Goat Drama: Part I

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Like watching a train wreck, time seemed to slow down almost to a standstill as I watched Vin’s sharp back hooves hurtling towards my face.

I saw it coming.

I was anticipating the pain.

But somehow, I managed to dodge it right at the last possible moment. It sure was a close call though, with the wind whipping past my left ear from the force of her kick.

I can’t say I blame her though. Vin should be delivering her first kid (or kids) any day now, and the poor thing just looked miserable, waddling around the pasture — nearly as wide as she was tall. And to top it all off, I’d just discovered that she was fighting a heated battle with mastitisContinue reading “Goat Drama: Part I”

Waiting

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I love springtime.

The sunshine, the rain, the birds, the blossoms…

Everything just seems so full of life and potential. I mean, just take a good close look at the nearest apple tree or lilac bush. Those little green buds are practically bursting at the seams. They just can’t wait to get started!

Step outside for a second and take a good deep breath. I swear that even the air itself is excited. Can’t you feel it? It makes me want to run and jump around like a crazy little bull calf!

But y’know one thing I don’t like about springtime?

WAITING! Continue reading “Waiting”

An Unexpected Visitor

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I was just kinda staring at the ground, somewhat absent-mindedly kicking pebbles and dodging piles of cat poo — (which are cropping up all over the place, now that the snow is melting) — as I meandered on over to the dog kennel the other morning.

It was turning out to be a gorgeous spring day. But, if truth be told, I wasn’t paying much attention to my surroundings; I was mostly thinking about the delicious stack of buttery pancakes I’d just pounded for breakfast…

That being said, you can imagine my surprise when I discovered a full-grown Canada goose standing right between me and the chicken coop, wings flaired, every feather ruffled, hissing as menacingly as the devil himself.

Stopped me dead in my tracks! Continue reading “An Unexpected Visitor”

¡Quiquiriquí!

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At first glance, Friday morning seemed completely mundane.

No surprises.

Nothing out-of-the-ordinary.

Like most days, I was awakened by the throaty cock-a-doodle-doo-ing of our rooster, Ricky. A few minutes later, after rolling out of bed and putting on my hat and boots and coat to go outside, everything still seemed to be so familiar.

Just a plain old, run-of-the-mill morning.

As usual, the moment I stepped out the back door with a bucket of cat food, I was completely mobbed by our half-wild farm cats. The cud-chewers were pleased as punch to get their hay and grain. And Ryu took off running like a maniac the minute I opened his kennel door.

Like I said, everything seemed so typical.

It wasn’t until I had meandered on over to the chicken coop to give the old chooks some fresh water, that I noticed something was different… Continue reading “¡Quiquiriquí!”