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Soon we will be getting into colder weather again. When I was growing up in Southern California, this wasn't a big deal - things just got a bit colder and a lot rainier in winter.
I've been in Colorado for well over 15 years now, and there is a much more obvious difference. Some years we just get freezing temperatures and a little bit of snow. Some years we get lots of snow and it gets really really cold. But it always eventually returns to warm temperatures.
For most of us, it is still not too onerous. We have cars that keep us warm on the way to work, and we just have to stay warm between the house and the car and then the car and our work. It is a trial, to be sure, but once you get into rural activities, such as farming or ranching, cold becomes a much bigger deal. One year it snowed so much so fast that they had to have helicopters airdrop food to cattle stuck out in the field in Southern Colorado. If the cold comes too early, farmers have to rush to save their crops or they lose a lot of money that year.
Still, on the other side of the coin, winter time can be precious time. We have a lot of our biggest holidays during the colder months. We tend to spend more time with family, and that is a real blessing. All seasons are part of the cycle of life, and bring their own rewards and challenges.
This year it looks like we may have a harsh winter in Colorado. The mice are invading the house early (and meeting traps laid out just for this purpose), other animals are showing signs of getting ready for fall already, and even though we still have very warm temperatures, you can almost already feel the chill air coming.
Every cycle you learn a little bit more, hopefully you love a lot more, you gain more experience, you gain more wisdom, and hopefully generally become a better person. Every cycle seems significant and we celebrate the passing of the years in various ways. But the way you live each year adds up, just like a choose your own adventure book. You've already made a lot of choices that led you to where you are now. Hopefully it's opened up some good options for you, because whoever you are you have many other adventures ahead of you. I hope that your adventures are as good as mine have always eventually turned out to be.
Its amazing what a conversation starter alpacas are. And usually it's not just about their fur. People love to remark about how cute and wonderful they look. And when you let people feel the fur they are amazed at how soft and luxurious it is.
Word spreads when you own alpacas. You quickly become known as the alpaca people in your circle of friends. It's also a great way to break the ice with new people.
We've had friends over just so that they could visit the alpacas. One family we are close to has a daughter that just adores animals. For anyone like that spending time with alpacas is just bliss.
Granted, their fur doesn't have the full charm of the alpaca the self, but it is still a conversation starter. It is luxuriously soft and plush. And I may be biased, but I think that it looks astounding as well.
When it comes right down to it, it's nice to be known as the alpaca people amongst our friends, because in my mind alpaca = quality.
We have received a shipment of yarn from our mill! This white yarn in the picture is from our male huacaya, Protégée. It is super soft. We've also received roving to make yarn, so we're going to practice making our own as well. This yarn is two ply fingerling yarn.
We also still have good prices on other alpaca items, so stop by and visit our store at http://whitedovesworld.info/whitedove-alpaca-products.html
We're a family of three. We raise alpacas and chickens. We explore different ways of living healthier and happier. We love to share what we learn and to learn what you care to share.