Winter Storm, Day Two

18 Jan

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,

Sky

but the pillow is so delightful,

Bob Cat

and since we’ve no place to go,

Mama Phoenix

Let it snow!

Let it snow!

Let it snow!

Really Winter

17 Jan

We seem to have really settled into winter now.  The snow from last weekend is still here, and we’ve added a bit more since then.

Clover

Penny and Bonnie seem to have settled back into the herd pretty easily.  That’s good.

Bonnie, Penny, and Coral on this side of the ditch

Even though the goats were going out to pasture, they had to work hard to get to the grass.

just outside the barnyard

At least they were going out and wearing off some energy so they aren’t so cranky with each other.  That ended sometime early in the week.

Mary and Bubbles digging for spilt corn

That also means they are getting full hay.

Stormy

The llamas appreciate it too. It makes a lot more chores for me, but it keeps everyone fat and sassy.

Aurora, Maybeline (back) and Odie having leftovers for breakfast

And today, it’s another big winter storm.

That Leaves Maisie

16 Jan

That leaves Maisie with poor Pistol and Antigone.

Pistol and Antigone

Maisie might have accepted Tony and let her kid snuggle next to a llama. Yeah, that’s where I usually find the kid.

Maisie, Uno, and Tony

Or Uno likes to use Tony as a jungle gym.

But that doesn’t mean Maisie isn’t going to chase the other goats away from her precious baby.

They were going to step into my half of the garage. And they are both my half.  No way!

She really needs to chill, but she’s not going to.  I walked in once to find that Pistol and Antigone were trying to hide from her.  Of course, Antigone noticed the pan of llama food once she was up there. Yes, she has one foot on the bag of potting soil, one foot on the lawn mower handle, one foot on the panel, and one foot on the llama food pan.

Antigone and Pistol

I even tried putting the coat on Uno and putting them in the buck room, but Uno was shivering right away.  I’d still have problems with Maisie picking on Hilda, but I’d also have to worry about Xerxes picking on the kid.  I decided to close my panel and just shut her in with the llama.  If her kid couldn’t get through, maybe she’d stay with him.

That didn’t work.  I added more junk along the panels (to the point I can’t get through). Before.

Yes, Maisie is glaring at Antigone trying to figure out how to kill her while I’m standing there to protect her.

After

It worked.  For about two days.  Then yesterday Maisie (and Uno) were on the wrong side again.  Seriously, Pistol and Antigone just want to be able to take a nap without the fear of being killed by Maisie.

I think they had about five minutes of peace that first full day.

Pistol

You’d think it wouldn’t be too much to ask, but Maisie just can’t refrain from killing someone.  She’d be this problem anywhere I put her.  She’s lucky she’s a good mom and I like her kid.