Tuesday, October 31, 2006


This month Mike is finishing his sister's basement in Salt Lake and as we don't want to be away because the alpacas are due to have babies any moment, he is coming home when I'm in Albuquerque and going to Salt Lake when I am home.. It works out except we are not together much and I am missing him terribly! I'm usually not home alone, and it is darned quiet around here! Makes me feel sad that I leave him here alone so much. He hopes to finish Debbie's basement by Thanksgiving.

Mike did come home last Thursday bringing our newest herd addition (Token) home, since the ranch we bought her from (in Boise) called last week to say they could bring her to Salt Lake. So since Thursday we have been watching the herd dynamics, which is pretty interesting. Token is a very nice looking animal with great genetics and she will fit right in with our other girls. So now when we look out of the window, there are five!

Soon we will have our barncam up and running. We have bought it and set it up, but it turns out we buried the wrong kind of cable (remember that 7' trench) so we re figuring that out now. Well let you know.

Neither Kelsey nor Sara are interested in trick or treating this year so I guess we'll all be home (me in Wyoming then they in New Mexico) giving out candy and watching scary movies! Hope you have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Balloon Fiesta 2006

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

More progress

I find this hard to keep up with... Two major items that I wanted to share have happened since I last posted.

1) MIKE FINISHED THE EXTERIOR OF OUR HOUSE. He finished the Garage and finished the porch and painted everything and replaced the roofing. I wanted to post a photo.

We also came up with the idea to change the shelter to open to the South. It was genius on Mike's part and he is almost done with that conversion. He is installing the garage doors he got off another house, then we have to figure out how to insulate and install the heater. Then we will be read for the new babies to come in the next month.

2) WE ENTERED JACK IN OUR FIRST ALPACA SHOW IN CASTLE ROCK, CO. That was last weekend. He didn't due exceptionally well, but we bought him and went to the show mainly for the experience anyway. He did get two second place ribbons, which will look good in the barn, until you look up and find out in both cases it was second out of two in that class... Of course he didn't HAVE to be awarded anything, the judge could have not awarded a second place if she didn't feel he was worthy, which she did in numerous occasions. It did confirm our suspitions that this is not our herdsire.

The biggest excitement was when Ko-chise, along as a companion (whom we didn't realize was quite so bonded to Jack) leapt out of the pen and was free in the barn searching for us in the showring. The neighbors said it was a thing of beauty, and that he didn't even touch the panel! Ko-chise proceeded to scold Jack not to leave him again, and Jack was a wreck the rest of the time.. Couldn't have helped his placing in the ring any.

A side benefit of going to the show was that it motivated us to finish our banner, flyers, web site etc. Check it out at

Anyhow, now we are learning/developing quaranteen proceedures. We took the opportunity while in Denver to visit our new cria, Quemado. Here's the new addition.