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New Goats – Day 2

1.  The day starts with me convincing myself to get out of bed.  I am slightly dreading what the day might bring.  As I am putting my clothes on, I get a panic feeling – call it mommy intuition.  I pick up my pace.  I learn Katy is already outside.

2.  Katy is outside with a loose Llama and a loose goat.  Had I shown up a minute earlier, it would have been two loose goats.

3.   We try to herd the Llama first.  Our attempts are less than successful so I had for the house to get Drew.  He has a special friendship with her and I know he can get her contained quickly.

4.  Drew heads for the garage to get grain for the Llama.  The goat (who now has the name Smores) follows Drew because she thinks it is milking time.  Remembering the mess of goat pellets yesterday, we get her into a pen behind the garage.

5.  The Llama follows Drew into the first pen.  As she goes in, the second goat, Rita, gets loose.  Realizing if we don’t move the Llama down to the pasture, we will continue to play this game.  Drew successfully gets her to another area, although it isn’t easy because all she is thinking about is the goats food, which is in the first pen.

6.  Now we convince Rita to come back in.  This isn’t very easy because her companion isn’t there and she is concerned about finding her.

7.  Katy leads Smores in to be milk.  I am so happy so say it went perfectly.  She (Smores that is) is a perfect lady on the stand.  We filter the milk and now have our first milk from our little herd.

The second milking of the day is also successful.  A glimpse at day 3: it starts with more loose animals!

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New Goats- Day 1

We got our first two goats yesterday.  I am going to be posting about our goats’ first days in their new home.

1. Day begins with Brian and Katy leaving at 6:00 a.m. to drive two hours to pick up goat #1 (what a great hubby!)

2. Brian arrives home.  Goat was good on drive but the tarp and blanket didn’t catch all the goat pee.

3.  Brian heads for the shower while Nick, Drew and I frantically scrub, rinse, scrub, rinse, scrub, rinse Brian’s car.

4.  Brian is pretty relaxed about his car and reminds me that we used is car because the entire interior is plastic.

5.  Not much time passes before we realize that new goat is going to cry (until her new friend arrives) unless someone stays in the pen with her.  Katy spends most of the day with her.

6.  Milking time arrives.  It is important to point out that Katy and I have milked a goat once and Katy has also milked a cow once. So it is safe to say that we are not super experienced.

7.  We take the goat into the room off our garage a little to soon and end up with goat pellets everywhere.

8.   Finally the goat is on the stand.  What happens next would have made an incredibly funny video.  Everytime we tried to touch her utter, she kicked or stomped.  Her hoofs went in the milk pail, on the milk pail.  At one point she was standing on the pail with both of her back legs.  Somehow Katy (who is much more efficient at milking) manages to get the milk out of the utter.  I can’t say it is exactly all in the pail.

9.  We decide to dump the milk this time as it is contaminated.

10. The goat continues to cry as it gets dark.  I keeping checking outside hoping my friend’s husband delivers our second goat soon.

11.  7:37 p.m. – Our second goat, Rita, arrives.  We put them together.  They make noises, head butt each other and in general look like they are fighting.  I am told this is good bonding.

12.  Both goats are finally quiet.

Tomorrow has to be better, right?


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Compost Bins

Today Nick began working on compost bins.  We are making them out of some old pallets and he is leveling a place in a hill to set them.

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Scary Llama Noise

We have the Llama as a guard animal to scare off predators.  It didn’t take us long to hear her scary noise.  She usually does it at night so we never know exactly what she sees or hears.  The children jokingly call it her Mrs. Rochester laugh.  This comes from watching the BBC version of “Jane Eyre.”  I didn’t want to go to the trouble of trying to record her making the noise so here is one on You Tube that sounds a lot like her.

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Here are some pictures of our new chicks on the day they arrived.  We ordered 11.  8 are intended to be laying hens and Katy ordered 3 Silkies as pets.  Unfortunately one of the Silkies didn’t look so good when it showed up and we lost that one so now we have 10 chicks.

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Tech Support

This is an incredibly funny video of Tim Hawkins.  I’ve seen this many times but yesterday it became more personal.  After arriving in Colorado, we realized our school computer was ready to go.  In the past we have always waited until the computer actually died to replace it – not fun.  So I decided to be proactive this time.  I researched computers that reviewed well and Brian picked me up one from CostCo.  Drew took the time Tuesday afternoon to get the new computer all set up and loaded with the programs we needed.  Wednesday morning they were using the computer and it just shut down.  The bad part is it would not restart.

At this point I was really frustrated because all I could think about was how many other things I needed to be working on.  Things like preparing the greenhouse for fall planting, continuing to make progress acquiring the animals we needed, making further progress in having things settled inside the house,  getting our school plans up and running.  So I put all that aside and called tech support.  Just like in the video, someone with a strong Indian accent answered me.  It took 10 minutes for them to get my basic information (like my name and phone number) straight.  After that, she was ready to help me troubleshoot.  She instructed me to turn my computer off.  Through gritted teeth I explained (for the third time) that my computer would not start so it was already off!  She proceeded to walk me through a whole lot of steps (all unsuccessful) culminating in having me remove the side panel and start playing inside the tower.  After that also failed she explained that I would have to send it in for service.  I explained I was not willing to do that as I had just purchased it and had no intention of waiting a week or two to use a computer THAT I NEEDED NOW!

During this entire phone call I was able to keep my cool and humor by remember this clip of Tim Hawkins.  And by the way, CostCo is the best when it comes to returns and exchanges.  They took it back without any trouble and now we have another computer up and running.  Sure hope it stays that way!

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