A week on the ranch (December 21 - 27, 2009)
by, 12-29-2009 at 01:11 AM (2138 Views)
My last ranch blog of 2009! Wow!! The year has flown by!
The big event this week, of course, was Christmas. Most of the week was spent preparing for Christmas Eve dinner, and then collapsing for 48 hours afterward.
Bud the goat is recovering well from his injuries. We had a rough patch for a while, when I wasn't sure if he was going to make it. He stopped eating and drinking, and I had to sit with him and entice him into eating bits of apple. I used a syringe to get warm water, sometimes sweetened with syrup, into him. He was too weak to get up and drink water. He was too weak to stand. I was replacing quilts on him a couple of times a day, as they became soaked with drainage from his wounds, or wet from morning dew. But he surprised me on Sunday, and when I went out to his pen with syringe and apple in hand, he was STANDING!! And he walked over to his water and drank water on his own, and ate a little hay. So YIPPEE!! I can breathe again!
Daisy's babies are also doing very well. One is already biting me when I pick him up (takes after his mom), and both seem fat and healthy.
Walter the pigeon is back with me, in his ferret pen. The likelihood is that he will never fly again, but I am trying to keep him in an environment where he has to move around a bit to get what he wants. If he can't fly, the rehabber will consider using him as a foster bird for babies, so she doesn't have to destroy him. I am still trying to convince him to fly, though.
Christmas Eve was nice. I made prime rib with potatoes, rice, salad, corn, peas, and fresh bread. Cake for dessert. Everyone seemed happy with their presents, and my mother, for the first time in ages, BOUGHT me a present instead of just shoving money at me! I talked to her before Christmas, and she told me she didn't like giving me money and wanted to give me a present, so I knew it was coming, but for my mother, that is a HUGE revelation. She isn't normally big on thinking about how her actions impact others. I called her on Christmas Day, and she was still in a good mood, then I later got an email from my sister thanking me for the day, so I must have done something right on Christmas Eve.
It has been a mild winter so far, except for the freak snow storm last week. A little rain, but mostly just clear and not extremely cold.
Maybe because I was busy with Christmas, or maybe because everyone else was, it seems like this was a quiet week. Not much to report. Sometimes, it is nice when life is NOT exciting.
I know it was a tough year for a lot of us. I wish each of you reading this blog (and even those of you who aren't) a wonderful coming year full of success and happiness. Happy New Year, ALL!!