Of Sheeps and Squashes

It’s post Halloween and the pumpkins the kids carved are starting to go bad. The weather was unseasonably warm followed by wet and rainy; a combination that makes molds happy. What we’re left with after the pumpkin carving fest is soon to be pumpkin soup. not to worry, we’re all about recycling and sustainability around here…in fact, just recently, I finally convinced Dave to rinse the recyclables by explaining that those items are hand-sorted and if they’re full of food, they just get thrown away. He gets it now. We also recycle all of our veggie food waste. I don’t even like to think of it as waste because all of the vegetable matter goes right back into our food supply. (Isn’t science fun kids?) Our pumpkins went right back to this guy:

Oh, don’t be afraid! It’s just Sheldon the sheep that looks like a goat. He’s a teenager now. He back-talks, he has hair sprouting in places there was no hair before, his voice is changing. I’m kidding about the hair. He’s always been hairy. He is however, getting more chest hair. I’m not kidding about the back-talk. Last week he decided I would like to play and tried to headbutt me. It did not end well for Sheldon. Now, all I have to do is point at him and say, “NO!” He gives me the sheep eye but backs off. He’s only two feet high at the shoulder. I always tell parents, they have to beat their children while they are still small enough. If you wait until they can overpower you, it’s too late. You lose the intimidation factor. The step-kids are nodding. They have heard this before.

*Editors note: Anyone who would take child rearing advice from someone with a sheep in their side-yard and plan to eat its progeny, should get a visit from Child Protective Services.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming…

As it turns out, Sheldon’s favorite thing is squash. He likes all the squash that we give him. Halloween pumpkin is the most amusing for the humans. Because the top is opened, he sticks his entire head inside the pumpkin to check it out. Today’s pumpkin was a little too moldy and he immediately came out sneezing and spitting . Yeah, we thought it was funny. So what?

Is that not the single most adorable thing you have ever seen? Two things I would like to point out. 1) This was Moo’s pumpkin. It was Pac-Man themed. Jule’s pumpkin was the first to go bad so he had that one last weekend. Her pumpkin was done in the anime style. The Boy’s is next but if Sheldon doesn’t eat it soon, it will be too moldy to feed to him. In that case, it goes to the worms. 2) I would also like to point out: CHECK OUT THE RACK ON THAT LAMB! I don’t mean that in any sort of lewd or lascivious way so get your mind out of the gutter. I mean, check out how big his horns are. He’s about 10 months old now and he’s already getting his first twist in his horns. I’m thinking that’s a good sign. I of course know nothing about the growth of American Black Belly Sheep but this seems like an impressive thing to me. He’s two feet tall and his horns are as long as his head. And you know what they say about a lamb with big horns…

You shouldn’t let him headbutt you. Ha ha ha. I crack myself up.

And in case you were going to ask, yes, he is wearing a Chartreuse collar. It’s a fashion statement and eventually it will be a useful tool when I teach him how to walk on a leash.


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