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Monday, May 12, 2014

It had Sorrow! It had Betrayal! It had Ups! It had Downs! It had Blood-letting!

Now that I have your attention ... my weekend recap. 

Sorrow - my beloved Roquefort died sometime Thursday night.  I had raised him from a day old chick and he had everything I wanted in a rooster - beauty, gentleness with the hens, and he gave me a wide berth.  Wednesday he was his fine self.  Thursday, he was not.  I've been trying to figure out what happened - poison?  heart attack? - but I will never know.  Little Bit has thrown himself into Lead Roosterdom with a vigor that I do not appreciate (nor do the girls).  I am saving some eggs with the hope that I can beg cajole my DS Melanie into incubating them and hatching a hopeful Son of Roquefort. 

Betrayal - Lovey let me down.  Actually, I set myself up for it.  Friday, I had to run over to a neighbor's to drop off a form and had a little chat.  I was gone, maybe, 30 minutes.  When I came home, it looked like someone had broken in and tossed the place.  Shredded paper, packing envelopes, magazine, knitting needles (my only pair of 7s), mostly punctured favorite hand lotion bottle.  It was a mess.  It appears that Lovey suffers from separation anxiety - she is fine when I am outside working; apparently she can keep her eye on me.  But, once Kyle leaves the driveway, it's the End of the World.

Ups - the weather (Sunday) was perfect.  Breezy, warm, sunny.  I worked my elbow off and crammed in as much as possible, as I had to bisect my day by driving up to VT, picking up my mom and dad, and driving to their fav restaurant for dinner.  I guess that's an Up and Down.  I got some plants in, did a lot of weeding and cleaning up, and moved a lot of dirt.  I also vaccinated the goats for CDT, a job that I know too well should NOT be put off.  The sheep got a little grass time - actually, more than I had planned, as the dreaded duo of Linden and Juno managed to push their chubby bodies through the gate and got in a lot more grass time.  No bloat, as I have been slowing working them into grass.  Blessing there.  Even Norman is putting on weight!  He needs to be coated and I KNOW I ordered two coats for him.  I even remember running across the coat recently.  Do you think I could recollect where I saw it?  Nope.  Nada.  No way, Jose.

Downs - the weather on Saturday.  Sun.  Pouring rain.  Sun.  Pouring rain.  Unfortunately, the sun did not hold out for very long in between the downpours.  I didn't get much done - but I did get to visit with Marianne!

Blood-letting - I have discovered a tick on my person every day for the last three days.  Luckily, they have been (mostly) located where I could actually get at them.  This is one of the drawbacks of living with only dogs.  They have no opposable thumbs and cannot work a pair of tweezers.  Since I have been feeling sort of achy and fatigued of late, a dim light bulb went off and I am wondering if I am suffering from Lyme's Disease.  I am loathe to go to the doctor, especially when this is one of those elusive diseases that can throw both false positives and false negatives.  But I am tired of being tired, redundant or not.  So tomorrow morning, bright and early, I am seeing the PA.  I realized that I spend way more time checking the dogs for ticks than myself.  Time for a full length mirror or a breathable Hazmat suit...

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  1. Oh oh, I hope you do NOT have Lyme's. Nasty bug, that.

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  2. Sure hope you check out fine.
    But maybe you're tired because---you do TOO MUCH?????????????????

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  3. Oh sorry about all the stuff going on and take care of yourself for sure go get checked. HugB

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    1. Buttons! So glad to hear from you! You better be taking care of yourself, too.

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  4. I'm supposed to take 110 12 year olds on a field trip Thursday to a local creek for an environment lesson. After explaining to them today how to dress to avoid tick bites, it's possible I'll be taking only 10 kids. Virginia ticks carry Lyme's, a truly nasty disease. I'll be covered in bug spray! I really hope you're feeling better. Good luck with Lovey's sep. anxiety.

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    1. CM - O.M.G. I hope to heck you're not doing this without an army of minions. I'd be interested to hear how many DID turn up...

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    2. CM - O.M.G. I hope to heck you're not doing this without a small army of minions! I'd be interested to hear how many DID turn up... :)

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  5. If it is Lyme, you're better off hitting it hard now and getting rid of it. I know there's some controversy around it, but if you do have it, it should be treated. Sorry to hear about the ticks - yuck.

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    1. Linda - How super-nice to 'hear' your voice! I'll find out tomorrow (or so) if I do, indeed have it.

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    1. Nancy po - I do, too. Too many dependents to be dragging around. At least it's easily treatable!

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  7. Michelle,

    Please get checked out, Lyme Disease when not taken care of can cause all kinds of other issues.

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    1. Sandy - I did just that this morning. Now all there's to do is wait...

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  8. Oh, don't mess around with the threat of lyme disease. It's nasty stuff. Hope its just something else bothering you.

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    1. FFG - Hmmmm. I'm starting to think I shouldn't have waited this long...but at least it's easily treatable.

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  9. We're overrun with ticks as well. Ick.

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    1. TM - My PA told me this morning that there are even more because of the harsh winter. WTH? That doesn't make sense to me.

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  10. I HATE ticks!!! I hate to even touch them. eeewwwww!!! I hope you don't have lime disease and that it's something like you just need to take a vacation from work. lol. keep us updated.

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    1. SFG - I am right there with you - I especially hate those big, jelly bean sized ones. But at least you can spot them right away. And you are so right. I do need a vacation.

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  11. Hope you don't have any tick born illness. The other day my little Yorkie must have gotten into a bunch of seed ticks while slip and sliding with my youngen because the next morning my bed was covered with tiny little engorged ticks :p
    Sorry about your rooster :( and Lovey. Hopefully you can do something about her anxiety.

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    1. Kelly - Geez! That would have put me off my breakfast! Poor little Yorkie. It was very sad, losing Roquefort. He was such a beautiful rooster. The new one looks like he's wearing shortpants.

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  12. My fingers are crossed double tight that all you need are some extra naps and it is not the horrible Lyme disease. As for searching for things, at the end of my packing marathon last year my husband decided to help. He had packed several boxes before I realized he wasn't labeling them. "In a box somewhere"....

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  13. Good heavens girl! Do take care...I have heard that Guinea hens are great for keeping tick populations down! The nice young man where we get our farm eggs in every shade of color...found his best rooster "sleeping" the other day. No sign of anything at all. Now he has eggs under a young Buff Orpington hen and is keeping his fingers crossed.
    We have new renters next door and they have a Whippet/Beagle cross called Spanky who is currently howling mournfully as they have been at work all day then came home and went somewhere. He is a lovely young dog and I have a hunch super smart but he needs something to DO!

    Lovey will get better but is awful when they have a bad day!

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