Thursday, April 10, 2014
Springtime on the farm
You know it's spring around here when the resident peacock has attained his full compliment of feathers. Jim Dandy is really strutting his stuff these days - he's loud and proud! I should think it would be hard work to drag all of that around, especially on windy days, but he doesn't seem to mind. This time of year, he spends lots of time on top of the big gates outside the barn where he can display his beauty with a little less work than spreading it.
At long last, it truly feels like spring on the farm, but the weirdness of this past winter is still following me around. I've spent most of this week with my leg propped up or else in a doctor's office. Monday night we spent the whole evening in the emergency room because my right leg, from the knee down was so swollen, I could hardly walk. The doctor diagnosed a blood clot, and I am just now understanding how scary that diagnosis was. I was given a shot of blood thinner and sent home with instructions to report first thing the next morning for an ultra-sound. Knowing what I know now, I'm so grateful that the ER doctor was wrong. Ultra-sound showed one large blood filled cyst behind my knee and another down my calf. These were likely caused by being knocked down by a ewe who had just lambed, that I was moving to a lambing jug. (In her hormonal state, I'm sure she thought she was protecting her baby.) I'm being told that is the best of the bad things it could have been. (How's that for putting things in perspective?) After much consultation, it's been decided that surgery is too risky and so we are waiting to see if it will go down on it's own. This morning the swelling is significantly diminished, so I'm keeping fingers crossed that I'm nearly through this. Poor Mike has been doing all his veterinary work, then coming home to take care of me and the sheep! All night after our emergency room visit, I kept waking up, thinking about how I just couldn't possibly die right now because I needed to clean out the pantry and some closets. I didn't want anyone to see what a mess they were - even after I'm gone! How's that for logic?
Anyway, today is gorgeous outside and we're supposed to hit the 70's, so all in all, life is good. We've been lucky to have no lambs born during all the drama with me. I'm hoping they all wait until the weekend, when Mike will be here all day and I will be upright for longer periods of time. There are five ewes who look as though they could deliver at any moment and they surely will go in the next few days.
Sunday afternoon, Sara and Saint Tim came over for a visit and Sara took some really sweet pictures of the lambs. You can look at all of them here. Sara is having Lamb Camp days on her blog right now, featuring pictures of lambs from lots of farms around central Kentucky. Sara's a terrific photographer and has a fun blog showcasing the personalities of all her animals. She will be teaching a workshop at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival - Intro to Blogging with a Side of Photography that will be a great class to take for any of you interested in blogging and/or photography. Since I've mentioned the festival, please go check out all the workshops. We have wonderful choices this year and it's a beautiful time to visit the Bluegrass.