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Monday, February 18, 2008

Get a fever, chase a goat, rest with equines


I'm always so shocked when I get sick. I don't get sick that much, so on Friday when I suddenly felt ill, I ignored it. By the time I went to the barn to do nightly feedings, my entire body was shaking, and my teeth were chattering. The animals were not sure what to make of my groans, but I made it through chores so I could land on the couch. By Sunday, I was pretty sick, and had a 101+ fever.

And why is it, when you get a fever, that is the day the goats get out of the new fence you spent hours and money to put up just last week? And of course they took the rams with them. So with your fever, and a broken rake, you 'encourage' the rams to go up the road. It all works out, but with a fever, even a 10 minute goat round-up can kill a person.

I tried to help Martyn with the new fence, but after 10 minutes, admitted defeat. I was useless, and didn't feel right at all. Back in the house my fever was over 101, so I slept. Later in the day, uncomfortable in bed, I carried a blanket out to a bench in the orchard, with the donkeys grazing around me. I have rarely had a day since moving to the farm where I just rested.

As the sun went down, I retreated in, feeling slightly better, and had a cup of tea in the studio, communing with the horse outside the door. Earlier this week, Martyn added an extension off Boone's pasture, so he can walk right up to one of my studio doors. He knickers outside the window sometimes, knowing I'm there, hoping for apples.

8 comments:

Debbie Schramer said...

Hi Katherine,

Sounds like you really got pretty sick. Hope you are feeling really better soon! It always sounds like you work so hard there on your farm and doing all your wonderful paintings! Hope you have some time to get some rest and feel great again soon!
Debbie

salmonpoetry said...

oh no, i know how you feel. i was so seriously sick last week. and though i don't have a flock of unruly sheep, i have a small hungry daughter who needs feeding and care and rounding up twice a day (at least).
i hope you recover soon and take the time you need to rest, it seems the bug going around is particularly pernicious.

Tai said...

The horse-outside-the-window cure is pretty powerful. Feel better soon! xoT

Anonymous said...

what a great photo~
feel better!!!!

~CONNIE

Bibbi said...

Hope you're feeling better!

Carla Sonheim said...

I hope you feel better, Katherine! I agree with Tai that the horse-outside-the-window is a powerful cure! Silly goats!

Julie said...

I won't complain about being sick with the flu with kids at home. At least I didn't have to chase anyone down the road. Hope you feel better soon.

Amy C Evans said...

glad you're finally feeling better. looks like all the sun you're getting these days s just the thing to get you back on track. i imagine the donkey walks help, too ;)

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