Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Winter farm chores

We've had almost a week of temps below freezing. I got used to bundling up to go out to do chores. Everyday, twice a day, I filled numerous cat litter jugs with hot water to take out to animals. But oh how the goaties love hot water.  I like to watch them stick their faces in the steam and slurp the hot water.  I like to do chores in the morning.  It's so quiet, all I hear is the crunch of snow as I walk from the house to the barn and the murmuring welcome of horses.  Trigger is always waiting impatiently for his breakfast and the minis jockey for position, whose bowl gets the first scoop?  I stop and fill my pockets with eggs and grab the chicken feeder to take to the barn to fill. The chickens, ducks, and guinea hens follow me until I bring the feeder back full. I walk down to the buck pen to feed the boys. Bosco and Ziggy meet me at the gate for a scratch around the chin. Sky and Kermit dance around the rubber bowl while I scoop goat chow for them. Before I go back to the house, I round up milkers and put them in the center barn stall so the farmer can go out to milk.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Happy 2015

Happy 2015. Long time no post! The holidays kept us very busy. Despite vowing no travel in December, we still did. We went to DC the week of December 5th for work. We also took the motorhome south for a week to Florida. I took some extra time off over the holidays, so that was nice.  We had a little Norfolk Pine for a tree, now a houseplant in my living room.

We have baby goats! In January, which was so not the plan. We usually hold off until March but Ziggy had other plans.  Right now there are 5 little bucklings, no doelings yet, that we are bottle feeding. The kids of course are having a blast with them and this year Mikey learned to use the lamb carry. Doesn't he look proud of himself!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Funny Looking Hen

I don't think this one will lay many eggs!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sunday Morning Waffles and Legos

This morning as I was drinking my tea I heard the porch gate open. Little Mikey escaped from the cottage and came in wearing jammies and boots. Apparently he remembered being told that he was invited for waffles this morning. I texted Andy to let him know that Mikey had arrived ahead of schedule.  He got Holly dressed and sent her down too.

We made Belgian waffles, which turned out yummy. After breakfast Papa played with the Lego farm set with them on the floor

We are having another rainy day here, so inside activities are the plan today.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

3 Monkeys on a Shelf

This was all Mikey's idea. I turned around and he was up sitting with the monkeys.