Daily Reflections From My Window

July 13, 2021 Tuesday: Mashed Potatoes, Porcupine Quills and Stinging Nettles, Oh My!


“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

William Shakespeare

Do you follow me @faithandalpacas on Instagram? Yesterday I posted this picture. It sure looks like mashed potatoes doesn’t it? It’s actually a product from Young Living Essential Oils called Animal Scents. I am using it on the nasty crud that half sisters Oia (pronounced EE-ah) and Flo get every year. I usually use Walmart’s diaper rash cream to which I added essential oils but our stores don’t carry it any more it seems. It had the highest percentage of zinc and that seemed to soothe them and the added oils really helped.

I have mixed up a spray in the past for this crud, which alpaca people call elephant skin, because it’s hard and crusty and that helps too for the hard to reach places but yesterday decided to try this ointment again.

There’s a lot of good stuff in the ingredients already as you can see above, but for especially tough cases, which these girls have, they suggest adding a few more things. I softened the jar up a bit in my microwave and added the recommended oils. When I stirred it, it looks just like buttery mashed potatoes. There was a bit around the rim that needed to be pushed back in, so with my gloved hand, cleaned that up and what was left on my glove, massaged my knee which had been aching lately. I’m not kidding when I say that my knee does not ache today! The good news is that this stuff seems to be working. The bad news is that it seems to be no longer available on the site. I’ll keep you up for date on its availability and the alpacas healing. Here they are before.

This is Flo. It looks so uncomfortable and I know it’s itchy.

Here’s Oia on the left. They are the only 2 who have it so it must be a genetic predisposition. Flo didn’t even put up a fight. I think the scent of the added lavender helps with its calming fragrance right away. Oia HAS to put up a stink-it’s her way, but settled down pretty quickly too. Fingers crossed that this works.

Here they are this morning relaxing.

Unfortunately I did not get to the porcupine quill clean up. The weather forecast yesterday was for rain (as it is today) but ended up being sunny, so instead of quickly doing my livestock chores before the rain hit, I spent all day outside and did some things I had been putting off, like spreading aged compost on former poop piles and planting grass. I’ve been doing this for a while now and it’s working.

I worked on this stuff nonstop until I noticed this patch of what I now know to be weeds. Not ones I want. I have had it with invasive weeds and now I mean business! It had to go. I got in there and started pulling. They came out easily in clumps of 4 or 5 at a time. What is it you ask? Stinging nettle and I was a real idiot for heading into it with only gloves, a pair of shorts and a tshirt. Boy does it sting! I have itchy bumps that seem to have subsided but still itch a bit. Look up what a stinging nettle bumps look like. I looked it up and it is a natural antihistamine. So why am I so itchy. I took a Benadryl as soon as I started to itch and took a cool shower and washed off the nettles. I even used clear packing tape to get any stray stingers out. Then I used a spray Benadryl which helped the itch but felt like I had on tight gloves on my forearms and calves when it dried. I was lucky it was just there. I had a meeting last night so I grabbed my Sierra Tank dress and went after my shower. I’m so glad that I wasn’t wearing it when I pulled those darn things. This Sierra Tank Dress is a Godsend. And it’s wool remember. I may have to wash (in the washing machine-no dry cleaning chemicals needed!) her soon, but so far, no stains, no tears, no odor, no hassle. Love it.

I’m a little late today because I didn’t sleep a wink because of the nettle. Well, maybe an hour. Thank goodness I didn’t keep Jay up. But I am all over the place today. Sorry about that.

What does the scripture and quote by Shakespeare have to do with anything today? I’m determined to share my good news and mistakes, my great pictures and real pictures (like the one of me sleeping in yesterday’s post). Most of the time, all I do is crop photos to zero in on something better. I don’t use filters.

God knows my heart and that’s what the quotes are about.

Mary says rain is on the way-her colors have brightened, she’s not just white today, so I better wrap up and tend my herd. THEN I can clean the quills.In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!