Strange Bedfellows

It’s pretty common for my goats to curl up and sleep with family members.

Moose and Maisie

Moose and Maisie

Maisie and Moose are mother and son.  Sometimes, though, I wonder how they end up sleeping next to each other.

Lily and Cinnamon

Lily and Cinnamon

Lily and Cinnamon are no relation, not of similar age, and I never see them together.

doe goats

They both look pretty cozy though.

A Poem for Maisie

Queen Anne's Lace in winterBirth and death
and all the good
stuff packed between.

What happens
when there is
nothing between?

A new slate never
to be written upon.

A blossom plucked
before beauty blooms.

Born and dead
within the blink of
a mother’s teary eye.

Queen Anne's Lace

When my son went to do chores last night while I was working late at parent-teacher conferences, he found that Maisie had given birth to twins.  She wasn’t due for ten days yet.  She’s the low goat on the farm, and I try to protect her, but I can’t be there all the time.  I would guess someone hit her and caused her to go into labor.  I hate that she lost her twins, and now I’m glad that she still has her Moose.  Despite being an animal, they do mourn the loss of a kid.

Maisie with Moose and Elsa

Maisie with Moose and Elsa from last summer

Sharing at Alphabe-Thursday for the letter P and Rurality Blog Hop.

I’m also sharing this with d’Verse Poets for their challenge of writing about something that has had an influence on my poetry.  It seems appropriate that it’s a life and death farm event.  Nature isn’t always kind, but it always breaks my heart when something like this happens, and it often comes out in my poetry at my other blog, Razzamadazzle.

In the Barnyard

Yesterday in the barnyard started with a lot of sunshine and blue skies.

barn peak against sky

It was nice, and it provided enough heat to start melting the snow on the barn’s roof.

snow on barn roof

Every so often, a big patch would slide down and crash to the ground.  Blaze is showing you how it made a lovely little snowhill.

doe goat


That makes her queen of the snowhill.

doe goat

Unfortunately, the noise as it fell would scare the goats.  They would take off running to the far end of the barnyard.  During one of these quick escapes, Maisie fell off the old foundation into a pile of old fence.  She caught her foot, but she escaped quickly (with my help).  I was really lucky to be out there and help her right away.  I really want to get rid of all the junk in the barnyard this year.  Really.

goat hoof

The sun also helped to soften the huge ice flow by the cattle tank.  I’m not done chipping it away yet, but I’m making progress, and it’s supposed to be even warmer for the next couple of days.

Cinnamon and Maisie

Cinnamon and Maisie

My nephew is stopping by tomorrow to help lower the float.  I’m hoping that will end the last of the drama around the cattle tank.  Even though most of the snow is gone, some of the goats have decided it’s safer just to eat inside the barn.

for Mellow Yellow Monday


I love how yellow the hay looks with the afternoon’s golden light.  By this time of afternoon, the sun was no longer helping to melt the snow and ice.

winter afternoon sun

I’ll be back out there tomorrow to chip more of the ice away from the tank.

Linking to Barn Charm and Clever Chicks Blog Hop.

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