Tuesday, May 3, 2011

sick day


Tuesday, May 3rd
I wake up feeling achy and nauseated. I am beginning to think that these sore mornings might have less to do with physical labor than they have to do with three days of labor followed by a full work day when you're already feeling iffy. My cold finally was forcing me to slow down. So I called in sick to the office, and decided as soon as morning chores were done I would not leave the daybed. I'd spend the day resting with vitamin C and cold medicine.

But I ran out of chicken feed. Crap.

I thought I had a spare bag in the barn, but apparently the crumbs in the bottom of the barrel was the spare bag. So on this achy, vomitty morning I would have to hop in the truck and go the 7 miles north to the Salem Agway to buy chicken feed.

I get in the truck with Gibson, un showered and with my hair held back by a hat, and head north. While at the farm store I see a roll of electric netting insta-fence and snatch it up. It's what need desperately to stop the pony and a dozen sheep from destroying the little grass left on the pasture. I come home, and even though I am dedicated to rest, I take the 15 minutes it requires to unroll it and clamp it to the remaining electric. The sheep and Jasper walk out onto new ground and I save a bale of hay. Thrilled I pulled off a newly contained salad bar I go inside and sleep through lunch.

I sleep for four hours. I was dogged. I wake up to the sound of rain and instantly look out the window. Did the sheep tumble through the netting? Did Jasper plow right through it? Nope. All was quiet on the hill.

Being home sick when you're me doesn't mean you get to spend the day inside on the couch with some Kleenex and a remote. It means you have the luxury to spreading the chores out between rest and long naps. Everyone still needs to be tended too. Just like I mentioned a few weekends ago that farms do not observe holidays? Well, they don't respect sick days either. And so I did the things that need to be done. But extra things like mile-long dog walks and lead-rope hikes with Jasper were out. I read Michael Perry and slept. I plan on heading to bed by 9 and then setting my alarm for midnight. If these downpours are coming that the weathermen have been so stern about: I need to make sure everyone on the hill is sheltered. I know for certain that Jasper is aware of the sheds because he walked right in on Maude napping and she butted him right in the snout. She was so angry that he didn't move that she left. Diva.

So my Tuesday was a Sick Day, but still a Farm Day. I'm calling it early on account of my need to recline, but if anything goes on worth gabbing about, I will certainly check back it. This farm is your farm, too.

P.S. I will pick a winner for the book in the comments of Tuesday's post, check back there tomorrow at noon!
P.P.S Bennington Farmer's Market opens on the 7th, stop by!
P.P.P.S. Come visit me next weekend at Northshire Booksellers in Manchester (9-10:30AM) or Red Fox Books in Glens Falls (1PM). I'll have chickens!

31 Comments:

Blogger Courtney said...

Feel better soon! You're good to plod on, tending to the crew!
Take good care,
Courtney

May 3, 2011 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Sick with livestock to care for. That's a hard one. The last time I was truly sick,7.5 years ago, I had a litter of German Shepherd puppies in my garage. Three times a day I had to feed and clean up after them. It was the hardest. Sleep well tonight.

May 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Take good care of yourself, wishing I were able to do something to help out.

May 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger girlandcat5 said...

I love Michael Perry. I am from a town not far from him, and would read his books over and over to combat my homesickness while living in NYC. Hope you feel better soon Jenna.

May 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

I hope you feel better ASAP!
I totally understand your achiness..TrapperDude and I have had the flu since Saturday morning. the residual achy, tired, out of sorts is still hanging on. The goats, chickens, cat and dog still have to be tended to and the veggie garden fence had to be put up or the goats couldn't be let out to pasture....good thing TrapperDude was a day behind me...that way I picked up the chore line a bit, then crashed...he'd pick up the chores...then crash.
I'm just glad we managed to get them all taken care of this past week...the temps spiked to 80 today! It felt weird to be inside reading and laying on the couch when I should (and would prefer) to be outside....

May 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

So sorry your feeling yucky, hoping that a day of rest will be all that is needed, although, it does not sound like your resting! I do like your good reading choice though :) Hoping you heal quickly!

May 3, 2011 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Erin Leigh said...

I hope you feel better soon, Jenna! It is so hard when you are sick and still have to care for others - animal or human. I spent a day this week so sick I was close to passing out. I actually fed my toddlers by putting their food on the living room floor because I couldn't pick them up to put them in their high chairs. I didn't want to call anyone to help me because I didn't want them to get sick, too. Thankfully, it was only bad the one day!
Take care!!

May 3, 2011 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Doesn’t feel good to flop on the couch when all the chores are done knowing that all is well in the barn? I love that feeling- sick or not.

Get better soon.

Elizabeth

May 3, 2011 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Hope you're feeling better. FWIW, Jasper looks a bit on the thin side, at least in that picture. A weight tape (cheap at the feed store) will help track his weight, a 10.2 pony should weigh about 400lbs. Ribs should be palpable but not visible. Here is a link to a great body condition scoring system, a handy tool to know, it's easy to get a pony too fat, especially on lush pasture.

http://www.habitatforhorses.org/rescues/bodyscoring.html

May 3, 2011 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I hope by the time you read this, you are feeling much better! The fact that you have to tend to everyone and still take the time to write about it, impresses the heck out of me!
Love the picture of Jasper. He's so cute!

