All posts tagged goats

Goodness, Gracious…Great Balls Of Goats!

Published June 24, 2009 by glaumland

I have the best Dear Hubby in the world, and I’m sure the kids think he’s the best Dad in the world, too. I didn’t know what to get him for Father’s Day, so left it up to him to find something that he wanted.

And that something was a four-month-old LaMancha buck.

Well, I guess financially it makes sense. We paid for the buck what we would pay for two breedings for our girls. That seems pretty smart. I’m just not sure the girls see it that way.

Little buck, now call Peanut, rode home on my lap for 2 hours and was a pretty sweet and calm boy. But he is interested in girl goatsĀ (my kidsĀ  – my children – were exposed to some new body parts). Ginger and Mozzarella, on the other hand, wanted Peanut to only get out of their way and leave them alone! Already a match made in heaven!

But from the size of his ‘tenders’ (as Little Boy calls them) and his obvious interest in the does, I think Peanut will be a very effective buck. So I’m looking forward to more babies and more milk next year.

Until next time…


I’ve Been Hen-bit

Published April 27, 2009 by glaumland

Actually, although I am a backyard chicken enthusiast, this isn’t about fowl. It’s about the beautiful spring flower (weed) Lamium amplexicaule. I was introduced to them officially in high school by my dearest friend, and they have become one of my favorite harbingers of spring.

Last weekend on the trip to the Mennonite Quilt Auction in Hutchinson, my dearest friend and I drove past a small town on the edge of the Flint Hills. The town’s ball diamond was next to the highway. The outfield was as pretty and green as any well-tended yard, but it was the infield that caught my eye. It was totally purple – a sea of henbit. Such a beautiful scene.

Since we’ve finally had some warm temperatures, the goats and I have spent some time in the woods; me looking for morrells and them looking for anything tasty (in their opinion). No luck for me, but they were in heaven. I actually did find some wild? phlox and violets, and the wild strawberries are blooming, too. It’s quite fun to watch the changes.

The fruit trees are all a-bloom, too. It looks like we’ll have a good crop this year. Yummy! And the daffys and grape hyacinths are still blooming and I saw my first iris.

The barn swallows returned on tax day, just like they always do. The June bugs are back (although a bit early?) as well as the little black ants. Guess you have to take the good with the bad…

Until next time…

Babe Watch

Published February 25, 2009 by glaumland

Not the show with pigs in bikinis & speedos running on a beach – this one is about my life.

Episode 1: My friend Karla is expecting a long-awaited visitor at her home tomorrow: her American Lowline Cow is due to calve. I’m not sure if that makes Karla a mother, aunt or grandmother, we’ll have to wait and see. And I don’t know if I want Dear Hubby to find out about these short-legged cattle with tremendous meat quality – I know he’ll want to add that to our critter assortment.

Episode 2: My friend Joann sold all of her sweet Yorkie puppies this past weekend. They are so darned cute – way too much personality for such a little dog. I think Joann considers herself a grandmother.

Episode 3: Ginger goat went on a conjugle visit to Duke from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Seeing as Duke is quite successful with the ladies, we’re thinking early May is kidding time (no kidding – ha ha ha). She’s actually starting to look a little thick around the middle. Yea! Fresh goat milk again!

Episode 4: Chicken catalog is sitting on my desk. Question is: will there be chick-lets or turk-lets in my future? I swore after starting chicks for the past two years I wouldn’t do it this year, but friends are wanting chickens and I’d like another turkey. Dilemma…

Episode 5: Maniac kittens continue to drive me nuts. Underfoot, overhead, in my face, watching me shower, sitting on me when I sit, wanting me to open doors when there is a perfectly good cat door in place, climbing in any open drawer, general nuisance.

Episode 6: Looked at Darling Daughter the other day. OMG! Where did she get those curves? Did I just feel another hair turn grey? It must have something to do with giggling now when you mention certain boys. Hmmm…

Until next time…

Resolved or Resolute?

