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National Novel Writing Month

Recently, I spent a few days with my daughter Amanda, and her wonderful husband, Kisu.  They bought their first house in the Washington, DC area this past summer.  We spent time trimming trees, eating at great restaurants, and getting ready for Hurricane Sandy.  Daughter and son-in-law had no problems with the storm other than wind and rain.

While I was there, Amanda shared her enthusiasm about her participation in the upcoming National Novel Writing Month.  She and a few of her friends would be taking the novel writing challenge in November.  Additionally, Amanda’s class of gifted and talented fifth graders were given the option to write … and most of them decided to accept the NaNoWriMo challenge!  Then Amanda’s long-time friend Mark (who we consider our second son) also convinced me to jump in.

So, I signed up for NaNoWriMo and started writing!  The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.  Amanda and Mark assured me that nobody expects the novel to be good.  Participants are supposed to put their internal editor away and just write.  Once the initial draft is written, the internal editor is released from lock-up and put to work.  The NaNoWriMo website is set up to be very positive and encouraging with goals, support groups, ideas and suggestions.  It also has a way to upload the progress of words written so one can keep track.  “Winners” are the participants who complete the 50,000 word challenge by the end of November.

I got a good start on my novel, but have screeched to a halt the last few days due to a busy work schedule and a job change.  I have placed the NaNo badge on the blog to encourage you to cheer me on!

Herding Bunny

Surprise!  A few new things are happening on the farm so I will hopefully start posting again.

In the meantime, I ran across this cute video on another blog.  This little bunny herds sheep better than my dogs!  Enjoy!

Click Champis, the Herding Bunny for video.

Happy Earth Day!

Spring is limping along, our little patch of earth is trying to awaken, grass is slowly turning green.  The birds have returned and are busy building nests with a treasure-trove of materials our little farm has to offer – straw, hay, and warm, cozy bits of wool and llama fiber.  Spring planting for local farmers is behind schedule as the fields have been too wet.  The weather forecast is supposed to be in the 60’s next week.  I hope so!  Yesterday we woke to snow but it melted away within a few hours.

Winter Returns

This photo is from our front window.  TH (Trophy Husband) is removing a patch of Boxelder trees in front of the house.  Boxelder is a hard-to-kill “weed tree” in the maple family.  It has very hard wood (tough to cut) so it makes for better firewood than a shade tree.  I counted 14 trees in this area.  The trees monopolize the landscape and are in different stages of growth or decay.  I’ve wanted them removed for five years but TH has resisted because they are on the west side of the house; they do give afternoon shade.  TH has finally relented and agreed to remove the trees.  We will replace them with poplar, maple, evergreen trees, shrubs and flowers.  On this Earth Day I have no worries about losing the weed trees; we have already planted well over 100 new trees on our property!

I promise updated lamb photos in the next post.  Enjoy the day!

Thanks for the Kind Thoughts! I am On the Mend…

A quick update – I  went to the doctor, who diagnosed bronchitis.  I also received a lesson in WHY I should use my daily steroid inhaler – even though I have very infrequent asthma symptoms.  I don’t regularly use the steroid inhaler because it gives me mouth sores, no matter how well I rinse my mouth.  However, winter takes its toll on the lungs.  So, one round of antibiotics and a few days later and I am on the mend.   I am rinsing with mouthwash to decrease mouth sores.

And on another note, some time in the next few days the blog visit counter will top 20,000.  That’s pretty exciting!  Well – I’m off to feed the critters before work.  Have a great day and thank you for all your encouragement!

I Need Some Cheer!

I have yet another head cold this winter.  This is my fourth cold since November.  Usually, I get one or two head colds during the winter.  I don’t know what is different this year.  I take a multivitamin and have been eating more fruits and veggies than in the past.  And these colds have knocked me for a loop.  I sleep all the time, feel run down with body aches and a full head.  I have a hard time thinking so it’s just better to sleep.  It’s not the flu.

Needless to say, I am fairly disgusted with being sick.  I need some cheer, please.  Leave a message telling me what is wonderful in your part of the world.  I thank you in advance!

I’m Posting Every Week in 2011!


Frosty fleece wreckers - Aargh!



I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week, perhaps more often, for all of 2011.

The posts really dropped off the last few months of 2010.  I found it was just consuming too much time to think of new ways to write about my flock and farming.  As my blogging slowed, I was able to accomplish more knitting.  But I missed blogging.  How to find the balance?  When I began the blog, I wanted it to be a chronicle of our farm life.  I also wished it to be (somewhat) a diary of our personal life.  So that is it – in 2011, I will focus on shorter but more varied posts.  No worries – our lovely Finn flock, sweet Shetlands and entertaining llamas will still be featured; as will family, knitting, spinning, dyeing, gardening, traveling, random thoughts, and anything else that strikes my fancy.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.  And I look forward to reading your blogs in 2011!

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments, likes, and good will along the way.  Thank you so very much for your support!


Terri, The Shepherdess

A Thought Provoking Blog

I stumbled across this blog on WordPress tonight.  It was a very interesting read.

The Fiber Shed Challenge

In 2010, I was hoping to “eat local” but didn’t make a very genuine effort.  I hope to do better this year.  The Fiber Shed Challenge goes another step toward becoming a “locavore” – in a different way.  I will give this some thought.  Perhaps it will be a good challenge for 2011.  But first, I think I will check out a few local farmer’s markets…

Red, White, and Blue (via Owning Kristina)

This post is for our son John, who is currently serving in Afghanistan.

Happy 4th of July, John. We love you and are so proud. You are an amazing young man!

This is a photo of our son John.  Recently, he was injured by an IED blast. Thank God, he is okay – he has shrapnel in his shoulder but is keeping his spirits high and healing well.  I always knew my son was amazing, but the more I learn of the brave acts that he and our fighting forces are doing over there, the more I am in awe!  He is fighting to help keep our country safe and hopefully bring some of that to the people of Afghanistan.

I liked this post because this is what it is all about – FREEDOM. After looking at the photos, I think we will need to paint a flag on a (fake) llama. 🙂

Red, White, and Blue I didn’t realize, until today,  just how many American flags I’ve photographed over the years; some taken on the 4th, but most were on random days. All of the days, especially the random ones, were days when I was out and about, enjoying my freedom. Here’s to the men and women who’ve made our freedoms possible. For without them, I probably wouldn’t be sitting here sharing my images and thoughts with all of you. Enjoy your freedom on this special … Read More

via Owning Kristina

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