A week on the ranch (March 21 - March 27, 2011)
by, 03-28-2011 at 11:42 PM (537 Views)
Spring is officially here, although you'd never know it from the weather! Two separate and extremely severe winter storms passed over this week, with intermittent rain showers. So it was no surprise to see Girl, my donkey, limping, as wet weather and hoof abscesses go hand in hand. However, it turns out that it is not an abscess. Instead, her chronic sporotrichosis resulted in a lesion on her coronary band, which resulted in an infection in the front of her hoof that literally blew out the hoof. So Girl went to the vet, and she is being boarded there while they figure out how to treat a huge crater that needs to be protected in a foot that may never grow back correctly; a disease that may create other lesions in other hooves; and a hoof that needs to be kept completely dry during one of the rainiest winters we've had in years. It brought a lump to my throat when they drove off with her, and I could hear her calling to her two mates, Dusty and Buddy. They called back, until she was out of earshot. Then they moped around for the rest of the day. They got over it. She hasn't. Every day, when I visit her, she is depressed and unhappy.
With all the rain, I've been catching up on my knitting. I am working on a baby blanket for a friend of mine, due in July. The blanket is a pattern in a book called Natural Knits for Babies and Moms. If I like it, there is also a pillow using some of the same patterns, and since I'll have extra yarn left over, I may throw that in, as well.
I've also been catching up on my reading, and I am currently working on My Korean Deli: Risking it All for a Convenience Store. I am enjoying it even more than I thought I would. It is funny and just a little sentimental, while also passing on quite a lot of information and history about Koreans in the U.S, primarily in New York, told from the perspective of a U.S. native who is also an editor at The Paris Review.
The week was not as productive as I would have liked, as I was suffering from a bout of insomnia AND a killer headache, both of which lasted about four days straight. Happily, the insomnia passed, and the headache is fading more with each day, so the last couple of days were much better than the first couple!!
Not much to report on the ranch. Other than girl, life goes on as usual, and everyone else seems content to just hunker down and wait for warmer weather. Summer, when it comes, typically hits hot and hard, and I am sure that I will be writing, in just a few entries from now, about how hot and miserable it was all week!!