Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Knitting and Reading and Help with Our Goats


Joining in to share with everyone at Ginny's weekly yarn along.  I am finishing up the borders on Emmy's sweater and can't wait to get it all sewn and try it on her.
I am still reading Into the Wilderness as my before sleep book.  
But, I want to share a book I found at the library - The Bluebird Effect by Julie Zickefoose - oh my this is just such a beautiful book and a wonderful example of a living book in the Charlotte Mason method.  My bird loving daughter and I are enjoying the stories the author shares and her gorgeous drawings and paintings.  I do think this is one book we will be adding to our own library.

In a side note - please pray for our goats.  A sweet child didn't realize how harmful ti was to feed skunk cabbage and I didn't catch her until it was too late.  Madeline and Sparky are really really sick and I am not sure what is going to happen.  If anyone has any advice, please do share.

warm wishes,
Tonya

22 comments:

  1. Oh no! I'll be praying for you and the goats and the little one.

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  2. I hope your goats will be okay, did you call the vet? From what I've read the goats need lots of fresh water, no stress and lots of rest.

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  3. I hope your goats are ok! the book looks lovely and what a nice pattern on the little sweater

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  4. Tonya, I'm so sorry to hear about your goats. I hope they will recover soon. What a terribly upsetting situation it must be for your poor daughter.

    Thank you for the book recommendation. That book looks like something I would love, since I am a real bird enthusiast. Probably my 94 year old grandmother (whom I visit every week) would like it, too - so I added it to my Amazon cart to go along with my next order of books.

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  5. That sweater is gorgeous! Good luck with those sweet goats.

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  6. Oh, you...and your goats...will be in my thoughts for sure. Good luck to you all.

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  7. Hi Tonya, we keep a small herd of goats here in MI. I suggest you give the goats activated charcoal (you can buy it in the tube paste form at most feed stores), to help rid of the poison. The pill form for people could work, but you would need to look up the dosage...I'm not sure. Also, give them probios. You can give them yogurt for now, but the kind sold in the tubes (also in paste form found at the farm stores), is even better, especially considering that they are currently doing poorly. That's what I can think of off the top of my head. I'm sure others have more ideas. We are headed out for errands, but I will be thinking of you, your family, and your goats, and praying for a quick recovery.

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  8. Tonja,

    If they are still up on their feet, they should be fine.

    Feed them some plain yogurt (to help with their rumen) and lots of fresh hay and water.

    I wouldn't give them grain today so that they will flush their system.

    A small amount of skunk weed is used for a dewormer, according to the research I have done today. It isn't a problem, usually, because goats are grazers by nature and will only eat a bite or two. Of course, if the goat is ill already or weak, it can be fatal almost instantly. The fact that yours are still on their feet seems to suggest that they are going to be fine.

    Tonia over at Simple Life blog is a pro with goats. You might email her if you have other questions. Also, the Goatlady web site is marvelous for all kinds of information (http://www.goatladydairy.com/). She is a wealth of knowledge as well.

    Sending lots of goatish prayers for your ladies.

    Take care,

    Matty

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  9. Poor goats. I'll ask my hubby when he gets home if he has any advise. He's a vet. Book looks beautiful by the way, will check it out on amazon.

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  10. so sorry about your goats...i'm glad some nice people were able to give you advice, let's hope it works....

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  11. good luck with your goats, i hope all is well. thank you for the book recommendation, it sounds just like something i'd love.

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  12. Oh Tonya! I am sincerely hoping your goats are doing well today! Please update us!

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  13. Thanks for the book suggestion. I've been a bird watcher/lover since childhood and am always on the lookout for a beautiful bird book. I just put it on hold at my library. Thanks also for the Into the Wilderness suggestion. I read that one and really enjoyed it. I was happy to see that it's the first in a series of a couple more books. I'll be checking them out next.

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  14. Sorry about your goats I hope they recover quickly.
    That book looks beautiful. I want to brows the illustrations now!

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  15. The sweater looks beautiful, the book looks like a great read, and the goats are soundly in my prayers. I hope that is well with them soon.

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  16. The sweater looks beautiful, the book like a very good read, and your goats are firmly in my prayers. I hope that all is well soon.

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  17. I've been reading your blog for a while and saw your mention of the book by Julie Zickafoose. She is our neighbor and we've been to visit her home and have been up in her birding tower. Her husband, Bill Thompson, Jr., runs Birdwatcher's Digest here in our area and they are fun people. It was such a surprise to see her book on your site, I didn't know it was out yet!

    Warmly,
    Tonya (another one!)

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  18. Your sweater is lovely, and thank you so much for the book recommendation. It sounds wonderful, and I just requested it from the library. My birder girl will love it!

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  19. Hi tonya,
    I love the Bluebird Effect. my type of book.
    enjoy,
    Elizabeth

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  20. Probiotics, electrolytes if the scours are bad, baking soda free choice for bloat..... reduce grain and feed more hay..... just had a goat go through scours due to eating "something" we may never know. She made it through. Good luck.

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  21. I am now reading Into the Wilderness, thanks to you! It's a delightful read, but boy, a monster! I'm going to check out The Bluebird Effect. Your sweater looks adorable! Hope your goats are O.K.

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