I finally finished spinning up some dreadful rovings that I had accidentally semi-felted in the dyeing process. I think if I had purchased the fibre, I would have thrown it out and not thought too much of it. But when you watch the fleece being grown on the backs of your animals, and carefully skirt and sort the fibres, wait for months to get it back from the mill in roving form and then dye it (usually successfully)...this stuff has your heart and soul in it.
We've been trying to tame a homeless cat for about a month. She's a nice little cat, but very nervous. My daughter and I were able to cage her and bring her to the vet for shots and a checkup. Thankfully, we think she was already spayed, is in good health and was well behaved in the vets office. The vet and I beleive she is probably about three years old.
We think one of the renters of an old farm up the road left her when he moved out. Another neighbour started feeding her, but when he got a dog, she was frightened away. We suspect she's been living in our implement shed for the winter. My daughter has named her Mittens.
We kept playing this game where we would coax her with food into the barn, then pick her up and put her in the hot room (which has a cat door) to eat and get used to us petting her.
It did work most of the time, but it sure made chore time a lot longer. She is very nervous of the alpacas and really tried hard to convince us to bring the food outside for her.
She is more interested in becoming a house cat. She leads us back to the house, all the while talking to us about how she really is a princess, and not suited to the barn. She spends a lot of time lounging on our deck.
I don`t think the barn mice are in any danger soon.