Everyone should be blessed with at least one good friend. We've been blessed with an abundance of loving family and many faithful friends. We had several offers of help from them before, during and after my surgery.
Once my surgery had been scheduled, it only took about a day before our friend the Factor was on the road, making his way to Texas to help us. He's visited and stayed with us the most since we moved here and knows our property well. Remind yourself here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and probably a few more I've missed.
His job was to stay here at the house and look after all the animals while we were at the hospital. He set his own personal goal to make sure none of the animals went missing or died.
He also asked for my "to-do" list in case there was something on it he could do on the more quiet days. He mowed the lawns front and back. He fixed the small door pull and the big door of my chicken coop. He set out traps and caught several rounds of mice. This was all in addition to feeding the goats and dogs twice a day, opening/locking up and feeding the chickens, collecting the eggs, and looking after our dog and his dog. I'm sure there were lots of other things he did that we weren't aware of because we weren't here.
He was happy to report that when we returned there were still 58 animals alive and well. In fact there was one extra because a calf was born.
We are thankful to his family for lending him to us for THREE weeks!