Archive | December, 2017

Sunshine and Shivers

31 Dec

I think we’ve had more winter weather in the last two weeks (and the coming week) than we had all of last winter.  It’s cold.

We’ve had snow!

I’m glad I’m  home on break because I’ve spent most of the last couple days taking care of the animals.  They just need more care when it’s this cold.

It’s almost too cold to come outside to bask in the sun (and it doesn’t help a lot).  It would also help if they quit ripping my tarp on the door (right hand side) loose.

I have a few girls and kids that I shut in the greenhouse so they are certain to get enough to eat.  It’s a little warmer in there too.  Lily is my oldest girl, and I worry about her.

Lily, Viera, and Cutie

They are getting hay twice a day (instead of once) and you’d swear they think I’m not feeding them enough.  They can’t eat it all before I feed again, but you just can’t eat enough to keep warm in this weather.

Buster, Maybeline, and Odie

I’m grateful my nephew brought me some cornstalk bales, and I put that in the building with the birds.

I’m not even opening the door for them to come out.  It’s better to try and keep any wind out.

I’m glad we’re having real winter, but I think adding another ten or twenty degrees to the high temperature would be good.  For reference today’s high temperature is -6 F (-21.1 C ) and low is -20 F (-28.9C).

I will certainly miss being home to check on everyone when I have to go back to work on Tuesday.


Llady Llama Update

30 Dec

I already shared yesterday that the ISU vets did ultrasounds and found that Odie and Maybeline are not expecting crias.  The good side of that is that my mom doesn’t have to check them during the day anymore, and I could move them out of the garage.


I did that immediately, because it was a lot warmer and lighter for us to work with Aurora in there.  I was amazed at how well she walked for me considering all the mean things we’ve done to her lately.  I had the ISU vets come back to treat her for ulcers.  I have to say, after discussing her diet here and everything else, they did decide I was just unlucky with llamas and ulcers.  That did not make either me or Aurora feel better.

Aurora (with Vinnie in the background)

We also brought Moose in because he got to be our “rumen fluid” donor.  He got a tube placed down into his stomach to pull up some fluid with all those good gut bacteria.  Yep.  Aurora had to drink that (burp).


She also got antibiotics, vitamin B, wormer, a steroid, and the meds for her ulcers.  Poor girl.  But they also did an ultrasound on her (not pregnant), and everything looks good.  They couldn’t find evidence of bleeding or perforations or blockages.  That means, she has a pretty good chance of a full recovery.  She had to have the antacid for two more days after their visit.  That is not a fun shot, but we’re done with it now.

She just needs to spend her time eating lots and lots of hay!

Vinnie and Vixen are also enjoying keeping her company.


They do not like this cold at all, so it’s a good thing for them also.

Friday’s Hunt v4.26

29 Dec

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt. I want to thank everyone who joined in last week and over the last two years that I’ve been hosting. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

Hard to believe this is the last one.  I am really going to miss Friday’s Hunt, but it’s not fair for me to keep doing this when I can’t be a good hostess.  Hopefully, my job will settle down (or at least summer will get here), and I’ll be able to spend more time visiting all my blogging friends.

Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for this week.

Starts with Z:  Of course, I’m using Haley’s adorable little girl, Zinnia.

Zinnia Goodberry

Reflect(ion): I know this picture is a bit odd with the kitten out of focus, but I kind of like it.  It makes me wonder about what she might have been watching so intently out the window.  This certainly is the time of year for reflection and goal setting.


The End:  I love the back side of llamas, but Mayveline has the most floofy tail end I’ve ever seen, so here is “the tail end” of Maybeline.  I did find out when the ISU vets were here yesterday that neither Maybeline nor Odie are expecting crias.  I’m sad about that.


Now it’s your turn!