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Blog 10/1/2016

School schedules, sports schedules, music and dance lessons, scouts and faith fomration classes and family trips to the apple orchard have settled most of us into a routine as October begins.  Here at MV, there have been a few bumps in the routine since we added the two newcomers, two Icelandic sheep, Macrina and Midnight, to our menagerie.  Two of our granddaughters also picked up their new puppy, Vail.  Babies, whether humans or animals, are such a delight and demonstrate that we still believe that our world is still such a beautiful place to be.

Macrina and Midnight

 

Macrina and Midnight settled in right away, and since we gave them a yard and shed all their own right next to the goats, they must think they are in heaven.  We can't really put collars on them since it would mat down their beautiful wool they are growing (check with us next month to see how we make out with the shearing!), but we discovered they will eat grain right out of our hands and follow us just about anywhere if we have grain with us.  The goats on the other hand, just sort of looked at them when they arrived, and more or less asked, "OK, what are these?!!  They don't exactly look like us!!"  Our nieghbor's grandson, Gilbert, who is not quite a year old yet, came to visit the other day and it was love at first sight!

 

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Jeremiah and Sophie also seemed to size them up the first day with a few questioning glances, and Sophie has been her usual self still going out every night on her nighttime patroling excursions.  When the sheep arrived, she hopped over the livestock fences to check things out up close and personal.  Macrina and Midnight had a similar guard dog where they were before, so they pretty much ignored her.  The dogs just seem to be taking them in stride . . . "these must be the new kids on the block . . . funny looking kids though!"

 

Sky and sheep

 

A few days ago, we opened up all the gates, letting the sheep and goats mix. Again, it appeared that the sheep thought they had died and went to heaven. . . they now had three large yards to explore and much more grass to munch.  They are kind of funny to watch, since they never go far from the other one, and almost walk or run as if they were attaached at the hip.  There have been a few head bumps betweeen them and the goats, but for the most part, everyone is sharing and being good so far.

 

Our granddaughters don't live with us, but ar eabout 45 minutes away, and last week they came down our way to pick up their new puppy, Vail.  Since they were i the neighborhood, they had to stoop by and show her off!  Very cute!  45 minutes is not a long ride, but for a new puppy, who has never been in a car before . . . you guessed it . . . first she threw up all over Mary, our daughter, when she just stopped the car to pick up some Lysol wipes for puppy accidents, and then after she cleaned up and went back to driivng, Vail threw up all over Gretchen, our 8-year old granddaughter, before htey got home.  Once at her new home, however, Vail was a perfectly happy littel pup, romping and running all over the yard in her hew home. She is good as gold now and is currently being spoiled, esp. by two young girls who want tolay as much as she does.

 

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Pope Franics, in his Laudato Si letter, ahs told us we are all connected, and if animls and children are any indication, he was "right-on"!  To ensure those connections are blessings for all of us, we may need to pay more attention to our planet and our "Common Home" as he calls it, to see how we can continue to hang out those "home, sweet home" signs for the  next generations.  check out this week's LS column with section 2 of the document.  The first week's suggestion, even though it sounded pretty innocent . . . "let's check to see if we are all recycling in our homes" may have rocked a few boats. . . will tell you more later next week!