These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Interesting and encouragng day

The SM crew came out this morning. Things are drying well, but not complete, yet. The good news is they removed all but SIX  of the fans!!

This morning, before they came, I turned off one fan for a few minutes while I cooked an egg, and I discovered that by turning off that particular fan, the noise was enormously decreased! It was off balance or something, and it was the source of  about half the overall noise! Good grief! I made very sure they would take that one with them, of course!

They will return on Thursday for another check and perhaps take the rest. There is still a little moisture registering right at the line of the baseboards, and of course, we don't want to stop too soon. I might have fans through the weekend. We'll see. At any rate, it is quieter and I can almost walk through the kitchen and bedroom now. The fridge and refrigerator are still pulled out, but that is easier to deal with in the absence of the fans.

I had some excitement when I left for work. just over a mile down the highway there were three llamas in the highway! The ServiceMaster crew had left 4-5 minutes ahead of me, and they were there. We both called the sheriff, as did two women in another pickup right behind me. Then the two women and  used out trucks to herd the llamas off the highway. They ran into a fenced yard of a house, and I followed them, I knocked at the door, but the house appeared to be vacant. I don't think they lived there, because they were still looking around as if it was unfamiliar territory.

The Sheriff arrived and suggested we simply close the gate and keep them safe. He radioed it in, gave the address to the dispatcher to give to the owner when he/she called, and we all left. As I came home this evening, the gate was open and there was no sign of the llamas, so I'm assuming they are safely home.

I looked on the internet about the size, because one was huge. He looked to be 7-8 feet tall at the head, but the information I find is they are 4-6 feet. At any rate, he was one big ol' boy! The others were smaller and seemed to have been shorn more recently. The big guy had a massive coat that came almost to the ground! And it appeared to make his body look twice as wide as I think it was, compared to the others.  They were magnificent animals! And I didn't have my camera!!! A few pics from the internet:

I love how their ears are shaped! And when they are assessing you, those ears almost touch over the head!
The big guy was almost this long, but not so well kept. His coat looked like many big tangles.
They are so gorgeous!
This is almost the look I got from the big guy, but his ears were waaaay up in alert.
The large one in this picture is the color of the big boy. The others were white and brown.

Once again I was in that place for a straying animal. What is it about me? Well, I'm glad I'm there as often as I am.



  1. Hey, llama mama! An encounter like that surely doesn't happen every day! :)

  2. I do think I would have thought that I was seeing things! They do have beautiful eyes, very sweet looking!
    I do hope the owners were the one's that found them.
    Glad to hear that things are drying out Lyn. Hopefully it will all soon be behind you! Love Di ♥

  3. Other people may come by and just keep gong. What it is about you is that you stopped because you cared about the critters.

  4. Judy, you're right, not an every day experience, but certainly a fun one! Actually there are a number of people around here who have llamas, but I certainly don't see them out wandering!

    Di, I did think I was imagining it for a moment! I suspect they got to the right owner. Three animals that size would be hard to "kidnap" spontaneously, and nearly impossible to hide!

    Merikay, you're right. The thing is, I just care about animals, wild or domesticated, and I really hate to see them killed or maimed because of our cars and truck or other technology.

  5. For some reason I am not getting notifications that your blog has been updated. I have a lot of catching up to do.

    So glad to hear that your house is getting back to normal. What a horrible thing to have happen. I know it must have been very frustrating for you.

    I love the stories you have about all the stray or loose animals you come across. I think it's totally awesome!

  6. Hmmm. I wonder what's going on? You're still in my "followers" list.

    Although we are still sleeping in the living room, it seems less stressful tonight. Less noise certainly helps!

  7. I'm gathering that they can't be wild llamas. I know they have wild horses somewhere out west. Maybe they have wild llamas down in South America. But probably not here.

  8. No, Dave, not wild. Quite a few people raise them here, mostly people who make their own yard and weave. I suspect it was one of those folks.

  9. That was great. :-) I have NEVER run across a stray llama...

    Greetings from Minneapolis!


  10. Beans, do, too!

    Pearl, I see them in fenced areas around here, but never out wandering!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Wonderful story! You are definitely a magnet for animals in need! Just catching up on the saga of your malevolent water heater. Hope your return to "life as you knew it" is easier than you are anticipating.

  12. P.S. You found a lot better photos of llamas than I did for a March 3 post on the Smoky Mountain llama train. Ginger at Let Your Light Shine had posted about local alpacas, llama relatives that prompted my curiosity about the Smoky Mountain llamas. We are in the Smokies now, but no llamas around during this season!

  13. LC, life isn't good without challenges to make us remember the good times! Just think how blessed I am!! LOL!

  14. I'm glad to hear things are looking up for you. Hope by the end of this weekend you will be dry and fan free.

    I think llamas are fascinating animals. Once at an animal farm, one ate my Paige's scarf. I was worried about the poor thing until I learned they will eat anything.

    ~hippo hugs~

  15. HC, the fans are ALL GONE!!! My house is so peacefully quiet!

    Hmmm. Are llamas related to goats??


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