Well we’ve been in the house now for a couple of weeks. Sorry, no pictures yet of the inside because it is such a mess! Boxes still in lots of places and things in chaos as we try to continue with all the little staining and painting projects that are going on. Right now, my focus is on staining the kitchen cabinetry. We have a lot of work to do to achieve a level of normalcy about our routines, but slowly things seem to be taking shape. Of course, with the move-in it seems all progress on the business development side grinds down to a turtle’s pace. It is so easy to get swept up in a staining project all day long and forget even to check email, let alone post a blog entry.
However, I did take time to step away from this organized chaos to walk two of my llamas down to the river. This was a true test. Both of these guys have been fighting for the Top Llama spot in the herd. I wanted to see what would happen if I walked them together. It worked out quite well as long as I kept Uber, the new guy, in front of Stellar. The other way around and Uber would be biting Stellar’s tail all through the hike. Stellar kept a safe distance behind Uber and thus any confrontation was prevented. Uber can be a bit of a high maintenance guy with the other llamas, but once on the trail he is the best hiker of the all. He takes every trail challenge in stride. Stellar, on the other hand gets props for not having any fear of the water. We actually hiked right down to the river’s edge on this 95 degree day (Yup, you heard me 95 degrees in the mountains yesterday!) He walked right on in and you could see the relief on his face.
With 3 years worth of fiber on the four llamas we brought here to the ranch, they are really aching for a shearing. That will be happening very soon though. This weekend we force ourselves out of the house and into the barn to clean it up as well. There is so much left behind from the construction (extra materials, wood, etc.) that it needs to be sorted and organized. Plus, now that we have most of the shelving installed, I can reclaim the corral for the animals to use and then shear the llamas. That will be an experience!
So an open invitation goes out to all you local folks. There are some really great hikes that start right at the ranch and are very easy. I know of some secret vista points that are just beautiful. Come on up and let’s go for a hike. Right now these are free! That’s right, F-R-E-E! But as we get our hiking program together, (and figure out the catered picnic lunch part), we’ll begin charging a fee. So, come one come all!