|Posted by fireweedfiber on January 9, 2019 at 12:55 AM|
Fiber Roving ~~~ January 2019~~~ Happy New Year to one and all! I recently heard a quote, ???A new year, 365 days of new opportunities!??? what a positive way to start a new year, full of opportunities, let us all find good ways to utilize these opportunities with fiber and how we live our lives! I packed away the last of the holiday decorations, it was a good holiday for me, I got to spend time with family and friends and that is the best way to celebrate any occasion for me. And so, a new year and a new season begins. In Alaska in the past, this was often called ???Cabin Fever??? season, several say it is the continued darkness, and it does have a powerful effect on some people, yet the days are already getting longer, and I hang on to that. It is a good time to touch base with others and let them hear from you, and break any isolation they might be feeling. We have been having a mild winter and that has changed. It has made me concerned for some of my aging herd. As the temperature dropped, I made sure they had fresh bedding, and increased their grain ration. As ruminates, they actually produce body heat by digesting the coarser hay, but due to the sharp change in weather, I felt the addition of more protein in the form of additional grain would support the hay ration. When it is a gradual deepening of cold, the animals produce more fiber for warmth. When it is a sudden change, 30s to 20s, and then down to below zero in a weeks time, that is a sharp change, especially when over half my herd are seniors. They are loving the extra grain, as non-dairy goats, they don???t need or get a daily grain ration. But I have increased it, and like children in a candy store they are saying thanks mom and can we have seconds!? Our monthly meeting will be Jan 19, 12:00 noon at the Soldotna Public Library. Martha Merry set this schedule up for us and we will be meeting there this winter. Pass the word on. Our new Board of Directors will be meeting prior to our meeting and electing officers for the new board, maybe they will have announcements to make on new officers? I will see you all in a few weeks, on Jan 19. Happy 2019, and watch for all the great opportunities in your life!! Lee ????