Thursday, September 30, 2010

Oregon Trip Sept. 2010

I truly enjoyed my 10 days in my Home state or Oregon; though the time passed all to quickly as vacations always do I was blessed with spending all my time with family.

My journey began with an airplane full of CornHuskers in route to Seattle for the Nebraska/Washington game. Since I was going to Portland, many of them switched flights in Phoenix. Several of them stayed on and had made plans to ride the train up from Portland; a beautiful trip I am sure.

Miss Meg picked me up at PDX after being lost by poor directions from her "Garmin". It seems that she used plenty of car fixen words in the process; but she found me.

We had a great night with my dear friend Kathleen; but Debra was not able to make it... The time with Kat was so great and getting to for only the night was all we could do, as we had a mission to be in Forest Grove to help the bride pack for the trip to Prineville, OR. to help set up for the wedding.

The mountain cabin where the wedding took place was a dream come true. The photos' will be shared soon. A little adventuring to Smith Rock, Bend, Newberry Obsidian flow, Paulina Lake, Paulina Falls.

Also a trip to the coast via Bear Camp Road to Otter Point, Stout Grove and other areas in between.

I sure miss home! Nebraska just can't hold a candle to the beauty of Oregon. But, I am here.

Some time I will share pictures.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

More Navajo Churro & Less Pygmy's for 2011

As the summer slipped away; so have all the baby goats. This year crop was amazing and in too many ways over whelming. We have decided to cut back on the number of Pygmy Goats this year from 16 to 6.

Yes a dramatic change and I will miss all those babies zipping around the meadow but I will welcome the reduction in the stress department. However as Glenn says "Nature Implores a vacuum". And the vacuum for this situation is sheep.

Yes Sheep! We thought hard about adding any animals at all, but with the current flock of Navajo Churro sheep at 6 ewes, the quest was to locate a pure bred Navajo ram to cover them. Not an easy task for this region as we are finding out but after looking through countless ads from far off places a black ram lamb with 4 horns popped up on an ad. That's it - 380 miles away but that's the guy we want.

Well we did go get him after a long story about vehicle break down and extra expenses, but came back with the entire flock of 9. Which I have dubbed the "Gold Fleece".

This is one of my favorite pictures of the 3 adult ewes and 2 ewelings; taken only a few minutes after they arrived from their long trip. These girls are lovely! Look at the faces.
I was THRILLED to say the least at their condition and the quality of these animals. They are above my expectation since the first group was in such sorry shape, it was another chance purchase that actually turned out great; Thank You Basye family for loving them so much, they have a good future here with us.
Well work is calling, winter is sneaking up on us and so many things need to be done before the snows fly here. So I best get to it.
I'll add something again, it may be a month or two as it was before.

September 11th - I Remember

Where did the summer go? No sooner did it get started then boom it was gone!

Today is September 11 and a day we all need to remember. For those Men & women that lost their lives and for those who have given their lives because of what something unthinkable. Please pray for them and my God send their loved ones a message of hope.

That day it was Kris in the office that took a call from a carrier and repeated out loud that a plane had crashed in New York, we were shocked but soon the situation turned to action when a second tower was hit; much to the bosses dislike Danni & I took off an headed for the Red Cross. Feilding calls and helping start the donation process of blood and money. It was a long day but not nearly as long as it was for those directly involved... My tears flow even today to know that so many good people lost thier lives because of hate.

I won't forget the feelings and I will always remember.

To those serving in the military in defence of those we lost and the fire fighters, police, rescue teams, and just the common Joe that was there directly involved; I know you will never see of read this but from the deepest parts of my soul; I Thank You for being the Hero's.