Haha! I agree, time to take the cat the the vet for a "check up". Don't let the cute vet think you're just another customer, let him know you value your pets health and have a general interest in what he has to say. Good luck!
Haha, Gentleman-Friend would be jealous. Very jealous. That's actually something that sort of maybe concerned me about him...he's generally literally "the nicest person evvvvver" but then sometimes...like the times I've mentioned other guys to him, he gets sort of mean about it in a weird way. The last time I mentioned another guy in a "being great" context (who he KNEW was just a friend-friend), his response was "if he's so great, you should PROBABLY marry him!"...and the guy in question was a guy that was a close brother-like friend to me, absolutely no romantic interest there (at least from my side).
Of course, I don't really blame him, I would get defensive and probably "mean" if he started telling me about how wonderful some other girl is...but still.
I dunno. He's really a wonderful person in general though! And that's probably the only flaw I've ever found in him even after seeing/being around him every single day for an entire summer when we worked at camp together. Like seriously.
In any case, next Friday, the cat goes to the vet to be "weighed". ;) hahahaha
I hope you guys had a great V-Day!
I was sort of bummed out about my day, just kinda felt like couples were being repeatedly thrown in my face alllll day. Then like 3 of my FB friends got engaged today so I have to look at that every time I go on Facebook...the whole thing.
But then, I had an hour+half Skype session with one of my bestest lady friends in the whollllle world and that made things so much better! It was wonderful. And I laughed until I cried.
And, I have a scad of photos for you!!! Yay!!
First, V-day inspired "cartoon":
I had carrots in my pocket. The Carrot Detective always knows. ALWAYS.
Cute goat girl.
Happy Valentine's Day, Hazel!
Someone is shedding quite a lot!! Haha This is just from one of her more favored rollng spots. Geeeez.
For whatever reason, after mauling me for carrots that she did not receive yet, she decided to head up to the front gate.
"*bobs head* Feeeeeeeeeed meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"
Valentine's Day dinner! :)
This is my thing for her every year. Since I don't know when her birthday is really, I pretend that she's a February 15th baby...so she gets heart-shaped carrots on her dinner every year on the 14th. :)
So, as of tomorrow, she's "officially" twenty-eight years old! Keep killing it, girl!!
Fat pony approves of birthday /Valentine's dinner.
CUTE face! Geez, Lacey. Put that away, you're already fat and retired, what MORE do you want?? Hahaha
And she knows it, jcraig! She really does. She had a lesson today and spent her time dancing around and even crowhopped a few times for the poor kid! "It's my birthday and I do what I WANT!!"
Hahahaha the carrots really did not take that long! Only maybe 10 minutes! Since she gets treats extremely rarely, it's worth spending a little extra time. :)
And since she is getting older, my motto (decided last year) is that I'm trying to spend my time with her in a "no regrets" type fashion. For instance, if this were to be her last "birthday" I don't want to look back and wish I had celebrated it more, you know?
So really selfish reasons!
She does grow that hair, that's for sure!! It's only been a little more than a month since I shaved her patootie and she already has quite a bit of hair back there!!
"Luckily" for her, only about a month until I shave her entire self. Muhahahaha! [I'm figuring that if I shave her in mid-March, then we'll be safely out of the coldest part of the year and she'll have a good 5+ months before late July/August, when I plan to shave her again - since it gets hottest in August+September...and then she'll be able to grow quite a bit of hair again before the cold hits in Nov/Dec..at least that's how it's working inside my mind.]
Other "luckily", I'm hoping to practice my mohair cleaning with this shearing so that I might be able to clean+sell the summer shearing (this shear is going to be "less than" since it has hay and mud and weird short bits...a good one to practice on! Haha). I can't wait to shave her. She is going to look HILARIOUS. Wit all her saggy skin... Like a giant naked mole rat...with horns. There have been requests to leave her "top knot" for a while, for the sake of hilarity, so I'll probably do that.. I'm really looking forward to it! Hahaha!
I'm going to make a picture thread, I think, for Miss L's b-day...so look for that. :)
.....Other "luckily", I'm hoping to practice my mohair cleaning with this shearing so that I might be able to clean+sell the summer shearing (this shear is going to be "less than" since it has hay and mud and weird short bits...a good one to practice on! Haha). I can't wait to shave her. She is going to look HILARIOUS. Wit all her saggy skin... Like a giant naked mole rat...with horns. There have been requests to leave her "top knot" for a while, for the sake of hilarity, so I'll probably do that.. I'm really looking forward to it! Hahaha!
Just FYI, most hand spinners expect the fleeces to have bits of hay, mud and “crud” in them. It even has it’s own fancy name- “VM” ….vegetable matter .
So don’t think your fleece will somehow be “less” because of it.
Yes, sure some fiber growers put the fancy jammies on the animal year ‘round, but not everyone. And, the best parts of the fleece will generally be the area that is called “the blanket” anyway, which in Hazel’s case is under where her blanket actually has been.
The chest, arm pits, tail area, belly are usually not as nice as the blanket area and almost always have more rough, coarse, and often shorter guard hairs. Plus, it is normal for an animal to have some sections that grow longer than others. Has to do with how it was sheared the time before, the animal's age, and genetics.
Most people cannot detect it with the naked eye and it takes a long time to train your fingers and sense of touch to be able to feel the nuances of the different areas, but if you rub it on your cheek the feel is a little different.
Anyway, so long as you shear the fleece with clean long cuts in a shingle like way to keep the length even, that will go just as far into how valuable her fleece is as the micron will (hair shaft diameter…. The smaller the micron the better it feels.)
Fleece can be sold several ways:
Raw- right off the animal with minimal “shaking” out of the VM, or minimal disturbance to the locks/hair structure .
Skirted- gently sorted with most VM and guard hair chunks removed.
Skirted and scoured- Clean sorted and washed, but…..many fleeces will felt if not washed correctly which is why spinners usually prefer to wash themselves. It also helps to set the twist once spun so spinners sometimes wash only after skirting and spinning.
Crafters or doll makers are usually the ones who want washed fiber.
Anywho…. So let me know when you are ready for me to blow up your inbox with shearing and fiber stuff.
As sad as this is to contemplate, since you have been documenting life with Lacey, when she does go, you will have a long history of photos, and with your writing skills and cartoons, you really should write a book. I think it could be very successful.