With the smell of dark bitter coffee, wafting up as it spitted and struggled through the peculator, I log onto the computer as I always do. I write a semi popular homesteading blog, and like to keep it up to date, as well as read the wonderful things that people say back to my entries. I check my emails and read a few other blogs as well, making sure to keep an eye on the time.
"TIME FOR SCHOOL!" I holler as soon as the clock turns to seven. This morning ritual is the one thing I dread the most. My son is only ten, yet behaves as a teen. The groaning the moaning, the complaining and gritching that takes place every morning can really exhaust a person. One of these days I will get the gumption to throw cold water over him to shock him into wakefulness. But I realize that will just aggravate the problem, so I will sit at my computer and fantasize about such tactics. He emerges from his room 15 minutes before the bus arrives, in a flurry of panic and accusations of my allowing him to sleep in too long. Once he is out the door, I wake my husband.
I milked the cows, rushing about my morning chores, the time was closing in on me fast. And I smelled like cow! Hurriedly I found the only pair of jeans that smelled like they were freshly laundered, a white pair, and stepped into the shower. Shortly after emerging, my mother pulls into the drive. She is right on time, while once again I am not. I use to not be late to things, but after my husband came into the picture, I have become more of the fashionably late type person. oh course I got the eye from my mother. It's that look that I think most mother's have, the one that tells you she is disappointed in you and makes you feel like you are five years old once again. I tried to shake it off, and finish preparations. This was my idea.
Kissing my husband and telling my other children goodbye, my mother and I got into her car and headed off to our destination. With the realization that it would take time to get there, we stopped for some essentials, gas, coffee and donuts. We discovered the complete happiness that one bite of donuts entitles you. And then it was up on the highway, our journey beginning, to chatter and giggle as though we ourselves were school aged children.
We suddenly found ourselves in the flint hills of Kansas. Our long time spent on the lower plains did nothing to prepare us for the sensation of ears popping. I was called a wussy more times then I would like to admit on these pages. Suddenly the road disappeared.
My view as passenger was even more obscured.
The sense of panic had little to do with what might be hurdling at us through the fog as it did with possibly missing our exit. Nervous giggles echoed around us, as we strained and squinted looking for the little green sign that would place us on the correct path.
We were fortunately that the fog lifted slightly, and that my mother's vehicle had good brakes, as we turned south onto the county road. We found ourselves in a downtown of a rural Kansas town.
Images of horror movies past floated through my brain as my mother insisted that I light my cigarette as we were almost through the 2 blocks that made up the small town. No sooner then lighting the smoke, did we curve out of town and find ourselves on the door step of our destination.
I hollered at the man and woman that was out feeding a mixed herd of goats, sheep and one llama, to discover if we were indeed at the correct place. I was rewarded with a yes, and a quick introduction. Mother and I emerged from her car to walk over to the man and woman. Homeschooled children frolicked in the pen, the llama almost mowing down the youngest, a toddler, of the bunch. The four of us chatted a bit, before I turned to my mother. So? I asked her. Which one do you want? Of course she was only to be my ride, but I knew that once she saw these lovely beasts, she too would be taken by them. But before she answered me, she asked the woman how many pounds of wool do you get at each shearing? The woman replied, about 10 pounds. You could she my mother doing the math in her head. You can pay me back later, I told her. She glance over at me with that are you completely sure look, then pointed out into the distance, I want that one.
I myself wasn't sure. The flock looked healthy, but the man didn't seem at all pleased that they were being bought. I tried to reassure him that all my animals were well cared for, in fact they are very spoiled. I told him to take his time and decide which ones he would be willing to part with, and asked the woman to email me photos of them that night. Then we climbed into our vehicles and followed the woman 7 miles out of town to see her rabbits.
As we walked from the driveway to the barn, 2 great Pyrenees puppies decided to soil my white jeans, then a pit bull, and lambs joined the group. She had many good looking rabbits, but none of them a meat breed, but I still said I would talk to my son about them. We chatted about this and that before saying our goodbyes and heading back west.
We made it home safely and I got to choose my angora goat.
Now how to get them home?