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Thursday, August 16, 2012

I hope she doesn't pee while she's unconscious

Probably when you woke up this morning you were thinking, "I could really go for some abscess and pus talk right about now."  Well, you've come to the right place.  I was talking to one of our fellow goat people in the hall at church the other day, and when I told her about the weird abscesses that my goats have been getting she wondered if it was CL (Caseous Lymphadenitis).  I bet it is.  It's really contagious and common.  So we may have given our neighbors a contaminated goat, which is awesome of us.  Except Rita's weird throat growth had thick, fibrous walls, but it was full of thin liquid, not pus, which is not like CL, from what I've read.  Hazel's was full of pus, and Traci's got a new one on the side of her neck that I guess we can lance and find out if it's full of pus, but I don't want to.  I'm afraid of a) accidentally slitting her throat, and b) spreading the infection, if it is CL, which contaminates everything it touches for months to come, according to the internets.  It's not terminal, but I can't imagine it's great for your goat to be constantly forming abscesses that burst and spread infection to the rest of the herd.  I could be wrong.  None of them has had an abscess burst, though, thankfully, so I'm wondering how it's spreading.  I'm going to research treatment options.  I certainly don't want to be hauling my goats in to the vet every month to get their abscesses drained for a hundred dollars a whack. WHY IS MY LIFE SO HAAAAARRD?  My poor goats, having to put up with my ignorance and incompetence.

Peach season has finally started for real.  Redhavens are almost over, but don't worry about it because for a semi-cling they really do not like to let go of their pits, which is irritating.  Reginas are on now, and though they are not as flavorful as some, and their texture is not as dense and firm as I like, they are still a good peach, and worth eating.  I have now reached the status of "regular" at Sumida's--when I wrote them a check for the peaches and Armenian cucumbers I bought there the other day the girl working the till said, "You don't have to show your ID.  You come here a lot."  It made me so happy!  This has been one of my goals, as long as I've lived here:  to show Mr. Sumida that his stuff is good enough to inspire loyalty and devotion in his customers.  I hope the money I spend there helps, because if they go out of business in this foul world that doesn't appreciate good produce, I will rend my clothes and despair in sackcloth and ashes.  I feel a tremendous responsibility to keep the fruit stands solvent, because I can't face the alternative. 

5 comments:

tipsybaker said...

I wish I could travel home from Brigham with a suitcase full of peaches. Last time, when I was driving, they stopped us at the California border.
Are there chokecherries for sale?

g. lo said...

I immediately googled CL and was dismayed for you...sounds like it could also spread via upper respiratory secretions. Could you vaccinate your "clean" goats? Wishing you better luck, at least you have the peaches.

All8 said...

Ugh, hope the goats get better.

Peach season ended here when the squirrels ate them all. (*^^&*$ things!) Enjoy the sumptuous and sublime for me while enjoying your new status of a regular.

Jill said...

I need you to identify the peach tree I have in my back yard. They are the sweetest, most candy like fruit on earth! I want to plant one just like it in the new house but I don't know what it is. Could you travel to my house for a peach tasting? Is there a peach hot line I could call?

Jenny said...

Can you believe I went to the corn stand the other day for peaches and someone had just bought them all. I told the sales girl I was really needing to make peaches and milk and she said she'd never heard of it. What business did she have even selling peaches. Cant wait!