Saturday, June 26, 2010

What a Year it's Been

Yesterday (June 25th) was our Colorado anniversary.  One year ago, we sold our house in Albuquerque and moved to Colorado.  A lot has happened since then...
  • We moved everything we own in a U-Haul truck and put it in a storage unit off the freeway somewhere in Northern Colorado.
  • We stayed in a scantly furnished, small, rented house in Greeley while we searched for our new home and farm.
  • We "enjoyed" the wonderful "aroma" that Greeley is known for.
  • We found, purchased and moved into our new-old home and farm.
  • We've learned about feed and tractor supply stores.
  • I bought hay.
  • We un-finished some of our basement, repaired the sewer line in the front yard and sacrificed an apple tree in the process.
  • We built corrals and loafing sheds.
  • We built ramps.
  • We moved our alpacas to our new farm.
  • We've learned about caring for a lawn.
  • I've sheared 28 alpacas, 17 of which belong to people other than me.
  • I've improved my knitting skills tremendously.
  • I've changed day jobs.
  • I've travelled to MSP 27 times.
  • We've taken three long weekends.
  • We put one alpaca down for behavioral issues and one due to age.
  • We put a dog down due to age.
  • We lost our kitty to the food chain.
  • Hubba buried a rabbit the dog finally caught.
  • We bought a truck, ATV, lawn mower, freezer and washer/dryer.
  • We used a laundromat for four months.
  • We expelled bats from the space between our ceiling and roof.
  • We saw owls and a bald eagle
  • Hubba saw elk for the first time ever.
  • We went skeet shooting.
  • Hubba raced in 7 marathons, 2 half-marathons, 1 10k and 1 2k.
  • We've made new friends and reconnected with old ones.
  • We shoveled snow.
  • We registered to vote
  • I've made blogging a regular activity.
  • We've had dinner with my parents just because we're close by.
  • We went to Wyoming for lunch.
  • We disassembled a deck and hot tub.
  • We took a walks along a lake and a river.
  • I entered a smackdown with a rabbit.
  • We had an Alpaca Naming Contest.
  • We Halter Trained alpacas.
  • We repaired a fence.
  • We pulled off a major surprise for my sister.
  • We found out my other sister is expecting a baby.
  • Two cria were born and we re-bred two dams.
We've got a ways to go for Alpacamundo to be self-sustaining and to be fully living our simple life.  But sometimes I think it's good to stop and think about all that has been accomplished and experienced.

Here's to an even more exciting and productive year ahead.


Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

congratulations for taking the plunge!! It's a dream come true for a lot of people, I think. :D

WonderWhyGal said...

Wishing you another monumental and amazing year!

Kathryn Ray said...

Thank you both! :-D

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Happy Anniversary! That is quite the list. I'm thinking mine would not be nearly that long.

Kathryn Ray said...

lol. I didn't think it would be that long either. I hoping that next year it will be shorter, but more monumental. :-)