This year it was my nephew who graduated. The ceremony, as usual was emotional and quite beautiful.
The weekend was full of family and friend fun. We had two BBQs - one for family (20 of us and that's only two brothers and their families) and one for friends. Good thing we just filled our freezer with a 1/4 of a cow. I also canned up some beef in red wine sauce. I was disappointed that whole brisket and two chuck steaks (plus apples, carrots, and red wine) only yielded 3 pints - I wish I'd filled the pressure canner with jars of something else just to be efficient. I guess it's a case of live and learn.
I sold a ram lamb. It was Baby, aka Thing 2. These people came over in response to my ad for wethers and rams. They came with a medium sized dog crate which had a Nigerian goat already in it. They were SHOCKED at the size of the sheep - even though they told me they'd bottle fed a ewe lamb in the past. I pointed out the sheep that were for sale, and they kept pointing to my lambs. I told them that the lambs are NOT weaned (they'd told me they'd never bottle another baby) and NOT for sale (yet). Finally, they pointed to Baby, who is pretty runty.
I told them that he's not thriving and would never be large and needs to be cared for carefully. That made them plead for him even more. I think we can safely say they wanted a pet.
I do think I have sold the white ram lamb with the black spots - the woman who called was very interested - but she wanted to take him and bottle him. I am just going to tell her to wait until he's weaned, because I don't want to take the chance he won't do well like Baby.
I am now pau hana for the last day of 2012-2013. I am a little sad and at the same time, quite ready for a break!