Today was a day that we were using to catch up on things around here but Dad and I had one chore first. We told Mom we wanted to go see if any cattle were selling at the sale today and we headed south. When we got there I found the cutest little things … no not cattle. LOL You see the goat sale is right before the cattle sale on Saturday. So as Dad and I sat and watched the sale start I thought about Mom and her being a bit down and very upset about the last few days.
I know Mom only does what we do for the animals. It isn’t about anything else for her. So when a little, thin, sticktight covered sad looking little black goat came through the sale barn I knew just want to do. The thing is that he looked so sad and thin that I managed to pick this little guy up for 20 bucks.
Normally we don’t go looking for animals that need us. Mom believes that God brings those in need into our path but … Mom hasn’t been her chipper self since the drama started and even a few tears have been shed. Anyway, I couldn’t help it and when Mom finally spent a little time with the little booger she seemed a bit more like her old self. Some how taking care of the animals makes her forget everything else and brings a smile to her face. I am happy to report that not one phone call came through today about the issue. No one screamed or yelled at her or even called in reference to the issue for the first time in about 3 days. Yes, that is a very good thing.
Mom spent some time cleaning this little guy up. She got all his sticktights cleaned out of his coat and she even found a few issues that we will be keeping an eye on. For now he has his own outside pen but he sleeps inside as he came from the sale barn and he has to be quarantined for at least 2 weeks to make sure he doesn’t pass anything on to our goats.
Mom desided that she was going to name him Smudge or Blotch instead of Spot. You see he is totally black except for one white mark on his side. So Mom let me choose and I decided on Blotch. So he is now all primped up and looking slick and he has a new name to go with his new look. Soon I think Mom remembered why we do what we do. Not for the people that want drama but for the animals that need a hand.
Anyway, we didn’t get any cattle so after we got home and gave Mom her new baby, Dad and I went picked up the last of the baling wire for the deal Mom worked. It is now all delivered and done. Other then that there were just little jobs to get done around here. There was a bit more rock spreading that went on as well as rake teeth being changed in the hay rake and feed being picked up from the feed store and put away.
Tomorrow, I have my short go at Cavelcade and we are suppose to be closed. However, at this point I don’t think Mom is going to go see my run. I think she is still a bit worried about Mr. Angry showing up. Anyway, we will see. It is suppose to rain Monday so that means no haying until it dries up after that. So today we really didn’t have anything going on besides those little jobs that have been needing tending to.
Mom did podcast while Dad and I were at the sale barn. She revealed our future “plan”. I will say that if you don’t want to miss anything you might want to subscribe to our youtube channel. We have two new series that we are starting that won’t be in the podcast. One called “’round here” that will cover how we do things around here. And the second called “but it is so cute” that will address why some animals shouldn’t be kept in back yards. Then there is the fact that after this festival we are going to take a break from going.
We are taking the “out of sight out of mind” aproach to this whole drama issue. We have cancelled all the festivals we were going to go to. (It is to late to cancel the one this next week without losing our booth payment) There is an upside to that though. What we plan to do is increase our online presence. With more Videos and increased products in our Etsy shop.
That is right. We will no longer concentrate our sales in our local area but we will put out more to the online followers. I know that some of you might say that we are letting the angry man win. However, we don’t see it that way. If all the drama is carried on in our local area, then by leaving just that area we can stay in the business of helping animals by concentrating our efforts else where in a different areas.
I know that some will say that doesn’t make sense but really it does. Our products are still for sale in our local area as they are for sale on our farm. We actually live within an hour or so of all the drama so we can control what people see of us and sell our own products. Another bonus is that we can direct the conversation that goes on here on the farm. We can steer people away from talking about other fiber artist and their issues and keep people talking about the animals. And honestly the animals are our main concern.