Ahh, at last! This week copies of my newly revised YA lit textbook arrived! They smell so good, and I like how stiff they are to open - although I didn’t open all of them. Thanks to Teri Lesesne, Karin Perry, and Liz Haynes for their excellent contributions. And thanks especially to the fine YA authors who contributed brief essays entitled “Why I Write for Young Adults.” Each one is a gem! By the way, in this photo the cover of the book looks brown but it’s really a crisp purple! Thanks to Blanche Woolls, ed. and to Libraries Unlimited for their support!
Besides being obsessed with crocheted fingerless mittens, crocheted hats have caught my attention, especially “slouchy” ones! This one is also available on Etsy.
This is my brother and me in our cowboy/cowgirl outfits when we lived in San Antonio, Texas. Between us is our half-naked friend Gregory!
Besides crocheting fingerless mittens, I also make simple hats. This camo beanie is modeled by our son Josh! See ChanceCrochet shop at www.etsy.com.
Speaking of pygmy goats, we added a Pyrenees to their field for protection. She’s 4 years old and was given to us by one of our goat customers. The pygmies have never had their own guard dog so are wary of her. When she runs near them, they are frantic and run away from her. She’s a sweetheart and weighs about 70 pounds, much less than our other two Pyrenees.
During three days after Christmas 9 Boer kid were born to 7 of our nannies. All kids are robust and active! Newborn Boer kids are about the size of 2-month-old Pygmy kids. So cute and fun to watch!
I’m discovering that there is only so much one can write about pygmy goats when there aren’t any kids to admire. So, I’m going to begin including other “things” that are happening in my life.
Right now I’m obsessed with crocheting fingerless mittens. To date I have made 29 pairs and given about half of them as gifts. Several people suggested that I sell the mittens on etsy, so that’s what I’m trying to do. What you see here are 4 of the colors. If you want to see the other colors, go to www.etsy.com and search ChanceCrochet. I’m going to have to pay for all that yarn somehow! It’s takes me about 5 hours to crochet one pair of mittens, but I enjoy crocheting, finding it relaxing and therapeutic.
It will be the end of March before I can expect any pygmy goat kids - a long wait!
This month we adopted a 4-year-old Great Pyranees named Shiloh to protect my pygmy goats. She lives in the back field with them and is used to guarding pygmy goats. They are afraid of her because they have never had a dog in the field with them; two Great Pyranees are in an adjacent field. The first thing Shiloh did was walk the perimeter of “her” property. She’s friendly with us and seems to be happy in her new home.