Light Snow

Our silly goats seem to enjoy being out in the snow.  When I went out to get them their hay, they were all out in the pasture instead of their run in.

All the goats ran over to me, except one.  She had managed to get one end of some baling wire stuck in her mohair and then the other end wrapped around a tree.

It was not hard to get her loose, but she had been there for a couple of hours, I’m afraid.  She was being very stoic.  She stood patiently while I cut her mohair from the wire, and then she very primly walked over the the hay to eat.

It’s early for snow here – a lot of leaves are still on trees.  We are due for a hard winter, though, it’s been years since we have had much of a winter, and we need one – it kills off all the bad things like flies and other bugs.  Yes, I’m ready for a true winter.

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Cleaning the Barn

In the winter, we just keep piling straw onto the the barn floor.  It’s called deep bedding, I believe, and it keeps the critters warmer.  You just keep piling straw or other bedding over the poops – and goats have pelleted poops, so it’s not messy.
But then, at some point, you have to clean it all out.

That’s what I’m working on.  Fall is upon us, it is rainy and cool out, I want to start fresh with a super clean, sprayed barn.

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Short Post, I’m all peopled out

We went to a Rotary event tonight.  It’s an important one, about fundraising.  It was a nice dinner, but I am completely peopled out.

I’m never very good in large groups of people I don’t know very well, so I tend to get very nervous.  Tonight was no different.  So now, we are home, and my stomach hurts from my nervousness.

Tomorrow, more fun things like goats and cleaning out the barn.

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I’m Far Behind my Goats Goals.

DeeDee EyebrowsI had hopes of all my goats being sheared a month ago, but weather, work and a woeful attitude delayed it all.

Here is a photo of Miss DeeDee, well in need of shearing.  I have a whole bunch more goats who need haircuts, but it is starting to get a bit cool.

Now, the older goats can handle cool weather pretty well, but I really need to make some coats for the kids born last spring, before I shear them, so they won’t shiver without all their mohair.

Their hair does grow back pretty quickly  … about an inch a month, so they won’t have to wear coats for long.

I’m very fortunate to have a couple of friends who will try to  come and help me out with the goat shearing. I am off work on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, so if anyone wants to come and help, let me know – the more the merrier!

And after they are sheared, I need to catch up with cleaning all the fleeces- I have a bunch of fleeces waiting to be cleaned,and when I’m done shearing, I’ll have a bunch more!

 

 

 

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NA-NO-WRI-MO? No! LO-GO-WRI-MO

As many of you know, November is National Novel Writing Month.  I have a lot friends who work hard on this every year.

I don’t have a novel in me, but I do have a blog! A mostly Goat Blog – this one.

So I am going to participate in LOcal GOat Writing Month.

It’s a simple, easy plan – one post a day.

My hope is that I will get back into writing regularly again.

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Okay, not so depressed now.

Drugs seem to be helping.

So, as an update, we lost two of the three very sick goats that I wrote about in July. It’s been a rough 6 weeks or so.  I have spent a lot of time checking out every goat, to be sure that they show no signs of any parasite issues or of goat polio.

I’m also shearing like crazy.  In fact, next week, I am taking the entire week off work to concentrate on getting all sheared, and hopefully get fleeces washed and up for sale.

The kids from last spring have gorgeous fleeces.  I will take a photo of each before I shear them and then afterwards.  Those kids are for sale, and I think they will have great mohair now and in the future.

I, once again, endeavor to blog on a regular basis.  Thanks for bearing with me, I know I’m a mess!

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Depression is so darn annoying!

Yeah, I wrote there for a few days in a row – a couple of months ago!! Then I fell down into that hole again.

Climbing back up.  Working on recovering the house – vacuuming, dusting, all that fun stuff!

This week I am on vacation.  Our wonderful grandson is here for the week, just hanging out.  We had hoped to do some neat things like visit the Topeka Zoo – where a baby giraffe was just born – but the weather has been less than accommodating.  We still have a few days, though, so I have not given up hope.

I have some sick goat boys in sick bay.  Moses has a mild pneumonia, great nasty snot running out of his nose, it’s gross.  Blue had a problem with parasites, but he is recovering well, and a yearling buck, Boiyo, is really under the weather.  I’m guessing it is what John calls, Golio – Goat polio.  I’m treating him with B Complex and antibiotics and Red Cell.

