On days that were are home and do not have to go out, and also when we get home at night we will let out the chickens and ducks. They will roam the property, but as the sun starts to set, they assemble near the gate. It is time to call them home for the night. We gather up a big cup of scratch grains and head out to the coop. When we get there we call “here chicky chicky, duckie duckie” and they come running. You see, they know our voice and they know it is time to come home for the night. In a way, that is what the Lord does when he calls each of us home when our time in this earth has come to a close!
Betty the goat has reached a milestone in her young life. She is now officially a big goat now, she sports a big goatee collar and now has her very first bell. All the adult goats have a bell so that if they were able to get loose and go up into the woods the bell would help us track them. So in large part by getting her own bell she is now welcomed into the herd as a new adult member.
Miss Gita, likes to be noticed! A while back we used to tether the goats in the evening while we were feeding them. She would play with her chain, picking it up in her mouth and hitting it with her foot. She would try to get her foot stuck, because she knew that we would come in and get her unstuck. Well now in the evenings, we do not have to tether the goats. Miss Gita still wants the attention, she still grabs the chain with her mouth and hits it with her foot. Now it is hard to get it stuck when she is not tethered! Try as she may she can not get her foot stuck! As she tries in vain, she looks back and seem to ask “do you see me??”.
Even though we are still running the ac a bit; we are getting ready for the coming winter. We have about nine more weeks before the snow will start to fly. So we are starting the count down. We are making a list and checking it twice to see if we missed anything of things that need to be done before winter hits. One of those things is collect seeds for the goat’s pasture. We take the goats out for walks and see what they like to eat. Then later we start to collect the seeds and then sow them in their pasture for the next spring. This coupled with some planned mowing promotes a healthy pasture. The mowing knocks down the weeds that they do not like to eat and let the good stuff starts to grow again.
The barnyard is a tough neighborhood and as such it calls for very extreme measures. After hours of constant surveillance the vandal struck again!! This time I was ready and waiting!! Suspect number 4, Miss Betty was caught red hoofed in the act of ripping the downspout from the barn. After the repairs were made we took her to a dark room with single bare bulb. So it began, Betty was asked why she did it? After about an hour she spilled the berries. After we cleaned up the mess, we continued our questioning. She finally confessed to the crime; she was bored and girls just want to have fun!
Charges are pending………!