I have learned that I have much to learn, master. –from To Light A Candle by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
This is a quote from a book that I read way back in high school and I’ve been thinking about it lately due to all the things that have happened on the farm lately.
All but one of our does have kidded and because we typically don’t have problems with our does we weren’t prepared with the last doe to kid (our black Nubian, Ebony) came down with milk fever. I can never remember how to pronounce or spell the technical name of the illness). It means that no one can use her milk and we had to send the 2 remaining of her 3 kids over to a friend’s house to be adopted by one of their nanny goats that foster other does’ kids. They will be fine and we’ll get them back in 8 weeks when they can eat hay.
But we weren’t fast enough to react and lost the second doeling that Ebony had.
We thought we were prepared for things with our goats, thought that we had learned a great deal. And we have, but we aren’t done learning just yet and I doubt that we ever will be.
I finally found (was told) where my nephew’s laptop is. (Mine is still in need of repairs in order to run.) I was checking the news like I do to see what was up in the world and things are not looking good according to the articles up.
I woke up extra early today as well and have had a long and grueling day of running about and doing some much needed work on the farm while others were at work and school.
Mostly because one of our goats had (sort of) surprise babies in the wee hours of the morning and I needed to get out there and assist. Annie is the proud mother (for the third time) of a beautiful set of twins, one boy and one girl. I will post pictures of them as soon as I can figure out how on my nephew’s laptop because it’s been giving me issues with it.
For now, though the day has been long and the news makes me cringe, I am thankful that there are still moments of beauty like seeing a loving mother carefully watch over her sleeping newborns.
Today I am grateful for how easily distracted the goats are with orange peels when I’m trying to feed the pigs, because the goats will steal all the pigs’ feed if I let them. Also, the goats are the only ones who like orange peels out of all the animals. Even the chickens ignore them.