me touch her. The other two let me touch them a little. The wool feels quite stiff this time of year because of the cold. It hardens the lanolin grease in the wool. "Snow" feels very stiff and hard she has so much merino blood in her it gives her extra lanolin.
The bunny "Freda" got put in the old chicken house. A small building so she is out of the direct snow and winds. Hubby fixed a place in the barn all snug in the middle of the hay bales for her when the temps go down under -10 F. And got a heated dog water dish to put in with her. We don't have that out in the chicken house as no electric. So I go out with water every day. A warm 1/2 full bottle and make sure she starts drinking right away. Friday morning worried me a bit cause she did not go for the water right away like she usually does. But it was very frosty out that morning and she was also very frosty coated. I don't think she could see it well. She finally started drinking tho. Today I was late getting out to water her and she was wanting it right away. She has to get her water in before it freezes up. I cannot fill the bottle too full either or it will burst it. If I do not put enough in it will freeze too soon and she will not have enough.
The horses are doing well and the female is starting to look pregnant. It is going to hopefully be a wonderful time this spring with all the young ones about. I think my DH has been missing the young ones and animals to care for. Even if it is a pain in the *%# in the wintertime. He a farm boy at heart! Always will be.
Winter finally arrived here. Looks pretty. Those are my fiber on the hoof out there by the barn. The big white is a polypay ram. I call him "Buddy Boy". The smaller white one is a female merino/shetland X I call "Snow" and the black one is "Delihia" The evil wild shetland female. All of these are a couple months short of 1 year old but all the things we have checked say it is alright to put them together this young as long as they are 1 year old by lambing time. Besides "Buddy Boy" was simply wearing himself out pacing the fence all day long.