The Speed of Light

Summer moved through with the speed of light and here we are in September .  The garden has done well and we have particularly enjoyed the corn.  Paul planted a late planting of peas and beans which are already in bloom. I hope to put some by as I missed the earlier planting.

I am seeing much better after surgery with my new glasses.  I was able to pick and freeze some blueberries from our field. They were certainly plentiful although my body didn’t always feel very good afterwards. Bending over stirs up the chest wall pain!

Paul changed jobs August first and now has a more regular schedule and 40 hours each week as well.  IMG_6175

Summer

Summer is upon us. “Arthur” gave us a visit and tried to wipe out the tallest of corn plants but with a bit of first aid we roped the patch back up and they grew straight again. Praise God.IMG_6122

We have had numerous delicious garden salads that included fresh lettuce, peas, sugar ann peas, beets, spinach and anything else I could find ready to pick and eat.IMG_6089

We’ve had some very hot days and some torrential rains. All in all it has been summer, a time for me to relax and to enjoy. My sweet husband has spent weekends doing what he loves…farming and creating special manure tea to give his plants the best opportunity to produce. IMG_6109

I had two eye surgeries (cataracts) that meant rest, rest and more rest. The eyes surgery is healing perfectly but the eyes themselves are still blurring. I see the Doctor again in 10 days to be fitted with glasses to take care of the problem.  Because we traveled to have the surgery we had a mini vacation and overnight in Bangor so we could do the follow up rested.  We also got in a shopping trip to Reny’s. That was fun!  It was great to be away from the farm for even a short time.

I’ve also had a severe flare-up and a mini flare-up requiring (you guessed it) rest. I was taken by surprise as I have not had a flare in quite a while.

I think I’ll be a very rested person when the summer is over!IMG_6104

 

And then there’s the birthday!

Yes, indeed, I had another one.  They keep rolling by.  Each year more quickly.

My sister and brother came by a week early, when my brother and his wife were visiting, and had supper and a cake for  me.  It was nice to have three of the five siblings together and two of us over 70!IMG_5987

Then the week-end of my birthday my youngest daughter came and we had the most delightful week-end.  IMG_5997IMG_5994

On Monday…the actual day of my birthday (June 2) my sister took me out for the day and we did all the things we both like.  First we went to the greenhouse we like in Meddybemps. Then we went to Eastport and smelled the ocean breezes and went into all the little shops. IMG_6000 IMG_6001We had coffee and homemade pastry in a small bakery. We visited and thoroughly enjoyed the  local thrift shop.  We had a great lunch in Perry and then went to Gleason’s beach.  We sat in our beach chairs and walked some. collecting rocks and a bit of seaweed.IMG_6008We talked and giggled and enjoyed each other’s company.  Next we had ice cream and then headed home. On the way we stopped at a great Yard Sale.  Fun!  Fun!  Fun!

My daughter and husband made me a lovely meal when I got home as well!

What a terrific birthday!

 

Mother’s Day Special

I am blessed with six wonderful children.  They have done well in their lives and are very busy most of the time.  It is exciting when they make time to come to the farm, especially since it is far from where they live.

My husband told me last Tuesday that he had a surprise for me arriving by private carrier.  I couldn’t imagine what he had done.  He had done a bit of picking up (unusual for him) and I thought maybe the two youngest kids and the grandkids might be coming. They both live in Maine.

You can imagine how surprised I was when a big truck with NY plates drove into the yard.  It was my oldest daughter and her beau.  I hadn’t seen them in four years!  I could hardly believe it!  I could not stop smiling.  Neither could she!

We had a wonderful overnight visit before they had to head back. Their micro-creamery and 68 goats keep them extremely busy and they needed to head home.   What a gift to drive so far for a visit.(525 miles one way) I am blessed.IMG_5942

A Week of Surprises

I just love Siamese cats.  However in the last year the attrition rate here has been heavy.

Two left because they were very fluffy and shed a lot of hair causing problems for my hypersensitive airways.  One, our beloved Blue, was let outside and after a couple of days disappeared. One went to live with another family because she didn’t fit in. One would never let us near him and went out an open window to become an outside feral cat. That left me Suki.

She and I were quite happy together but she began to cry a lot and wander the house looking for her friends. I had seen an ad for free  cats that were under two years old and were available.  We called the number and headed off to see if we were interested in any of these cats.

What a strange visit we had.  The “cat” lady had us sit in her living room and she brought out one seal point and handed her to me.  The cat immediately jumped down and ran away. I asked if she had any blue points since that was what I was interested in.  She said, “No.” Then she brought out another seal point. She was a beauty, soft and silky and I decided I would take her.  Paul got our kennel cab and put her in it.

Then this woman brought out a tiny kitten and said she was blue point. I got up to take a closer look and she told me to stay away. The kitten was young and I might give it germs.

She took it back and came back with a beautiful, small cat she said was a lilac point.  She looked just like Suki! She was exactly what I was looking for so I asked Paul to take the Seal point out of our kennel cab and put her in.

“Oh, no,” said the woman you need to take them both! I looked at Paul and he nodded wanting a way to get out of this lady’s house. She hugged me and continued to talked and hugged me again as I tried to get out the door.

