But I travel with enough supplies and equipment to handle everything from a human heart attack to an emergency c-section (alpaca) and I'm on alert until the last animal is safely in his pasture and eating hay.
I will be at our frien Dee's place this weekend for her shearing and then it's the 3 day paca palooza that is our shearing weekend. I am planning the menu this week and trying to lay in all the necessary supplies. Our actual shearing will be Sat May 18 and Monday May 19th - our main shearer has a family thing on Sunday. Anyone willing/able to show up and help out - whether by holding an animal, carrying bags of fibre or just cooling alpacas with a hose is welcome!
As for me, well I am struggling this year. Elliot's birthday - he would have been 27 - and the upcoming anniversary of my dad's death (he died on our shearing weekend 3 years ago) combined with the situation with one of our former alpaca group members has really left me pretty drained. I think I need a few days of nothing to help re-charge. In the last 4-6 weeks we have had a flood that has meant the entire lower level has been ripped out and is under construction. What could be salvaged is now everywhere else in the house - so I am stepping over things. We've had 2 late term abortions of perfectly lovely crias in our herd - that's never happened so we've been busy trying to nail down any potential cause. The car is dying - and trying to figure out how to replace that has been stressful. The previously mentioned former alpaca pals have threatened me,tried to sue our group for removing them, and generally done their best to make life difficult. Trespass letters have been sent. Lawyers involved. But the stupid just never stops. I don't even respond. But it wears on a person. SO yeah...not only is it past time for a vacation, it's past time to move the heck out of here and away from the crazy.
So that's life here, how about where you are?