May 3, 2011 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. Jasper sounds like he is fitting right in! Maude will have to get over herself! hahaha. I am sure she will give him some space soon.

May 3, 2011 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Thinkin' Out Loud said...

I wish you the best health and I also wish I could go to all the fests and markets you have up there. Not many fiber shops or fests in Lower North Carolina.

May 3, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Sanitation is the key, wash your hands and face, irrigate your sinus and get a flu shot. Don't touch you eyes with your hands.

You probably are bringing colds home from work.

But, you already knew that.

May 3, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Feel better soon, and thanks for updating us even though you feel like crap. What a yeoman.

May 3, 2011 at 10:28 PM  
OpenID notherethenwhere said...

Feel better soon - hope you can take it easy (well, as easy as possible between chores, I guess), and take care of yourself.

May 3, 2011 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

Wow that pony is WAY underweight... ponies should not look like thoroughbreds -- lean & lanky. They should have a bit of a "tummy" on them. Glad you'll be caring for him now. P.S. Tell Maude the deed is NOT in her name! Hope you are feeling better soon! Must be end-of-winter virus. Soup, soup & soup! :-)

May 3, 2011 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger sheila said...

Gotta love Maude! Real ladies don't sleep with ponies. Hope you feel better soon.

May 3, 2011 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Feel better Jenna!! Hoping you get some well deserved and needed rest tonight and make a full recovery tomorrow!

May 3, 2011 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

P.S. At age 20, I'm sure Jaspar's teeth should have a look-see. As horses age, they periodically need their teeth "floated" -- or the sharp edges filed down so their teeth are even & level for chewing, and pain-free. Weight loss can be one symptom of needing the teeth floated.

He's very cute! Much whiter than he looked in the first pic. Sounds like nice temperament, too!

May 3, 2011 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

I would be thrilled to get to your farmer's market or a book signing if I was stuck in North Carolina. :~(
Best wishes for both. Hope you're feeling much better by then. ;~))

May 3, 2011 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

DarC and folks, I think it's the photo. Really, but a vet/farrier will be checking him out soon. I can't see or even feel his ribs. And he sure does eat! POAs aren't made to look like the traditional potbelly pony, he is built like a small horse. Here are a bunch of photos:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&q=POA%20pony&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi



Also, Jasper is 10, not 20! Another horse I did not buy was 20, a white draft pony.

And thank you for all the well wishing! I do feel better today.

May 4, 2011 at 5:25 AM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

Girl- animals are smarter than you give them credit for. If you have enough room in your run in sheds, you do not need to get up at midnight to check everyone! Even if you don't have enough room, sheep and ponies can hack rain- they are livestock, not french poodles. The old saying is: if you baby your sheep, you will have baby sheep.

May 4, 2011 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger mmgreenough said...

Gald you are feeling better! Thanks so much for sharing your farm with us. One day I hope to be able to visit there!!!

May 4, 2011 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

all you can do on days like that is be thankful you don't have more on your plate. feed, water, wellness check and back to the house. you are a smart cookie to not have animals that require daily grooming, stalls, or milking.

hope the vet has nothing but good things to say about jaspers health. it looks like he had a rough winter.

May 4, 2011 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger shessman said...

Hope you get to feeling better soon. Jasper looks a hung over from the winter is all. I bet he slicks up nice this summer. Vet check is always good to start out with.

May 4, 2011 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger jen said...

I thought the same thing when I saw the picture of Jasper - boy, does he look thin!
I hope you're doing better today, Jenna - being sick and still having to take care of others (human or animal) is no fun!!

May 4, 2011 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger bellananda said...

oh, honey -- take come comfort in the fact that you're not the only one with this crud; i came down with it friday evening, and it knocked me FLAT! only just today getting somewhat back to normal. my "cure": buckets of o.j., organic bananas, and gallons of yogi "cold season" hot tea with honey. and sleep. LOTS of that. hope you get to feeling better soon!

May 4, 2011 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Misha said...

I hope you are feeling better Jenna! At least this phot can make you laugh. He looks like he's smiling, and the flipped ear is too cute!

May 4, 2011 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

I would agree with those that said Jasper is thin- his croup and shoulders are quite evident. I wonder if he was exercised a lot or not? His teeth need to be looked at, and he needs a worming and full vet check- I know, unsolicited advice, but with a new horse, it's best to get a vet to lay hands on them right away.

May 4, 2011 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

When I was growing up our neighbors were Amish. They had solid bays for driving horses and Belgians for work. I can't think of any reason they would have had a POA. I think they probably got Jasper in a deal of some sort and traded him on.

May 4, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Christine Izzo said...

Well, you'll be prepared when/if you decide to have children. Mammas and farmers are on call 24/7, and the best you get are "working" sick days, but it's so worth it. Hope you feel better soon. :)

May 4, 2011 at 10:41 PM  

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