New Year catch-up

It really has been awhile.  I can’t believe that I have been absent for so long from the blog!  The end of 2017 came and went, and it feels as though the winter is picking up speed and galloping toward the finish line, faster and faster.  Or maybe that is just wishful thinking!

The more daylight we find ourselves with, the happier I am, though.  I don’t get seasonal affective disorder or anything, but it’s just cheery to look up and realize it’s 5 PM and the sky isn’t as black as night.  I know what comes next in the weather department can be the worst of the winter, but it won’t be long.  Spring will show up one of these days!

Twig, waiting for some love pats

Our winter program for the goats has been going along fairly well, although we have had some trouble with the electrical supply to keep the water buckets from freezing.  Hopefully we can upgrade that once the weather gets warmer so that we don’t have these issues next year.  The brutal cold spell that we had earlier on in the winter is mercifully just a memory now, and we all have our fingers crossed for more middle of the road winter weather for the rest of the season.

We are, of course, beginning the countdown to goat babies.  Pippi and Saffron have the earliest dates, round about March 23.  Our only real wild card is Edna…  she must have been in stealth breeding mode, as I never caught her in heat or even with the buck.  But she looks like she has a very nice baby bump coming along, so we just have to watch her.  Everyone is looking very healthy, thankfully.  Peanut and Twig are as sweet as ever, providing a lot of cuddle opportunities every day.

And so it goes.  I am just about up and around after a good 10 days of the Type A flu.  Being asthmatic, I try to be especially careful, but this really caught me off-guard.  It was a particularly bad one.  Wishing everyone a very belated Happy New Year!

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16 thoughts on “New Year catch-up”

  1. So glad you are back to blogging. Also, very glad you have recovered from the flu. Lots to look forward to with the arrival of kids and of longer days.

  2. The flu has been awful this year! It is always good to hear from you and see photos of the goats. 🙂 Some winters just seem longer, darker and harder than others. This year has been a difficult one at our house,too. Take care! Joanne

  3. Happy New Year! Seems the ‘New Year’ would be SO MUCH more appreciated if it came once the light started to arrive. I too am deeply grateful for bright skies at 5 o’clock! Hugs to Peanut and Twig!

  4. That dear, sweet little face! Who wouldn’t want to cuddle? Frozen water is the pits, isn’t it? We have to keep a light on in the pump house just to keep all the whirligigs and whatnots from freezing – leaving us with no water from our well Sure hope you haven’t run into that fiasco! Happy coming Spring!! 🙂
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  5. I also took a social media break and recently recovered from pneumonia…so much to be grateful for when wellness finds us again isn’t there?! Longer days and new life on the farm are extra appreciated. It is lovely to reconnect. Here’s to finding joy in the little things!!

  6. Oh, Nina! Sorry to hear about your bout with the flu! That can really knock you down.
    I thought I had the flu too, but it turned out to be pneumonia. Still in recovery mode, but much, much better.
    Hope you are 100% soon!
    Barbara

  7. We were all just saying that we had not seen you post and were kinda worried. Glad to see you posting again. We’ve had a few go- around with flu here in NJ Mom was in hospital for about a week and Scott was down for almost 2 weeks… takes a while to rebound from it. One of our heater waterers froze up and fixing it when it was 10 degrees was not fun. Looking forward to more goat stories and hope spring is soon!! Take care

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