Our long journey through the Great Recession and its ‘recovery’ has taught me not to expect too much, nor to take things for granted. Even when things seem to be headed in the right direction it is not unusual for there to be a setback or two. Today was one of those setback days.
After seemingly coming to an agreement with the person selling the mobile home – we were going to make sure it could be moved and then proceed once we had that information (on Monday) – we ran into a sudden reversal. On Monday I spoke with the mover and he said he thought it could be moved without problems but I also got a text message from the seller saying “Well were missing a hitch and for sure missing axel.” I responded that the mover hadn’t mentioned that and even if we were I thought I could find the missing pieces on Craigslist (and did locate axles for $125 each). She didn’t respond (hmmm) and today I texted her that Mr Sparks (the mover) was checking the route and our lot and I’d let her know what he said. She responded, “Wish u askd first. im not saling it to much hassle.”
Hassle? We were paying what she asked, setting up transport and even buying extra parts if necessary. Where was the hassle? I texted back a couple times but she responded it was no longer for sale. Why? Who knows? Maybe she found another buyer for the house and land, maybe she couldn’t come up with the tax receipt we needed for the moving permit, maybe she got a better offer. Regardless we are once again forced two steps back on the game board of life!
We are very disappointed. We were so looking forward to moving into our own home – it’s summer and the perfect time to make the move. I’m in school and working and the kids are home and bored – no TV (just dvds checked out from the library), computer or internet. I had planned all sorts of fun activities like ripping up carpet and scraping off wallpaper to keep them amused! All joking aside this is a set back – and a jerk you around set back at that! Find it, want it, lose it, find it again, think we had it, lose it again. Oy! We won’t find another one that fits so many of our criteria – price, size/layout, and repairs we can manage! Most of what we are seeing are in the $15,000 to $20,000 range (at least) and I don’t think it is at all realistic to think we can raise that much money just for the house itself (and septic, well, furnishings and repairs will add quite a bit). I am not feeling optimistic.
We are also saddened. Our dairy goat, Tinker, tested positive for not one but two diseases. One of these – Caprine Arthritic Encephalitis (CAE), is a viral infection in goats which can cause encephalitis in kids and chronic joint disease in adults. The other – Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL) is a chronic contagious disease affecting mainly sheep and goats. It is incurable and can’t be treated in goats (there is a vaccine for sheep). I don’t know whether her previous owner knew she was infected or not (I had asked if her herd had been tested and she replied her vet said there was no reason to test). I guess this is part of the goat learning curve – a painful part as once Doty (who may or may not have CAE and can’t be tested until she is older but hopefully doesn’t have CL) is weaned we will have to have Tinker put down. We haven’t yet gotten the hardened farmer attitude towards livestock (at least I haven’t – my son was explaining to our relative that it was a case of sacrificing one for the good of the rest of the herd) and had expected to keep Tinker as our family milk goat for all of her life. But CL is contagious and it would be hard to avoid the rest of the goats being exposed – it presents as a recurring abcess that grows and then pops – whereby the infectious material can spread to other goats in contact at feeders, through cuts or if they eat food contaminated with it.
We took her to the local, old school vet today to have the abscess lanced and disinfected. She will be kept apart from the other goats, with supervised visits from Doty for nursing, until the open wound heals and all the bedding from her pen will be removed and not allowed in the compost, then her pen disinfected and new earth spread. It may be a few months before she gets another abscess – by that time Doty will be ready to leave her mom. I’m not sure I’ll be ready though.