I wake up in the middle of each night worried about them, but so far, they are all still with us, and even improving by small increments.

The hummingbirds are going through their nectar like crazy.  I have four feeders, and this week, I’m refilling them every other day! I sit out on the deck with them quite often, but they never want to sit on my finger or drink from a glass of nectar I offer them, and after seeing so many videos of hummingbird whisperers succeeding where I fail, I just make sure they have enough nectar.  I don’t think one will ever land on my finger or head.

We have had a very traumatic time with the new guineas.  The first batch, the ones I hatched in an incubator, were killed the first night I had them out in the new chicken coop.

John fixed it, and when I added 16 keets that I ordered online and lived their first few weeks in the house in a brooder,  we somehow lost another 10 birds.  😦  John fixed it again, we got special NiteGuard solar lights to keep predators away, and we have 6 guineas growing up and almost ready to be released.

That’s what has been going on

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Kid Care

Well, my 7 bottle baby kids are slowly being weaned off the bottle.  Today, I decided to feed one at a time, then put the kid on my grooming stand so I could trim nails and spray anti-bug stuff on them as well as check their FAMACHA scores.

FAMACHA is a check to be sure that your goats do not have too big of a load of internal parasites.  Here is a link with all the info on FAMACHA. Because we have had a very strange weather pattern here since they were born, I tend to treat for parasites if the score is in the middle.  All of them had a score in the middle, so I treated them all.

I’m amazed at how much they have grown in the past few weeks.  Their little hooves have grown like crazy, so they are learning that it is okay for someone to trim them now.  I give them a treat after each hoof gets trimmed.

Yes, they are spoiled.

The mohair on the 5 white kids is superb.  I need to get John to come out with me to take some photos, as I really should sell these kids.  I have an awful lot of goats, after all!!

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Foxes at Ft. Leavenworth

From 1996 until 2007, our two horses, Willy and Petey, lived at the Ft. Leavenworth Stables.  I have so many stories of the people and horses and critters that lived in that area, in that era.

A lot of members of the Ft. Leavenworth Hunt Club (Fox Hunt, don’t you know) keep their horses at the stable there.  I was never a Hunt Club member, my riding skills are not in their league!  I did ride with them one time – I “hill-topped”.  And I found that Willy did not have the ability to stay behind the head hunt people – he wanted to race all the horses, even though we were not on the same level, and we were not jumping the obstacles – he just raced ahead, until I decided that my life was very dear to me, and I turned him around and we rode back to the barn.

I mention the Hunt Club, because I think it is really funny that a vixen and her kits lived behind the stable, in some underbrush, next to the outdoor arena there.  The arena was lit for night riding, and because I had a job, I often rode under the lights, pretty much by myself.

There was one night when I was just riding and jumping over very low and simple crosspoles in the arena.  It was a very warm and humid night, and my glasses were fogging up so much that I took them off and put them on top of an upright barrel so I could see where we were going.

A little later,  I saw three foxes watching Willy and me from the bushes near the arena.  It looked like a vixen and her two kits. Not long after, the two kits started following me as we rode around the ring, jumping over the low jumps right after I did.  It was magical.  The little foxes were having a grand time following my horse and I, and their mother came closer to the rail, watching them.

This went on for a good thirty minutes. I decided that Willy and I had had enough riding, so I slowed him to a walk, and walked him over to that barrel to retrieve my glasses.  One of the young foxes was two quick for me, though, and she jumped on the barrel, grabbed my glasses and started to run off with them.

She ran to the other end of the arena and stopped for a minute – digging. I yelled at her to drop my glasses!!  I got Willy over there as fast as I could, dismounted, and saw just one tip of one of the temples of my glasses sticking out of the sand.

The foxes ran off, and though I saw them many times after that, they never followed me into the riding arena again.

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On Habits

I did mention a week or so ago that I needed to give up some habits to be a more successful goat herder/ fiber artist.

I did delete from my Kindle one of the two games that suck me in for way longer than you can imagine.  That game is called, “Word Trip”.

Unfortunately, my husband, John, found it fun and is now playing it on his Kindle!

I deleted Spider Solitaire for a couple of days, but could not stand it, and now it is back.

However, I am getting up and going a bit earlier every day. I do wish someone would create an app that would limit my time to a game to maybe 10 minutes per day, and then not allow me to open it again until the next day.

I’d buy that app!

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