A different kind of spring

Here’s the thing. Normally every spring I travel around the province of Ontario shearing sheep, alpacas and llamas. I began my career when I was 12, and am now almost 32. I’m not doing the math. But it’s a long time.

Things that have come with turning almost 32 include:

….A somewhat cantankerous rotator cuff & desire to sit on ones butt occasionally and relax!

Spring has always created full and utter chaos in my life. I work 7 days a week, shearing animals, running my orthotic business, and trying to fit in all the things that I love – Oh. and Sleep!

Here’s what I have come to know:

i) I want my rotator cuff to be happy

ii) I am no longer able to keep up with this pace of life….AND I think its time to STOP living for other people and START living for me.

So this year I said no. To my clients, and their animals that I’ve grown to care for. It’s one of the hardest things I have had to do.  Shearing has been such a huge part of my life for so many years – but I feel like I am stepping away from it and into my future.

Sheep shearing & Deep Fried Pickles

Interesting title right? It pretty much sums up my day!  Today was the first “official” day of my shearing season – which means… SPRING is on its way!! I know its hard to believe, but trust me people, its coming!!

As I write this cuddled up in a warm blanket, Glee playing on netflix (guilty pleasure), and my dog Cash trying to drool on my keyboard – I really need to believe Spring has sprung.  We did have that time change last week right?? Or was I dreaming?

It has been one heck of a long day – the job was 2 1/2 hours from home, which meant we had to get up at 4:30 AM (on a Sunday…) to get there for an 8:00 AM start.  We sheared 42 sheep – Shetland & Blue Faced Leicester – absolutely gorgeous fleeces for those who know.   I’m sure they are really hoping for a shift in the weather as well.

Before the PETA people have a panic – these sheep are in a very warm barn and are well cared for. 

My awesome Mom who took care of my dogs today while I was away took us out for dinner – to this little outdated restaurant that serves the BEST deep fried everything.  The pickles were the best… they always are.  Back on the good nutrition wagon tomorrow – it’s almost time for the beach!