“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Taking The Bad With The Good

Although I cannot imagine a better life for me than life on the farm, there are times that can be a little difficult.  It's the hard times that make the good times so much sweeter.   I have concluded that life has to be made up of good and bad together... hopefully maintained in some sort of balance that is palatable.  

There is nothing that causes me more anxiety and unrest than when something is wrong with one of the animals.  We are so blessed to have Hubbs' sister, Dr. Becky, here on the farm when one of those times happens.

Sweet Chloe, one of the donkey sisters, has been plagued by sarcoid tumors in the underneath area where head meets neck.  This past spring she had surgery to remove the tumors and then was treated with chemotherapy beads that were inserted in the area.  Sadly, the tumor has returned.

Yesterday Dr. Becky sedated Chloe.  (She's getting much better about having medical procedures done to her.  There was a day when just catching her was the hard part.)  Now, she allows me to put her halter on without incident.  She stands perfectly still for the injection of the sedative.

I stood with her while the sedation took effect... watching her head sink lower and lower....

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