Hope all of you are having a great weekend. It's been a rainy weekend here so far - well, that's an understatement. Friday afternoon, a deluge arrived, and the rainwater tank started overflowing, so I just hooked it to the stock trough line for a day to lose the top few rings of water (as it's going to rain a few more months yet). Everything got even more soaked than before. Riding? Nope. All the horses were snug in rugs.
Before it started raining, I managed to get the washing done - everything dried very quickly in the gale-force winds of the approaching front!
I had to put so many pegs on each item so things wouldn't get blown away! And I took the pole-saw to saw off a few dead tree branches from a stand behind the house - it's ready-dried wood when you need it, if you cut it when it's not raining. I then chopped the branches up with my little drop saw, and append a photo of the results of my labours, which kept me warm on Friday night - so warm I didn't even have to light the fire today, the house kept warm for nearly a day after heating, and in the afternoon, just enough sun came through the windows to top up the heating again. I haven't had to light a fire tonight. But this morning, the hail was drumming down, and didn't stop until lunchtime. Hopefully, tomorrow will be less wild.
I've been writing essays for fun much of today and some of yesterday. Brett is up in Perth for a family birthday, and will be home tomorrow night.
He sends me regular cute and naughty messages.
One sad thing is that Jess is unwell, but she's looking better now. We're not exactly sure what is wrong with her - she started acting strangely on Wednesday night, but she does that sort of thing if she gets zapped by an electric fence, for instance - get all sooky and weird for quite a while. She was still acting weird on Thursday morning for no obvious reason, and we took her on a walking expedition with us so that if it was just her mind, she'd get distracted and back to normal. She was OK on the walk, but pretty subdued - swam and retrieved though, of her own volition, at the halfway point of the 3.5 hour walk (the photos of which I'll put up early next week - Mt Martin Botanical Walk). But when we got home and she tried to drink from a big bucket, she started yelping and cowering. I looked at her mouth, and she had blood blisters forming in the epithelium.
We could rule out rat poison, but not a spider bite or even a snake bite causing coagulation problems. Anyway, we zoomed straight to the vet hospital, who did a full blood profile. All blood clotting normal, so that's fine. No obvious signs of venomous bites (but they can be tricky). Just really high neutrophils indicating an infection somewhere, but not in the gut - not vomiting, no diarrhoea, normal appetite except something about her mouth is bothering her. Kidneys, liver normal, so that's all good. The mouth might be a misadventure injury from the night she acted funny - like a run-in with a donkey - or maybe that's the infection, near there somewhere. She's on soft foods and TLC, and antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. The worst thing is she was shaking uncontrollably and super hot yesterday, but she looks much better today, and was sunning herself on the lawn for a while. She's still resting, at the moment on a bunch of big pillows by my bedside (a special occasions treat; she has a sofa). I've never seen her like this before, or as sick as she was yesterday. We're still wondering if she got a minor redback bite to the mouth, because I evicted quite a few of these critters when cleaning our patio last week. Spider bites can get infected... maybe she swallowed it and got it in the back of the throat somewhere...
Big mystery. But it's very sad to have a sad, sighing, shaking dog around.
I'm so glad she's improving; she even had a dream earlier where she was wagging her tail so furiously that it was thumping into the underbed storage drawer! And I boiled her an egg for her dinner, to have with some peanut butter on wholemeal bread cubes - she can't do proper solids at the moment. She was mad about that egg, and about the antibiotics I hid in the ham
, and snuggling up to me more like her usual self after that!
Happy Sunday to all.
The firewood photo... all those containers are Romeo's old feed bins that we had to keep replacing because his super-angled front teeth would wear a hole through the bottom of the container in a few months at the end... they're still OK for firewood, and it's nice to think of the old horse and the many feed bins he had, that were filled up with so much food for him twice a day for his last five years...