Daily Reflections From My Window

August 11, 2021 Wednesday: Are You a Thinker? My Vet Is! Updated

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“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”

Thomas A. Edison

I never realized how much of a thinker Thomas Edison was. I sat in those classrooms listening to how these great inventors created things and it almost seemed like they were born with the plans in their heads. Poof! There was the lightbulb! No thought needed. Didn’t he also have the famous quote about the fact that he didn’t fail, he just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work. Now that’s a moment if ever I heard one!

Why don’t we allow ourselves to fail? Or our kids? How do you learn to work through anything if you never have a challenge? Redirect.

Right now, my mill is having a challenge with my fiber. It’s been so long since I’ve seen it that I really can’t remember what I sent. I make notes, send them a sample, because a picture is worth a thousand words, and there are questions. Then because of the lag time, sometimes a year, I may have changed my mind and sometimes they can accommodate and sometimes they can’t. I have two goals now. To make a sock yarn from our own fiber and to make a fabric weight yarn that perhaps can be made into a garment. Like for my dress, or for fire hooping tops for my hooping friends. Nothing unusual, just the basics! But this fiber batch is giving them a challenge and I’m not sure why. I’m not a mill owner. She emailed me last night that she had to walk away and revisit today. Fingers crossed that it goes better today. If not, I told her not to waste her time and do what is best for the fiber. Sometimes it tells you what it should be. Yesterday, Dr. Dan came and did a checkup on Dovis, Oia and Flo. They’re coming along. Dovis had the uveitis in her left eye and the drops are helping, but he gave her an antibiotic injection to cover anything systemic. Years ago, when she was about 5 years old, he tested her for leukemia and a few other things because she has always been thin. She came back negative on all counts. He came to the conclusion that she might just have a high metabolism, like some people do. That was the day that the lightbulb went off in my head, that each alpaca, like each one of us, has a unique set of qualities inherent to them. I know, sounds obvious. You have to understand that the goal of fiber producers is to have consistent fiber. They should all look alike. But Dovis was all her own girl! Our friend, Dana said that she looked and acted like Lucille Ball in the candy episode and she does! That’s why I called the Doc. She’s at least 14 and seemed to have a cataract and had lost her “Lucyness”. He thought she looked much better yesterday and said he depended just as much on how they are behaving by observing them as he does on bloodwork. Dovis definitely has her Lucyness back. Here he is, watching them and thinking about things.

Next Flo. Yes, he thought she was improving. Both she and Oia get the elephant skin and when they get it around the eyes, it’s itchy. Years ago, Oia was itching, rubbed on something and sliced her upper eyelid. I have no idea on what. There is nothing sharp here but she found something. He treated the slice and for a while it was fine.

I was treating the itch for both Flo and Oia with an ointment made from essential oils this time around and it may have just been too strong and it irritated the skin. We switched to an antibiotic gel and hydrocortisone cream for them with an antibiotic eye gel. It’s working for Flo but not for Oia. He suggested that we go back to basics and use the diaper rash cream around her eyes, which has zinc, since she has responded positively to that before. That’s the plan. 3 different alpacas. 3 different treatments. It’s good to know that he’s open to me using the essential oils in combination with traditional treatments. I appreciate that he knows my animals and will remember things about them that I’ve forgotten.

I think he needs to write a blog. The stories he could tell, and has told me about what he’s done and has had to do. He and Jay were talking about bats. Did you know that he had to be vaccinated against rabies while in vet school? I didn’t even know people could be, did I? I wish there was a people vaccine for Lyme disease. So now on to me and my knee and my leaky gut. Boy did it hurt yesterday. The doc called to check on me and said that the first 48 hours were the worst but keep putting heat 20 minutes on 20 minutes off periodically throughout the day, but to keep moving. I got a chance to do the heating pad around 3 PM. It felt great. Then I put a little arnica cream on and took a little break.

Next up hooping! That felt great as long as I stayed straight and didn’t twist. Knee hooping was out as was Earth Angle. Soon, I’ll be back to the full regimen. It was hard too, not to do it! Dawn was using one of my favorite playlists from way back in the 80s. We had a few new students and always tells new people to do what they can and that’s why she doesn’t count things out, like how many squats or full body twists. That helped this old lady-I was moving slower. This morning, my knee does feel much better.

Today I have to run a few errands, tend to a few critters and tackle some projects. It looks like it rained all night but the sun is peeking through. My view this AM was so dark!

Here it is now. Yesterday I got a few very short walks in and lately have forgotten to turn on my 99 Walks App but luckily, I know how long the route is and can use the “Add A Walk” feature. Walking is the best time to think and there are so many inspirational walks and podcasts on the app. If you sign up through my link, you save and I get a small commission since you learned about it here. It’s a great group. I’ll let you go so you can take a walk!

I’ve been thinking about the scripture quote embedded in my view. It’s from the second lesson from Sunday’s service. Seems to continue the theme of forgiveness. It doesn’t say that we can’t be angry, just that we have to lay it down.

That devil will use it to his advantage. Tomorrow I’ll put the next verse. Watching the news makes me so angry sometimes. I think the devil has really weaseled his way into our country. It’s good to know it’s ok to feel that way. I can’t even believe the Trillion $ infrastructure package that the Senate just passed. The things that are in it are ridiculous. We’ll all be paying for it and it won’t do anyone any favors though it may seem to. Jay always says that the Senate is where the real thinking happens, but they didn’t really give it much thought this time. Who could have read a 2700 page report in a few days? I’ll have to take a walk and think about it. Hopefully the House will sink it.

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!