Who's going to miss who the most???

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Monday, September 16, 2013 10:54 PM

Sleepy, droopy, Vicky - ZONKED in my mom's lap.  Her legs were just dangling down, but she slept there for quite a while.  Vicky loves my mom.  She thinks my mom's lap is the best place ever.  When we were at faire this weekend, she managed to get out of the petting zoo pen.  She was running all over.  Then she saw my mom and ran right to her and hopped up into her lap.  So sweet!

Here's Mom and my neighbor Gail enjoying a little slice of Goatling Heaven.  Bourke is in Mom's lap while Vicky and Tinkerbell are in Gail's.  After visiting, the three of us went out for sushi.  Well, Gail and I had sushi.  Mom had udon.

Obviously, Gail was enjoying herself and being silly.  I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful neighbor.

Mom misses gardening, so I made sure she had a chance to help out while she was here.  She planted a huge hanging pot with eight geraniums that now hangs from the pergola out front.  It is centered in the living room picture window so I can enjoy it from inside and out.  Here she was planting lemon grass.  Of course, she likes to wear gloves.  Can't get her beautiful nails dirty, oh no!  
Sorry, Vicky.  I think Tink has replaced you as my Mom's favorite.  Here they are curled up sleeping on the couch one evening.

Of course Mom's heart isn't the only one that Tink has stolen.  Willow was smitten by her too.  And so was Alex and Lisa and Taylor and Freya and Bird and Puddles and and and... I can tell she's going to be a spoiled little sweetheart her entire life.
On Saturday morning, Tinkerbell managed to get stepped on by her mom, Gretel.  She was crying really loud and wouldn't put any weight on her back leg.  Once I picked her up she quit crying, but she was definitely trembling.  I gave her a full exam - poking, prodding, pulling, pushing - and couldn't get her to call out, so I think she was just bruised.

Mom was sleeping in the tent, so I tucked Tink in with her.  After a couple minutes, Tinkerbell quit trembling.  She then proceeded to fall into blissful sleep all comfy and warm under the blankets with Mom.

"Do we HAVE to get up?  I'm nice and warm!"  Yes indeed.  Although they both would have preferred to stay snuggled up all morning, we did have to get up.  Besides, I needed to get Tink back on her feet to see if she'd put weight on that leg.  As the day wore on, she put more and more weight on it.  By Sunday morning, she was bouncing around like her normal little self with only a hint of favor towards the leg.  I'm sure she'll be just fine.

Tinkerbell and I, along with the rest of the herd are going to miss Mom.  She flies home tomorrow morning.  So today we just sat and relaxed and watched the goats play.  And the icing on the cake?  Mom got to see a Condor as it soared gracefully over our heads.  We both enjoyed ourselves tremendously.  I'm looking forward to the next time she gets to come down and play.

Love you Mom!!!

Today, I'm sporting a pouty face.

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Thursday, September 12, 2013 2:25 PM

I just wish I was this cute.  The little girl pictured above captures perfectly the mix of emotions I'm feeling - Pain, frustration, contemplation, resigned acceptance, pessimistic hope?

Today I saw a different Podiatrist for a second opinion on my foot.  Fresh eyes, so to speak.  Glad I did, although my foot is KILLING me due to all the poking and prodding he did.  While reviewing the latest MRI at the areas of my foot that were hurting the most, he discovered something that was previously overlooked.  He pulled up the MRI from one year prior and confirmed his suspicion.

The issue with my foot isn't the small cyst in my cuboid bone as noted by the radiologist that reviewed the MRI's.  Nope.  I definitely have a torn tendon.  Ligaments reattach themselves and heal.  Tendons don't.  And the place where it is torn explains why driving is the activity that causes me the most pain.  Guess what I use to push on the gas and step the break?  Yuppers.  That tendon.

The two doctors are going to review the findings together and then get back to me.  But it looks like I'm headed for surgery soon.  So the pouty face is two fold.  On the one hand it's great that we finally may know what's causing this ongoing pain.  On the other hand I have suffered for two years now because I did not receive an accurate diagnosis.  If this had been found on the first MRI, I would most likely be feeling a heck of a lot better now.  Grrrr.... Semi-happy relieved frustrated painful Grrrr...

If you've wondered where I've been for the last week...

