A week on the ranch (November 16 - November 22, 2009)
by, 11-22-2009 at 11:59 PM (4437 Views)
I should really be calling this entry "two weeks on the ranch" because things got so crazy last week, I forgot to post!!
A big part of the crazy was the arrival of Crash, a three-month old Labrador Retriever puppy. He has certainly kept things interesting!! And because he came to me from a vet, with injuries that had to be treated, I have spent a lot of time in the last two weeks driving to/from the vet's office!
I am still in the process of completing the adoption, but in the meantime, I have enrolled Crash in puppy kindergarten and set him up for a play date with some other puppies once he gets his final booster shots.
Keeping in the canine vein, I am reading Cesar Millan's book, Cesar's Way. Excellent reading for anyone with a dog. I am really enjoying it (now that I got through the first chapter of "how I became the great and powerful man I am today" bit). I have lined up, for my next book, The Other End of The Leash, by Patricia McConnell. I bought the books independently of each other, but was pleased to see that Millan recommends McConnell's book in his own! (But I have to admit that the main reason I bought the latter is because it has possibly the cutest cover ever.) (And it was only a buck fifty at the used bookstore.)
Probably the most exciting new thing that happened this week was the arrival of my first ward in my "official" capacity as a wildlife rehabber. I was given temporary custody of a little mourning dove (who I have nicknamed Coo) to care for over the weekend. It is Sunday evening, and I've managed not to kill her (so far), so maybe this is something I can do!! She is underweight, but I am happy to report that she has gained 6 grams in the three days that I have had her!
A fairly substantial winter storm hit this week, as well. Three days of bad weather, with the middle day being so cold and wet that even Chewy, my Chow Chow, decided to hang out in the livingroom with me and the woodstove!
On the last day of the storm (yesterday), my farrier came to trim the donkeys' hooves. It is always an adventure, both because the donkeys hate having their hooves trimmed and because my farrier likes to talk, and will often stop mid-trim with an irate donkey pulling at the lead rope in my hand, to tell me an amusing (and usually lengthy) story. It takes him literally minutes to trim each donkey - probably 2 minutes per hoof - but our appointments rarely go under 90 minutes.
I paid off one of my credit cards this week!! These are my only financial demons, high interest ghosts from a really stupid past that continue to haunt me in my present life. But I have, over the last several years, been trying to pay off FIVE of them. Now one more is finally gone, and as soon as I get the statement, I'll call and cancel the account and put a stake in its heart. Then I'll have only one card left!! I think I am going to throw myself a little "usurer-free" party on the day I can close THAT account!!
On a financial note, I have been following Thevail's thread (Here's Where the Rubber Meets the Road) and it has been a real experience for me. I have to admit that I live in a bit of a financial bubble. I have a VERY secure job, and a well-paying one, so the idea of possibly losing my house, or even having to go months without a paycheck, hasn't even occurred to me as anything approaching a reality. But even though I don't think I am in any danger of losing my job, her thread has reminded me of how fortunate I've been and how so many others are being hit HARD by the economy. It is a sad time in the country, and I hope to see it turning around, but I know that progress, as it comes, will be slow.
Because of Thevail's thread, I have become even more motivated to be as frugal and self-sufficient as a single, animal-loving, hobby-jumping, organic-eating, got-to-have-my-gourmet-blend-coffee woman can be. And as I sit here, typing in the warm circle of my woodstove, I feel very optimistic that I can do MUCH better than I have been, and that I have been getting a little better at it every year!