December has been such a busy month! Stories keep piling up as I stay too busy (or too sick depending on the week) to type them up for you. So, I will try and give a synopsis of events.
First, the barn saga. We bought a metal barn building because it could be put up so quickly. We got footers poured in record time, then waited and waited for the barn. It turned out the company had over-booked itself, and had work crews that quit and they were scrambling to get enough workers to put up all the buildings they had lined up. Communication was a bit poor, so we got really frustrated, but it is now up and we are very happy with it. And it was fast, just not as fast as we wanted. 6 weeks from ordering we had our barn, so it’s a good idea to plan for that, no matter what anyone tells you. We are very happy with the barn and the job the work crew did. They were extremely careful not to drop screws or metal pieces because of the goats, and they spent a lot of time combing the ground for debris that may have dropped. I haven’t found anything since they left, so they did a really good job! Now we just have to do the inside up the way we want, with loafing areas, stalls for kidding or sick goats, a hay loft, milk room, etc. I will work on that today.
As soon as the barn was done I went to get hay. The boys wanted to help, they love the tall stacks of hay that go up 20 feet or more at the farm we buy from. The dad of the guy that now runs the family farm was there to load for us and he loved having the boys out trying to help move those bales. At one point he needed to toss down a couple more bales and he told the kids to stand clear. JJ, with his usual obliviousness to what is going on around him, dove right under the falling bale, crumpling as the weight of a 65lb. bale of hay crashed onto his head. He disappeared under it as we all started hollering and rushing to him. I pulled off the bale of hay as he sat up, swaying slightly and dazed. He was fine, but boy did he give us a scare!
With Christmas fast approaching we have been busy decorating the house and unpacking. Finding everything after we put it away is another adventure in itself, but we are settling into our new home. We really enjoy the back deck and the pool area; it is so pretty and peaceful out there! We hung lights and garland to make it festive, and have pulled out all our decoration for inside as well. The kids are doing a great job helping keep up with indoor and outdoor chores, though we spent the last 2 weeks ill with flu and colds. We are starting to get better, and I hope we stay that way the rest of the year!
Dolly, one of the baby goats, got to go on a photo shoot for Christmas. She was so cute, but she didn’t think much of being away from Momma.
Paul-kitty, our resident best-mouser/rat/squirrel/mole/bird catcher, played with the photo props. I tried to get him to pose for pictures, but he only wanted to investigate the camera 🙂 Have a good Christmas, friends!