Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy

We have a new set of Nigora kids, born just last night.  It is a set of does, which totally goes against my game plan!  My plan has been to have, in the long, run 5 or 6 wethers (neutered males) to keep for their wonderful fiber!  Wethers are so much easier to feed and house and you don't have to be concerned about a breeding schedule or finding a male that is not too related to your does!  You also don't have to spend sleepless nights, sure that the doe is in labor only to have her calmly stand up and quietly eat hay in your face at 2am!

Wethers are generally a friendly lot, happy to get along with others for the most part, does can be very bossy with others!  Wethers will give you a lovely fleece with no signs of damage from being busy growing babies. with does you have to make sure they are getting enough to do both jobs.  With wethers there is no temptation to milk them even one little bit, with newly freshened goat milk on the farmette, call me crazy, but I am tempted just a little bit, it may have the secondary effect of making this momma a little more people friendly!  CRAZY!

Last year my friend Linda and I had 2 little bucklings each, which gave me hope that I was well on my way to completing my plan of action.  this year we both had 2 little doelings each!  Arrrgh!

 I texted Lou Ann and Linda during the birthing process.









First out was this little charmer....... I got to help pull a bit.........

Next up was this little cutie, I caught her before she hit the ground cause momma was standing up!

I did a quick check and told the girls on the other end of the texts, that it looked like it was 2 does this year.



Within minutes Linda texted back, are you going to keep them?

I looked at myself covered in, well you know, and looked at these cuties and thought of all the trouble they were going to cause me and said "Probably, but I need a new plan!"

Happiness, Tina

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Suds

I got a text from my big brother the other day.

"Do you use homemade soap?  If so where do you get it?  Your sister wants to know."

I thought this a very strange text, and I was getting ready to answer it when my sister chimed in.

"Ignore him. LOL!!!"

I don't know what the joke is, so I responded to my brother.

"You can google it!"

He responded with...

"Thank you she did but it doesn't tell if you use it!" (smiley face)

I wrote him back and said that I have used homemade soaps on occasion, (or I should say hand made soaps as I don't make it myself)  but they generally are too scented for me.

A week passed, and I was rummaging through the cupboard looking for soap.  We had run out of the pears soap I usually get from the dollar store, so I was a bit desperate.  Way back on the lower shelf was a plastic baggie with a bar of handmade soap in it.  Whew, I thought  I hope it isn't to scented, but it was all I had at the moment.

I sniffed the baggie first and didn't detect any scent, which raised my hopes a bit.  I opened the package and found that it was indeed made without added scent.  The smell of the soap was very promising, it was well, a clean smell.  It is probably made with goats milk, and I have to tell you that I am in love with it's creamy goodness.


After a couple of days, when I was sure it was love, I shot off a text to the two of them...

"That being said, I pulled this one out of the cupboard this week, probably goats milk soap, and of course I have no idea where it came from, but I love it's creamy unscented goodness!"

(I still don't know what their joke was.)

Tina