Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I caught Chigger in her Sam The Sheepdog mode today, watching over the girls as they go about their late afternoon forage. A lot of people that meet Chigger in person kinda laugh at the idea of her being a real guard dog but she takes herself pretty serious! And she does a good job too. Just last week she alerted me to a large, stray dog lurking up in the woods behind the house. I ran out and yelled and it ran off so I didn't think much more about it. Well, a day or two later I was inside once again (as I have been a lot lately) and I heard her really having a fit about something. Looking out the window I could see Chigger was right close to the house just barking her head off. This was fairly odd so I immediately ran out to see and lo and behold that dog had come back. It was trying to get around the corner of the house and head towards where the chickens were huddled under the deck but Chigger wasn't havin' it. In fact, she had that dog, which was bigger, hemmed up against the wall. I did not kill the dog (because it had not killed anything of mine) but I did scare the living crap out of it and I have not seen it back. Chigger got a good treat and much praise.
Other than all that there still has not been a lot going on around here but things are improving. I went to see the new internist and that went well I think. She thinks perhaps I have a severe case of gastritis from the nsaid use. Now, how my stomach could affect my brain and all so much I don't really understand but the treatment she suggested seems to be working. Perhaps my stomach was so inflamed it could not absorb nutrients from food??? I don't know. All she prescribed was 1 baby aspirin and a low dose Nexium just long enough to get my stomach healed up. Now, I have also added lots of kefir (for the probiotics) and I'm still laying off animal proteins a great deal. No pork or red meat in any form. I can have a little cheese, goat milk, and a little chicken occasionally. No spicy food either but I do take a little raw ginger every day because it's supposed to help heal your stomach. We are still waiting on a little more bloodwork results but for now that's what I'm going with. I'm not back to 100% but I am much improved. I can drive myself now and think much, much clearer. One other curious thing I've noticed is that since I've cut so far back on meat, I have a much happier, more positive mood. I think those of you that have read here for a long time know that I can get kinda low at times and just basically pissy. Well, I'm not Mary Poppins or anything but I've just kinda had a better attitude about things and a lot more motivation. I imagine that no matter what my stomach does I will continue to go light on the meat (or not at all) from now on. As the doc said, it's not a bad way to go!
So, in light of all that I've been cleaning like crazy, purging a bit more junk and basically trying to get caught up around here and get my studio and basement cleaned up and more organized. And I started decorating for Christmas! Got my front door wreath made today and hopefully will get one made for the chook's house this week. Yes, I decorate for them a little. Why not?? Makes the place smell nice and I think they like it. Once I let go of the guilt for not having been able to produce much of any pottery for the Christmas season it has also helped me to feel better. I also used my new mixer!! I love that thing and plan on cranking out some yum Christmas cookies before too long. Well, I'm off to decorate the tree!! I hope all of you are doing well too! Enjoy the full moon tonight!