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!
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!