Sunday, October 28, 2012
My two female goats are in the mood for love. In the fall,lady goats have breeding cycles that occur every 18-22 days. If they are bred, and have kids, that will insure a steady supply of milk next year. I have looked into breeding my goats with a local buck. The timing is tricky. I would have to bring the girls to the buck at JUST the right time, and it would cost $50 to $100 per breeding. My friend also has some goats she wanted to find a "husband" for. We hatched the crazy idea that we would find a buck and buy him, let him breed all our girls, then sell him. Our goal was to spend $100. and split the fee. We've been searching the local swap paper for weeks. There are quite a few bucks out there for sale, but many were an awfully long drive from here. I found a very nice buck only 45 minutes from here, but the owner wanted too much money for him. Then she called me today and said, (in a rather frantic tone) "If you can come get him RIGHT NOW you can have him for $100." She is in the middle of a move, has a bunch of little kids and too many goats. Since we love a bargain, we were on the road mere moments after her call.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The term "bucket list" refers to things people want to do before they die. For about the last 20 years the biggest thing on my list was to get my child raised to the point where she was a competent adult and could thrive without me. I think I can check that off my list now. And there is something else I can check off my list, thanks to my precious friend Liz Czak.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
In the fall I get a lot of pleasure from two things. One is decorating the house with seasonal things like gourds and pumpkins. Especially WHITE pumpkins. They are not always easy to find, and I make a game out of the hunt. The second thing is going for scenic drives to admire the foliage and beauty of the landscape here in Maine. Today Chris and I went for a drive and along the way we passed an old pick up truck with pumpkins displayed for sale. We both noticed the white pumpkins (good husband points!) and he turned the car around.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Ever since we got goats last spring, I have been thinking I needed to learn to make cheese. I found the thought daunting. But today, I got brave.