a week before the official arrival of winter, and the weather is still
delightful. Working outside in a short sleeve shirt sure beats the
heck out of bundling up like Nanook
of the North! Unfortunately, our “Indian Summer” days are
about to vanish with a forecast of chilly days and freezing nights.
We have had a busy year.
Andrea took a new job with Marriott International’s Legal Department and has
relocated to the
Early in the spring, Ron decided that, this year, we were really done with making hay, planning instead to buy feed hay as required. We had already cut back on the number of breeding ewes and we were just not up to making our own hay. True enough, we had made that same decision before, but this time Ron meant it. He spent a few weeks reconditioning all of the haying equipment and one Saturday April morning, he sold the whole kit and caboodle! Bon Voyage! He knew that if the equipment was still sitting around the place we would end up back in the field, once again making hay! We now have our equipment bay in the stock barn filled with 25 large round bales. Now all we have to do is feed it to the critters!
The first lambs of the year started arriving in early April… quite a busy time but it is fun to watch those first halting, adventurous, steps. These triplets seem to have worked out a dining plan, since mom only has two teats! We ended up with fifteen lambs, eight girls and seven guys.
Alex and Andrea reprised their Christmas visit in April and Andrea got her first real taste of farm life by bottle feeding one of the triplets! The Mician clan also arrived in April in time for Eva, Gina and Adam to pitch in with feeding more of the newborn lambs.
Adam also had an opportunity to practice driving the Pathfinder, navigating about the farm, and Gina reprised her role as the leader of the “wolf pack!” The dogs truly relish the attention she bestows them.
Vlad, chef du jour, cooked up several tasty meals on his portable rotisserie. Good stuff! We enjoyed everyone’s visit and appreciated their efforts in making the trek this year.
In early May,
Alex visited again in early July for the annual VMI Alumnae Cookout and 4th of July fireworks: a relaxing evening. Alex was able to connect with his honorary brother rat, Col. John Brodie. The two waltzed down memory lane, recalling some of the Class of 92’s antics, home and abroad! Both pledged to make the 15th reunion in October (which they both did). In the meanwhile, John needed some repairs to a music stand Ron had made fifteen years earlier as a ’92 Regimental Band Class gift for John. He visited the farm with his three young daughters to drop off the music stand for repair. The girls enjoyed feeding the lambs and once again, the music stand is now as good as new. Enjoy!
other old friends stopped by for visits throughout the year.
Bob and Theresa O’Neill spend some time with us on the way to and
returning from a
July MOPAR Car Meet
Don and Betty MacDonald
also stopped by on their way to warmer climes in
Andrea and her friend, Chris Dowdell, came by for a weekend visit later in July. Chris, a city lad, was visiting Andrea from the San Francisco area. We treated them to a home cooked venison dinner, a first for Chris! We gave him a good measure of the farm life and rearing critters. He was particularly taken with the "wolf pack." Wil had demonstrated his swimming virtuosity by drinking water while simultaneously stroking across the catfish pond!
past year, we again supported several
events and organizations in town, such as the Rockbridge Historical Society Open House,
the 4-H Farm Day and a visit to the seniors at
missed some of our old friends this year but we’ve also seen some first
timers visiting the farm.
We are hanging in here, having regular check-ups and both of us are in relatively good health, although each of us are continuing to move a little slower each year. The current drought has made life difficult for the livestock and, consequently, for us, but things could be worse, we suppose! So far, so good!
Andrea sent this thought to Ron a while back…
“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”
“To a dad who keeps it all in perspective and takes so much joy in the simple life,” thanks Andrea, I’m trying! To all of you, we add… have a great Holiday Season, a prosperous 2008 New Year and come see us some time!
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