Daily Reflections From My Window

March 17, 2021 Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day and Vet Report


“You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.”

Jimmy Dean

Happy St. Patrick’s Day ! I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Emerald Isle twice-once with Jay and Jack and once with my niece Skye, the keeper of our heritage. Fitting that today there is no sunrise, just fog. Both trips were amazing. Our heritage is English, Irish and Scottish, with maybe a dash of German thrown in. I’ve been to England, Ireland, and Germany. We had a trip planned last summer for Scotland that was cancelled due to Covid. It was rescheduled for this summer. We may have to hold hands and find a stone to travel through time to get there . Let’s hope the world opens up soon!

Yesterday Dr. Dan Zawisza came and did a vet check on the herd. He wanted to make sure that the rest of the alpacas were in good shape after Genesis’ sudden death. Pretty standard procedure. He’s so calm and peaceful and the alpacas feel it. He starts out just standing quietly and chatting with me and I can see him looking at each one without touching, but assessing their health by how they look and how they are moving. They practically line up for him to administer their yearly vaccines. Yesterday it was CDT. That’s all we’re doing in addition to monthly dectomax for m-worm and Young Living essential oils for general health. Herd immunity is what we are going for. When he gives the shots he gets his hands on them and checks their body score and other things. Can he feel their spines? Just Dovis, but for the most part, he remarked how great she looked. Years ago, because she was so thin, we treated her for leukemia…not chemo, but medication, because blood tests determined that she may have had it. In the end, Dr. Dan determined that she may just be one of those alpacas that may have a higher metabolism and just might be of slighter stature. Here she is, at 14, healthy as can be and she has crias with the nicest personalities. Like people, alpacas are individuals and after he said that (when he first came here years ago!), I began to look at them as such. He’s a smart, common sense guy. He checked Flo and Oia’s rough skin and we decided not to do anything. Whether I treat or don’t treat, it stays the same. Feeding in bins on the ground seems to be helping a lot. They are all filling out. Taz looks great and Siegfried was as pleasant as could be! I never noticed just how big he is until Dr. Dan remarked on his size, saying that he could do some damage to me if he got riled up. Lucky for me, he doesn’t usually. I don’t handle him much but probably should and now that I have the time will be putting it on my to do list.

We had a great check up and Dr. Dan was pleased with how well they all looked. There was nothing funky in the stool sample that was taken from Gennie a few weeks ago so parasites are not a problem. That makes me happy. We were way too busy to take pictures during the check up. Oh well. Here’s Bea today. When we first met Dr. Dan, he was a young vet (he still is!) just beginning his practice. He was single and dating. Now he’s married and a seasoned dad of 4 boys. We were in the midst of watching the original “All Creatures Great and Small” so Jay jokingly would shout out to him, “Hey, Vetinary!” like they did on the show. He STILL does and we all laugh. This one is staged, but you get the idea. He’s a good sport.

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Here’s another tidbit about Dr. Dan. As long as I’ve known him, I’ve known him to be a man of faith and a staunch Catholic. I asked if his kids are in in person school and he said yes, because they are in Catholic school and day care. His wife Bethany works in the medical field too. Over the years, we’ve talked about so many things as we treat the alpacas. One thing we discuss is how I grew up in the Catholic faith and am now a practicing Episcopalian. I’ll always be Catholic though. I asked him what he gave up for Lent and he said that this year he didn’t give anything up and instead is trying to pray more deliberately. He spends a lot of time in his truck driving from farm to farm and decided to turn off the dinging of his phone and spend that time talking to God. I love that. Dr. Dan, I hope you are reading this, but you are one of a kind and I’m so glad that we have you as our vet. God puts people in our lives for a reason.

It was a full day yesterday and I spent the rest of it sorting fiber, deciding what to do with it and packaging it up to ship to various mills. I’ll keep quite a bit to work with myself, but am excited that we have socks being made finally with our own fiber. It’s been a long time coming! God puts people in our lives.

These socks were made with our hand dyed fiber by Denise Williams by Something Beautiful Handcrafts. She is a contributor to Ply Magazine and is an amazingly talented fiber artist. Note for all. These are alpaca blended with just a speck of nylon. I threw them in my washing machine on a regular cycle (I figured that if they shrunk I would only be sacrificing one pair) and then put them in the dryer on permanent press. They came out great! No shrinking at all. I can’t wait for the next batch. Jay is wearing them too and wants some crew styles. Me too!

After hooping, I headed home to resume “Outlander” with Jay and knitting more fingerless mitts. I may switch to Claire’s “through the stones Gauntlets” or the “Rent Shawl”. Remember, I watch for the knitwear and costumes .

Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, I want to say Happy Birthday to Sweet Lauren! Here’s the video that she submitted to the Today Show and they played it this AM. God puts people in our lives. It’s not luck, or is it?

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In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!