Sunday, April 20, 2008

Answers to some questions and what we did yesterday

1. No, I don't usually knit while on the treadmill. I try to go fast enough that it would be a Very Bad Idea. I have, however, knit while on a recumbent bike.

2. We boiled the leaves for a good long while for the eucalyptus, and it smelled like eucalyptus but worse, if that is understandable. I'd personally like to try a different kind of gum tree and (thanks Tamiami) chop the leaves.

3. Thing 1 is heading home -- they cancelled the end of the tournament because there was too much snow on the ground, but she told us last night that while her feet were cold in the snow, she was having fun.

Yesterday, Thing 2 and I went on a walk with some new friends.

Our new friend, Brady, was a little nervous because the other four-footed ones weren't in his herd -- he was visiting. So he hummed nervously throughout much of the hike, which sounded a lot like my daughter complaining as we went uphill.

I learned that, to my intense relief, my reaction after a day spent with these lovely animals was: "Eh." I can totally take them or leave them. Since I usually come home from an interaction with any large fiber/fur/meat/milk animal thinking, "I will die if I do not immediately move to a farm and procure X," this was delightful.

Thing 2 worked hard to get enough fur for a hat, though.

We have been offered one of Brady's herdmate's last shearing, though. I may have to take Kate up on it. Then I'll teach Thing 2 to card!


Charity said...

Oh, how exciting! A whole fleece - what fun! :0)

amanda j said...

I have no desire to farm anything! Animals in most forms terrify the living daylights out of me for some reason. And I even grew up on a farm!

Putting the kids to work - that's what I like to see!

cpurl17 said...

Wow! What a fun day!

The only way I could live on a farm is if I had plenty of hunky farmhands to do all the real work.

NeedleDancer said...

What fun! I'd love to go on a hike with llamas or alpacas!
I too often come away wishing we could own some. So far, I've been safe from sheep... but alpaca make me just long to have a pair in the back yard. The neighborhood's home owners' association would not be impressed.

allisonmariecat said...

Sometimes I say to my husband, "You know, it would be so neat if we bought a farmhouse and milked cows and things like that." Then he looks at me like I'm nuts and says, "Do you want to get up before dawn and have to look out for cow pies everywhere you go?" Well, if you put it that way....

Looks like you had a great time!

Morenna said...

I'm sorry to hear Thing 1's tournament got cut short. Sounds like she's got a great attitude about it though.

Congrats on resisting the urge to get an alpaca. Hopefully Thing 2 has also resisted.

Oh, and I worked out today. We'll see if I'm still motivated tomorrow. :-)

suzee said...

Huzzah on not raising llamas! That's a big deal.

And yay on T2 for the A to Z approach to millinery.

Katherine said...

I'm a little disappointed, actually, that you haven't got one stowed away in your backyard somewhere. But a fleece is good too, I suppose.