At long last, the snow arrived! I think this is enough that it will stick and only more (and likely more) will be added for the weeks (and months) to come. My snow-loving, sled hill-making, skiing children (and cats, as seen above) are so happy, and therefore, so am I. When Mama's Happy, Everyone's Happy? It might just be the other way around.
Another someone who is over the moon happy, is my Adelaide. The goats Buttercup and Bluebell, you might remember, were a gift for her 7th birthday (she's now 10. Wait, what?). The intention was always to breed lovely Nigerian Dwarf goats of hers, so that she could milk them. The first winter went by in busyness and home construction and sheep breeding. The second season slipped by with us struggling to find an able buck to 'borrow.' Understandably, folks who are mindful of such things - as we are too - aren't likely to want to move their livestock from pasture to pasture for fear of catching or spreading disease, etc....not to mention that we were dealing with a goat breed that we didn't know was in such big demand! And so here we are on year number three with these goats, whom we love quite a lot more than we ever expected (maybe I'm just speaking for myself here). And we have their ten year old caretaker, who has more than proven herself in her daily chores, hollering, "I need baby goats! And Mama goats to milk!" or something like that, nearly every single day. And so, at long last, we decided to take the plunge into taking on a buck of our own, permanently. With great trepidation, of course (I've heard plenty about their smell, don't scare me more, please!), and a little bit of uncertainty about what will happen in the future, we are here. With a fine and fully registered fella named Beechnut (he arrived with that name, which I think just might stick) taking up winter residence with the ladies of the goat pasture. He's a young guy - not even a year old himself, and so we truly have no idea if he's even up for the task. But he is here, and we have faith that eventually the siren call of Bluebell and Buttercup will make things happen. We'll see.
In the meantime, I have to say he's a pretty awesome little dude. And absolutely adorable, don't you think? After a great long wait, we're glad he's here.