Sound the trumpets

The Angel Trumpet is coming back from the winter and is full of life. This plant is about 2 1/2 ft. tall and has had 2- 3 blooms a day for the last week.

The blooms are a bright white and in the morning the dew dances across the petals as the soft light shines upon them.

I love taking pictures in our yard in the early morning and capturing the details of the flowers with my macro lens.

Nature and her beauty makes each day a little brighter and will always put a smile on your face.

 

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Buttercup the goat

This is Buttercup the goat she was bought at the same time as Princess.

When buying these little goats even though they are registered it is very important to view pictures of the farms first before putting down large deposits. This is a lesson our daughter has learned the hard way.

These babies were very small probably 7 pounds at the most when they were picked up. This past Sunday we weighed them and they were 9.5#s and that was after getting a lot of grain, hay and goat supplement milk replacer.

Our cat Mr. Bird weighs about 16#s to give you an example of how tiny these little goats are. He is actually taller than they are.

Buttercup was taken to the vet because she was coughing badly and she was diagnosed with pneumonia from being in overcrowded conditions at her previous home.

She is fine now fine and they are both getting daily injections of antibiotics for 5 days. Giving shots is not easy to goats they scream like a child.

We have been taking extra precautions since the little goats were sick to make sure they stay healthy and continue to grow properly.

Buttercup loves to run, jump and climb on the tires and even sleep inside the tires. The children are leash training the goats and they are all doing quite well.

I am now considering getting my own goats but do I want to keep them here or at our home or our daughter’s house with her hers I have to think about this.

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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.

 

 

 

Through the fields

 

In the afternoon the light is more golden than the morning, the pasture of Bahia grass appears to be a bright golden color.

As the wind blows the stalks of grass they seem to move gracefully across the 30 acres.

Everything is quiet and the day is so peaceful as the sun begins to set.

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Texas hills

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Wanderlust.

Just about 3 hours from where we currently live is a little bit of Texas beauty.

Texas landscape changes a lot depending on what county you are in. Brazoria county is sort of flat plain and has a lot of trash trees. Once you get into Grimes county the landscape changes.

Near Navasota, Bryan and College station the landscape is hilly and that makes a landscape breathtaking.

I spotted this huge pond but part of it had a walkway across it with dirt and grass.  I am not sure what the horses and cows would do when there is a traffic jam I guess someone has to jump off and swim. Neither one would be so good at backing up on the skinny island walkway.

I am tired of the noise of heavy equipment that we hear every day due to development in the area, traffic jams, and busy stores. The area we live in now is not the same as it used to be I guess things change after almost 39 years.

Maybe we will retire in the hills on some acreage where life is simple, laid back and relaxing. A place where nature is all around us and the grass seems greener. Beautiful views without all the distractions. We can take a deep breath breathe clean air and see miles and miles of countryside.

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Clover the goat

Yesterday our daughter Jeanelle her 11-month-old baby Adrian and I took off on a road trip to Waco, Texas.

We were on a mission to pick up Nigerian Dairy Goat # 1 of 3 that our daughter and son in law have already bought for their little farm.

I do believe that goat #2 and #3 will be picked up later this week. That will be another road trip in a different direction.

While at the farm our daughter was able to find out a bunch of information about raising dairy goats. She had been researching this for a good while but someone in the business can give you information and advice you may not find elsewhere.

She even got to taste goat milk and goat milk ice cream. She said they both were very good. She said the milk is a little bit thicker than whole milk but had no after taste. We learned that what you feed them is what determines the taste.

I was busy occupying Adrian which can be somewhat of a challenge sometimes he was trying to get down and crawl around and I knew I had to hold him. He did very well on the 3-hour trip there and 3-hour trip back and even managed to take 3 naps because he was bored.

The baby goats name is  Clover she is 8 weeks old and she is a triplet and was the smallest one. All they goats they are getting will be registered.

Andrew named her when he saw her. The girls will name the other two goats and no telling what they will come up with.

She cried in the back of the suburban for 30 minutes straight because she missed her family, home, and security. After that, she settled down and would make a few peeps but she was not bad at all. She sure was glad to get out of the dog kennel when we got back. She is very sweet and did eat out of all the kid’s hands which they all loved.

Here are a few pictures I was able to get but I hope I can get some better ones as she settles down a little bit this was right after she got out of the kennel.

Here at home, my husband had Andrew, Karina, and Sophia for the day. They made chocolate chip cookies, played fetch with Daisy, played outside, colored pictures of farm animals and watched some tv. This gave them some special Pappy time.

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