Vacation is "officially" over, I guess. Time to come out of hibernation and get back to work. Made my first batch of goat's milk soap of the season today - Oatmeal, Milk and Honey. I almost forgot my recipe! How sad is that! Fortunately, I keep a copy of the recipe safely tucked away - whew!! It won't be too long before the markets start up again. May is NOT that far away. Let me see - it is the middle of February, so we have March, April and EGADS!! May!! Two and a half more months!! Better get my act together!! See ya!!
These two were born on Monday, February 13 - a little boy and girl Alpine dairy goat. Momma Goat waited until I came back from Chicago - THANK YOU so very much Momma Goat!! These two have been the best baby goats ever!! Could not ask for better babies!
They started on the bottles immediately - no fussing, no hassle - just perfect. It was like a dream come true! They drink the entire bottles. AMAZING!! They are a goat farmer's dream baby goats! Thank you LORD!!
The little boy is pictured in the front I named him Valentino since he was born the day before Valentine's Day. I know that is kind of corny but couldn't think of any other names. The little girl is Fawn because of her coloring, she is in the back. They are both the size of small cats.
Still have 5 other goats to give birth so have a busy month ahead of me!
The trip to Chicago was AWESOME!! Got to hug a United States Navy Sailor - my son! i pretty much cried during the entire graduation ceremony. The Navy puts on a pretty specutular show!
Back to the farm. If you would like to see the babies, just send me an email - OHGoats@aol.com .
Sometimes it takes a major event to make you take notice. Isn't that sad! But, I think that sometimes this is the only way God can get our attention! I guess we get so caught up in our lives that sometimes the smallest details slip notice and big things happen. Hopefully, the consequences aren't as equally big.
On January 27, 2012 I went over to our barn to feed our baby goats. Nothing abnormal about that. I do that everyday. But that day, I decided to give them some hay. I threw a small bit of hay in their stall and went about my normal routine.
At this time, the baby goats are about two weeks old and are as active as two jumping beans. We have two heat lamps keeping them warm because the temperatures have been like roller coasters. Warm one day, cold the next. About an hour later, I hear a frantic knock on my front door. It is my next door neighbor from down the street telling me my barn is on fire. I look over to the barn and smoke it pouring out of the front door. I call 911 and I don't think I have ever ran so fast to the barn as I have done them. I am certain the babies are dead. With that amount of smoke, there is no way any animal could survive.
We test the doors of the barn first, they are not hot, so we open the doors and go in. The fire is at the back of the barn, in the babies pen. Again, I have a very sick feeling. We go to the pen. Somehow, the babies are alive, the fire has burned a U-shape around the babies. Do you want to talk about Miracles!! So we let them out and start searching for a bucket or something to throw water on the fire. By that time, the Fire Department has shown up.
So many miraclels that day - the fire burned within inches of my hay bin loaded to the ceiling with a new load of hay!! Miracle of a neighbor who HAPPEN to be driving by, saw the smoke and came and got me. Miracle of the babies not being hurt or singed!! Miracle of the fire just being contained to the baby pen. I could have lost my whole barn!! Do you think God was sending me a message!! Did I start that fire by carelessly throwing the hay in the baby pen? Or by throwing the hay in the pen, did that give the babies a little extra height to knock over the heat lamp?? I don't know. But I do know, that God was watching over us that day! The babies are safely housed in our garage.
I did find out from one of the fireman. The leading cause of barn fires is heat lamps. So, if you have a barn and baby animals and you use a heat lamp, PLEASE use caution so this does not happen to you!!
The day that I have been anxiously awaiting for is almost here! It is less than 5 days away but it still seems like a lifetime! On December 13, my only child left for Boot Camp and on February 10, he graduates and I will, for the first time in 2 months, get to hug a United States Sailor! Proud doesn't even come close to describing how I feel. Love, respect, admiration, pride.
I can't wait!!
So Phil saw his shadow this morning! Hmmm, more Winter, I guess. Doesn't sound too terribly bad considering that the temperatures have been hovering in the 50's for most of the "Winter." I think I can handle another 6 weeks of this!!
Of course, I could do without all the rain! My basement has flooded one too many times!! I wonder if that means we will have another record breaking rainy season this year! Everyone seems to think that this means we will have a hot summer. I don't think so. I remember a couple of years ago when we have an unseasonably warm winter, we had a cooler summer.
Anyway, my goats and chickens are loving it. Personally, I am not minding it myself. Last year, I had to deal with frozen water buckets and locking up my animals when hungry coyotes and foxes came down from the woods looking for something to eat.
Bring the winter on, Phil, I don't mind!
Raising goats were never in "the plan." If you had told me 12 years ago that I would be raising goats, I would have laughed in your face! But, at a Valentine's Day Party at my son's Kindergarten, the local Vet showed up with two pygmy goats. As the saying goes, it was love at first sight. And the rest is history . . .