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Getting Stuff Done

17 Jun

I’ve been working on getting a lot of projects done that I just couldn’t get around to before I was done working for the summer.  Of course, some of them require help because I don’t have the equipment or skills to do them on my own.

But progress is being made!  First, my dad sent a mower out so I can mow myself.  The first thing I did was mow behind the giant rock pile.  Yay!  That is much better.

It also has allowed me to get the wheelbarrow through there so I could clean out the garage.  Of course, I had to put air in the tire before I could get started.

I haven’t been able to get it done since I had livestock in there all winter.

That was quite a task, and even though it’s scooped, I still have a lot of cleaning and rearranging to do yet.

My nephew stopped by one day and spread out a bunch of the rock.

I’m liking that!  No more water ponding in front of the garage door.  I might also be able to put something besides the Ranger in the south side of the garage.

I’ve also prepped the milk room door for a stoop to be placed there.

We’re going to move this big concrete slab to try and keep the mud out of my milk/soap rooms.

Because I didn’t have a mower for a while (and my push mower might not work since the goats took the gas cap off last winter and I don’t know how long it sat there like that), I ordered a machete and a weed eater.

I’m really liking delivery.  I’ve started waging war on the weeds around my farm.  The machete is necessary to get rid of all the huge cockle burrs.

I can actually see my front gate and not fight through tall grass to get it open.  I’m liking the weed eater, but I went through the whole battery life in no time flat.  Obviously, this is an ongoing project.

Another delivery was replacement clothesline because the goats might have chewed the old line to bits.  I had some, but I didn’t have enough to do the whole thing, so it should be here soon.  I’m hoping to use it for all my laundry this coming weekend.

I washed the llama coat I made last winter

These tasks have been keeping me quite busy lately, and I have a lot more of these small home/farm improvement jobs planned.

Kidding So Far

10 Mar

Sunday night, I went out for my before bed check at about 10:30.  I immediately heard a kid and realized it was Reva lying in the middle of the barnyard.  I got out there just as she was standing up from having the second kid.  I grabbed a towel and scooped them up.  She followed me right through the milk room and soap room and into the south stall in the garage.

Reva and babies

They are both adorable.  The lighter one is a buck and the darker one is a doe.

Here she is all dried off the next day.

Monday, just about noon, Gidget had her twins–two boys!

They are handsome fellows!

I’m thinking that truly spotted mini-Gidget would be a great buck for someone.

Then Monday night when I went out for my before bed check, I asked Victoria if she was going to wait till morning.

Victoria and her doelings

Technically, I suppose 1:00 am is morning.

It’s not what I meant, but she managed to have her two little does just fine, and I got them moved to the garage where it is a little warmer.

Everyone is doing well!  So far, these are all Xerxes babies!

Just in time for me to add it to this post, Ava had her twins–a doe and a buck!

Ava and her twins

These two are probably my last Fionn babies.

Ava’s doe

I will also likely use one of them to help me make “The Perfect Kid.”

Ava’s buck

I am quite pleased with the way kidding is going so far this year.

I Should Know Better

26 Jan

You’d think after all these years with goats I’d know better than to say everyone is getting along.  I came home from work on Friday to find Wanda with a funny gait.

Wanda (sorry for the crappy cell phone picture)

I’m pretty sure she got hit and injured her back.  Caroline has been off and on horrible to her, and I thought they had finally settled down, but I guess I was wrong.

Caroline

I moved Wanda to the garage.  (Antigone is responsible for the mess.)

She’s getting meds for the inflammation and pain.  You can see she still hasn’t grown back much hair, which is why I had her in the greenhouse.  It’s warmer.

She seems to be resting comfortably in the garage, and nobody is messing with her.

Hopefully, she’ll recover.