Sweater on, sweater off, sweater on, sweater off. No, it’s not me that can’t make up her mind. It’s good ol Mother Nature who’s having trouble figuring out if summer’s over and time for fall.
For a couple of days it’s in the triple digits, then we drop like 30 degrees and by the end of the week we’ll pop back up in the 90’s. Talk about weather whiplash!
Still taking care of Am, making sure she gets hands on massages, everyday hoping that will work out whatever is wrong with her neck. If it weren’t for her scrunched/crooked neck, everything else is working fine. Actually, she’s gained back her weight after we had her on 72 hours of just hydrated fluids and liquid supplements. So that’s good. Just to make sure we were doing the right thing, we wanted to see if there was someone in the area that treats ducks with hands on holistic approach. An avian vet would just give her some more anti inflam meds (we have our own natural ones that we rather use). Any good that would do! Anyhow, most around here don’t even treat ducks. One that I found said she’d give it a try but really only works on dogs and costs a little more than we can afford. I know tissue or ligament injuries take time and I am pretty confident with what we have been doing to treat her – it’s been a hands on/jump into the deep water and swim learning experience, believe me!
She is looking better every day – today she seems a bit more “centered” in her posture and she’s walking forwards more. So that’s great! Actually this whole experience has taught us that when treating our animals we need to listen to our gut even though we might not actually “know” what’s going. You learn a lot by watching and feeling the animal (where their body is hot – sign of inflammation) Though these critters can’t talk, an animal’s eyes gives you pretty good indication of its condition
During the last heat wave, our black little bantam cochin Bella ( aka “Hells Bells” or “Beelzebub” Jordanne calls her – yeah, she’s a little devil) developed a slight case of prolapse. She’s always had a weak heart and when it gets hot she starts to stress a bit – her heart beats a little faster causing her body to heave a bit. But we caught the prolapse problem in time. Cleaned her up, pushed it back in (you gotta do what you gotta do!) and off she went to scratch away for bugs or have it out with one of the other chickens. Yeah, told ya she was a little you know what.
With it actually feeling like fall (for now), it was time to bring out the winter squash and we enjoyed our first baked winter squash of the season.
Knitted dishcloths are flying off the needles faster than saying “knit one, purl two!” And the craft room is slowly taking shape. Already we have plans to turn out a few new aprons, finish our few knitted projects and just tackle the stacks of fabric and yarn that call out at us.
I’ve gotten back on kombucha train – whipping out weekly batches of this wonderful fermented drink and I am glad I did. Actually I suspected a few family members are addicted to this bubbly drink. No cause for concern because this stuff is actually good for ya, so drink up!
And I just realized that I have a new food addiction. Jalapeno jelly -especially on crackers with cream cheese. Yummy!
The new shed (aka honey house) is coming along nicely. Mr Up-in-coming Beekeeper (Justin) is thrilled so have just a place to store the honey equipment.
Long-time Beekeeper informs me that we’ll be harvesting honey soon. Can’t wait!
Here are a few snapshots from the urban homestead.