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19 May

I’m counting the days until summer break because I’m way too busy. It won’t be long until we have kids again!  I has a woman who works for Iowa State University Extension with agritourism coming to tour the farm my second day of summer break.  I warned her a got might go into labor, but she didn’t seem to think that sounded like a bad thing.

Sallie Blackboer

Sallie Blackboer

That and it’s getting warm.  I teach on the second floor of a non-air conditioned building.  In the soap room, this bad boy is getting installed tomorrow.  My dad is coming to help me because I was too non-mechanical/handy to even figure out how to get the screen out of the window.  Thank goodness for my dad!  I’m going to be open this Saturday, and the temperatures are supposed to be near 80*F (26.6*C).

Air Conditioner_6961ews

I decided to go for a walk out in the pasture when I got home.  Unfortunately, the goats saw me and came on the run.

goats running_6962ews

I told Lily that old goats should not run when they are not used to it and the warmer weather.

Lily Osboer

Lily Osboer

Kizzy was towards the end of the herd, so she didn’t make it all the way back in.  She did seem to be resting beneath a tree.

Kizzy Kay Street

Kizzy Kay Street

I don’t think it’s going to give her much shade.

goat sun_6982ews

Finally, I found Llenny.  That’s who I was coming out to take a picture of.  See how much his wool has grown.  I still haven’t heard back from the guy who sheared him last year, so I’m trying to find someone else to do it.



Poor guy is going to be getting hot.

I do hope you’ll come back and join me for Friday’s Hunt tomorrow.  I have the items for this week posted at the top of my sidebar.

Today, I’m sharing with Skywatch Friday and Random 5 Friday.

I Am A Rock

17 May

My farm is my island.  I love it and my animal family.  How dearly I would love to retreat from society and stay safe within it’s walls.



I have my books
and my poetry to protect me;I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

This post is brought to you by my amazing pasture rocks (with special guest appearance by Llenny), Song-ography, and Simon and Garfunkel’s I Am A Rock.  I’m also sharing with Black and White Wednesday.

I do hope you’ll consider coming back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  The items for this week are at the top of my sidebar.

Friday’s Hunt v1.19

6 May

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt.  I want to thank everyone who joined in last week.  I had a lot of fun visiting everyone who linked up.  I’m excited for week nineteen!  It’s very simple.  Anyone can participate.  The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week, the topics will be:  Starts with T, Week’s Favorite, and evening.  I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top. Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with S: I’ve always thought those long necks folded into an S shape.

Goose S_6108ews

Lucy has had horrible luck (or no skill) keeping goslings alive.  Where they are at, they keep falling off the ledge, and she refuses to left the remaining eggs in the nest.  I thought the other geese would take care of them, but they were no better at taking care of them.


Well, she gave me one more surprise a couple of nights ago, and so far the other geese are taking care of it because she’s still sitting on a couple of eggs.  I hope they manage to keep this one alive.

geese and gosling_6192ews

Week’s Favorite:  I was very excited when I got my mail the other day and found a package from Claire.  She made me a little square she knitted from the yarn she spun from Llenny’s fleece.


She also made me this lovely headband/ear warmer.  I love it!

headband ews

Smile:  The headband and the gosling both made me smile, but I’ll share my go-to dude for smiles, Sam.  He makes me smile with his elf face, and I swear he’s always smiling at me.  You know, that, “Ha, ha, you can’t touch me!” kind of smile.

Saanen buck_6171ews

Now it’s your turn!

I’m also sharing with Random 5 Friday, Fun Friday Favorites, and Willy Nilly Friday.