This weekend I made an unexpected trip to my sister’s house.
I call it unexpected because I usually don’t go to my sister’s house in the winter months.
It’s not that she lives far away or that I don’t love her. It’s just my rule.
We go to her house in the late spring and early fall.
We skip visits in the Summer and Winter. (don’t worry we see each other all the time at my parent’s house)
Actually I should say I instead of we because the kids go there all the time, all year round.
The dogs and I do not.
We have our reasons.
Mud, heat, and cold.
All very good reasons in my book.
My sister has several acres of land of which over the years she has established a very nice homestead that includes several farm animals.
Goats, sheep, miniature horses and the icky, icky chickens.
So when you go to her house you spend most of the time outside on the farm rather than inside socializing.
The conditions need to be just right for me to take a trip out there with the boys.
Freezing cold is not an ideal temperature for me, but I had to make the trip this weekend because she added a few animals to her homestead that I just couldn’t resist getting a look at.
They are fiber alpacas and she just got 2 of them.
I’ve only ever admired alpacas from a distance but they are just gorgeous animals.
I wasn’t at all disappointed in their beauty. There is just something about their eyes that intrigue me.
You can read more about the alpacas on my sisters blog, if your’re interested. I don’t know much about them other than their fur is one day going to make me a pretty warm scarf.
Of course I had other reasons for going to the farm too.
I needed to see what little Mesha has been up to.
I didn’t get to see her much because she spent most of the time running away from Sherman and Leroy or seeking safety in Gracie’s arms.
It seems she hasn’t gotten over her big dog fear yet, but we’re going to work on that.
Sherman and Leroy had a blast visiting the farm.
Sherman took an unexpected dash at a herd of sheep that were wandering around outside the fence.
And when I say dash I mean he hauled ass after the sheep.
I suppose he was trying his hand at being a herding dog, but after that episode he had to be put back on his leash. Not because I thought he would harm the sheep but because he was in a full out run and I knew his knee would be feeling that later on.
Leroy however, could of cared less about the farm animals and herding.
He just wanted to run, until he couldn’t run anymore.