Sunday, November 7, 2010

as luck would have it

I was just outside with Gibson when a neighbor walked by with a dog and a baby stroller. We waved, got to talking, and within a few minutes we realized we had mutual friends in town. Her name was Shelly. Her husband and their little boy live a half mile down the road. And get this, besides being a friendly neighbor she also happens to be a large animal vet and an expert at lambing! She and I talked a bit, but it sounds like I might have an on-call doctor literally next door for lambing! We even talked about the possibility of bartering sheepskin for the service, as she adores bartering. I'm grinning ear to ear! What an auspicious weekend!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful! And just when the discussion on the "cutting back" entry turned to bartering. :)

Bring her baked goods on a regular basis. It'll take the edge off of the 3 am phone calls.

November 7, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...


November 7, 2010 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Plant City Homestead said...

What a blessing! I agree that a few goodies from the kitchen would be a good idea. Friendships in the neighborhood might get you home for the holidays too.

November 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You should start buttering her up with baked goods and ask her to watch the farm so you can go visit your family for a couple days over the holiday.

November 7, 2010 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

That's serendipity!

November 7, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Well there ya go!

Methinks that you might end up babysitting too!

November 7, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger ~ Janis said...

Hot dog!!!
You just won the lottery.

November 7, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...


November 7, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger becky3086 said...

Doesn't happen very often. You should be pleased!

November 7, 2010 at 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow - I love it when things like that happen. Congrats on happy coincidences!

November 7, 2010 at 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are really very few coincidences--most things happen for a reason. And this one is like a huge signpost that says you are on the right path, doing what you are supposed to be doing and headed where you want to go. Great news all around!

November 7, 2010 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Most excellent! We meet people like that out here in the boonies with surprising frequency.

November 7, 2010 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Shows you were meant to be where you are in New York state. Maybe you can share interns.

November 7, 2010 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Good thing you stayed home this weekend!

November 7, 2010 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Very cool. Nice to have helping hands so close.

November 7, 2010 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Kris, I was thinking the same thing!

November 7, 2010 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Amazing what happens when you stop orchestrating life and just let it happen. Puttering around the homestead is quite theraputic when you just let if happen.
Glad you met the large animal vet as you may need her in March. I would continue to cultivate a good relationship with her.

November 7, 2010 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger daisy g said...

Well, I don't believe in luck. It's wonderful how these things just work themselves out...So happy for you.

November 7, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger HotFlashHomestead said...

A vet here in town was discussing bartering a few months back and said, "I like to do it on occasion, but I wish people would realize a dozen eggs will not cover what would normally be a $300 bill." He makes a good point. Make sure what you're offering is something she wants, needs, and is of value to her. Sheepskins are a great idea! Freshly butchered chickens, turkeys or fresh lamb is another.

November 7, 2010 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

Woohoo! What could be better than a vet in your backyard!

November 7, 2010 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Diane, that's a good point. Trades need to be fair. A sheepskin retails around 100-150 depending on the quality. I think some lambchops, a skin, and maybe some babysitting or house sitting could be traded, and even if it doesn't cover the whole bill it could help lower it?

She's coming in a few days to give all the sheep their rabies shots. She said there's never been such an outbreak of rabies in this area, she had to put down a sheep just last week bitten by a crazy coyote/fox.

November 8, 2010 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger Patsy from Illinois said...

I don't know if you believe in God, but a whole lot of things have sure been opened up to you in the last year. I don't believe in conincidences. Just blessings brought our way. So glad God is smiling your way.

November 8, 2010 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger DebH said...

Karma....what good Karma!!

November 8, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

I don't believe in God or gods but if Jenna has been lucky - and she has - I also have seen that Jenna makes her own luck and takes advantage of the opportunities that chance brings her way.

November 8, 2010 at 4:22 PM  

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