New Look for Midwest Mary Thursday, Sep 13 2012 

Midwest Mary has a new look. If you receive posts via your email you may want to go to the site and check it out (http://midwestmary.com). I liked the other format but felt it was a bit cold. This new one is warmer. I’m very interested in your opinion, so please tell me what you think.

The blog is hosted by WordPress. WordPress makes it easy to set up a site and alter as desired. Changing the theme on my blog was a result of looking at the dozens of themes they offer and clicking on the one I liked.

I have two blogs. In addition to this one I have a religious blog, Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin which offers reflections on current issues along with guidance from Scripture and the words of Saint Theodora, more commonly known in the U.S. as Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. Saint Theodora was a Midwest pioneer in the mid 1800s and founder of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the women’s religious order, Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Not only was she a hard worker and devoted to God, I think you will find that her advice continues to be practical and inspiring. You can see my Saint Theodora blog at http://saint-theodora.com

My intent for this blog, Midwest Mary, is to offer solid content, ideas, and inspiration. Or at least something to think about. As you see, I cover a wide range of topics relevant to everyday life, particularly in the Midwest. Most posts are meant to inform while others are simply for fun.

I hope that you are enjoying reading the posts as much as I enjoy writing them. I’d love to hear from you. You can comment right on the blog or via email or Facebook.

©2012, Mary K. Doyle

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Adorable Alpacas Friday, May 25 2012 

What’s not to like about sweet, furry, adorable alpacas? They are clean, safe, quiet, intelligent and disease resistant. They are easy on the land and eat less than other farm animals. And they produce a prized fiber used in luxurious, soft, and warm blankets, hats, and gloves.

My goodness, even their feces is odorless and they typically deposit their waste in one or two locations in a pasture. South American Indians use alpaca dung for fuel and fertilizer.

The Sisters of Providence in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana raise the alpacas you see in these photos on their White Violet Farm for Eco-Justice. The sisters use alpaca fiber for items sold in their gift shop and alpaca waste to fertilize their gardens.

Alpacas belong to the Camelidae family along with lamas and camels. They average about 36“tall and weigh between 100 and 200 pounds. Alpacas have no horns, hooves, claws, incisors, or upper teeth. They do however, have three stomachs.

These animals are adaptable to any climate, eat grasses and chew cud with little damage to the environment. And they can be raised on small acreage.There are two types of alpacas in at least 22 different colors. The Huacaya’s fiber is short and dense. The Suri’s is silky.

Alpacas are gentle, social creatures that communicate by softly humming and through body gestures. They live about 20 years and usually have single births. Gestation period is 11 and 1/2 months. Baby alpacas are called crias.

There are approximately three million alpacas in the world today, most of which are found in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. More than 160,000 are registered in the United States.

©Mary K. Doyle

(Research for this post was gathered from the Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association, Inc, website.)

Your Opinion Please
How often do you think I should post to Midwest Mary? I currently post three times a week but am hearing from some of you that it is too often. Please tell me if you prefer posts twice or even once a week.

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