Sunday, February 19, 2017

All the news that's fit to print

Sheep first (this is the Boulderneigh blog, after all!):
All the woollies are doing fine. Bramble is still keeping Nightcap company in the Ram-ada Inn:

The girls in the Sheep Sheraton aren't showing any signs of impending lambing so I suspect we're a month out from the first-bred older ewes' due dates. I think our church's annual women's coast retreat will land safely between the first set of lambs and the second set of lambs.

The boy band is co-existing peacefully in the wooded lot, growing beautiful wool. Dear deaf Benny didn't hear me approach this morning, so I caught some cute snooze shots before he woke up.




Knitting update:
I finished the owl hat but for the button eyes; so cute – and easy! I think it might be too short for its intended's taste, though, so I may be knitting #2 post-haste (there's plenty of yarn left over for another). I need to get back to the red fingerless mitts, too; I have to pick up stitches around the cabled band and knit the wrists, then add the thumbs.

Non-acquisition year update:
So far, so good! I had one little hiccup in January, when I spotted a bin of FitBit bands at the grocery store. I had worn out my basic black band so needed a replacement, but also spotted a pretty, patterned one in gray and white. I purchased both (for a grand total of $5) but realized the patterned one was an acquisition and returned it. Some of you might think that's a little silly, but I really do have more than enough of every thing, and this is a personal exercise in recognizing and being thankful for that. Besides, this new year is already smacking us with lots of unexpected, large financial challenges; every little bit not spent helps! Which leads us to...

Vet truck update:
This is a mixture of bane and blessing. I mentioned that the clutch had gone out on a trip over the hill and Rick had crept home in first gear. Once home he crawled under and investigated, but concluded it would have to go to a "truck doc." So he rented a tow-dolly to take it to the mechanic . . . only the tow-dolly wasn't big enough for an F350, so he had to call a tow truck. In the process of loading it, he and the tow truck driver discovered that the steering was non-functional – broken steering box. The driver noted that "Someone must be looking out for you;" amen! Now the big beast is at the Power Stroke specialist, who has diagnosed a host of heavy-hitting deficits. We're looking at $5000 minimum to get it back on the road, but considering the cost to replace it, we don't have any choice. Let's hope it goes another few hundred thousand miles (it has over 400K now)....

Heavey horse update:
Thankfully, my husband is a better vet than mechanic. ;-)  Lance is doing much better, and that makes my heart sing. After getting his immune system calmed down with dexamethasone injections, we're maintaining him with twice-a-day oral prednisolone. I'm hoping we can switch him to an aerosolized version or a bronchodilator, which have fewer risks of side effects.

Sports-mom update:
Brian played his last JV basketball game last week. The varsity team made it to the regional finals and won their first game Friday. Last night we attended game two. "Our" team lost the game; Brian and I lost our voices.  ;-)

That's it for now from . . .

5 comments:

MiniKat said...

Sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now. Glad the creatures great and small are doing well. I hope the truck repairs end up being less expensive than it's feared. <3

Goatldi said...

Apparently sheep sleeping are as cute as babies. Your truck woes have given me inspiration. My truck is 11 years and over 220K + miles on it. So thankful to read the miles your husband has and that fixing will give it new life. Crazy how we depend on our vehicles for so much. Looks like basketball season will keep the whole family running. I was a basketball Mom in another life. Have fun!

Debbie said...

Busy times...so glad to hear that Lance is improving, sorry to learn that Benny is deaf and the ladies in waiting look comfy.
Great photo of Brian!
As for the truck, sorry there are issues to deal with. We all rely on our wheels whether truck or car and when then don't work....good luck. Hope the repair costs a bit less.

C-ingspots said...

Happy to hear Lance is doing better! About the truck - major drag, but like you said, considering the cost of replacement, it is a bargain.
Lots of folks seem to be on the receiving end of financial hits lately - us included. We had a water leak and got our bill...to the tune of almost $600, which is close to what we pay annually. Ouch!

Claire Moxon-Waltz said...

Your owl hat is fabulous! I adore the pictures of Benny - such a peaceful look on his face. I feel that I need a sleep like that! Sorry about the truck troubles - vehicles are always such a drain.