I’m beginning to wonder if this kidding season will ever end!

Last Thursday, as John and I were getting the bottle babies into the house for the night, we saw Honey – standing nearby – with a brand new doeling.

Another oops.  I thought we were finished a few weeks ago.  So I brought them into the garage nursing pen so they could have a couple of days of bonding well before I let them out into the general population.

Now, as soon as I sheared Willow a couple of weeks ago, I knew she was preggers – baby bump, udder starting to fill out, bitchiness … you know how it is!

Willow has wanted a lot of individual attention this past week, so we indulged her.  Friday afternoon, she climbed up to the deck to sit next to me while I ate my lunch.  She kept staring at me, so I went in and fixed her some beet pulp mixed with water.  She gobbled it down.

Now, I’ve been told many times that goats just don’t eat before they kid, so I was surprised to find that a few hours later, Willow was at the back door, with her new little doeling!

I have 7 bottle babies I need to sell, but I have to get up enough energy to photograph them and advertise for them.

I also have tons of shearing to do. The wintery weather of April has set my schedule way behind, and this is the busiest time of year at work, so I have less time than normal to get the shearing and vaccinations and hoof trimming done.

I kind of wish there were two of me!

I’m off work tomorrow.  I will be shearing and taking photos, which I will upload here tomorrow night, hopefully!

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Holy Goat Turds, Batman!

I have been very, very bad about writing here.  Oh, my!  It’s a bit embarrassing.  I still have many wonderful colored angora goats here at Castle Argghhh! Farm, but because I have a stupid part-time job, much of my energy has dwindled, and I have not worked with my fibers for ages.

This must change.

I have a bunch of goatlings that are for sale, and I also have a bunch who need to be sheared.  We had an awful winter/spring – snow on 3 weekends in April – and that put me far behind in my chores.  Now, it is warm enough, but I’m being scheduled for more hours, for this time of the year is huge for Home Depot – people have been so anxious about planting their gardens, and we have been a full two to three weeks behind, weather-wise, so now the store is jam packed.

Naturally, we have hard -to-please customers, and they take a lot out of someone who works at the Service Desk – at least someone like me. It’s stressful when people are unkind to me or my coworkers, and it’s even more stressful if some of my coworkers are unkind to each other.

Sigh.

Retail has always been difficult.

Happily, we are paid very well for retail, especially for a part-time job.
I would love, though, to be able to make enough money with the goats and fiber stuff that I could once again stop working and stay at home with my critters.  I need to work harder at selling my herd’s mohair and things made from it than I have.

Anyway, I will really, really, really try to be back – for real, this time.

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Merry Christmas

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I’m back. Been busy. Goatlings are to blame.

We have had 13 kids born here at Castle Argghhh Farm since December 21. Eight of those kids are bottle babies, living in the house, wearing diapers. It has been a bit crazy.

I’m going to start moving them to a pen in the garage (which is heated) today, after I feed them and remove diapers and make sure they are cleaned up well.  (Diapers can make their little tails get a kind of poopy.  Yuck.)

To make things even more interesting, the washing machine broke over a week ago and flooded the laundry room.  We are having trouble getting an appliance repairman willing to come out here when there is all of about 1 inch of snow on the ground.  I got a promise that they will show up tomorrow.  We’ll see – there is 1/2 inch of snow forecast overnight, and I’m betting they will chicken out.

Just when did adults in our country become so pussified? Seriously, driving in the snow is no big deal, or at least it should not be!  We have not had a blizzard or 2 feet of snow.  We have had a couple of 1 to 2 inch snows, the roads have been cleared, and yet, the repair service is all scared about coming to fix something.  Phooey.

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Walmart is a Holy Land

This is a lovely Christmas story.

Source: Walmart is a Holy Land

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Merry Christmas from Castle Argghhh Farm

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A Blast From The Future

Great post from Sarah Hoyt. Let’s hope this will not be the future of our children’s children’s children.

According To Hoyt

Come closer, children, and spread ears like elephants’.

Let me tell you about the time of the ancestors.  You’ve heard all the stories and I know most of you don’t believe them, but listen to me who am old and remember.

Yes, it is true that men could fly through the air like birds, only faster than birds.  They could go to the other side of the Earth because they wanted to see what was there.

Yes, it is true that the great sorcerers of that time had created a magic that could project your image anywhere.  People saw what was happening on the other side of the world even without going there.

Yes, it is true that people could put their opinions — or their breakfast, or their cat pictures — up in a place where anyone in the world could see them, so that if someone was lying…

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Authorities Search Redlands Home Tied To Suspect Syed Farook « CBS Los Angeles

So now people are afraid to report Middle Eastern men suddenly showing up because they don’t want to be guilty of profiling.

A man who has been working in the area said he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.“We sat around lunch thinking, ‘What were they doing around the neighborhood?’” he said.  “We’d see them leave where they’re raiding the apartment.”

Source: Authorities Search Redlands Home Tied To Suspect Syed Farook « CBS Los Angeles

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The DiploMad 2.0: Thoughts On Cultural Appropriation: Eat Tacos or the Terrorists Win!

For some stupid reason, I had forgotten about this excellent blog.  I will not forget it again.

The brave student federation at UniOtt took to heart the progressive definition of cultural appropriation,Taking intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, or artifacts from someone else’s culture without permission. This can include unauthorized use of another culture’s dance, dress, music, language, folklore, cuisine, traditional medicine, religious symbols, etc. It’s most likely to be harmful when the source community is a minority group that has been oppressed or exploited in other ways or when the object of appropriation is particularly sensitive, e.g. sacred objects. In the United States, cultural appropriation almost always involves members of the dominant culture (or those who identify with it) “borrowing” from the cultures of minority groups. African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and indigenous peoples generally tend to emerge as the groups targeted for cultural appropriation. Black music and dance, Native American fashions, decorations and cultural symbols and Asian martial arts and dress have all fallen prey to cultural appropriation.

Source: The DiploMad 2.0: Thoughts On Cultural Appropriation: Eat Tacos or the Terrorists Win!

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When will our leaders face up to the truth that the EU is a gigantic sham? – Telegraph

The disastrously uncoordinated response to the refugee crisis had already discredited the notion that this was a unified federation in which all member states had an equal voice. The grand verbiage of solidarity and cooperation simply dissolved when faced with a global humanitarian disaster – precisely the sort of event which the whole edifice was originally constructed to avert. And then, with Paris, it became horrifyingly obvious that the open borders policy – the most sacred of the EU founding principles – was unsustainable. As Abdelhamid Abaaoud and his army of butchers had clearly known all along, and the migrant-traffickers were able to promise their desperate customers, once you set foot on the holy ground of Europe you may as well be invisible.

Source: When will our leaders face up to the truth that the EU is a gigantic sham? – Telegraph

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