On an alarming note, my friend and neighbor, Kay, took quite a spill on Saturday and ended up fracturing her thumb and opening a gash that took a number of stitches to close. This is not a good injury for anyone, but especially someone who is a knitter, spinner, livestock owner. While they were in the Emergency Room, I zipped over to throw hay at her bunch and let the geese and goat does out. There, to my horror, was one of her bucks - on the WRONG side of the fence. He wouldn't let me anywhere near him and then discovered that the does were out in their pasture. I figured he wouldn't roam far, as he was glued to the fence making ridiculous faces when I left. By the time Kay got home, he had managed to get back in. Goats!
Our little craft fair on Sunday was successful. There were only six tables and Sylvia practically sold out, I sold a lot, and a woman who is a highly talented jewelry maker/designer had a very good afternoon. Her jewelry is silver-based and beautifully designed. It was also very fairly priced. Want to see my new earrings?? Even after the earring purchase, I cleared a nice sum. And I finished knitting a pair of soakers for a neighbor's new baby while I was there.
I got my laundry done - it was still plenty windy yesterday - although my sheets now carry an ever-so-slight whiff of eau d' manure. My property is bordered by a leased field and they chose this weekend to spray the field with liquid manure. That stuff is potent! I was so unhappy Sunday morning to walk out at 8:30a to one truck after another, that I called the farm an left a message asking for the favor of no trucks on Sunday. I mean, I have to endure endless dump trucks M-F, with a fair number on Saturday. I need one day of peace. I was careful to be polite and reasonable, because I don't mind having farmers for neighbors one little bit. It's just the Sunday/truck thing. Then I escaped to the craft fair. Imagine my surprise when I got home to find a message from the farmer apologizing and saying that he was pulling the trucks right then! Geez. I called this morning to thank them. It's been a terrible year for farming - we've recorded 13" of rain over the norm! - so I know they were just trying to catch up. I sure appreciate their thoughtfulness.
p.s. Sylvia has started a blog! After years of her very popular Gray Zone newsletter, we have convinced her to take it up a step. Stop over, enjoy her style and say hello! www.sylvia-thegrayzone.blogspot.com