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maystone ([personal profile] maystone) wrote2013-10-20 09:31 pm

Oh, what the hell. I'm already logged in.

Tons of things have happened - some good, some bad. We're still all upright, so that's a good thing.

We finally turned in my old 2002 Mazda (at almost 210,000 miles) and bought a 2006 Mazda with about 100,000 miles on it. Let's see how far we can take this one. We are a very high mileage family, but living in a rural area means you have drive pretty far to get to most of the things you need.

The alpacas are still being goofy. We've had three new crias this year: one girl and two boys. All adorable, of course.

There's a new boy cat in the family, too. He's another abandoned kitty - a gorgeous orange guy with a white bib. He loves people and craves affection, but we can't bring him inside because Grace (who was abandoned on our doorstep last year) goes completely ballistic whenever she lays eyes on him - or even smells him on our clothes. So Monty (the orange boy) lives out in the girls' shed. Miraculously they all get along. If anything, the alpacas annoy him more than the other way around. We need to get him a nice warm shelter and soon because the shed is drafty and winter is rolling up on us. We're expecting snow showers later this week.

Our booth at the market is doing well. We're getting repeat customers and people who are tracking us down because they heard about our alpaca products. Dar has become an expert at dyeing. She does amazing things with alpaca and silk. And our friend from Toronto with the curly black hair (I can't remember her LJ name!) turns out to be this master knitter and designer who's come up with several beautiful and unique patterns which we're marketing for her. I'm still mostly the gopher in the group, but I want to start trying my hand at dyeing silk. I'm pretty good at the sales end, and I can talk about knitting without actually being able to do more than knit/perl. Mostly I just love the feel of our yarns.

That's the briefest of updates. I need to ease my way back into this. It's just that it's been so long, and so much has happened that there's just too much to say in one post.

[identity profile] zosh.livejournal.com 2013-10-21 02:40 am (UTC)(link)
Am so glad to hear anything from you!

[identity profile] maystone.livejournal.com 2013-10-21 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Awww, thanks. How are things on your end?
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[identity profile] petranef.livejournal.com 2013-10-21 03:28 am (UTC)(link)
It's good to hear from you. I miss your updates.

[identity profile] maystone.livejournal.com 2013-10-21 11:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you :) I kinda miss my updates, too. Let's see if this gets me back on track.

[identity profile] malterre.livejournal.com 2013-10-21 02:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Been loving the p8ics of your orange sweetie

[identity profile] maystone.livejournal.com 2013-10-21 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
He is such a sweet boy. I wish I could find a good home for him, but that's not proving to be easy. There are three (3) no-kill shelters for cats in the whole freaking province of Ontario. A province, by the way, that has a provincial park bigger than the state of Texas. I don't want to put a "free cat" notice up because there are guys who will take those cats to use as bait in dog fighting rings. And worse. So we try to do the best we can.

When I was out in the shed earlier, he was lounging on the hay in the manger while the girls were munching around him. That would have been a good pic :)

[identity profile] budclare.livejournal.com 2013-10-22 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
When I was out in the shed earlier, he was lounging on the hay in the manger while the girls were munching around him.

*dies from cute*

[identity profile] maystone.livejournal.com 2013-10-22 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
Seriously, bud :)

[identity profile] angelamermaid.livejournal.com 2013-10-21 06:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Glad to hear from you! I thought of you guys when I was at a fibre art sale on Saturday - I bought dyed alpaca yarn!

[identity profile] maystone.livejournal.com 2013-10-21 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay! Do you have a project in mind or was it one of those "must have it" knitter moments? I <3 knitters :)

[identity profile] angelamermaid.livejournal.com 2013-10-21 11:59 pm (UTC)(link)
It called to me, I had to buy it. I'm sure one day I'll see a pattern and know it is meant for my chocolate alpaca yarn!