A Beautiful Alpaca Morning…


The sun is rising earlier and earlier and so am I. Once upon a time in a prior life in Salt Lake City, I got up at 9:30 or 10 and it was the unusual day that saw me bathed, dressed and ready for the world before 11. Currently, wake-up is done by the sun at about 7 and I go out to check on the alpacas–half of the time still in my robe. For the most part, they aren’t up yet, just cushed and chewing cud. The looks I get! I sneak back out and wait until 8 before putting out hay and filling/cleaning water buckets.

My main purpose in their lives has become that I am SHE WHO GIVES GRAIN. I am convinced that they listen for the squeak from the front door (remind me to oil that) and recognize the sound since they look up and, if they see me, come running even from the farthest fields. I am an easy mark.

Saturday was an absolutely perfect day, the kind you would like to bottle and keep for emergencies. Sunday could only be described as hot–and sunny–and windy. We have had winds gusting up to 50 mph for a full 24 hours now. Welcome to Oklahoma “where the wind comes sweeping down the plain.” It should be here another day or two and then die down for a bit. Most of Oklahoma is dry, dry, dry, but we have had quite a bit of rain here in the far northeast Green Country. Our biggest worry is wind-driven fire across the prairie Possible thunderstorms are forecast every day this week, I think–a little frightening but so beautiful. We have cut the fields so there is not a lot to burn and more green grass.

I really am looking for my camera cords so I can begin including pictures again. If it stays not so very nice out I may have time to look… in the meantime, it’s a simply breathtakingly windy, glorious morning and it may freeze tonight and it will be in the 70s and 80s later in the week.

Excuse me–the alpacas and I have a plan to march up and down the fields and take a look at the big new field going in as I write–about 15 acres, I think (3 sides=1/2 mile of fencing.) I’m glad that I don’t have to try stretching fence myself today. This wind almost takes your breath away. There is an added bonus to all of this wind maybe? Maybe some of the vegetation and hay will blow out of the fleece before shearing on Friday.

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