Dancing Goat’s

I was able to get a few more goat pictures but they were not being very cooperative. When the goats get let out of their pen they have one thing on their mind and that is eating.

Some of the goats I have shown you before and others are new to the blog.

The black goat that has the white spots name is Valentine she was just bred for the first time.

The white goat that has the black spots is named Boney she is older and has had babies a few times before but is a good milker.  She too was just bred.

Clover is the brownest one with black and some white.

Buttercup is brown and white but has quite a bit of white. She is also the one standing by herself in the picture. I love the expression on her face it was like she was talking lol.

Clover and Buttercup will not be bred until the spring.

It appears that the goats were dancing in these pictures when all they were really doing was trying to reach the leaves on the cypress tree.

As you can tell these goats are well-fed thanks to buttercup showing off her pot belly.

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Eyes of the frogs

At our daughter and son in laws house in the pond, there are quite a few bullfrogs.

Jeanelle had told me to try and get close enough to take a picture because they seem to be fairly friendly. I was using my 400mm lens and was able to get this shot.

I call it “Eye of the Frogs” because all you see are the eyes.

Nature is all around us just waiting to be photographed at the perfect moment.

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Texas the goat

Texas is the new stud muffin at the little farm.

His hair that stands up on back of his neck and his goat beard make me laugh.

He has that typical male goat smell so, for now, he will be put in a pen that can be moved around. The first day he was there he bred two of the older females, Boney and Valentine. Those babies will be born around Valentines Day.

The younger goats Clover and Buttercup will not be breed until the springtime.

The other male goat Gruff is younger than Texas and does not stink quite yet.

The personalities of goats can always make you laugh.

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Scamper the miniature Hereford

Last weekend our daughter, her husband, and children went to pick up a registered miniature Hereford. Meet Scamper she is 19 months old.

She is halter broke, very friendly and has been getting to know her new surroundings. She and the goats seem to be okay with each other. Andrew has actually walked her a few times this is how gentle she is.

As a miniature, she will not get any taller just stockier. She will top out with a weight at 650# – 850#s.

I am looking forward to more photo sessions with Scamper.

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Life after the storm

A week ago Friday none of us knew exactly what Harvey would do to Texas.

We knew what the news reporters were saying but half the time they are wrong. In your gut, you want to believe what they are saying but the week before we were supposed to get rain and never did.

Harvey left an imprint on Texas that will never be forgotten.
Harvey changed peoples lives forever.

Many lost their lives, their homes, their pets and all their belongings.

Horses and cattle drown as the flood waters rose and they could not be moved out quickly enough.

Peoples whose houses have never flooded were now flooded for the first time.

Driving down Wellborn street in Brookside Village in Texas everyone’s belongings are out on the street. Clear Creek backed up into many homes in this neighborhood. If I was guessing at a number I would say 300 homes are destroyed but it could be more.

Piles of sheetrock cut 4 ft up as per the instructions of insurance. Appliance after appliance sitting on the curb. Cars, trucks, and SUVs with so much moisture on the windows on the inside you know they were under water.

This was only one neighborhood of many but it was my sister & her families neighborhood.
The sheetrock has been torn down to the rafters. This home has very few floors left in it. Half of all their belongings, memories, and keepsakes are sitting on the curb.

These kinds of things take months to repair and get back like it was prior to this flood.

It will never be the same because now you feel vulnerable to mother nature.
Emotionally it takes a toll on you, your life and most of all your spirit.

Long days of working, little sleep and exhaustion start to set in and everyone just can not think anymore.

What room do you start putting back together first?

It is so overwhelming to see and I saw it yesterday with my own eyes for the first time since the storm.

There were so many areas of Texas affected by Harvey, so many neighborhoods destroyed, lives taken and peoples spirit broken.

The road to recovery will be long but in the end, everyone will be stronger.

Everyone will get their spirits back again, be able to take a deep breath and get back to their normal lives it will just take time.

Houston we have a sunrise

We had over 30″ of rain over the course of a few days from Harvey.

It never even came close to coming in our house. When we built many years ago my father n law told us to put a 2-foot slab and we did and built the land up. Everything drained really well around here.

Some roads in our area were not passable. The stores are closed but some are supposed to reopen today.

My mom’s house took on water from it falling too fast first time ever for this to happen. My sister’s house took on water from a nearby creek causing everyone issues.

Our daughter’s house got water in the mud room. detached garage, carport, and apartment. Not in the actual house. All the animals are doing okay just a little stressed from being cooped up when they are used to roaming. The water is going down it just takes a long time when this much has fallen. We figure they got about 36″.

Things are materialistic and can be replaced. Human Life is the most important thing and our family is blessed everyone is safe and okay.

Houston we have a sunrise. Normally we take our sunrises for granted but when you have not seen once since last Friday morning it is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

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Harvey Update # 2

Well, today is Sunday Harvey made landfall on Friday evening and were still seeing the effects from it.

Here at our house in Manvel, Texas in Brazoria County over the last few days our rain totals are at 13″+ our rain gauge was over flowing this morning so who knows it was probably more.

Our daughter’s house is more like 18″. They have moved animals several times first the barn flooded, then the carport flooded, then the garage flooded.  Even her school room flooded. So far the house is high and dry but their yard the entire 4 acres looks like a lake with the house on a small island.

The goats hate the water and so do the chickens. Their dogs hate the bad weather.

Our daughter, her husband,  the kids, and all the animals will probably end up at our house. We can put all the animals on the back porch and they will all be high and dry.

We are staying put and not trying to leave there is no point since our water is draining just fine. I would rather be in our house if the water gets really high than stuck on a road in a car.

The best thing any of us can do is try to remain calm, stay positive and pray for the best.

Hang in there Texas hopefully, this ends soon.