Friday, November 25, 2011

a thankful heart

a few of the love and joys of my life
Because it was never promised that we would go through life without difficulty, pain, hardship and without tears...we are however, promised unconditional love. Love when we feel we aren't deserving, love when we're lonely or too weary to show it in return and even love when we're angry, hurt or resentful. 
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 3:4-7
With my heart now comforted I think I'll sink back in my favorite chair, under a cozy throw and enjoy a few more sips of hot tea. Discovering joy through out the journey, no matter how rocky the road, is a priceless find!

Monday, November 14, 2011

a goat nanny for the week..

Mr Cash and the girls, Maple & Lilly
So what does a goat farmer do when asked if they would allow their buck to service a couple of sweet little does...well, I cleared out a paddock and said, bring in the girls! I knew Mr Cash would be delighted at the first whiff. And this time of year, he can smell a fertile female from a long ways away!  Mr Cash is a handsome Chamoisee French Alpine with a black dorsal. His black dorsal really has some height to it and the scur that grew back, after the dehorning, looks like a neatly arranged horn hat that sits perfectly between his erect ears. Quite irresistible to a couple of does I would think. He urinates on his face and curls his lip with the anticipation of the girls entering his paddock - it's possibly heaven on earth for Mr Cash. The girls were not nearly as excited as Mr Cash, they were ready for home at the very moment they arrived. And so my goat nannying days began...doing all I can to make a couple of frightened girls feel welcome and at home. In no time at all, Mr Cash was quickly put in his place..anxious or not..the girls were in charge! And without hesitation, Mr Cash complied. He eats when the girls are done and escorts them on strolls around the paddock, he stands patiently in line at the water trough and waits his turn to bask in the sunshine on the favorite patch of clover..he may be a goat but he's also a gentleman. He sure has lightened the load of my goat nanny duties. And now that the girls have completely adjusted to Mr Cash and our routine, it's time for them to head home. Mr Cash did his job and the girls will be mama's to some pretty little Alpine kids come Spring.

Mr Cash and his horn hat

the babies are here!

 9 perfectly shaped pink noses, 36 precious little paws and all the sweet puppy breath that I could ever dream of...all made their way into the world on Nov 9. Reina takes her mama job very seriously, many humans could take a lesson or 2 from her. It's a beautiful thing to watch! Soon enough they will be the guardians they were born to be but for now..they'll snuggle with mama and sleep the day away. Darling aren't they?!