Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snow Rolling in the Arctic Blast!!

It was -13 at 6:30 am today, Tuesday, January 28th 2014. 
The wind chill made it feel like -23.
It was like a frozen tundra outside.
Today was the 3rd snow day in a row for no school.  So sad:(
Not really. I just thought I should say that because I am a teacher.
I have not left my house since Friday nor have I even gone up my 800 foot driveway to get the mail.
How pathetic of me.
 
The beautiful blue sky was very deceiving today.  Some places in Northeast Ohio got to experience a rare meteorological phenomenon called snow rollers.........

I found some snow rollers in the back pasture!  They are like large snowballs that form when pieces of snow are blown across the ground by wind and pick up material as they go along....kinda like rolling up a snowball for a snowman. Pretty cool! This one was the largest one in the pasture!

 
Monique was probably wondering why I was a laying in the snow taking pictures and freezing my fingers off......just havin' some good olde' fashion winter fun!!

Perhaps the sheep were looking for some rays of sun to warm up.....notice no goats were present because they are not having any of this arctic weather and have taken up residence in the barn till further notice!

Rutland: "What is all this whining about cold temps? Good grief this is perfect sheep weather!! Suck it up and put on a wool sweater!"

Colechester: "This weather is flipping awesome! We are even getting extra hay! The colder it gets, the more food we get!  Bring it on!!!"

 
Even the sun today didn't offer any warmth in the greenhouse:( 
The seed catalogs are coming in the mail so there has to be hope out there somewhere!
Just saw that our school district will be closed on Wednesday......that makes 4 snow days in a row.
I wonder if my students miss me?
Heck no, they are 9th graders!
I am feeling stressed that we will probably have to go back to school on Thursday......
I might have to take a sick day if I get too stressed out;)
 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Having A Few Drinks on the Farm is Okay

Sometimes when I get new "additions" to the farm or when new babies are born on the farm it takes awhile to figure out what their names should be.  Their personalities need to develop and how they interact with me are factors that I consider before I give them a name. Sometimes the names even come from experiences I have had if life. When the new Huacaya crias came to the farm just recently I was really stuck on what to name them. Nothing was sticking out. 
 
"Scotchy"
 
Pictured above is "Scotchy".  He was a bottle cria at Magical Farms and he was named after his mom who's name was "Butterscotch".  He is small, insanely loveable and adorable and his name just kinda stuck with him.
I like to stick with themes when I name the animals.  A candy theme was not really working for me.  First of all, I am not a big candy eater and secondly, candy themes are just corny for me. So what  about taking  "Scotchy" in a liquor direction? 
Okay that works but I am not a "drinker" per say.  The last time I seriously drank was at my sister's wedding 13 years ago.  I jammed the majority of my good drinking years in before I was legal to drink and then when I was legal to drink I didn't drink like a lush......sigh.....too be young again.
So where do I begin to find some good liquor names was my dilemma?  Oh, the liquor store of course.  First I had to find a liquor store and when I found one, wasn't I surprised to see how much liquor there is in the world as I walked the aisles in the state liquor store.  It was actually quite comical on my behalf.  So many pretty bottles.....and so expensive....wtf??? I was, however, drawn to all the awesome flavors of vodka and I couldn't help but buy a pretty blue bottle of Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka.  Doesn't that just sound yummy?!?!  I haven't had any yet, though after this Arctic Blast this week, I may be busting open that bottle to warm myself up.
So, back to naming the crias.......yeah I didn't find any "white" liquor to name the white cria.

"Coquito"
 
So what about mixed drink names? Good idea again but my knowledge & drinking experience is limited again. I am more of a wine cooler woman, mostly in the summer.  Though I do know what a"White Russian" is but that wasn't working cuz alpacas are not of Russian origins, just sayin.  So, I did the most intelligent thing......I asked fellow colleagues at school and within minutes I had a list of names for white mixed drinks.   I know.....shame on me.  But seriously....shame on them for knowing so many!!!!  The female security guard who is Hispanic suggested the name "Coquito". Of course she had to explain it to me and make me say it correctly with the right accent (she is Puerto Rican and she says I have the worst accent when trying to speak Spanish....whatever;). I loved it!!  Coquito is not a liquor but it is a white drink and made with rum and it fit perfectly!

"Rumchata"
 
That last alpaca to be named was actually the funniest to name.  Lets go back to January 3rd when the Northeast Ohio got slammed with a snowstorm that blew in from the North and those Northern winds totally wrecked havoc on the farm, creating insane drifts around the barns and making my 800 foot driveway impassable and the propane truck was suppose to come on the 4th. I was flipped out, stressed out, and had to call a good friend to come over with his big tractor and bucket to plow me out.  I got to drive in the tractor as he plowed out the drive & he said he and his wife would be over at 8 that night to take me out to have a drink cuz I was wound a tad tight.....I thought that was a very good idea.  The local bar, a good sandwich, and later 6 shots of this insanely good rumchata stuff and I was a happy camper that night.   Rumchata is good and even better in hot chocolate!  Even went back to the liquor store for a bottle! Exactly I making some Rumchata cupcakes this weekend for the Superbowl.  Oh, did I mention that I now had the name for my last cria?  See, I had to find some personal connection to naming the crias!


"Scotchy, Rumchata, & Coquito"
 
See, so having a few drinks on the farm really isn't that bad at all;)
 
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