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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

so here i sit


So here I sit, a one-week-old kid on my lap, trying to do some art. He's all warm and cozy from his nap; he ate 4 oz of goat milk this morning (I have to drag it out over 15-30 minutes so that he doesn't bloat). The biggest problem right now is how to juggle Phoenix the baby goat with the 70 lb puppy who jumps over fences (and who I don't trust with the kid). My one little black dog (chihuahua-terrier? mix) has appointed herself mom to the goat, which helps some. right now we're in the studio and Phoenix is trying to butt Jessie, which may not go over too well.

Yesterday I let the momma goat out of the barn and put Phoenix in with his brother, which would have worked fine except that they escaped from the barn. When I went out at lunchtime, the momma was up by the house (she's an expert escape artist and never stays in the pasture) and the two babies were huddled in the grass by the front of the barn. Phoenix is definitely still small enough that an eagle could pick him up...

Maybe I'll try locking them in the old chicken coop area of the barn--I keep the hay and grain in there now, but they won't be interested in that. They can play safely and won't be able to escape...

Dogs...goats...children...what was I ever thinking???

5 comments:

Caroline said...

Sounds like you've got bundles of fun as well as responsibilities - glad you like my dream journey - thanks for saying so!

Kelly said...

I love peeking in on your life from this very quiet side of the screen. I admire you for being able to do it. You take a giant bite out of life, don't you?

Olivia said...

I admire you for "trying to do some art" in the midst of your life! This is, according to Julia Cameron, what it's all about. I'm so NOT there yet, but I want to be.

Rosie said...

He's adorable...that's the bottle baby?

So tiny compared to my big lummoxes.

sue said...

When we first bought this place (20 years ago) we went out & bought a couple of goats, shortly afterwards we had tiny goat babies:) They are so freaking cute-playing king of the mountain on a cement block withing 24 hours of being born! Enjoy them, they're great!