Monday, December 18, 2017

Goats, Squirrels, Bird feeders and a very Special Gift Oh my! :-)

Our goats Annabelle and Ruby have been such a joyous addition to our family. They are always so happy to see us :-)

The other week we got a dusting of snow, but it was quite warm afterwards so it wasn't lasting long. 
We thought it was the perfect day to get their little house all cleaned out and fresh straw laid.
They were quite curious so I had to distract them so Jerry could get started, I think I had the easy part that day, lol.

We started a compost area so it will all break down and we can use it in the Spring time for our garden beds.

Being a fairly new goat owner I joined a Facebook group to share stories, suggestions etc. with others and a few people had mentioned about covering the holes in the spools the goat's play on so they wouldn't fall through it and break a leg. I was so thankful for that advice because it wasn't something that had occurred to me prior to that.

Jerry cut some old plywood he had and covered the holes to be sure they were safe. They aren't just farm animals to use, they are family ;-)

He also built that awesome bench in the background for them and us to enjoy spending time with them.

         All set and ready to go for a safe playtime! As you can see Annabelle loves to run and jump!
This is a video from my YouTube channel which I plan to add more videos to in the upcoming year. :)



                                                                     Love these two!!!

                                                         "Hey mom whatcha doin?' ;-)

                                 All settled in nice, warm and dry with some hay to eat :-)

                     Then I took a few moments to just enjoy more of the beauty in my yard :-)

                Jerry built another bird feeder so we could see them when we sit in the sunroom. :-)

Well quite clearly this little squirrel thinks we built it for him and he's been in his glory feasting ever since. Even runs down with a mouthful and hand fulls and buries it in a hole nearby, lol.

My dear friend for over 20 years sent me this beautiful jewelry box that plays Amazing Grace and also this beautiful butterfly necklace in memory of my mom. I'll treasure it always, really means a lot to me.

We went out to do some last minute Christmas shopping this past weekend and I made sure to grab a family selfie. Love these 3 more than words can say!

And just for a little laugh I had to share this...... lol, having 5 dogs I know this wish of theirs all too well! That and waiting for us to throw the tennis balls to them.



mamasmercantile said...

What a joy to see the video, such fun.

Anonymous said...

Your goats are so cute. Love the video of Kathleen running with them. Wonderful family photo. I have many butterfly items in my home in memory of my mother and a piece of jewelry that is a butterfly made with my parents wedding rings and mine and my husband's wedding rings. I know this first Christmas without your mother is hard. God bless you with sweet memories and the peace that she is spending her first Christmas in Heaven. xo

Red Rose Alley said...

Your goats are sweet, Jill. Jerry sure looks like a hard worker. You live in such a lovely area.....and you got some snow! Oh, that mischievous squirrel. I see them around here all the time.

Merry Christmas to you, Jill, and that is a wonderful family picture.


Red Rose Alley said...

ps...I love Kathleen's yellow rain boots. I want some! haha

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Such a darling post, Jill. I love the sweet video of your daughter with your cute goats. Have a wonderful week leading up to Christmas! ♥

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Those are cute goats! And that's a great family selfie!

Carla from The River said...

I so enjoyed your post. The goats are so sweet. I just love the relationship you have with your family.
Wishing you a lovely Christmas,

Debbie Harris said...

What an adorable posting!! That video was darling, thank you for sharing it with us.
I hear goats can be a lot of fun and it looks like you have a lovely place with lots of property for then to run and play.

Merry Christmas Blessings to you, dear lady~

Barb said...

Hi Jill!

What fun to have those cute little goats to play with!! I love the video of, Kathleen playing with Annabelle, so adorable! I think it's wonderful to have pets, they really do add something special to your family. Most of the farmers around where I live have goats, especially if they have horses. They say goats, keep disease away from horses and other farm animals...maybe it's an old wife's tale, who knows, but they claim it works!

Your place looks so peaceful with all the beautiful trees and that little skiff of snow.

What a nice friend to send such a beautiful gift, just gorgeous!

Your family selfie is beautiful, love the Santa hats!!

Have a very merry Christmas, Jill!!

Hugs and Love,

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Your new 'family members' are so precious, Jill, and I know they will be spoiled and pampered in their new home! Love all the pretty photos, especially with the sun beaming through the trees. I am so glad to see that you allow the squirrels, too - they are so fun to watch. Your new necklace is so pretty and such a thoughtful gift. Holidays are so hard without our loved ones. Your love of family shines through in all your posts. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and the New Year brings many blessings to you and your family. Hugs xo Karen

McVal said...

What adorable goats!!! We had goats growing up too and then we had a couple new kids at one point. We named them Ebony and Ivory. That would probably tell you what year too... ;) Well, if you knew that song.