Sunday, November 20, 2016

COMPANY, COWS AND RAIN


Well wishing that I had left a note after the last post. One that said "see you all in just shy of two weeks." The road to Hell is lined with good intentions and I had no clue that after that post I would be hit with a whirlwind of company , errands and weather.

Jessica the third daughter of a dear friend came to spend her 21st birthday with us. What an honor to be asked to be the detestination for a young ladies 21st birthday.  When I first met this family it was over a goat. The three girls were 2-4 and 6 years. Today they are 21-23 and 25 years. It has been a delight watching these girls grow up. In Jessica's case she had moved out and found herself living in the big city. She needed a place to relax and get some "real country " in her weekend. And that we did!

Saturday included pastry and coffee's over some girl talk at a local coffee place. And some shopping in old town Cottonwood.
Sunday we hit the road and headed up to Burney Falls . Located in McArthur-Burney State Park http://www.burney-falls.com/
We stopped at Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park https://www.nps.gov/lavo/index.htm and Subway Cave http://californiathroughmylens.com/subway-cave-old-lava-tube-lassen-national-forrest/

Finally arriving at Lake Britton inside Mc Arthur Burney State Park to eat our picnic lunch and hike including a trek to the falls.
Then on Monday prior to taking Jessica to the Amtrak we stopped at our neighbors Janet O'Connor who works and lives on the Armstrong Holiday Ranch. The heifers and cows are home again and calving  has commenced. Giving Jessica an opportunity to bottle feed an Angus heifer calf born about a week early. She is doing well and growing like a weed. Then it was onto the train with good-byes and come back soon!
Tuesday and Wednesday brought a catch up days to start getting ready for the rainy weather that was to begin on Saturday early morning as in after midnight. Thursday and Friday were dedicated to errand running so I could be home on the days of really poor weather. Friday afternoon while feeding I noticed that the neighbors has popped over to the fence to say "howdy". I really think they were checking out the alfalfa the goats were enjoying.
It poured did I say poured? Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 inches. Exact totals not yet accounted for. Love it and the weather left time for beginning a new weaving project. Slaying the reed in this photo on a gift for someone special.
While we under the weather literally so was I. Finally figured out I have a bit of a sinus issue going on. Nothing that can't be worked through but sucks just enough energy from you that a nap sounds good just about any time of the day or night. Amped up the Elderberry intake and I am feeling better already.

We are expecting one and one half days of sun and highs in the 50's lows in the 30's then more rain. Sure wish I could figure out how to get this down to my friends and family in the San Joaquin valley. They could certainly use it! But inclement weather brings more weaving time for me and pictures to come for you. Win win!

So stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.


4 comments:

  1. I am positive Jessica enjoyed the farm away from city life. Hope you are feeling better now. Great shots. Hug B

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    1. She did Buttons! It is especially hard on Jessica as she grew up on a small holding raising goats,ponies, chickens and heritage hogs. Glad you enjoyed the photos!

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  2. You must be very special folks to Jessica. You and your homestead must offer peace, tranquility and security for her. A "safe home" . . . something we all need during certain parts of our life.

    I may get a quilting day tomorrow. Well, outside of the make-ahead Thanksgiving dishes I can get done. We're to have a day of wet snow that won't help the already slippery stuff on the ground already. Good day to stay home!

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    1. Mama Pea thanks for stopping bye. You said good words and true too. Yes I felt honored that a young woman felt it in her heart to spend a landmark birthday with us. She is a very special person and it will be fun to see her grow into herself. Hope you found time to quilt!

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