A tradition of past springs…. baking 200+ loaves of bread each time for two fundraisers: Willits Education Foundation and Sober Grad. Fall is when we do 200+ loaves for The Boosters Tri-Tip Dinner. Nice to know that we can contribute to the schools in a way that works for all of us. Two ladies join us after the baking, to package them into bags, thence to boxes, thence to town…… providing a sumptuous lunch for all of us, too! Quite the couple of days…..
This spring, my friend and former employee, Anna, gave birth to a fine baby boy….. And what did I find calling out to me?!?
After taking last year off, our milk cow, Mirabel, came through with an adorable baby calf at the end of April. CocoBelle!
However, it wasn’t without incident, which could have been catastrophic in our world of bovine beauties. Hind-sight, we should have known things weren’t all peaches and cream, with an easy birth, a strong baby, and seemingly healthy mom….. 36 hours later, Mirabel was down, really down, with milk fever. Kashaya, in town. Vet, unavailable (Friday afternoon). Technology, and a bit of pre-planning….. a text to Kashaya got her out of some errands, and on her way to pick up the liquid calcium from a friend. Tom opened the tube of calcium paste we had on hand, and started shoving it gently down her mouth, followed by water squeezed from a rag, then a bit of a throat massage to make her swallow.
Kashaya arrived with needles, IV tubing and the correct injectable material. A relief, for a bit. She found it not easy to find the jugular vein in which to stick the needle (a vet makes it look TOO EASY). We think she found it three times (the blood was coming out of the needle in pulses), and got three syringes of calcium into her (less than 1/4 of the bottle), all the while Tom kept forcing the paste down her throat. Finally succumbed to, “I’m not proud to ask for help, yes, call Tory!”
A friend who has his own milk cows (or his wife’s), drove all the way from Willits to continue the process of injecting the Calcium, which was essential to her life! Unfortunately, he couldn’t find the vein either (she was undoubtedly de-hydrated…). But, we decided to keep injecting the fluid sub-cutaneously, cause Mirabel seemed to be breathing a bit easier, and trying more to sit up.
By the time Tory left 3 hours later, having patiently waited for the medicine to work, relieving the paralysis of her hind legs, and then helping us get her back into a sitting position (try forcing 1500 pounds of flesh and bone where it doesn’t want to go…), we knew she was on the mend. By midnight, she was standing. It took her a few days, but she’s now up, cantankerous, mightily protective of her calf, and giving us gallons of milk one time each day.
The bottle doesn’t say inject “subcutaneously”….. and the vet, when finally we talked with her 3 days later, said that it wasn’t a good idea because she’d slough the affected skin off….. we still felt that keeping the cow alive versus a bit of ravaged skin was in everyone’s favor!
In the past, Easter has been filled with Eggs Benedict, lots of chocolate, and family and friends from far and wide. This year, much quieter, and no Eggs Benedict! But definitely good food from all who attended. Steve’s cinnamon rolls are in contention for all-around best in the world!
Easter Eggs Galore…. most were found…..
The rest of the time was spent up at the lake…. with only a bit of concern from the pair of Canadian Geese ensconced on the floating island in the corner (2 goslings hatched out a few days later), red-winged black-birds searching for more nesting areas (the tules have been mostly removed!), and oodles of large-mouthed bass swimming about in the shallows……
We’ve had a few families join us on the farm since January….. next year, of course, we hope to entice you to come during what used to be considered off-season. The three houses are well-equipped for keeping warm and dry, reading by the fire, or whipping up a batch of cookies to enjoy with a lovely cup of hot chocolate……. after a hike in the woods, or a trip to see the river engorged with water (I’m projecting here….. come on El Nina, or whatever rainy times are called!)
Had you come at the end of March, you would have seen hundreds of daffodils, narcissus and tulips…… hillsides of native wildflowers…. Below, daffodils from Emandal, in The Flower Lady’s Booth at the Herbal Faire in Willits and a bucket of peonies headed for a Mother’s Day Pop-Up:
From the end of April on, roses, peonies, poppies, lupines….. vernal pools in the middle of the forest….. ferns covering towering rock faces….. clouds upon clouds…… 2022 is just around the corner, and Emandal is perfect for that quick, weekend getaway….. alone or with another family or two. Here’s what we’ve got right now……
Our iconic barn…. still standing….. Sanhedrin…. majestic, sprinkled with snow two weeks ago……
Lots of effort has gone into, and is still going into, getting the houses and camp ready. Em and Al’s retirement home, known as the Vineyard House, the Schoolhouse, Staff Village…. is looking pretty darned good! Fir under-flooring of decades ago (covered with masonite and linoleum) has been sanded and re-finished. Gorgeous! The kitchen/dining area expanded…. wood buoy stove that Clive built and installed 50 years ago, still looking grand, and providing amazing heat throughout…… front porch cool, shady….. adjacent container, the Blue Motel…. perfect for an extra family….. new on-it’s-own shower house……
Photos will be forthcoming. We have 3 families staying here over Memorial Day…. and plan to take pictures before they come, when the beds are all made, the kitchens clean, the living rooms waiting for people to come and sit, and the outdoor areas filled with chairs, tables and solar lights.
Because of the “getting things done” mode of the past several months, I’ve gone to innumerable Thrift Stores, and discovered “Re-Store” of Habitat for Humanity…. and haven’t been able to resist some incredible treasures! Top of my list, not the enormous, deep, stainless steel sink for lower camp, not the $10 still working, clean Cuisinart Toasters, not the 24 inch diameter laundry bot (really should be labeled salad spinner) for $5…. but definitely the Peacock Feather Designed Lamp Shades! Still in their wrappers…. well-make silk shades…. labeled $40…… but marked down to $4 apiece! I bought them both. One is perfect on the $2 turquoise lamp, but the other is still looking for it’s mate. And where I’ll put them, I don’t know…. but truly, what bargains!
Camp is shaping up… nearly all raked. The cooking areas will be ready soon…. when we can decide whether the doors to the bear-resistant containers push in, or pull out. Tom has sanded some large fir slabs for prep tables (still awaiting legs…) and Casey has built stands for sinks. Eating tables going up soon! Along with utensils, pots and pans, etc.
A different Emandal, but much the same. We’re so looking forward to having people around here again! Let me know if you have questions! ArtStays are still on hold…. Cowboy Poetry…. maybe next fall….. It’s truly a challenge to get things up and running again. Nothing will ever be quite the same, but that’s an understatement…. since nothing will ever be the same anywhere!
There are still openings this summer:
https://emandal.com/8397-2/ What Accommodations are Available When
Hope to see you sooner….. or later!