family can be so annoying

@Goatlady (159)
Ireland
April 13, 2008 3:36pm CST
How many people find that they constantly have to repeat themselves to loved ones and things still dont sink in. We've been having a lot of problems lately with animals dying on us. We had a trailer stolen, our car is going to start giving trouble, but we don't have a spare to get the kids to school in and do all the stuff. Yet - Yes we need a trailer, we need a place with more sheds, but family members act like we can just get it, - where do you prioritise. Do you have trouble with family members acting like you can just snap your fingers and get things when the bank account is empty?
2 responses
• United States
13 Apr 08
Family members are probably the most insensitive people. It's easy to get bent out of shape when things go wrong, and equally as easy to blame someone else for the current trouble. I've learned to let them vent, don't say anything. Usually I'll just walk away and do something else. I find your title interesting 'goatlady'. We own goats. Recently we had to put one of our babies down because she had very weak legs. The vet couldn't do anything. It was sad. Then our dog was hit by a car. My son was mad at me because the dog didn't get tied up. Things happen.
@Goatlady (159)
• Ireland
13 Apr 08
We lost quite a few, because toxoplasmosis, bad feed, etc. About 6 adults and 20 kids - and we are just starting out so no milk money yet - put back another year. but we still are going to keep going. I just hate repeating myself, especially when I have this darn flu, cough, voice gone - 3 weeks now.
• United States
13 Apr 08
That's a shame! Stuff in the animal world happens. We lost one of our premium milkers to Johne's disease...it's a wasting disease. We had to have every one of our goats tested, which costs money. That set us back some as well. We switched from milk goats, to meat goats. Better revenue from what I hear. Not sure, as this is the first year. We have a dozen goats right now. Three might be pregnant, but we won't know until the last few weeks, which is coming up pretty soon.
@Goatlady (159)
• Ireland
14 Apr 08
thats great - fingers crossed for you. Unfortunately, ireland is not ready for the meat goats. The few major dairy herds cull the male kids at birth. I think its an awful waste. We have two hemaprodites, - I got a harness and cart and they pull it. Though, one wont be this year as she is 5-6 years old and from what I understand they don't survive that long past it. She's a big spoilt brat though. Did great at the harness, but when we ran out of treats, she sat down, so I brought the other one, hooked her up,- boy did Gypsy get jealous ! Such snorting and upset, trying to pull the other goat off the shafts!
@TriciaW (2442)
• United States
13 Apr 08
I am sorry you are going through all of this. Maybe they just don't how to help you cause their money is tight. I will keep you in my prayers. Good luck.