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After Four Days

22 Aug

By Friday morning, I was getting pretty darn good at making a cup of coffee on the stove.

I was doing pretty good at getting my chores done.  The peacocks were pretty good with the routine of waiting for me to bring out a light to go up to roost.  The hardest is the water.  With no electricity to the well house, I have to use rural water.

Butterscotch drinking; Daisy behind

That means going through gates or leaving the milk room door open.  It’s awkward, but it works.

Maisie in front; Venus behind

I’m taking care of mom’s cats for her.  She actually got to come home from the hospital four days after the storm.  While I was visiting her at her house (before she went to stay with my sister where she could be free from the chaos of after-storm life), I got a call from my neighbor.  I went home, and this happened!  Bless them.  They fixed the transformer across the road, and then they set the new pole in my yard.

By some miracle, the underground line just happened to be connected to the meter box.

That means I had electricity to the garage (soap room), and it also goes to the Love Shack and the barn!

No more flashlight to keep them safe!

Bless the electrical workers!  Granted I still have no power to my house, well house, or greenhouse, but I did convert my soap room into a decent living space.

I moved the computer out and was working on editing images.

It has air conditioning and I can cook in there and have hot water for dishes.  It’s been cool enough to still sleep in the house, and at least I am better off than I was.

The coffee pot is the first thing I moved.

And the dog was really happy to get to lounge around in an air conditioned space.

Sky

And my little town still had no electricity, so it also meant I could string cords from the garage to the house and remove myself from needing a generator.

A Quick Switch

13 May

With losing Fionn, Xerxes was lonely in the front pasture all by himself.  Goats do not like to be alone.  That’s why some people will just keep a wether for their buck to have company.  I had tried weaning Uno in there with the two bucks a while ago, but the little snot escaped back to his mom.  Yesterday, I decided I’d just do a quick switch, putting Xerxes and Uno up north and putting Joy and Blaze on the front pasture. That way I could also add my upcoming moms on the front pasture too.

Xerxes and Fionn just a couple of days before Fionn’s death

It should be easy peasy, right.  Well, the first step was waiting for everyone else to go out to pasture.  Then I just used a bit of sweet feed to bribe Joy and Blaze into the Love Shack.  2TC followed, and I had to haul Seven over, but it was easy.

Then I opened the gate to the front pasture and tried the same method of moving Xerxes.  He usually just followed Fionn wherever the food led.  This time, he was really good at following me. Easy peasy.

Xerxes

Of course, I was constantly tripping over Popcorn.

Popcorn

When I turned around though, Maybeline and Odie had gone through the gate and were exploring the front pasture.  Brats.

Odie and Maybeline

I bribed them back out with llama food, and I waited until the llamas went out to pasture before my next step.

Odie eating her bribe

That was putting the girls on the front pasture. I had to “lead” them, but it wasn’t too bad.

Blaze and 2TC

I also added Antigone and Pistol.  Antigone is due in June, and her maa, Pistol, could use a little extra attention.  Tonight, I’ll try to add Margarita since she is due the end of next week.

Antigone and Pistol (front), Blaze, 2TC, and Joy

That just left catching Uno and putting him with Xerxes.  He’s tame, so it shouldn’t be a problem, but he has these slippery-as-butter horns that I just can’t hang on to.  I got him up to the gate, and he slipped away.  I caught him again and decided to do the hold both horns and walk straddling him method.  I got him to the gate and opened it and we were half way through, and then he escaped.  That kid is really a momma’s boy.  He did not want to be weaned at all.  He wanted to stay with his mom and all his other friends in the herd.

Uno

I left him alone, mostly because I couldn’t catch him a third time.  He was on to me by then.  Finally, when I came out later in the evening, his mom, Maisie was in the Love Shack pen eating the leftovers from Blaze and Joy, and Uno was in there too!

Cupid (left), Moira and Gidget (back), and Maisie

I shut the gate and caught the little stinker.  I put a collar on him this time and went back to the straddling him and using both horns to steer method.  I also had the collar as a backup if I lost my grip on his horns again.  This time, I had success!

He even stayed in all night.  That’s good because he’s just four months old, but that’s a lot of buck.

He can do some serious damage to my plans of not having fall oopsie babies.

Classification of Oopsie Babies

3 Apr

I have to do a bit of classification with the oopsie babies this year because there are so darn many of them.  Technically, I suppose you could call an oopsie baby any baby that was not part of my planning.  The bucks kept busting through my fence.

Fionn, Xerxes and Astra

That means Wanda’s kids would be oopsie babies because I put her with Fionn, but she ended up being bred by Xerxes.

Wanda

But she was bred; she had them over spring break; I guess it’s not a big deal about who’s the daddy. I don’t even consider that an oopsie baby really.

Lainey

Now the other two things that make an oopsie baby are when they are due and whether or not their mom was supposed to even have kids at all.  Those two things are very important.

Maisie

I had planned on breeding Maisie this year, but I never want to have kids before spring break.  It’s just too cold.

Uno freezing in February

Blaze was going to retire this year because of the mastitis she had last year.  When I retire a goat, it’s for a reason–age or health.  2TC was also born before spring break, so she’s a double oopsie baby.

Blaze and 2TC

Mary was going to either take a year off or retire.  She is working hard to raise her two; although, she’s not doing too badly.

Mary feeding Quatro and Trace

Bambi was strictly going to retire because of her age. At ten, she’s the oldest one having a kid this year. I assume she’ll be fine, especially since she only has one.

Cinquain and Bambi

Those four girls have given me Uno, 2TC, Trace, Quatro, and Cinquain.

Uno

You might have noticed that Astra had oopsie babies, but her kids didn’t get number names.  They really are oopsie babies, but I planned on breeding her; she just had them at the wrong time–after spring break and before June babies.

Avril, Joker, Jester

Since I didn’t want to have to come up with twenty number names, I decided I’m only number naming the kids whose moms were not supposed to have babies at all.

Trace

That means I’ll have two oopsie baby counts: the ones who get numbered (5 so far) and those who were just at different times (3 so far).

Blaze, grandbaby Bronc, and 2TC

That means, so far I have a total of eight oopsie babies.  And after next week, there will be a lot more.

Sidney and Hera (Haley in the background)

With all of Zeus’s shenanigans, next week is like “second spring break.”  Hera, Daisy, Sidney, LilyAnn, Cupid, and Cinnamon are all due.

Cupid

Cinnamon’s will be the the only numbered name(s).

Cinnamon

Although, since Hera was bred by her twin brother, I could possibly count that one as an oopsie baby because of who bred her and when she’s due.

Hera

So much for sleeping all night again.