Very slowly I have been working on this particular blog posting. Recently I started feeling the tickles of a cold rearing it's snotty head. I called in sick to work today, I was sick yesterday, but I'm having that feeling of needing to be productive. Even though it hurts my eyes to look at the computer for long, reading books seems less hurtful on the eyes. So I'm reading Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins. I recently finished listening to and audio version of his latest book Tibetan Peach Pie. I highly recommend all of his novels, they get my brain juices boiling. It seems that I just have a really big bad yucky cold. The sinus pressure I had yesterday was intense, today I just get tuckered out very easily along with snuffles and chest congestion. Tinctures, juice, and fruit are my best friends.
To get to the point, I wanted to talk about being sick on a farm and how a person deals with this. Quite honestly it's pretty nice having a partner around to help out. Bob does plenty of chore helping, he just doesn't know the details when it comes to feeding goats. Plus, try as he might, he cannot milk a goat. Those particular chores are up to me to take care of every morning, rain, shine, snow, or puke! Oh, and I have made myself do chores in-between puking, being hung over, or just feeling worn down. This is my responsibility I took on, I have to take care of the animals I have under my protection. This is something people should be aware of if you ever decide to go into any kind of farming or animal husbandry. I'm sure any pet owner will know that your dog still need to go outside to pee, poop, and have exercise regardless how you feel. It's always good to have emergency back up people available for help too. Think about emergencies that might pop up, who can you call to help take care of things while dealing with those emergencies? On an even bigger and more serious thought, what happens to your animals if you can no longer keep them for whatever reason? Thinking about unknowns can be scary but important.
I am thankful to have family and friends close by that will be here for me whenever I need help. The community around me strengthens me and I feel fortunate to be part of it and able to help people when they need it. I think farming on your own is doable, but being able to have that support around you is what makes it actually work.
Enjoy the pictures I took this morning. You can see my very pregnant does eating from their assigned buckets. Along with my two boys and my friends goat May. All my goats get kelp with their grain. Depending on where they are in their pregnancy or how they are doing as a whole they get certain herbs and supplements to help them along. Right now my pregnant does are getting extra selenium in their food. Everyone is getting homemade garlic powder to help strengthen them overall. Garlic is a wonder plant! Plus the two babies, Strega and Elmore have started eating grain. They look so cute as they obviously shove things around in their mouths, feeling and tasting things for the first time. The kids are doing so good, despite the cold temperatures they where born in.
Well, I hope I kick this sickness in the butt really soon, there is a lot to do around here!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.