Podiatrist Approved Activity

When I was sitting with my podiatrist right before the surgery on my toe, I wanted him to clarify directions for me.  I was told I could only be on my toe ten minutes at a time for the first week.  Well, that seemed a bit vague to me.  Ten minutes a day or ten minutes on; ten minutes off.  After he finished explaining, all I did was look at my mom (aka the driver) and said, “See, I told you I could milk.”

The look on the surgeon’s face was priceless.  His eyes popped out and his jaw dropped as he exclaimed, “A cow?”

Well, of course I explained I was talking about milking one sweet little Haley goat.

goat at gate

That started a lecture on cleanliness and not getting an incisison full of poop, so I explained that I wasn’t going into the barnyard, and it was only twenty feet from my back door to the barnyard gate.  All I had to do was call Haley, and she’d come to the yard for me. In fact, she’d try busting through the gate if I didn’t get there fast enough.

goat at gate

Then he started thinking about it.  I had everything set up and ready to go.

milking

I told him there was a tub (actually turned out to be a bucket) of food that I just had to take the lid off.

goat checking out bucket

Then I could sit on the stool.  He even deomonstrated how I could put my leg out to keep all weight off the toe.

milking goat

She stands perfectly for me while I milk.

milking

He started nodding his head in understanding.  I explained that she’d head right back to the gate to rejoin the herd when we were finished.

milking

I did tell him about my awesome neighbors who were milking her for me.  I knew it would be a few days before I milked, but it was something I could do fairly soon after surgery.

milk

He agreed.  This weekend, I switched from the once a day with the neighbors doing the other milking to twice daily milking my Haley.

Even if you don’t have goats, I would recommend saying this to your podiatrist in the event of foot surgery just to see the look on his face.  Priceless.

Sharing with The Good. The Random. The Fun. and Ruby Tuesday Too.

Enjoying My Summer Days

The Ranger really has been a blessing.  It lets me get out into the pasture and see my goats.

Goats browsing

The wethers just crack me up.  Those boys are so funny.

Casey and Myson

Casey and Myson

None of the goats seem to sure of me sitting in the Ranger (even with the engine off).  Minnie, our herd queen was really wondering if it was safe to come close.

Minnie Pearl

Minnie Pearl

Finally, my milking girl, Haley decided to check it out.

Hayley

Haley

When the Ranger didn’t eat her, everyone else decided it was safe!

Goat Herd in pasture

Of course, nobody was coming to love me up.  They were just crossing the bottom that was mown.  Millie might be mad at me and daring me to make her quit eating that hay.

Millie

Millie

Most of the goats just browse or fight their way across the bottom.

Helen and Bud (Coral and Pistol in back)

Helen and Bud (Coral and Pistol in back)

Then it’s up the next hill to keep eating.

goat herd on hill

At least I got to see them a bit closer.  I can’t wait until I can walk with them again!

My Garden Grows

I have to tell you, my little garden is doing well.  It’s taken some work to keep it wet enough.  Those annual, fruit-bearing plants take a lot out of the soil.  In pots, they need watered a lot.

tomato blossoms

zucchini blossoms

green tomato

zucchini

It’s paying off though.  I’ll have fresh zucchini and tomatoes before long!

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