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It's Beginning to Look a lot Like.........
December 31, 2012
Can you feel it? Taste it? Smell it? Hear it? Almost see it? I can and so can everyone else in my house. It's that time once again where the many corners of our home, barn, and garage begin to be taken over by it. What is it? Preparation for the much anticipated Pennsylvania State Farm Show, of course! You all know what I'm talking about. Oh no, hold the one pig back, push the other, walk them, clean them, feed them again. Are there any treats for them in the fridge? Just yesterday, I was so upset with my sister for giving them the macaroni salad. I love macaroni salad! It was only in our refrigerator for less than 10 hours and already, it became a special treat for the stinking pigs!
We've all been there. If not for our pig project, for our sheep, goat, horse, beef, poultry, rabbit, or cavy! Of course we all knew the kind, almost summer-like temperatures weren't going to hold on forever and the second snow of the year came just in time for sheep washing day! If you have a wool breed of sheep heading to this years sheep to shawl or sheep show, you know the rules. "All sheep may be washed no less than two weeks prior to the contest."
Let's not forget about the family living section. Bakers praying their cake turns out as the best yet, woodworking projects being sanded, stained, and varnished just right, sewing projects finally getting that hem, knitting needles working as fast as they can possibly go, and practice shawls washed and ready for their debut at the fleece to shawl contest. Yup, I've seen all those things happening here too!
Why do we do it? Sounds like a lot of work! We do it because we love it! It has become part of us, and we look forward to it each and every year! What other event in Pennsylvania opens its doors to the number of people who come there? They come to see it, taste it, hear it, smell it, and touch it!
I'm going to be there and I hope to see you all there too!