Monday, April 30, 2012

ahh freakin mazing!

This is a raw cheesecake, vegan and perfectly delish! This was dessert tonight and was a huge hit with everybody!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

featuring our rockettes... or maybe the rockgoats...

All three mommas.... 

I have to say I think this is a pretty cool shot. I was just hanging out in the pasture with them the other day and they came over to visit and Galloway came over for a nap. Spice never strayed too far from him, but did take the opportunity to catch up on some grazing since both her babies were together and in one place. Yes, when ever I am in the pasture, yard, vehicle, woods or walk away out of her sight in the barn after milking I am scolded because I too am her baby I'm guessing because I take her milk. Silly goat! In fact Bridger was out there with us and I had him come over and lay down near us and Spice was NOT happy about that, she snorted and stomped her feet then head butted him in the shoulder. She was on duty and was not going to let her babies be gobbled up by a big black goat and human eating ginormous monster! Poor Bridger, he jumped about a foot into the air and wondered what the heck had just happened then looked at me like" Mom! I didn't do anything, I was just laying here taking it in and wham!" I felt bad. Spice hasn't cared for him since arriving and the thing about it is he has never showed any aggression towards any of them. That being said the other goats have gotten used to him and I'm sure she will too.

We're just shy of two months away from Venus kidding (it's twins!) and while she was eating her grain last night Faith and I were watching her belly and could see the babies moving and kicking like crazy, watching her face light up in delight and discovery was worth everything  I do to make this place run.

Since Venus is having twins (and already starting to waddle like a penguin) and Spice already has two babies to take care for, I wonder what she's going to do when there are two more babies within her radar. hmm, should prove to be an interesting summer!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Andrew thought Ramsey looked pretty cute in his Stetson. What do you think?

Monday, April 23, 2012

collecting info

For a project I'm working on I need input, so I decided I'd ask all of you. I want to know what scent or scent combo epitomizes each month for you. ie October - crisp fall leaves, pumpkin pie and warm cinnamon toddy! ;-) April - hyacinth and apple blossoms or December - peppermint or balsam. Think about it and let me know. Thank you, I appreciate your help.

I look forward to hearing your input!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

be still...

With another referral to an "ologist" given to Ron yesterday sending me into a heart-heavy type of day, the kind riddled with angst, fear, pause and trepidation. My brain going in circles with regard to which "ologist" it will be that will finally look at m husband as a whole living breathing human being instead of their "specialty," will look at him and care, will look at him and not just see a number, will look at him and look after him as they would a brother, father or family member and who will finally connect all the dots even those outside of their "specialty" and figure out what the hell is going on with him. It's the continuation of a very stressful time and I needed to clear my head. With the kids at the neighbors doing yard-work I headed outside for some quiet. I pulled up a lawn chair, faced the sun, had my faithful dog at my feet, heard the clinking of Garlic's halter watching him eat the lush spring grass and listened to the wind blowing through my pine trees. It was then in that moment I heard God's voice whispering to me, "Be still my child and know that I am God." It was also at that moment I was able to let go of all that angst, fear, pause and trepidation and breathe. And I kept on breathing and it was what I needed and I was thankful.

Monday, April 16, 2012

ahhh the sun porch

Girl Kitty thought mousing was the highlight of her day until she found the early morning sun, a rug and combined the two!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

sometimes it's by choice...

Most of the time family is family by blood relations, and for the most part that typically works. Other times it's simply a matter of choice. For these two it's choice. Since the day Galloway arrived Orange Spice has taken to him like a duck to water. There is no biological reason for the two of them to have bonded so closely other than because they have chosen to. I cannot imagine any other way to be than to choose to love, for no other reason other than because you can. I'm glad my herd feels that way too.

Photo credit: Ron D.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Taken yesterday morning, after Galloway was finished eating. I think we have another lap goat, like Buckley, and that is just fine with me.

Good Morning from our herd to yours!

Friday, April 6, 2012

egg-citing times!

This little beauty is one of 6 Black Copper Marans Andrew and I picked up from a local breeder tonight as part of the spring replacement flock. These girls are a pretty rare breed and will when mature lay a really dark brown chocolatey colored egg. We are very egg-cited about this!

These are the rest of the crew!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Galloway's Kingdom

Lots of stuff going on here at the farm recently and some of the big plans I had for this year are not going to work out for several reasons, I'm disappointed but at the same time totally fine with it. Sounds weird huh? Cannot explain it.

Our herd has grown and will have two more sets of hooves arriving at the end of June! Spice has taken a whooping from the older does and what a trooper she has been. I think a week and a half later she's finally been accepted or at least now she's tolerated. I think this because she's allowed to lay down and rest with the rest of them. That made me happy, I think Orange Spice did too, look at that smile!

She seems to have adopted Galloway, not in a way that allows him to nurse or anything like that, but I think her maternal instinct kicked in when he arrived and she seems to be looking out for him. To the point that she hopped the fence dividing the herd to be with him last night and in doing that made her udder extra full! I found that to be interesting. And sweet.

 Galloway met his herd and was sniffed and sniffed and sniffed some more. Way too much butt sniffing for me but it did make me appreciate the fact that I'm not an animal and that humans don't greet each other that way!

Then he came back to me where he knew it was safe, then Orange Spice came to check him out and I think that's when she decided he needed proper looking after by his own kind and since she seemed to be the only one capable of doing it that it was henceforth her job, period.

Katie is really not sure what to think of him, though knowing Katie it's likely something along the lines of, "Haha good luck buddy!"

But really, look at him! He's SO handsome and should likely prove to be a wonderful herd sire.

 Babies and animals always love my husband; Galloway is no exception, he had quite a snooze up there then Venus walked over to whisper sweet nothings in his ear. I'm thinking that went along the lines of, "Thanks for letting the future king come live in his kingdom. Ahem and by king I mean goat king.... ;-)
Things are really hopping her at From the Country Farm!