Flu frustrations

11 Mar

I got it. The dreaded flu: fever, cough, muscle aches. Here it is spring and I have hay to move, mulch to spread, crops to plant, hooves to trim, stalls to muck out, a milking stanchion to build (goat kids are due March 30!) and all I can manage is to watch my farm from out my window. So frustrating.
I also missed the bee symposium and the California rare fruit growers meeting this past weekend. Lucky for me, my rare fruit growing angel sent me a link to a video of the meeting!! Thank you Spidra!

The other thing I’ve been able to do is order goat supplies. I found a great website, Hoegger’s, where I ordered, from the comfort of my sickbed, all manner of goat-related items. Goats are prone to various kinds of worms, so I bought a natural de-wormer, made with Worm Wood, Gentian, Fennel, Psyllium, & Quassia. They also had buckets of goat minerals—calcium, phosphorus, salt and magnesium, selenium, and vitamin E. I picked up a kid bottle and some colostrum in case Bebe has a million babies. Finally, I got a bag of kelp in bulk—I’ve noticed the goats love wakame, but at $5 a bag, it was breaking me, so this should do the trick. In other goat care madness, I made them their first batch of sauerkraut. My goater friend Jim tells me goats love the stuff—it’s full of B vitamins—we’ll see how Bilbo and Bebe feel about it, they don’t seem like terribly adventurous eaters.

P.S. Here’s an article I wrote for SFGate about a foodie who doesn’t have much money, yet manages to eat well by growing her own, dumpster diving, and buying wisely.

9 Responses to “Flu frustrations”

  1. samin March 12, 2008 at 3:21 am #

    i think maybe you should take some of that goat medicine–it sounds like it might help you feel better.

    i hope you feel better soon. do you want me to bring you some soup?

  2. nat March 12, 2008 at 5:00 am #

    91 comments on the SFGate site – you’re a legend!

    What’s the deal with capital-D Dumpster?

  3. Novella Carpenter March 12, 2008 at 6:15 am #

    samin;
    i know, i must have a selenium defiency. i’m *almost* better, but billy the tin man is still sick. boo! what are you doing tomorrow? i’m working at the oasis at 1:30, if you want to get tea before?
    nat: dude! Dumpster should indeed be capitalized, it’s a damn company product like Q-Tips and Band-aids. yuck.

  4. Riana Lagarde March 12, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    feel better soon, maybe some chicken feet soup for billy the tin man?

  5. samin March 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm #

    i have to work today, mama, but if you come by we can have a bite around noon.

  6. C(h)ristine March 13, 2008 at 9:11 pm #

    I hope you feel better soon! That flu is killer.

  7. Greg March 14, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    $5 for a bag of wakame?

    Fortunately, the east bay is a day-trip away from our local sea vegetable patch. I’ll be heading out in June to harvest; come along for the sake of your goats, or the sake of your own soups.

  8. C(h)ristine March 15, 2008 at 1:29 am #

    btw–you do not live very far at all from the local Korean market. seaweed there should be a LOT cheaper than $5. i think. or at least, the $5 will take you farther.

  9. duane marcus <a href="http://www.facebook.com/people/Duane_Marcus/541048543">Facebook me!</a> March 15, 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    Great article. We should all learn from your friend Jane about how to prioritize our lives.

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