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Leo Ignatius Bittendorf

9 Mar

My heart is breaking.  Leo was the best snuggler I’ve ever met in my life.

He loved everyone, and they seemed to return his kindness.

Leo

I will miss him.

This and That

7 Mar

The hens have started laying eggs again. 

SOOC (straight out of chicken)

It seems to be the start of cat fighting season.  I am not a fan of this season.

Bob Cat

Rocky cracks me up.  He always lies like this.

Rocky

I’m still knitting.  I’m up to five completed hooded scarves and started a sixth.  This pattern is so easy  that I can still knit it when I’m sleep deprived from checking goats in the middle of the night. I think I need to sell some so I have money to buy more yarn.

I am bringing all of my products home from the store in Des Moines.  It just wasn’t working for me.  I’m thinking about Etsy or something else.  I do have my on-line store, but there’s something to be said for the platform recognition with Etsy.

goats milk soap

dish cloths

I’m also trying to add fine art prints to the items I have for sale.  I love the paper they are printed on.  It’s a really heavy art paper.


Wish me luck finding a venue that works better.

And Sky.

Sky

Why is it every time he’s lying there looking handsome and I got to take his picture, he jumps up to come see me?

Geriatric Farm

1 Mar

Leo is really showing his age. He is nineteen.  I think he’s having seizures.  I talked to the vets, and they said it is not uncommon at his age and having had diabetes.  Sadly, there’s not a lot they can do, so I just am trying to keep him as safe and comfortable and happy as long as I can.

Leo

I’m not sure how much longer I can do that.  My poor boy.

I also have lots of old goats.  When I expanded my herd, it was not a well thought out plan what would happen when I retired all those goats.

Stormy

I have some that I am not sure will make it through the winter, even though we’re almost past winter.

Penny

After losing Clover this weekend, there are eighteen who I expect to lose in the next three years just because of how old they are.

Clover

I keep babying some of them with the insulated building, heat lamps, and extra feed.

Cookie (front) and Maggie (back)

Hopefully, when real spring and summer gets here, they’ll rally and enjoy themselves again.  But I can promise there will be a lot of good-byes in the next few years.  Just remember all the good times and don’t be sad for me.