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August 20, 2019: Tinni et al.

We have a lot going on here. We are juggling many, many balls and attempting to keep from dropping them. So far, none have dropped. I don’t know as if we have ever dropped any although we have caught several at arm’s length, at the very last minute.

This morning, before rising, we talked about immediate priorities – Pete was planning on going and getting wood. My thought was that we should go berry picking because the crop is not going to hold for very much longer. We talked at length about where we might go to pick berries, the problem is that the places we go to are either picked out or too far away. We finally decided to call our friend Dick Stoffel who has a homestead with (we

Tinni with T-Team wraps
Tinni with T-Team wraps

hope) plenty of berries ripe for picking. We got permission to go there today, which is what we are going to do.

In between all we have to do, I continue to tend to horses. I am really pleased that Tinni’s health seems to be on the upswing. It requires a tremendous degree of concentration on my part, to tend to him. It would be easy to just let him hang out and ignore his medical issues because they aren’t that apparent. He came home stiff legged, which was why I did body work on him (this included the use of a body wrap on his legs and we put Hoof Armor on the soles of his feet. We’d actually scheduled a fall farrier visit with our farrier last May – this was for a few days ago – so Tinni got a much needed trim. And I took him for several walks.

I noticed the other day that he was coughing, so I began watering down his hay. And yesterday we got a load of freshly cut hay, which is now in the hay shed. I also pulled out my acupressure notes and did some of this kind of work on him. A good thing because right now there are smoke particles in the air. This is because there are wild fires at the distance.

Now Tinni is moving more readily and he isn’t coughing. I am going to check out herbs and see if we might order some specifically for heaves.

My friend Claudia Sihler was here yesterday and her 26 year old Icelandic mare, Kelta, was coughing. I asked and she described the symptoms. These symptoms and as well, the fact the cough is dry, are identical to Tinni’s condition.

I am confident that Claudia will provide Ketla with the best of care, meaning that she too will pick up and juggle a few more balls.

The question is how many balls can we all handle? For sure, not what seems like an infinite number. So what those in our position need to do is momentarily set down the least important balls. And, not pick up any more until we have finished with the ones we have on hand. The latter is called prioritizing.

Easier said than done.

Next: 231. 8/21/19: Varied Berries

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