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  • Writer's pictureConstance Wilmoth

Patience is a virtue...

Today started with initiation by fire. It was my first day back to work in almost two weeks from the Christmas and New Year break! We worked hard to get back into the swing of things with our routine and getting back to how our life and farm usually runs. To add a little spice to the mix I had our vet scheduled to come out today to perform our health paper herd check for the PA farm show next week. As many of you know when the vet comes out the visit can mushroom out of just the original request and that is exactly what happened.

I have had blood tubes and an order in my email for WADDL to send bloodwork out on my goats that was dated back on 11.22.21. This means for more than a month I have been meaning to and planning on drawing blood from my goats for both pregnancy and my annual biosecurity screening. Well, today I saw the opportunity, the vet was here and I asked her to help teach me how to draw the blood. Spoiler alert, I tried on all six of my adult does, and I was unable to get a spec of blood..... Thankfully, the vet drew them all and I have the tubes labeled, and all packaged up and ready to be shipped out tommorrow! I also had the vet take a look at my ultrasound to help bolster my skills from an ultrasound perspective to determine pregnancy in my does!

We also worked to get my health certificates all taken care of, so we can take the girls with us and they can legally get into the farm show. Then to top it all off my dog needed to have a fecal done in order to board her next week, so like the savage I am I followed her around while we did chores this morning and collected my sample using a leaf! This was also sent with the vet for a fecal float1

To top everything off Rob and I worked last night to install roof racks and a basket on top of my Jeep. This is a needed process for us to fit everything into it and onto it that we require to be successful to set up and show the goats for the Farm Show! The lesson I have learned here is to be patient. I have a bad habit of trying to shove as much as I possibly can in a short period of time, I need to try to be more realistic about what I can get done in a day and allow myself grace for the things that need to be accomplished, as long as I maintain them on my radar, I need to trust that I can and will get them accomplished. Not to mention I need to allow myself time to have fun and enjoy the spoils of all of my hard work.

I hope you all are having a wonderful start to the year 2022 and I look forward to all this year has in store for us! Take care everyone, Happy Goating and if you are at the Farm Show next week please feel free to stop by our stalls to say hello!

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