It’s been one of those weeks this week. You know the sort. Stupid little things don’t work. Bigger things start to really bug you. It’s cloudy and showery outside and grey all around. The sort of week where you want to revert to childhood, swing on a chair and kick the table until your mother yells at you. That sort of week.
Some of it is uncertainty, especially not knowing what will happen with Jacqui. Are we heading for more stents, intensive physio or open heart surgery? No-one will commit to anything, understandably but the sense of not knowing and therefore not being able to choose the best route for a good outcome is not helping, nor healthy. I think she is calmer about it than I am at the moment to be honest. I tend to be more set in my ways and find some semblance of routine is the only way I can function even adequately. Uncertainty, changes to arrangements and things not happening that are supposed to happen really throw me. I know it’s a feature of my dyspraxia but that doesn’t always help.
We’ve reached an impasse in the house too. Like a row of dominoes all lined up ready to go we have half a dozen unfinished jobs. And they all rely on one being done first. If the grooming room floor’s laid we can move the white goods in and use the space to clear away. Then the sink can be put in and the dogs can finally have a decent bath. Just to amuse you, the largest is too big for the existing sink. I’m hoping to wash him this week in the shower (now with lovely glass panels – thank you Aidan). This will involve putting on my swimming costume and getting in with him, wrestling the little beast as he tries to escape a decent lathering. Well, that vision is in your heads for the week now!
One of the brightest parts of the week was another trip up to see Jan, the goat farmer at the top of the lake. He has a herd of about 200 goats, mainly Toggenburgs, Saanens and crosses off the two. They tend to live in large sheds, open at the front with soft beds of straw. They even have a radio playing for company when there’s no-one else around. Jan was a bit anxious we might think they should be out, roaming the fields as free-range goats, but there are two things you need to remember where these animals are concerned.
Firstly goats are total wimps. At the first sign of rain (or even a cold breeze) they are shivering and complaining, heading for shelter. Secondly they are very sociable. They like companionship and form close groups, curling up together to share warmth and sharing food. Jan’s goats are some of the happiest and healthiest I have ever seen. And the milk is lovely – mild, not too high in fat, rich in protein and adored by the dogs. When the factory (which uses his milk amongst others) resumes full production we may keep going up every two weeks.
So next week – we may get the floor done. Or part of it anyway. We have a few things being delivered including a freezer to go on said floor. No actual delivery dates scheduled so far though. We may or may not have someone coming to look at the hedges and trees. We hope they are willing to do some trimming and lopping. Hopefully we may have the solar power man coming to check the site and make arrangements for the new panels. And we may even get the bins emptied. It’s been five weeks now, with three missed collections, a lot of promises and no sign of the wagon. Don’t hold your breath – except when hurrying past the bins.
The only fixed point in our calendar is another trip to Limerick on Friday to a clinic for Jacqui where we may get some idea of progress. Knowing our luck all the others will decide Friday is the perfect day to come and see us.
And it will be another one of those weeks.