Monday, February 7, 2011

Around The Homestead

Bella is smiling! She is still on a runner in the goat pen but is very happy with the goats and has a bed buddy in Andy. He snuggles right up to Bella at night and they seem to sleep well together. We have moved Tinker back into the goat pen. She is on a runner at the upper end of the pen and Bella is in the middle part. Buttons loves Tinker and they are bed buddies so it works out with each dog having a friend and watching over the whole herd together.

Tinker and Bella can get close to each other but not touch. This will help them get use to each other before being allowed off the runners.

I am hoping Hayley decides to move down to a stall to deliver. If not I hope for a easy healthy delivery as I don't see myself fitting into a igloo doghouse helping a goat in labor. She has Precious and Blackie giving her moral support.
I think with all the rain we had the past few days that all the goats want to stay up and away from all the mud. And we are getting more rain tonight and tomorrow. I may just join them up there!  The baby monitor is in place so I am able to hear how things are going in the goat pen. And since the dogs are both in the pen I am using another monitor. This one I reversed so I can talk to them and they can hear me. That way if they bark or I hear anything that I shouldn't I can speak to them without walking all the way out to the pen. There is no hitting a snooze button around here. With the monitor on I can hear all the goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, and dogs, letting me know they are hungry and its time for me to get outside. The minute they see the kitchen light go on their volume goes way up.
Andy is doing really well though he needs to learn to eat the hay and leave the straw bedding alone. Buttons is still waddling along. I think she still has a couple weeks but what do I know since I let the dang buck stay in the pen with them!

Things around the homestead are keeping me busy. Garden planning has started and seeds are being ordered. Herb garden is going to be bigger and better than ever this year so I am really excited. We have a chance of snow Thursday so am looking forward to that though I doubt it will be much if any. I ask if you would please keep my daughter Megan in your thoughts and prayers. She is having unexpected surgery today and is very upset. I know she is a strong young lady but sometimes we all feel like we have reached the end of our rope. Praying she comes through this well and her life is overflowing with blessings.   Wishing each of you a blessed day. Don't forget to count your blessings.... even those that are hidden and hard to find.


amelia said...

Poor Buttons is huge!! I hope she delivers soon for her sake!

Those baby monitors are amazing things and they must be invaluable for you with so many babies!!

The dogs look good and I hope you can soon let them off their runners and let them be free. I'm sure you'll know when the time is right.

You're quite a lady Peggy and if Megan has half the energy and life in her that you have I'm sure she'll be fine but wishing and hoping things will be fine anyway...

Anonymous said...

I'll be praying for Megan, Peggy.

What cute pictures today. That Andy is a sweetheart!

Busy, busy days for you on the farm. It's exciting to think of your herb garden. I love to smell fresh herbs!

Keeping you all close in my heart and prayers.

Granny said...

Sending prayers for Megan. I hope you don't have to crawl into that igloo to do your midwifing duties. lol

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Peggy, I will keep Megan in my prayers. She will be fine I'm sure.. She has her mother's tenacity in her!!!!!!

Glad you have those monitors--so that you can keep up with all of your babies...

Hope Buttons has her baby soon. She looks so uncomfortable...

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures! I have had to crawl into small and tight spaces to help a doe in labor but luckily we were able to get her out of the house and deliver in a not so tight space. Some even delivered on a big rock out in one of our pastures.


Ms Martyr said...

Saying a prayer for Megan. Hope the surgery goes well and is not going to keep her down for long.

Anonymous said...

Hi Peggy, Thinking of you and Megan this morning.

I caught Harriet and Magic sleeping together this morning. It's cooler than usual and they are really snuggling. It reminded me of Bella and Andy!

DayPhoto said...

Hope everything goes well for Megan!!