Getting a handle on things …

Yesterday was a not-so-great day.  It started out rough with the goats (trying to get them to go out and graze), then while I was cutting the screen through my back porch to make a door, I looked down into the back field and there was Cian working the sheep.  I put all three dogs up in their runs, went inside and got angry about all the muddy footprints all over my house.  I ate some breakfast then went out to take the dogs for a run.  I started the ATV, Fern and Gel were right there with me, but when I looked for Cian, there he was out in the back field running like a rocket.  I called him back and put him in a lie down, but he has virtually no impulse control and didn’t hold it.  I put him back in his run and took Gel and Fern out with me with the intent of locating the sheep and putting them back in the back pasture if necessary.  When we found them, I sent Gel after them, but they bolted to the front pasture and he lost them!  He shouldn’t have and I got angry with him, but that was counter productive because he was feeding off my anger and works like shit when I’m angry.  I put the sheep back where they should be, put Gel and Fern in their runs and went back into the house and scrubbed floors for a few hours.

I did some rearranging in my family room and put three crates near the door to the back porch and put towels down around them to keep muddy feet off the floor.  Then I went out and started the ATV, this time keeping Cian in his run until it was time to go.  I made him wait in the open door until I released him.  Then I ran them and ran them and ran them.  I brought my six drive panels from the Christmas Tree Farm down to the back field two at a time.  I put them on the seat of my ATV and sat on them to transport them.  It was a bit precarious, but I drove slow.  Gel and Fern started to slow down, but not Cian.

When we got back, I brought the dogs in through the back porch.  Cian is having trouble understanding coming in through a different door, but he’ll figure it out.  I made cat food and got ready to milk.  I brought Gel into the mud room and left him there in case I needed him (which eventually I did) and had a calm, quiet milking session.  I was going to leave the goats out for a while, but Esmeralda put her front feet up on my car in an attempt to climb on it.  Luckily I was there when she did it.  I quickly got Gel out and put everyone up.

These goats and dogs are getting the best of me … and it isn’t them, it’s me.  I’m still out of sorts from the holiday.  Wally has been away since Tuesday.  Even though Wally and I are just friends, we have a strong connection and I miss him when he’s away.  The last time I heard from Marcus was last Saturday (so yesterday it was a week since I heard from him) and that was upsetting … but it shouldn’t be, it’s just Marcus, he operates on Marcus Time, I don’t know why I expected things to be any different this time around, I guess it is because I’m different this time around, but Marcus is not.  The next time he calls (which he will), I will not be available.  I deserve more than that (I guess).

I need to get to the bottom of Cian.  His work has not been so good lately and I think it’s because he’s getting too much time on his own running laps around the house and getting out to work sheep on his own so his keenness is a bit off.  I put them out around 6:30 and I’ll bring them back in and crate them at 7:30.  I’m hoping to get out and work all three dogs in between rain showers today.  I am now very much looking forward to my lesson with Kevin Evans as I’m hoping he’ll have some suggestions on how to get the best out of my dogs.

Today I am going to try to make a sourdough starter.  I expect it’s going to be a learning process like cheese was.  My friend Helene is getting one from her sister-in-law to take home with her (I’m jealous).  I’ve read that sourdough starters have been passed down from generation to generation.  Did you know that breads made from grains that have been sprouted or fermented (like sourdough) are much easier on the body to digest?  You can buy starters from various sources (like King Author Flour), but I’m going to try to make it myself first.

I need to go out and do a few errands today including going to Lowes to get containers and lettuce seeds for my cold frame as well as a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet to put down under and in front of the dog crates to keep tracking down.  While in the vicinity of Lowes I’m going to go to Barnes and Noble and get a wall calendar.  Can you believe 2009 is almost over?

Until later …