April, sunshine, and more
I’m not sure I’ve ever been as excited for spring as I have been this year. Just having longer days, and feeling that warm sunshine on my skin, has been so great.
Clementine continues to be healing wonderfully, and is getting around in her stall and paddock like a champ. We decided at the four week mark to move her mom Sunny into the stall and paddock with her. Sunny is a very chill goat, so there’s no risk of them getting in to any tussles and Clementine getting hurt. Also, neither of one of them ever jump, or challenge each other, I think in part because they are fainting goats and adventure is NOT their middle name. 😆 They prefer to just lounge around, so I think Clementine having her mom with her will help her not be too lonely.
We have a few projects in the works, both for sanctuary maintenance and for our own house, so we are starting spring off with a bang. The goal is to get all the big stuff done by summer so we can have some r&r then. This is our shearing month too, which is always a big day. I’ll do a separate post for that.
Speaking of summer, it’s predicted to be a bad one for wildfires due to it being so dry here this early in the year already, so if you haven’t done any fire prep now’s the time to start thinking about that. Things like creating a defensible space around your house, and more: https://www.firefree.org/10steps/
We have a lot of work cut out for us in regards to fixing the acres that burned in the March fire, and it may take years, but we’ll also will be working with a tree company on creating a larger defensible space this spring so if a fire ever comes our way again we won’t lose even more.
In happier news, the grass is green, the dandelions have returned (goats love them), and spring has sprung. Yay!
I saw this quote below and I’ve found it helpful during the difficult days we’ve had this month, so I wanted to share it here. I think it speaks of the feeling of winter turning into spring too..
“Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.”
- Mister Rogers
Clementine sailed through surgery and is back home resting. The surgeon said she did wonderfully, and it was a pretty straightforward surgery with no surprises, which is ideal.
She’ll now spend 6 weeks in isolation while it heals. The first three week she’ll keep the incision covered, the after three weeks she can get her stitches out. She’s on pain medication and anti-inflammatory meds now to help with healing.
Four Roots Ranch & Animal Sanctuary