Saturday, October 24, 2009

Marbles..goat or is he Tigger?

Marbles, our 5 week old kid goat, makes me think of Winnie the Pooh's friend Tigger so very often. I even get the Tigger song in my head, "They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy fun, fun, fun, fun, fun. But the most wonderful things about Tiggers, is I'm the only one."

Marbles bounces and jumps, on whatever is around. On his mother, Martha, on the wall, me, hay bales. He has a zest for life. Most of our animals have a great zest for life, but Marbles tops them at the moment. You can't help but laugh as you watch him. He even has a habit of hurdling over Martha when they are outside. I think just because he can. Why not? It is good to embrace what we can do when we can do it, right? I don't think he'll be able to bounce that high forever. But if he can, we'll think about a circus act.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Snow...on Oct 13th?!

Now, we love snow...just not in early or even mid-October. The forecast said it was coming, but it was still a shock to awake to 3 inches of snow on the ground and it still coming down. Makes a farmer think they are way behind, then you remember that it is only early October. We should have some warm fall days for growing and getting ready for winter.

Fortunately, for most of our fall crops the snow is much easier to handle than hail. And the animals have gotten over it...for the most part. Pigs don't mind, but the chickens had a very quiet morning, trying to avoid stepping in the snow at all costs. The rest of us are looking forward to some sunny fall days and THEN a very snowy winter.