Monday, February 8, 2016

Solid Medium

So some updates for you fine readers about recent events. Two days of ProPen G and the lip on the ewe Brick is coming around. She'll get at least 3 more days of antibiotics to stave off any infections from the tear, and all the sheep are due soon for their CDT shots, in their bloodstream a few weeks before lambing. So I'll wrangle them one by one and get them ready, feel them over, check teats and trim hooves. Basic flock care, one sheep at a time.

My string of bad luck isn't improving though. Yesterday on the way to a volunteer event a few towns over the passenger side rear leaf spring on the truck literally flew off. This is on top of my baling twine repairs and it was a pretty low point in my day - running late, picking up pieces of my truck off a side road, and trying to just keep positive. I am taking it to my mechanic today to get an idea of repairs. It needs a lot of work these days - shocks, leaf springs, and while none of the repairs are complicated or very expensive - they sure do add up. Things like this, the emergency vet visit, the butcher's bill - they just get all the normal bills behind and scare the crap out of me. So I am running a sale on logos on Facebook for March designs and working as much as I can with the part time job, but hours were reduced to a quarter of what they were. So that was another bit of bad luck. Just when I needed that income most, it was gone.

These aren't real problems, just the reality of the life I chose. I do share them here. Along with stories of horses and hawks and snowstorms and lambs. Like so many of you commented before in the Trained post a few days ago - you appreciate reading about the bad along with the good. I appreciate that you are reading, that you care, and that you commented to say so. It is so nice to hear from you guys on here.

So I am off to the mechanic. Wish me luck. Wish me sales. Wish me a ewe with a healing lip and weather luck with this snow coming this week. And wish me that constant positive slant, which has been fighting alongside me like a trusty sidekick all week. Not everything has been bad. Common Sense delivered hay here so the barn is stocked for the snowstorm. That saved me making many smaller trips with a truck unable to handle the burden on the broken springs. Yesheva came up and helped me with that ewe as well, when I first saw the bad lip. Patty and Mark invited me over to watch the Superbowl, which was nice to eat nachos and watch the game and cheer with friends. Life is pretty solid. It'll get more solid as I put my shoulder into it, earn a bit more, get through the hurdles of truck repairs and such, and just get on with it.

Not a pleasant update, I suppose. But could be worse. Fingers crossed.

11 Comments:

Blogger Mel Baker said...

Life is not always sunshine and roses; it would be pretty damn boring if it were. Hope the truck repair doesn't break the bank.

February 8, 2016 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger mdoe37 said...

Hmmm ... does the mechanic like pork? Could you barter some of this for raising him a pig at a later date......chickens.....does he need a logo drawn up for a local paper advertisement?

I'll bet you could provide twice his labor price in pig easily....

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I'm off looking for a flat cat. We feed a couple of strays here and my husband just called all shook up that he had SEEN a cat in the road, Buster the one who has been around for a couple of days. So I just went out and walked it (wet hair and post upper respiratory illness be damned). Nothin. This is the second time. I'm seriously wondering if this cat lays down in the road in front of his car just to screw with him. lol

February 8, 2016 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Briton Wolcott said...

You remind me of a song that I had long forgotten about until this post... for some reason with this post.

Do you remember All Star by Smash Mouth twenty or so years ago?

You keep doing what you're doing. It makes the world a better place.

Glad to know the ewe lip is healing OK. A little bit of good news goes a long way.

Denver didn't do to bad this go around. It was enjoyable.

Anyway, I'm a rambler... I bleed from the brain sometimes.

Good post.

February 8, 2016 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Like you, Susanne McMinn of Chickens in the Road blog has a farm and lots of animals and has written a book. Maybe she can give you some advice.

February 8, 2016 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger sarah e blog said...

I wondered why you dont keep or sell the heads and feet. There is a few pounds of jowl bacon and head meat there. Many many meals to be had. Or donate them to a family who can use it

February 8, 2016 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Good friends are priceless!!! You are rich for having such good ones.

I too have been getting ready for the next few days of bad weather. Animals are snug in their barns and a fire is burning in the wood stove to heat our house.I am as ready as I can be. Chin up and stay warm.

Linda

February 8, 2016 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

This is life on the farm. Last week the truck battery had to be replaced at $150. You are very fortunate to have friends that are willing to help. If I needed design work I would hire you....but I do not. You are brave and strong!

February 8, 2016 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Hey Jenna, I have a good friend who is a CSA member and a financial advisor who has helped me a lot in the growth and development of my farm. If you'd like I could put him in touch and he might have some ideas as to what you can do to start setting up a rainy day account. Being stressed over money all of the time is no way to live. As someone who is just starting to pull myself out of that seemingly endless cycle, I can attest to how much better it feels.

February 9, 2016 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Holly Brown said...

Heya Jenna, keep on trucking. I, for one, dont see you posting bad news as a bad thing. We read this because we want to know you and your struggles and your happiness. Its always a treat to hear from you, I hurrah with the good and stand by you in solidarity with the bad.

Deep breaths, you totally got this.

:)

February 9, 2016 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Ashley Thompson said...

Not sure if there is a local school or college that has an automotive class. Up there in Canada there is sometimes an program that you can bring in your vehicle to have students repair( with supervision from a teacher/mechanic) for free or a reduced cost. Maybe that's an option, worth checking it out.
Good luck my friend.
Positive vibes from up north.

February 9, 2016 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Ashley Thompson said...

Not sure if there is a local school or college that has an automotive class. Up there in Canada there is sometimes an program that you can bring in your vehicle to have students repair( with supervision from a teacher/mechanic) for free or a reduced cost. Maybe that's an option, worth checking it out.
Good luck my friend.
Positive vibes from up north.

February 9, 2016 at 9:42 AM  

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