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Monday, September 9, 2013 9:25 PM

I've been very busy.  As I noted in my birth announcement for Gretel's two kids, one of her little doelings was tiny -barely 2 lbs.  So I've spent the better part of this past week providing extra support to her.  I've been bottle feeding 4 or 5 times a day and providing plenty of physical stimulation.  Basically, she's gotten a LOT of extra attention.  But I always put her back with her mom and sister to insure they bonded.

It was dicey for the first few days and I was worried that she might not make it.  But once she started really drinking, things turned around.  Saturday, at 5 days old she finally started to find her legs.  She was walking around and even attempted a couple little bouncing hops which resulted in face plants.  But at least she was showing a little bit of energy.  I also saw her nursing from Gretel which was good news.

Sunday she crossed a huge hurdle.  Not only was she nursing quite often, she was bouncing around the yard like a 2 day old.  She has been slowly but surely gaining weight and strength.  Last night, after watching her all day, I decided that she was going to be okay on her own and stopped bottle feeding her.  Besides, she hadn't taken to the bottle so eagerly yesterday.

Today we mark one week old.  She's up to 3 lbs, 5-1/4 oz.  Basically she's now about normal birth weight.  Tonight, after Nali delivered triplets I decided it would be fun to do a little visual comparison.  In the picture below my Mom is holding Tinkerbell in one hand and one of Nali's bucklings at about 1 hour old in the other.  He weighed in at 3 lbs 6-1/4 lbs.  All Nali's kids were right around the same weight give or take  a couple ounces.
Not a bad bit of work if you ask me.  Exhausting and stressful for sure.  I don't know how Sarah and Andy at Castle Rock Farms manage to bottle feed about 100+ babies a season.  But I do know that I'm relieved that she's finally okay.  And it felt so wonderful to see her bopping around the yard and jumping up on the stumps.  Her name definitely fits her.  Love my little Tink!

How am I ever going to tell them apart?

Posted by Kitty Sharkey 8:16 PM

Okay... The genitalia may help.

About 5:15 this afternoon, Nali gave birth to a beautiful little buckling.  She then proceeded to take her time (uh.. 30-40 minutes) to pop out the other two kids, one doeling and one more buckling.  The one on the left and the one in the middle are a boy / girl pair that look damn near exactly alike.  I'm sure once I get a better look at them tomorrow I'll be able to tell the difference.

All are healthy and have had their first meal.  I've locked them up in one side of the barn for bonding.  In about an hour or so I'm going to go out and steal some colostrum from Nali to put in the freezer.

Meanwhile, I've had a well deserved shower and I've ordered pizza for delivery.

Great Grand Nanny Mountain!

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Sunday, September 8, 2013 8:30 AM

At 18 days old, Vicky has decided my Mom is her new best friend and playmate.  I don't know who's enjoying this more.

First foray into the pasture, but just a quickie

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:52 AM

My pasture finally sprouted a few days ago, and the pasture grass is growing quite well.  Although it'll be several more weeks before I have a good stand, I decided to let the geese give it a little test run this morning.  As you can see from the picture above, they enthusiastically approve of my latest landscaping project.  

I know they will be quite happy with the pasture once it's grown up a bit more.  But for about 10 minutes this morning, they got a tempting taste of what's to come.  Here's a little teaser for you to enjoy as well.

This will be a LABOR DAY to remember!

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Monday, September 2, 2013 3:30 PM

I've been watching Gretel and Nali for days now, wondering if either of them were going to get around to freshening.  This morning, Gretel's decided it was time to bag up and get it over with already.  She was very skittish all morning.  At 11:30, she lost her plug and we moved into the barn to wait it out.  She finally started pushing about 12:10 and by 12:30 or so, she had given birth to two beautiful doelings.  
One of them is TINY, but both are up on their feet and healthy.  Interesting, Gretel is the first goat I've had that wanted to give birth standing up.  When the first one was coming out, she fell over so she had it laying down.  But while she was standing cleaning it, the second tiny one just came dropping down to the ground without any major contractions.

Now I think I'm going to pour myself a nice glass of scotch and rest for a bit, .  Then I'll have a nice shower.  Three down, one to go, six kids on the ground.  Five, count 'em FIVE doelings and one buckling.  Triumph is one hell of a great sire.  With these numbers, I may have to use him again next year on Lulu and Candy.

Come on Nali.  Let's get this show on the road.