Barnyard Help


My mom, Rose, is visiting me for a week or so (she’s 90). Better put her to work: barnyard therapy! Don’t judge me… my two remaining kids (‘pet’ wethers) will be moving to their new home soon. In the meantime, I can still spoil them with a bottle!

I couldn’t get my mom to milk “our girls”. She said her mother (my Oma in Austria) always milked their goat, “Lisel” (for the sole purpose of feeding their pig).

Have a great weekend!

wooly wednesday: fuzzy babies

Perhaps not wooly, but, warm and fuzzy!! My daughter’s Oberhasli doe, Eowyn (aka ‘Fuzzy’) a first freshener, kidded first thing this morning. Twin bucklings (boys)!


The first buckling was breech (back legs presented first) and needed a little assistance. Once ‘cleared’, his brother almost ‘popped’ out (normal presentation).

first bucklings_eowyn

Mama and boyz are doing fine! Oh happy day!

mish mash [this ‘n that]



Can you believe my goat kids are already five (the triplets) and six (the twins) weeks old!!! That’s Pippin (the buckling twin ) staring at you… saying ‘adopt me, adopt me!!’


…and this is Gimli (one of the triplets)! It’s very likely that we’ll castrate both boys in a few more weeks, unless I hear of someone interested in a potential herd sire??

I mention the goat kids [yes, to begin ‘looking’ for future homes, sigh], but also because I want to  tell you that I confiscated a little goat milk yesterday to culture a batch of buttermilk… to use as my cheese ‘starter’. I’m hoping to ‘skim’ a little milk occasionally for making some cheese! Hey kids, it’s called sharing!

Have I also mentioned that we got a half-dozen ‘new’ baby chicks – layers – last week? Every three years or so we replace a few of our hens. This time we decided to try a new/different breed – Silver Laced Wyandottes. Aren’t they pretty??

Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken Hen

Our little brood of six chicks are residing in a large rubber water trough in an empty stall in the barn – safe from predators!


I place an old window screen on top the trough – for added safety. The chickies also have access to water and their chick mash… and a heat lamp at night, as necessary.


They grow-up so fast…soon they’ll look like little raptors! They’ll begin laying brown eggs in about 5-months. I am so very spoiled by fresh eggs!!!

wool blankets

I dropped-by an estate sale and purchased these three PINK vintage wool blankets. It’s difficult for me to NOT purchase anything wooly!! heehee

Finally, my Katie’s high school graduation commencement was last night! Another milestone!


She’s such a goofball!!! Here’s Katie with her daddy.


You can’t miss her in a crowd!!

katie lady

…Katie and best friend Kaye!


What will I do next Fall when she’s off to college??? Have a great weekend!!