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More changes

I knew the blog has been very much neglected lately, but when I see the last post and date, it almost makes me nauseous!
As I mentioned earlier a lot has happened, and there has been much to digest and get used to. Looking at when I started writing this post, well, let’s just say it’s awhile ago.
The last year and a half has been filled with difficult decisions and agony. It all started when my bucks had to go. I don’t want to go into details, other than to say it was a gut wrenching time, and of course things happened in the middle of the breeding season. Unfortunately some people ended up in less than fortunate situation, but believe it or not, circumstances considered, I got to know some really special folks, with hearts of gold! So as always; no matter how bad things seem, it’s always good for something.

Towards the end of last year, early fall really, I had to realize some health issues has to be taken care of, during which time it will be difficult to do much physical hard work. That meant, after many sleepless nights trying to figure out ways to work around things, I had to let go of my gorgeous Argentinian mini-llamas. But again, something good came out of that as well. They are currently residing at Fort Lucas Farm in Colrain MA, where they have many buddies to rump around with. I believe they have around 35-40 llamas, and also around 30 Nigerian Dwarf goats. Ellen is a doll, and very experienced. We share a lot of the same husbandry philosophies, and that goes a long way in keeping me content, not having to worry about how they are doing.
The integration with the new male herd went exceptionally smooth, with no issues whatsoever. I know they’re loving it, with a bigger herd and more buddies to hang around with. Not to mention at least Amore for sure, will get to run with the girls come spring. He will be in heaven!
Be well my sweet, gorgeous boys. It was an honor spending time with you the precious time we had together….

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In short, what lead to this unfortunate situation, is apparently I have joints like an 80-year old, that’s done hard physical work his whole life. The right elbow surgery I had late summer last year was not a complete success. It took care of some issues, but there are still things that needs to be taken care of surgically. Most likely we’re talking radial nerve release in several spots. Before doing that, we found it prudent to do another MRI of the neck, to see how things stand there, as I’ve had previous issues and several epidural steroid injections. It wasn’t a big surprise when the results came back, that things had progressed and gotten quite a bit worse; reversal of the normal cervical lordosis, disc bulge and spondylitic ridge with spinal stenosis, bilateral foraminal narrowing, and of course the standard progressive degenerative changes and uncovertebral osteoarthritis blah blah blah. I’ve had one epidural steroid injection for both diagnostic purpose and also it’s helping with some of the neck/general upper extremeties issues. However the elbow issues still persists, so…..
To top it off, I was working in the craft room just before new year, and low and behold managed to rip up an old left thumb injury, that was surgically fixed probably 30 years ago. I was ripping some fabric, but it wasn’t the fabric that ripped…. That was splinted for 3 weeks, and have been doing some exercises for it, but it’s certainly not getting much better. So another thing in the works. My bet is they’ll have to go in a fix the ligaments again.

Needless to say I probably haven’t been easy to be around lately, with my extreme restlessness and not quite knowing what to do with myself, not to mention the feeling of complete defeat…. thankfully my dearest has been very supportive and patient. Lesson half way learned: stubbornness can only take you so far… although I don’t think I’ve given up on that quite yet. 🙂
What the future holds animal wise, I’m not sure. Once I have all this stuff over and done with we’ll see.
I still have my craft room, and fiber left from the boys, among many other things, so I don’t think I’ll be in lack of things to do. Then there’s the old clunker truck… maybe put some sweat and tears into it and see how good it gets. 🙂

Work is very busy, but hopefully there will be more time for computer stuff (yeah right, it’s always at the bottom of the list). I’ll probably still keep some of the info I have available, and might even put up some more stuff I have that might be useful in regards to animal husbandry etc.

Happy Holidays and belated Winter Solstice

It’s been a long time since there’s been any updates. A lot of things have happened here lately, and will update with more info shortly. Have also been working on a stand alone shop for my products, which should be up and running in not too long. Stay tuned.
In the meantime I’d like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season, and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year to come.