First off – Doty! Doty now weighs 5 lbs 4 oz. This is the typical weight of a newborn but since she started out at barely 3 lbs it’s a nice gain for her first week! Mom (Tinker) had a rough go of it herself, developing mastitis in one teat which is still lingering but on the mend. Because of that she doesn’t like being milked and during a milking attempt jumped sideways and landed on little Doty. That was 2 days ago and Doty is still limping. I believe she is just bruised so for now we are just keeping an eye on her. This goat keeping isn’t for the faint of heart, that’s for sure!
Secondly – school! I received my official acceptance letter – which spells out the ‘conditional’ acceptance I received. I must get a passing grade in the Earth/Space sciences content knowledge test (Praxis 2/0571) by August 1st. This makes perfect sense given the length of time that has passed since I’ve been in school. Yesterday I was notified that I have been conditionally awarded a fellowship for science teachers – same condition but now the date has been moved up to June 2nd (the start of school). Since the test is only given every so often I will have to take it between April 29 – May 11th. That doesn’t give me nearly as much time to study, but on the other hand if I can manage it I will have that out of the way and can concentrate on the rest of my schooling. The fellowship will pay $7500 a quarter which is about two-thirds of the cost. I haven’t heard about any of the other financial aid for which I applied.
And thirdly – our house! We are on track for filing for the minor subdivision (lot split) which will allow us to install septic, dig a well and put a mobile home next to the goat barn. We file tomorrow and the county government slowly grinds along and we should get approval at the meeting at the end of May. Once that is set, we get the septic approval (approved in principle now but can’t be officially approved before the lot split). Then comes the hard work of actually digging, purchasing, installing, etc. Hopefully that will come together in June.