More goats on the farm

Our daughter and her husband drove 7 hours to pick up 2 more registered Nigerian dairy goats

One grown one already had babies and still has milk she will be bred again in August. Our daughter can practice milking on this goat 1 x a day because she still has milk. The other one was just bred and should have her babies in December. I said, babies, because most goats have multiples.

While they were there they went ahead and bought a buck and they were given a wether to keep the buck company. They say wethers make really good pets.

Now they have a total of 7 goats. I think that will be all the goats for now because some will be having babies and others will be bred when they are old enough.

I hope to get some pictures of them next week to share.

Connections

I was outdoors bright and early Monday morning taking pictures with my Canon 400 mm lens. If I had been out there with any other lens these shots would not have been possible.

While I was shooting a fence post and barbed wire out of the corner of my eye I saw something run past me but about 3 acres over. I looked up and low and behold it was a deer a very large buck. Of course, my camera was not set to be shooting towards the sun but I just started shooting. I had no time to check settings change them or even review the pictures I was taking.

Then all of a sudden here came another buck this one was younger and his rack was not as big as the older one. I was able to take about 12 pictures before they left, of course, my favorites were when they were together.

We see deer here on occasion but normally it is a couple of doe or a doe and a fawn but never bucks and much less never two of them.

In fact, it has been several months since we have seen any deer at all. My husband and I recently talked about it and wondered where they were all hiding.

Over the last week, there have been so many signs right in front of me. There have been lots of butterflies in all colors some I have never seen before, Cardinals, and many bird feathers in a specific order certain colors each day.

All of these things I noticed and even spoke to my sister and my cousin about it. I felt like all these things were my dad trying to get my attention.

When the deer came along it was like a giant billboard flashing right in front of me.

I honestly feel like my dad was trying to tell me he is around and he is always watching over me. At the same time, I think he wanted me to know he sees everything that is going on.

The connections we feel to our deceased loved ones are there as long as we pay attention to the signs.

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Finally

After a 3-week delay finally our daughter and her husband signed papers on their house this past Friday.

This was not a delay on their part it was actually a few complications that the title company did not find until the day before the first signing date. Let’s just say someone was not doing their job and then went on vacation.

The kids knew nothing about the house so it was a total surprise to them. Andrew had 3 things on his wish list for a house that was that it have stairs, a fireplace and a pond he got all 3 so he was so excited.

Karina seemed to turn into an instant real estate agent when we went there later that day. Want to see mine and sissy’s room, my bathroom, Andrew and Adrian’s room. Want to see the kitchen, my backyard the pond lol. She wanted us to see it all right then and it was a fast room to room tour. No dip dallying that’s for sure.

All four kids are sleeping great in the new house. Since the little one was pretty picky about where he slept were all excited he is sleeping at night and taking his naps.

There is a lot of work to be done. Lots of fences and pens to be built for goats, dogs, and chickens.
The pond will be fenced off from the kids, the house will be fenced off from the road even though it sits back about 2 acres back from the road. There will be a goat pen and a dog pen. Then there will be a chicken coop.

I am so glad they finally have their dream home in the country on land where they can have their little farm with animals and a garden.

Our daughter and her family

Yesterday we spent the day with our youngest daughter and her family.

The kids swam in a big pool we bought them screaming like crazy playing sharks, crabs, and dolphins. The baby swam in a plastic tub so he did not get overtaken by the 3 wild sharks.

Our son in law David spent 4+hours trimming on one of our 35+-year-old oak trees. There were some limbs on top of the house that needed to go badly then he started trimming up the rest. If that was not enough he cut the bigger pieces up into smaller pieces for the firepit and the smoker. The old tree looks amazing now with its new haircut.

Jack and Andrew hauled off the rest of the limbs to the burn pile. Andrew is 6 years old and he is quite good at driving the lawnmower and trailer around.

I power washed the landscape rocks around 4 large flower beds and then power washed the sides and front of the house. The back of the house and the back porch will have to be another day. After all this work I required a nap lol. Dragging around a gasoline power washer is tough.

I realized it is time to paint again and since I always pick two new colors I have to start thinking about what color we will do. If the roof was not brown I would pick gray for sure.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, our youngest daughter was making homemade pizza in 2 of my super large sheet pans. There was enough left over pizza to last for days. That will make the kiddos happy.

We are so grateful to have them and their family in our lives they live nearby so that makes it even more special because we get to see the kids often.

We are very appreciative of Davids help he has done so much to help us out through the last 8 years he sees what needs to be done and just does it.

It is very important to always give people credit for the things they do for you.

Be thankful for the people in your life that want to be there and you’ll never miss the ones who aren’t.