Tag Archives: MJ


14 May

The use of a word to modify or govern two or more words usually in such a manner that it applies to each in a different sense or make sense with only one. (Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary)

water reflection

For example, “This spring I am suffering from a broken toe and heart.”

Cherry Blossom

It’s been a really rough spring with losing my MJ and my Djali llama.  I’m pretty sure I lost Djali to the same illness that has killed some kids, and I’m still afraid I’m going to lose two more.  Now Marley seems to be ill with the same symptoms.  It’s been overwhelming.  Add to that a broken toe which led me to the doctor.  I now am scheduled to have surgery in July.  Granted the surgery is for the arthritis and spurs in my toe, not the break, but still.  I’m having a hard time doing a lot with the painful toe.

pasture with goats

I guess the result of all this is that it’s become work to blog and visit other blogs.  I know I’m not going to be linking up to those memes I love for a while, and who knows if I’ll have time and motivation to post daily.  I will still try to get around to visit, but I’m sure I will be largely absent for a while with all of this going on.

Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday where we’ve reached the end of the alphabet.


I Wouldn’t Have Thought It

15 Apr

A year ago, I’d never have believed I’d see this view out my window.

MJ and Victoria

MJ and Victoria

You see, I really wasn’t sure MJ would be around, much less staying in the north paddock.  I also have this rule about no yard goats.

Sharing with Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy.

Moving the Big Boys

7 Apr

In keeping with my weekend task of moving all the animals around, I thought I’d share the last of my moves.  MJ has been on the front pasture with the non-mom goats, but he has a really hard time getting around, and there’s no way he can walk and eat enough.  He can’t go on the Back Forty with the cows because he’d try jumping them and finish himself off.

steer and goats in pasture

I decided to give him a section of the cattle lean to and then give him the area north of my barn.  The llama is annoyed because he had taken to chasing MJ away from the food and then napping on that big pile of hay.

cattle lean-to on barn

It’s big enough for him to have plenty of exercise, but it’s small enough I can easily feed him grain and hay and keep a water tub filled for him.  He also has a salt/mineral block.

steer eating hay

old steerI did remember to block the entrance to the small lean-to. If he tried going in there, we’d have to tear it down to get him out.


I did remember a couple of things I had to remove from the lean-to also.  Blaze was glad I remembered her kids.

sleeping goat kids

It’s also close enough that I can give him a lot of attention!  That’s a good thing!

steer licking hand

I also had my two big bucks shut in the small paddock off the front pasture.

billy goats

It takes a lot to shut them in somewhere.  My red gate is good, but they are sometimes even better at getting out.  They tend to butt things and even managed to completely loosen the panel so I had a little girl join them in there.  Yikes!

shut gate

I used some specialist equipment to fix that problem.  Twine is as handy as duct tape!

twine knot

They were turned out onto the front pasture, since all the other goats are now on the Back Forty.  Of course, you have to stop and try to rub some of that winter coat off on your way out to pasture.  They all seem to think it’s fun to rub against the fences.

buck rubbing on gate

Finally, a random sleeping kid.

sleeping kid

Everyone has been moved for the summer.  Easy peasy!

The Good. The Random. The Fun.  I’m also sharing with Macro Monday and Ruby Tuesday 2.