Monday, May 12, 2008

A jambalaya of "J"s

First of all, Brava has improved a bit. Yesterday morning I started using a new bottle of B-complex with a higher dose of thiamine (I had noticed that the bottle I had been using was quite expired), and last night she was noticeably perkier and more energetic. This morning when I let her out of the JUG into the fold, she immediately went to the feeder to nuzzle around. Had she been getting JUST enough thiamine from the expired stuff to keep her alive, but not enough to turn her around? Maybe; maybe, too, the steroids Rick has given her the last four nights have helped. Whatever has done it, I pray that she continues to improve. I feel so sorry for my little pincushion; she's losing clumps of wool on her hindquarters and hates to see us coming!

JUNGLE-gyms are not JUST for JUNIORS! "Auntie Bella" hangs with the lambs a lot of the time. The other morning when the lambs headed for the big maple to play, Bella went, too. Then - look out - wide load coming through! I don't know if the lambs thought anything of it, but it sure surprised me!


This is what Russell and I brought home as our JUST desserts for winning one of our Third Level tests yesterday afternoon! The forecast rain held off, too; so it was a JIM-dandy show all the way around.

Whether I can quite believe it or not, I am taking a JOURNEY in JUNE with my mom and sister. My mom had invited us over a month ago to JOIN her on a mother/daughters retreat at Rio Caliente, a "rustic vegetarian spa" outside Guadalahara, Mexico, but I thought there wouldn't be a snowball's chance in Rancho Laurena that I could go along. My life is too complicated, too hectic and over-committed to escape for eight days. But with the help and cooperation of my DH (emphasis on D!), a couple of Rick's clients (who are covering the office since both Rick's secretary AND I will be gone) and mother-in-law (who is coming to help care for Brian), along the amazing generosity of my mother, it has all been worked out and my first-ever passport is in process. Somebody pinch me!

Like my moorit triplets? Valentine's two and Dinah's ramling Browning, born four days apart, are very similar in size and color (Dinah's white ewe lamb is taller). Closer inspection reveals differences; Browning is slightly lighter and has head spotting.Boulderneigh Browning is featured bachelor #3. Like all the lambs this year, he is nice and square with a good tail; I suspect he is half-polled. He is a JOLLY little fellow, which I will have to watch - unless no one speaks for him and he becomes Braveheart's companion wether. It would be nice to have a darker fleece to play with!

That's it for now at . . .

9 comments:

Kathy said...

Congratulations to you and Russell! WaHoo! That's great! I am so happy for you, Michelle!

And what a reminder to all of us out here in Sheepyland - to get rid of our outdated items in the medicine cabinet and restock with in-date items!!!!! It really can make a difference between life and death! And when most simple meds aren't that expensive, there's no reason not to have fresh ones. This is a good reminder for us all to put a date on our calenders each year to go through our stash.
I am glad to hear Brava is doing better!

And, as I said on the phone...wave as you fly over! :) Will you miss BSG?

Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

2 slaps with limp carrots for using old Vit B....hehehehe......
btw, we give it orally, saves butt muscle tissues too.....glad she's doing better, keep at it!! Yeah from Brava and you!

TigereyeSal said...

You and Russell have every right to be very proud of yourselves (and so does Brava...)

Hugs

Sally

Sharrie said...

It is sometimes a lot of work to get away for a while, but it will be well worth it. Enjoy your time with your mom.

Nice ribbon, good job! Glad to hear that Brava is improving.

Lauren said...

So does this mean I live in Hell? I guess I can't argue thaat fact, at least in the summer months. It's actuaally cool today, low sixties, drizzly, and I hear it is snowing in Flagstaff. Kathy, are you freezing?

Congrats on your well-deserved ribbon. Woo hoo!

Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

BTW, congrats on your 1st place
3rd level award! You and Russell did great! 20 years ago I did 2nd level and played with 3rd level movements, so wonderful to feel that suspension!! Now my body is too broken up to do it, so I enjoy riding my Percheron once in a while instead and just enjoy his natural and relaxing suspension...like riding a big easy chair....congrats again!!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Lauren, I don't believe Hell is a "place," so you can't live there. :-)

Sharon said...

Such cute lambies, great news on your trip and such very very good news on Brava - what a little toughie.

Becky Utecht said...

I'm so happy to hear that Brava is responding to the new updated supply of Vitamin B-complex! That stuff doesn't have a real long shelf-life. And there are different strengths out there. I've got two bottles (both already outdated BTW); the thiamine in one bottle is 100 mg/dose while the other is only 12.5 mg/dose -- that's a big difference. Congrats on your ribbon and upcoming trip!