So Jay and I have been talking about a milk animal for our family.
Currently we have a goat-share which is down to a gallon a week, and we’re burning through that in a few days.
The next question is what kind of animal. Jay is more interested in a cow, while I’m just a bit overwhelmed at that idea, and used to the goat milk now.
We read this goat v. cow article which (humorously enough) reinforced both of us in our current bias.
Jay did more reading and became intrigued with the issue of A1 protein (in milk) vs. A2. Which lead to a whole other speculative discussion about what it takes to import animals to Alaska, and how I didn’t want to go to that length until we’d lived with a cheap cow for a while first. Assuming we did cow and not goat(s).
Anyway, even with Jay’s timeline putting such acquisition two summers out I’ve been trying to nail down a sequence at least (Blame it on my J-preference. It’s what I do), and was having a hard time following Jay’s patchy description.
Finally I cornered him (he was tethered by earphones to his computer and the weekly football watching). “Just a little clarity,” I begged, “I’m getting mixed messages, and have no idea where to apply my imagination.”
Now, someday I hope to do a whole post on this, but applying my imagination to something is so much more than “day-dreaming” or wishful thinking. It’s a way of entering into a possibility and consuming it (The Blob fashion) to find the nooks and crannies and knowables to learn what it is I don’t know, in order to fix that.
It’s the best way I’ve ever discovered to learn about something.
Jay was admirably self-controlled despite my untimely interruption and said, “You’re getting mixed messages because that’s what I’m sending.”
So we’re not particularly further in the process, but I get the relief of at least knowing we’re on the same page: that he’s under no illusion that he’s actually given me enough to work with or to expect anything specific from me.