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We had some nifty storms last night as the sun set. Leaves and tiny branches are scattered about.
I counted the goslings this morning, all 6 are still with mom and pop, including the 7th that we did not count a few days ago. Last night I thought about the goose family, and what did I see when I looked? They seemed to be floating along on the pond. I suppose the wind really wasn’t as bad on the water and downhill.
We dealt with losing Internet signal a few times (hence the photo of the mighty blue modem), along with some dust. You can look at it. I have some dust in the general area, tee hee. It was wonderful to see all 4 of the steady green lights back on!
I used my phone for certain services, company email for one. I really need to sit down with it and determine just what I can and cannot do. Plan A in case of a real power outage.
Other than the glitch with the equipment, no power outage (just flickering), I have been working on the newsletter and answering email. We ran some chores this morning…boy does that get expensive these days!
If you wish to receive the email, the newsletter sign up button is located near the bottom of my site’s index page. The newsletter is published once a month, and possibly twice a month in the future. I try to keep it short.
Did you know that today’s Internet readers are considered scanners? Many readers do not want to read long text. Make it short, concise, and most people are happier. It is a fast paced world!
Take care…have a good Thursday evening!

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Does it look like something other than a goat to you? It is a young buckling, nearing a couple of weeks old, that develops quite the “beer belly,” well, more like a goat milk belly, each time he takes his bottle. The pic doesn’t even do the boy justice! He is a pig, a hog-cow as I call him.

Young goats, and all goats, will eat themselves to a serious state of illness if you let them. I always have my bottle kids on a schedule, which is part of the reason why I shun the sippy buckets, even though bottles are a tremendous amount of work for us.

Our schedule at this point includes 3 bottles a day (for 13 kids), aproximately 16 ounces each, no more than that (buddy)! This kid eats, and eats, and eats, until he is ready to pop. “Stick a fork in me, I am done,” is a perfect statement! But he does not think he is done.

The story behind this little fellow is he started his life in the barn on a very cold morning. His momma rejected him, but accepted the twin sister. We bottle fed him from that day forward. One day he took his bottle in his normal gusto fashion but could not walk immediately afterwards. He drug himself around unlike any youngster I have ever seen. I scooped him up for special house treatment. I determined it was pneumonia. The boy rattled, coughed, spit up mucous, but the fight for life was strong (which means a great deal in a goat). Today he is back to being a normal goat buckling, eating like a pig, and soon to move back to the barn (as soon as we have a less than 20 degree temperature variance, my rules).

Yes, I am the resident vet. Do I enjoy it? Yes. Do I feel frustrated by the chore? No. I feel frustrated when my house is dirty, and when the barn needs a serious mucking out, and when my routine is shattered. But all of that does not matter. I sacrifice for something greater than myself.

I do not want to bring up business today on one hand, this is the weekend, but I wanted to remind everyone in this circle of friends and customers that I do have a monthly newsletter. I try to include newsworthy items (related to farm sustainability, small business, etc…), and Annie’s Goat Hill news. This month I was a little short winded because my brain is still in the kidding fog, so bear with me. If you want to sign up for the newsletter, or if you wish to send a friend to sign up, the envelope (button) to sign up is located towards the bottom of my site index page: http://www.anniesgoathill.com/ . I appreciate the contact!

Before I sign off, it was late yesterday, and it definitely felt like a Friday. I looked out of the window above the sink as I washed kid goat milk supplies and felt warm and fuzzy, comfortable, and then I realized where part of the coziness was coming from. It was nearly 8:00 in the evening, and I could still see daylight. I saw the pair of geese, heard the beginnings of frogs, and saw the starting of green buds on the lilac bushes. It was wonderful, and this is what I saw:

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Huh…did you say a typo?????
Yep, I said a typo.
When you snooze, you lose.
For those that received their first newsletter today. Did you enjoy that it was from Annie’s Gaot Hill? Uh-huh…we raise gaots here. They are not quite like goats. A new species.
You know, I corrected that error several times. But, unfortunately, I guess I didn’t save my corrections.
Did you smile, get a laugh? I hope so!
Today’s shop soaps were lavender and honeysuckle. The curing rack is beginning to fill again. Spring anticipation! And if you want some special scents for spring yourself, let me know.
The husband, whom now says, “I am an employee that works for bologna sandwiches,” adjusted my cutter today. We have had shrinkage lately that I am not fond of. Bigger bars, shrinkage that means less soaps going to the Y discounted category in the Soap Store.
Speaking of Y discounted soaps, I am moving some lavender and honey oatmeal bars to the discounted section today. These are great bars of soap, averaging 3.5 ounces a bar.
Rainy day here…more to come.

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This is the view from my office window. Taken just minutes ago! How about that sunshine? What a change from this photo I took yesterday morning:

I have spring fever! The blue sky, bright sun, and the water dripping off of the trees and roofs from melted snow, not to mention, the sight of mud and brown grass, makes me have a lot of hope for the end of winter some day soon! We can be optimistic, right? We can have a lot warmer temperatures by the end of February? Right? Sure we can!

I do not have anything meaty to talk about today. No new soap. I decided to install the accounting program on the newest computer, thinking it would be a breeze. Nope, it needs an upgrade before I can begin. So, I am sitting here at 1:30 as the upgrade installs. Babysitting technology. Blah (as I stick out my tongue)!

What this will mean, though, is better customer receipts and quicker running programs. As I told my husband last week, “It will be done right!” Yes, ma’am!

Annie’s Goat Hill (AGH) will begin sending out an e-mail based newsletter in February. If you are interested, the subscription sign up box is located on the bottom of the AGH site index page. The news page also includes some outlined information regarding the newsletter. And, I am offering a one-time discounted coupon for signing up!

I am going to update the testimonials page this week. If you have any comments to add, please send me an email (anniesgoathill@localnet.com), or post a comment here. Very much appreciated!

I hope everyone is having a gorgeous day like this one in SW Ohio! Take Care!

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