Back in the Saddle

After 2 days of staying in the house with my swollen face, I decided this morning that it was time to go outside and face the wasps, so to speak.  My face is still somewhat puffy and my right eye feels wonky but otherwise I am OK.  So I bravely approached the llama stanchion, after Tom checked it for wasps first, and brought a llama into it.

Walker in stanchion

While I was working on Walker, two wasps came by.  I was scared they would sting me, or maybe worse yet Walker.  Because then I would have a swollen plus angry llama to deal with.  But I managed to bat them both away and finished llama maintenance (trimmed wool, wormed, vaccinated, supplemented and toes clipped).  Walker did manage to break the stanchion away from the rotting plywood base, but all in all a successful operation.  Here is Walker getting a treat afterwards with his more comfortable fleece  and feet.

Walker getting treat

I also managed to clean out the last pen in the barn and get everything packed up and ready for Fiber Day at Bow Little Market tomorrow.  After I was done I sat on the back porch, drank water and watch the butterflies, sprinkler and garden.  Maybe summer isn’t so bad after all.

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Today is not any better

swollen face

This is how I woke up this morning.  Most of my upper lip, my right jaw and eye lid are swollen.  It is making it hard to see from that eye.  I did not feel confident working like this so kindly Lyall will work while I try to improve things.  I have taken a Zyrtec, put ice on it, and am sitting upright.  I am hoping to improve the swelling enough to still go in later today.  Not sure I will go outside on the farm today, scared of getting bit again.  The wasps are absolutely everywhere this year.

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We had a bad day


While I was home feeling sorry for myself with my wasp stings, Tom went and picked up our new piglets and brought them home.  I decided to get the baling twine ready for rope making for Fiber Day at Bow Little Market this Thursday and cleaning the house.  I figured I could not get into too much more trouble with these activities.  The piggies were initially somewhat traumatized by the move and were hiding in the back of their shelter.  They were having a bad day.

Then Tom asked me what happened to Rocky.  I had been vacuuming and did not hear anything, but this is what Rocky’s face looks like.

scratched Rocky

There are three linear scratches on his cheek.  I am thinking a feral cat that has been hanging around took a swipe at him, but it could be another critter.  Rocky is also having a bad day.

My facial swelling had improved but now is much worse.  I am not sure how work is going to go tomorrow with this.  We had grilled fish, steamed fresh green beans and wine/cider for dinner and homemade strawberry ice cream for desert.  The pigs seem to be settling in and rooting around.  And Rocky is sleeping soundly on the couch.  So I am hoping things will start getting better.  I still am ready for summer to be over though.


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