Published January 11, 2009 by glaumland

I’m hoping for both, would accept either, but feel like I have neither after this week. I’ve spent the first part of the year with the upper respiratory stuff that is going around. I must say it is much easier to rest up with kids back in school, but sleeping the hours away doesn’t go far in getting my life organized. Oh well, I guess baby steps are better than no steps.

I do think I have a couple of books on organization, I just don’t know where they are right now. Ha, ha, ha – makes me want to laugh/cry.

I did set my mind & my fingers to do some crocheting lately. I finished a scarf for a lovely young lady that I work with. She’s very super and I just wanted to do something nice for her. I’ve also been making potholders for another friend – her birthday is coming soon and she was mentioning she needed some. I enjoy trying out new patterns, and I especially love that pot holders are finished quickly. Definitely my kind of project.

We had a nice day yesterday so I did go out and play with my pony some. I think we both enjoyed it. A little more play time and I’ll climb on board. It’s been so long…

I had fun tonight with the cats, too. Found a fuzzy (fake) mouse and covered it in catnip. Capt Lewis forgot he was old & stuffy for a few minutes and acted like the kittens. Kittens just acted normal (crazy, like). Forgot to mention that Baron von Broccoli brought in a male cardinal yesterday. I was able to rescue him before he was too injured and he bit my finger. OUCH, that hurt!

Goats are great; glad to have Ginger back from her conjugal visit to Duke. The girls enjoy walking in the back pasture and woods with us. Amazing that old dead leaves could taste so yummy.

Grady the turkey went and got oil on his head somehow today; makes him look weird. I had a little run-in with the big rooster and convinced him I was still bigger & meaner than him.

Well, I guess this turned into a chat more about critters than resolutions. I resolve to write more about that (and more often as well).

Until next time…

The Year Flies By…

Published December 29, 2008 by glaumland

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed by so very quickly. And I’m still trying to finish my 2008 New Year’s Resolutions list (ha, ha). OK, maybe I’m not that far behind, but maybe I am.

There are many blessings & sorrows to count this year. A big sorrow is the loss of our old church and the mortal wounding of a friendship. However, just as God always provides, He gave us a new church and new friends – what a tremendous blessing. Now if the old wounds would just heal.

Another sorrow is the illness that I’ve been experiencing most of the year. After many doctor’s visits and many tests, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. On the blessings side – at least I have a diagnosis and a treatment plan, and I am feeling much better. Plus, once again, God used this as a way to get me to evaluate my life and make some positive changes (down 22lbs and getting buffed – thanks, Curves!).

So much for the sorrows. So many more blessings! Kids are both now in school full-time. It is wonderful to have some time so I can accomplish things or just get some extra rest. Kids are both doing well in school, the girl much better than last year.

Had a wonderful family vacation to Orlando this fall. Kids got to see Atlantic Ocean for the first time. The girl was chosed to be part of the Shamu show at SeaWorld. Disney was great – little boy enjoyed the monorail, train & boat rides – an engineer in the making. I enjoyed the king sized bed and cable tv – ha ha!

Goats in Glaumland – dearest hubby decided we needed goats for fresh goat milk. He broke down my will power by offering a dishwasher (hooty hoo!) and we now have two LaMancha goats. Turns out I LOVE goats and goat milk is great. I especially like not having to buy milk all of the time. I’d like to learn how to make soap – maybe next year.

Oops – another sorrow. Two stray pups that got dumped here last spring killed all but 2 chickens and my turkey. Oh, the humanity! Raised more chickens and finally getting blessed with eggs again. (Can’t stand buying store eggs – yuk! no flavor).

HD TV is way cool – almost like having cable! OK, so we only get a few stations since we live at the bottom of a deep hole, but when they come in it looks great! I think I’ll call it “psuedo-cable!)

Biggest blessing of all is being surrounded by loved ones. Hubby is wonderful, great dad & provider, an keeps life entertaining. Reconnecting with best friend from HS, just like having a sister again. Great friends at work, makes work a pleasure.

Well, guess I should go play with my new dishwasher! Until next time…