Words

Sometimes you wait and wait and the words just never come to help you express how you are feeling. This last month my heart wanted to tell the world how one special goat’s love had given me so many blessings, but the words would not come. Time is passing so I woke up today and decided I just had to do the best I could do.

We lost our sweet Jeff on November 4th. He had led a great and long life. But, for me life just won’t be the same.

Jeff was the very first goat I ever owned and it was love at first sight. He was delivered and left his secure loving home of being a show goat to a sweet little girl. He was pretty sweet and had the company of three donkeys at the time who happily took him in as their new friend . He was the cutest thing and loved to come in the yard with me and just hang out. Soon he got new goat friends and new donkey friends. Then a few of his donkey friends had babies much to his delight. Once the babies were born Jeff was always near by and he seemed to want to be their protector along with their moms. One night our precious donkey baby Andy, who was only a few weeks old, suddenly lost his mom. When we woke the next morning to such a tragedy we noticed that Jeff was laying right with baby Andy keeping him warm and tying to console this infant donkey. That night a bond was formed and for every single night until the night he died he continued to sleep with Andy the donkey. He took over the mothering role and Andy who had lost his donkey mom gained a goat mom. The two were always together and especially at night Jeff held the “mother” title for Andy.

Andy is doing ok and has his other goat friends, but I can’t but help think that every evening he might miss his dearest goat friend…

As for me, my heart is still full of tears for my precious Jeff. I love all my farm animals, but sometimes you have a friend that has found a special spot in your heart. Jeff will be with me forever, but I really miss his affection.

I really cannot say good-bye yet sweet Jeff. I love you! Thank you for giving me the gift of you. You were the ultimate grandfather of them all…

Andy and I stayed with Jeff for hours giving him loving and comfort and holding him until his journey was over. Andy would come and go, but for the most-part Andy hung right there with me and occasionally he would lick and nudge Jeff.  It really was a day of love and me learning that animals are so much smarter than we even imagine and they can very much express love and saddness.

Wildflowers 2016

Well, April is nearly over and my rush to take hundreds of wildflower photos simply never happened this year. In fact, I never made it to the country roads to even look around to see where they were blooming the best. We have had so much rain this April which is good, but it seems between the rain and my calendar I could just never get it together. I did manage a few photos of whatever was around … [Read More...]

Newly Born

This sweet little bull calf was born on Saturday. He had to have some help being delivered so his mom came to barn to deliver. Watched her clean him up, get him on his feet and watched her learn the ropes as a first time mom. It took her a little bit to get the nursing thing down, but once she got the hang of it we had one happy mom and baby. Love happy endings! Mama even allowed me to love on her … [Read More...]

Spring Calves

We have lots of new beautiful babies at the farm. This one is especially special. Her mama is sick and unable to feed her. She is now with a new mama who lost her calf. We are crossing fingers for a match made in heaven! Newborn cow babies are so very precious. I get goosebumps when simply looking at each "fresh-born" baby. … [Read More...]

Wordless Wednesday

Purple Love! … [Read More...]

Many Faces of Orphan Andy

Our Orphan Andy is just the best little donkey. He has a personality as big as the world. I just wish he could speak in human words because he would have so much to impart to us. Our feelings are strong as he lost his lovely mom at 20 days old and we have loved him devotedly. He was bottle fed and raised by a family member who raises goats for the stock show. Then he came home to us and the other … [Read More...]

Cow Babies Are Back

The "baby" pasture has been very busy this week! I think when I counted yesterday there were around nine or ten new babies. What a happy time here at the farm. The babies give us much joy and I spend lots of time just standing and watching the fun. Nothing cuter than little cow babies to put a smile on ones face and to make the world right. This beautiful baby was born about 4 hours before I … [Read More...]

Possumhaw

The farm is a world of winter brown. Our Possumhaw is the only bit of color every winter. It brings joy and the impending hope of spring and we enjoy it immensely. It is the simple things that we really remember and that impact our lives... … [Read More...]

Texas Touch

We have a new "visitor" at the farm. His name is "Texas Touch" and actually he has been visiting the girls for about a month. All the girls have been AI (artificially inseminated) so now Texas Touch is visiting just in case the AI did not take with any of the cows. I have been watching him for the last couple of weeks when I have been trimming around the oak trees in the pastures. The cows all … [Read More...]

Wordless Wednesday

Winter Sunsets at farm can compete with summer ones any day!   … [Read More...]

Looking Cute

Goose is looking really adorable in his hunting attire! He belongs to Son #1. He is a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. He is a very sweet and gentle family dog and loves to visit the farm. Those eyes are always talking to you- he is so darn cute! … [Read More...]

Sing To My Babies

It was a lovely weekend at the farm. It has been cold and rainy for much of the last couple of months. That makes it so much NOT fun to enjoy hiking, working and enjoying the animals. Last week I cleaned the farmhouse so I would be ready for the two nice days predicted by the weatherman. Sure enough- we got our warm weather. I cleaned the roads of trash, cleaned up yard of branches and twigs that … [Read More...]

We Will Remember the Alamo Bowl

I am home from the Alamo Bowl and have had time to reflect on our entire TCU Frog football season.  What a rollercoaster ride we have been on. It has been an emotional season and one in which we have had to be extremely flexible. Simply put, sometimes it is just exhausting being a die-hard TCU fan. In the football world our fall started out with huge expectations. Our ranking was high and fans … [Read More...]

Happy New Year Y’all

Happy New Year. Have a great day of food, drink, football and time with your family. … [Read More...]

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays to all of you from Cowboy and me and all our farm animals! … [Read More...]