Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Homestead Diary November 29, 2011

Update on bunnies: We still have one bunny that hasn't opened one of its eyes, and it really doesn't look like it's going to. This is just the strangest thing. It seems happy and healthy though, and at least has one eye to use.

Today I began my final preparations for the goats to go visit the bucks. I'll be bringing them Thursday afternoon. Last week I trimmed hooves. Starting today I'm making sure to offer them a lot of minerals since I've been sort of hoarding them because I was running low. I'm also giving them an immune support tincture to hopefully help their immune systems thrive through the stress of traveling to a new farm and meeting a new herd. They had their weekly wormer today, and a treat of some apples from our tree that are beginning to shrivel.

On a more personal note, I'm a bit (well, a lot, really) nervous about this whole process, and I'm also really going to miss the girls while they're gone. I can't wait to have them all settled and back home.
I hope to get some pics of the "meet and greet" to post here.


  1. How far and how long are the girls going to be on their date?

  2. Hi CR-
    They're only going about 30 miles from me. I think they'll just be there for three weeks. That should cover at least one heat period for each of them. Not having bucks around, it's hard to catch the heats, but I think I've observed at least a couple in succession for each doe, and they're about 18 days apart at the most (I think). Right now I think I have two does just finishing a heat and one about to start, so I could start getting babies by the last days of April. I'm super excited! :)

  3. 3 weeks I think if I were you [ lucky,your not me ] I would have been running literally to save my children----thats the worry wart I am--I KNOW THE KIDS WILL BE FINE,CUS YOUR SUCH A GOOD MOM A A GOOD HEAD ON HER SHOULDERS

  4. Judy- You're so funny! :) You really make me laugh, but it's truly not going to be easy having them gone. However, I'm going to take advantage of the time and have a good visit with my sister. :)

  5. I'm thinking I would enjoy having a babysitter for a bit. :-) No chores for 3 weeks, but you know they'll be back! When I had goats we had the buck here.....ya, that was stinky!

  6. dr momi- Yep, you'd think I'd be looking forward to that, but it being so hard for me to make myself go out in the winter, I actually told my hubby I'd do his chores in the A.M. and he could to the P.M. That way, I'll stay "toughened up". :)