Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Goats and More Goats

Here's baby goat #2.  
 He was born almost two weeks ago.
And was hours old when this picture was taken.


Mom and baby were getting along great.



It was such a surprise to check the goats a couple days later
 and find ANOTHER baby snuggled up with the momma.




What?!
 
Yes.  That's right.
She had twins either two or three days apart.



Having twins of my own, I do not envy her that experience.






Baby #1 is a dark chocolate with black tips




 Baby #2 is a little girl and a bit more red like her grandma
 




Both babies and their momma are doing great


Twins
 
She has my sympathies.



The first baby goat of the spring is now about six weeks old and also doing great.
He is out in the field now playing with the big goats.

So far it has been a great goat season.


Still only two baby calves.  
More should be coming late March or April.


 Hope you are all doing well.
My lack of posting is due to both a lack of motivation and a lack of material.
My kids are so old there just isn't much to share 
without turning it into a brag blog.

That's not me.





If you're still checking in here and reading about our lives,
 thank you.




Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Animals


I can't remember what I've posted.  If you've seen any of these, my apologies.

The horses spent a very chilly January day in the barn with an equine dentist.
Justin, the dentist, shows up once a year to make sure the horses' teeth are doing fine.
 


 Everyone in the barn (except me and the equine dentist) had their teeth floated and filed.
Not much fun for them.
Or me.
 

But the annual event makes for much happier horses when trail riding,
which in turn makes for much happier trail riders.

 

And the most awesome way to make happy horses
is to show up with a bucket of sweet feed. 






 The buck of feed works equally well with cows too.


Say hello to one of our newest babies.
We now have two new calves.  This is the oldest calf.
 



We found the second calf the day it was born.
It wasn't even up and walking yet when we found it.

 Those are the moments that make all the work seem worthwhile!





 Proud Papa 







 And while I'm posting about animals and doctors...
I loaded up two dogs and two cats for their annual checkup.
Don't even try to guess what that cost me! 
It far exceeded the cost of four exams for our children!


Here are Meg and Remington looking on nervously while waiting their turn with the doctor.
  


 Want to guess who murdered Mr. Elf?


The guilty party was long gone 
when I found Mr. Elf lying in a pool of stuffing.

If I had to place blame, 
I would say Remington is guilty of the murder.



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!




26 years of roses


I love him more every year!


Lots going on at the zoo...

John has been living downtown Louisville for four days.  He competed and won a place in the Kentucky Music Education Association's All-State Band.  About one hundred kids from around the state gathered downtown Louisville for four days of practice and watching watching performances in the various theaters downtown.  The final day included an All-State Band performance for the public.  David and I enjoyed the concert immensely.  There is a lot of talent in these young performers.
John enjoyed the time away from school and spent doing the thing he loves most...playing his music!


John and Emily are getting prepared for the big transition to college this fall.  We just scheduled their freshman orientation for March.  I'm not sure why UK does this so early, but the weekend program is offered to any student enrolled as a freshman for the fall semester that has been accepted into the honors college program.  Both kids have accepted a position in the honors college.  So we will head to Lexington for a weekend of information and scheduling soon.  Unbelievable.

Emily and I visited UK last week and spent the day walking the campus and talking to an advisor in the health sciences department.  We were given a tour of the building and learned a great deal about what she should expect for the next four years.  It was very informative. And now, we need to repeat this process with John so we can talk to someone in the engineering department too.

More to tell, but not tonight.  Got to get kids' homework finished up and off to bed.  Mornings start early...especially for the 5:30 A.M. crowd headed to high school and middle school.

Goodnight!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The View at the Zoo

Pictures found on my camera.... 


David the Doggy Hypnotist


This is love....



 THIS is annoying!
 Good thing we only own two cats.  
Where in the world would a third cat get a drink?



Bella was not thrilled with the extra attention David was giving her.





But both cats will endure some unwanted affection from us humans
because of the wonderful treats we offer the cats.


The cats love Temptations cat treats.
It's sort of like kitty meth.  They are addicted.






The cats will endure our presence in the house 

as long as we  keep supplying them with their favorite kitty crack.






 Here is Grant's version of a mousetrap.
Only his is a hamster trap.

 Yes.  Those little tufts of fur belong to one of Grant's hamsters
 locked in Grant's hamster trap.


Development of the hamster trap took place in the tub
for those instances when the trap failed and the hamster escaped.



I have had a lot of fun lately selling items on ebay.
Mostly I've sold random things we have lying around the house....
things we don't need or use anymore.

The extra cash acquired by this new hobby has been wonderful.
It has caused me to look with new eyes at things lying around the house...
things I might be able to sell for a little extra cash.



Too far, maybe?

I sent this picture to David one day when I was enjoying an ebay induced selling buzz.


He was not amused.
 Remington seemed unaffected by his close brush with the auction block.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Old Goats and New Goats



Three weeks ago David and I found the sweetest little surprise tucked into the corner of the barn.

One of our goats gave us a very late Christmas gift. Can you see her hiding beneath the fence panels?
I think I'll name her Holly.






Although this is a terrible time of year for new babies, 
she has handled the cold weather like a champion and is doing great. 



The first week or two I would find her cuddled in the straw
while the big goats made a pass through the field for food.
Now she likes to run and play even on the coldest of days with the big goats. 





 They are so sweet and cuddly when they are new! 







She's going to have to wait a few months for some new playmates.  I don't expect the other girls to give us more babies until May or June. 



 But I could be wrong of course.  I have been once or twice in my life!





Here is our buck showing off for the camera.  He's quite proud of himself. 



And he's proud of his very first offspring.  Of course, I'm excited he's a new daddy too
His success at becoming a daddy just guaranteed our ability to sell him as a breeding buck this summer if we decide to. 

THAT makes me VERY happy!






Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Still Catching Up!



Grant's birthday....

He received several LEGO sets for birthday.


But the present that brought the biggest smile to his face was NOT a LEGO set...


Doesn't every ten year old boy need a gun for his birthday?


I learned a valuable lesson about birthday cakes and making hasty promises.

Before promising your son he can have the awesome looking ice cream cake in the cooler at Dairy Queen, you should check the prices. 


Grant saw this cake one day before his birthday and asked if he could have one.  I usually bake a cake for birthdays, so I was thrilled at the thought of not having to bake.

I was NOT THRILLED when I paid for the promised ice cream cake.  $32!  Whaaaat????

I don't think I'll be doing that again.  



The gingerbread houses were decorated and enjoyed before Christmas.  Here are Grace and Grant's creations...




 And what could be expected when kids select 'fish bait' as a gift for their dad's birthday?

It would be safe to assume the resident cats will find the wrapped fish bait 
and gnaw the package open for a free sample.

We sat around the house for a full hour one evening trying to figure out why the house smelled
 more awful than normal   
awful. 

 We finally found the package of fish bait chewed open lying on the floor. 




Neither cat confessed to the crime.