Monday, February 23, 2009

Weekend stew with just a dash of goat

In the end Bess delivered 3 kids still born. We took her back into the vet on Saturday morning as she wasn't standing. She'd developed toxemia that was making her joints sore. The Doc gave her a shot of antihistamine which seemed to do the trick. She's doing much better now. She looks impossibly skinny. It's hard to believe that's how she normally looks. Belle is doing just fine. She looks all sturdy and motherly. Bess was just too small.

After that fun Bear and I took a walk down to Kuboto Garden. We walked down through the woods rather then driving around. Walking through our/the woods give you a healthy respect for forestry management. It's just a jungle. It was hard to keep to the path. It was pretty easy to navigate just a couple of years ago. Now it's so over grown and has so many downed trees. It's not exactly a safe place to walk. A few years ago when we were down the a sudden wind storm came up and started blowing the trees hard enough to send a limb crashing down on poor Bear. At least we know now to get the hec out of there when it's windy. The walk was good exercise but that was about it. The garden does have a lot of exotic and unique plants but it's still way too early.

I got back to the house, showered and called my friend Lorrie to go meet me for lunch. We didn't have a plan but ended up at 13 Coins since it was close to where we met up. It's a old local chain of about 4 or 5 restaurants. It was one of 'the' upscale places our parents used to take us for 'grown up' meals and special occasions. Going there typically meant we kids would get wine with dinner. The one we went to is near the Seattle Times building. It's got that old hack reporter kind of feel to it. I'm sure if you go to the bar at 5:00 on any weekday you can find the newsroom crew all there drinking scotch. Some things never change. We had a nice lunch talking about our families. I'd been carrying around one of their gift cards for over a year and only remembered it as we were eating. I gave it to the waiter when we paid the bill thinking it would have had most of the 'gift' whittled away over time. We were pleasantly surprised when the waiter came back and told us it covered our lunch with 1 penny left over. I kept the card for good luck and tipped the waiter like 45%. After that we wandered around a couple of my favorite antique stores. Nothing insisted on coming home with me. It's always that way we I actually have money to spend. Which I don't. Cuz it should stay in the bank. I just have to keep telling myself that.

Got back to the house and helped Jay build a new shelter for Mr. Deeds. He's now got his own paddock now near the top of the hill with his new house smack dab in the middle of it. The house was Jay's design, scratched out on a piece of plywood as he built it. It's about 4' wide and 8' long with 5' side walls and a very steeply peaked roof. It's big enough to get inside comfortably enough to clean it. With the peaked roof it looks like a small clapboard church. I teased Jay that I was going to put a cross on the top with a sign out front reading: 'The Right Reverend Mr. Deeds'. He didn't think I was too funny. But, a couple of hours later when he asked me what color he should paint it he didn't even pick up on it when I said white. Some times it's just too easy, like taking candy from a baby. I'll have to make the cross and the sign here at work on the QT while he's out in the field. - pictures soon.

I never did hear from Bruce this weekend. I assume he got caught in up having fun. I'll bug him later for details on who he saw (at least the people I know) and how everyone is. He was here to see old theater friends, either those that are still here in Seattle or those who went to NY or LA and are back licking their wounds. Which is a common thing for actors here in Seattle, I mean it's a good home base to come back to for them when times get tough. For me they're people who it's nice to see once in a while but not people I want in my everyday life. It's simple enough: Theater people = drama.

Now it's Monday, post lunch and I'd better scratch up some busy work to do or it's going to be a long afternoon.

Be good, and play well with others.


Kathy said...

So what did you have for lunch?
When you say you walked 'down to' Kuboto Garden -- does this mean it's far from your property? or at the far end of your property? Is it a planned garden or just plush vegetation? Pictures, please. And be careful of those falling limbs!!

Cheryl said...

I was good and played well with others. And I feel like we just caught up after reading this post. Happy day!

meno said...

Poor Bess. Is she young and will get bigger? Or will she always be that small?

Drama is no fun after about the 8th grade.

fiwa said...

That was a very good, newsy post. :)

I'm sorry about poor Bess -that must have made for a sad Saturday.

I've always wondered about 13 coins - sounds like a fun place. I went antiquing too and didn't find anything either. Guess it just wasn't the right mojo for it.

Love you!

Boxer said...

I'm so sorry about your Bess. :-( This is why I'd never be able to handle even the smallest of farms. Bless you all.

I was 13 Coins (airport) yesterday. I was delivering two of my Blog Summitt Buddies and we had some extra time. I tried to explain why 13 Coins is cool to me, but I'm sure if they got it. When we walked in at 10:30 it was so dark we nearly stumbled. Still, I had that onion soup and was happy.

Summer said...

I really, really, liked the way this post sounds. Do some more writing.

I know you were only joking about the neighbors and you know I love you too. I love your sense of humor.

Be sweet.


Scarlet said...

My heart bleeds for Bess. :( Aw...I hope she's better now.

Sounds like you had the perfect lunch. I've never heard of 13 Coins, but it must be a lucky place (at least it was for you!). ;)

happyone said...

Ah, poor Bess.
The wooded paths where I walk are well maintained. They work hard at cutting down the dead trees and keeping my paths safe!
Wow, one penny to spare - what luck!! It was nice that you left a big tip!
A great post with lots of news.
A happy day to you!

Leann said...

Looking forward to the pictures.
To answer your question, books, I am pretty eclectic. I really like crime based books, who done it kind of stuff. Some of the historic novels are pretty good also.

Dear Liza said...

Great post Brad. Your life is so interesting...and busy.

And I don't feel like playing well with others, and you can't make me.


Oh - and thank you for your encouragement recently. Without my blog buddies, I seriously don't know what I would do. :)

Smocha said...

That's so sad about the goat. What were you going to do with baby goats anyway?

I want to see pictures of the little church!

There IS no one to play with around here. it's like a ghost town!

Answer me mail;)

Real Live Lesbian said...

I hate to hear about Bess losing her babies. Sad stuff.

Can't wait to see the pics of the New Reverend's church~ ;)

Ace C said...

Seems like you had a pretty active weekend.