We brought them home and put them in a large wire cage (that we had used for goats) in the middle of the living room. Grandchildren and their dog added to the commotion in the house but the two cats were quiet and observant. When kids and dogs went home we finally let them out.  They explored the downstairs and then the upstairs as well as the screen porch.

Each in turn were sniffed by Suki without incident.

I did not need two more cats but this might just work out!

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Spring

If you had asked me last week (when the snow was piled high in the dooryard ) if spring would ever show up I would have told you, “Not real soon.”

But with three warm days strung together I can feel spring inching its way in.  The huge mounds of snow have gone and the dooryard is clear. We have seen robins flitting about looking for worms. The colors on the purple finch and the yellow finch have brightened considerably. Image

My sweetheart brought home a soil thermometer yesterday and today when I stuck it in one of the raised beds it read 54 degrees. Peas can go in soon!

I’m Still Here!

With the sale of my very special herd and the dismantling of all the goat spaces I have been somewhat sad.  It was time but it was very hard. All my cats except for Suki have up and left.  Winter has dragged on and on.  A car accident (no one was hurt) left me carless for a few weeks while the car got repaired. Even if you have no intention of going anywhere you feel stranded without wheels.  I have not felt anywhere near good for several weeks and consequently have spent a lot of time sleeping. That’s my excuse for not attending to my blog anyway.

However Spring is in the air. I am free of the daily chores and so can get up and go if I so desire.  I have two good diagnosis’ for my health issues…Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia.  This gives me the chance to investigate how to deal with the pain and stiffness so I can start to do some of the fun things I like to do.

My husband has been a trooper. He has taken over when I have run out.  He has been cheerful and helpful and very understanding as I have groped for answers and cried about the situation.

My desire is to make a doll over the next few weeks and I am hoping for the energy to do it.

Seasons of Life

IMG_5659This has been a rough winter.  The fluctuations  in temps along with the snow/rain/ snow patterns has done a number on my old body parts.  Having two goats kid too early for kid survival added to my stress.  In addition to that we had an automobile accident leaving us unhurt (praise God) but the car reflecting the times it went around and hit the guard rail. It has lots of holes and cracks and dents and is still waiting to be fixed.

All of this nudged me toward the next season of life.  The accident happened on the way home from Ellsworth where I saw another rheumatologist who confirmed the Waterville Doctor’s diagnosis. I have Osteoporosis along with Fibromyalgia. The new doc, however, said she did not deal with Fibromyalgia and wished me well.

The Fibromyalgia diagnosis certainly helped explain all the ups and downs of my body, achy all over, feeling poorly and exhaustion that did not stop.  I have read everything I could lay my hands on in order to try  to direct the care I needed.  I needed to slow down and listen to my body and be willing to let some things go.  I found that milking one goat and then two was causing severe pain in my hands and fingers .  As much as we loved our little herd it seemed like it was time to let go.  I advertised them for sale as a “herd” only and was thrilled that a friend wanted to buy them. She could not take them for a couple weeks so I had the opportunity to say my good-byes to them and experience the loss of that season of my life.  We also said good-by to one of the cats leaving us just two.  I was surprised at the lessening of the commotion in the house with one cat gone.  Clearly I needed to simplify so I would be able to handle the household chores most of the time.

Suki is very willing to make sure I get the cat food to her and to Bergie in a timely way!

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Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to you with or without snow.  What a winter we are having!  We made the 200 mile round-trip yesterday to Ellsworth to see a new Rheumatologist.  On the way we stopped to see an old friend and goat keeper.  He helped us out with meds we needed for one of the goats and we visited his beautiful herd of Nubian and Oberhalsii goats.

The new doctor was both thorough and competent.  We left there with a clearer direction to work with the chronic syndrome I am living with. I am thankful.

We ate a Denny’s in Ellsworth and headed home.  The storm had already started sooner than we expected and the roads were greasy. Our car had a mind of its own on one of the curves on route 179 and went out of control.  God guided my husband through it and he wisely touched the gas and not the brakes and after a 360 and hitting the guardrail the car was again facing in the right direction.  We weren’t sure of how much damage we had sustained but were thankful that we were alive. Husband touched the gas again and the car was drivable so off we went.  At the corner of 179 and route 9 he got out to assess the damage.  It seemed minimal  so we continued on home.  It was a relief to drive into the garage and be home!

Today it is raining, the snow is heavy but we are plowed out.  Our animals are tended and we are spending a wonderful Valentine’s Day taking it easy and being thankful.

Life is what happens when you’re making other plans!

Friday meant  a quick trip to the clinic to get meds to help me breathe again! He also gave me an antibiotic since this looks like the beginning of bronchitis.  The meds are working and I am breathing better with only three more “serious” rest days and than can begin to get moving again.  However Saturday at chore time Hailie had delivered 5 babies. Two were still in their sacks and hadn’t breathed. Three were trying hard to breath.  We did all the things we could think off to get them going but eventually they all died. :o(   I am sad but know God is nudging us in some new direction and maybe we aren’t seeing it.

Sunday was a total rest day for me except for milking the doe out AM and PM.  I would like to sell her as a milker if that is the direction we need to go in.