Saturday, August 27, 2011

Just the Crazy Days of August

No, haven’t fallen off the face of the planet or broken my blogging fingers or anything. August just gets like this! Between harvesting, getting homeschool final decisions made (and ordering the stuff), and trying to squeeze in a bunch of fun for the children, it’s a packed month anyway, and now we’ve added six animals to the mix.

The goats still aren’t happy when they can’t see humans. We’re working on weaning them off this attitude, but in the meanwhile, I’ve been getting a ton of yardwork done! When the children take turns out there, they usually play or read a book, which works, too.

Cleaned out a covered area in the back which had become a catch-all for things that should have been thrown away (plus leaves, moss, sticks .  . . )

Before:

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And after:

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When the goats start milking, this area will convert to my “milking parlor”, and make a fine one, too! It’s covered, can be hosed down, and is within steps of our garage fridge.

Tied up all of the tomatoes:

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And excavated our brick path from the jungle it had become:

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Also got my bedroom re-painted but am still working on trim, so no big reveal yet. 

Got the big girls to the mall with friends for a fashion-shopping day:

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Little cousin visited for almost a week:

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And the rest of the family has done a couple of things while I goat-sit: an ocean beach day trip, a local sound-beach church BBQ.

Lots of fun, and as always just tons of doctor appointments thrown in there. Looking forward – soon now – to the ducks being feathered out and the goats weaned so that we’re all able to leave at the same time for a few hours. Busy August.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Overnight Growth Spurt

Well, this is something unanticipated. When we woke up this morning the ducklings were way bigger than they were last night. I have no idea if this is normal!

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They’re really enjoying living out on the screened porch. They like having space to run – it’s so funny; they’ll be standing around then race as a gang across the porch. Downside is that previously we were able to keep the porch poo-free and decent smelling, goat droppings being as they are, but now it’s fairly icky out there. Fortunately they largely stick to one side of the porch, where we don’t venture if we can avoid it. We still put them in the “brooder” overnight and when nobody will be in the living room where we can keep an eye on them. The goats pretty much ignore them. No feathers to report yet.

Big move to the barnlet scheduled for tomorrow! The Patriarch just has to lay the gravel inside, then we’ll do a layer of straw on that and use the deep bedding system. Plan is to bring the ducklings up to the screened porch/”brooder” overnight until they feather out but let them roam in the barnlet during the day.

I was out yesterday doing doctor/gymnastic/tae kwon do chauffeuring and got a phone call from Tarquin. He asked, “Mommy can I make a mustache, isn’t that a good idea? But how will I keep it on?”

So since I’m on the topic of growth spurts, thought I’d share Tarquin’s new mustache (he borrowed Lucinda’s pajama shirt as his were all in the wash):

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Goat Do’s and Don’ts

Now that I have a vast two weeks of goat-owning experience I thought I’d share some good things to do with a goat, and those things which are ill-advised.

Good to do with a goat:

 

  • Snuggle

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  • Nap

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  • Teach them the alphabet song*

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Things that are ill-advised to do with a goat:

  • Drink hot coffee. No pic, just use your imagination.
  • Read a good book

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  • Catch up on email

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  • Wear your hair down

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This concludes our public service announcement. You may now return to your regularly scheduled blog-hopping.

 

*Please ignore the gross glass door. Between the goats standing up on the outside pawing and licking it, and Tarquin standing on the inside, fingers and nose against glass watching goats, I am waving a white flag of surrender until the goats live in their barn!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Makes Me Hum in a Happy Sort of Way

I now have email in my inbox that's titled, "Green Grass Hay Quality (Delivery Available)" and get phone calls that go, "Hi, is this Kimberly? Just letting you know your goat feed is in".

Just sayin'.