Really, this is getting farcical, isn't it? Not for Satine, certainly, but for us. She has the unfortunate habit of not really getting revved up until mid afternoon, and then as the sun starts to descend along with the temperatures, she shuts down again. Plus she's very protective of the yet-to-be-born cria as she is with her two girls on the ground, Delilah and Cinnamon Girl. She tenses up when anything out of the ordinary appears, and today that included a couple visits from Jester (although she's getting a little better about that), a couple visits from the little girl next door and her friend, and the unexpected visit of Hannibal to the girls' paddock. (He snuck through the gate literally while Dar's back was turned.) It's days like this when I wish we lived on a place that had more space between us and our neighbors and more options for sorting out the herd members. We'll just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings. Oh, and for those wondering, alpacas can safely go for a little over 400 days gestation. Satine is nowhere near that. Yet.
Dar worked her butt off all day out there rearranging the barn. It looks great. She made a little mini stall where (we hope) Satine and her cria can hunker down under the heat lamps and feel a little more closed in. That's the best case scenario. I imagine that the Brat Pack - Delilah, Adama, Valentino, and Spartacus - will actually claim it as their own. But even so, that clears up space on the other side of the divider for the adult females and Satine's little one.
There was a veritable hint of spring out there today. The sun was bright and warm enough to counter the still cold breeze, which thankfully stayed
a breeze instead of churning up to a full-scale wind as usual. sffan
and I headed out to do grocery shopping this morning, then stopped briefly at the farmers' market in a vain search for Mennonite butter tarts for SF. I did score some loose leaf fruit teas, though, so I was pretty pleased by that. We ended up getting the tarts at the Mennonite general store, so SF came home happy, too.
I was out at the barn a couple times during the afternoon, mostly sitting and staring at Satine's butt, but occasionally puttering around trying to be helpful but I think mostly just getting in the way. It's killing me, you know? Anyway, I did manage to help tote a couple sleds full of detritus from the barn. And yes, we still have more than enough snow on the ground that using sleds is the easiest way to transport stuff to and fro.
We participated in Earth Hour, although it was actually Earth Fifty Minutes because there was yet more Cat Pee Drama to deal with. They're all going fucking insane with the free range pissing, and it's gotta stop. The simple fact is that there are too many cats living her. Period. Jane gets fixed on Monday; she's been in heat for seven days now. Not a happy kitty. Hopefully Chloe will be right behind her on the ol' surgical table. Did I mention that she's in heat, too? Then outside they go. God, I hope that works to settle everyone the hell down. I'd still rather see them adopted, but every time we try, we get shot down.
OK, enough of that. List of good things:
My horrible haircut is growing out, and it's starting to look less like it was attacked with a MixMaster.
I still have chocolate left over from Easter. Daaaaark chocolate, the very best kind.
I can still fit into my favorite old jeans. (I've been afraid for months to try them on because I've gained so much weight. But in the way of prednisone, the weight gain appears to be above the waist. Yay?)
Whichever cat is was that peed in my room bypassed both my shoes and my much-loved leather purse, opting instead for the mostly-waterproof messenger bag that had slipped off the chest and onto the floor.
The History Channel had a program about the legend of Robin Hood. If I had gone on for a Ph.D. in Medieval Lit, RH would have been my main object of study, so I enjoyed watching it. And they showed clips from the 1950s TV show The Legend of Robin Hood
starring Richard Greene. I was a huge fan when I was a kid, and I even remembered the lyrics to the theme song!
My headache has finally settled down enough for me to try to get to sleep. Happiness :)