Jan has 8 does that will kid in March, and she said the kids will be ready to leave by sometime in May. How exciting!
We got the tour of Jan’s farm, and after seeing how amazing her goats were, we were hooked. Simmi was very curious about them and did very well keeping her excitement and enthusiasm a little more contained than usual.
After seeing all the goats and her amazing Great Pyrenees dogs (we may get two dogs from her breeder as well) Jan let us sample some of her raw goat’s milk. Dom and I were in heaven! The milk was creamy, light and slightly sweet. The only time I’ve ever tasted goat’s milk was from a can that you get from the store, and I wasn’t too pleased with the texture or flavor of the milk…that is until now!
The milk had no after taste, nor did it taste off, strange, or weird in any way. In my book, this milk is superior to any fresh cow’s milk I ever drank.
Since we’ve decided to get goats this year, we’ll be shifting around projects that we planned. We wanted to get the Passive Solar Heating done, but we’re going to wait another few years to work on that project.
Jan said she’ll train me in how to care for the goats. I was thrilled about that, AND she said that we can bring our does back to her to breed them so we won’t have to get a buck. I’m not sure I’ll be ready to get a buck for a few years anyway.
I’ve spent the last three days rearranging my goals and schedule to make way for the great goat adventure. LOL Okay, so we’re only getting two goats to start with, but still, this is all new and exciting!
We’ve planned out the new goat run for them, and I’ve drawn up the plans for finishing the garage, overhang and landscaping.
I’ve also modified the ideas I had for our bedroom makeover since I need to cut the time a little short to make way for all the new work around the property.
It was a sacrifice on my part to decide not to create a pallet wall in our bedroom. I SO wanted to do that, but I feel that the extra time and energy could be utilized in other ways. I’ll still be painting, hanging shelves, fixing our furniture, and making a quilt for our bed, but pallets will need to wait a few years I think. My goal is to make our bedroom a personal sanctuary, and whether there’s pallets on the wall or not, I am fully capable of creating a relaxing environment for Dom and I to enjoy.
Today I finally repaired the rips in our blue wing back chairs. We got the matching chairs off of craigslist for $50.00, and the only thing really wrong with them other than being a little dirty, is that the cushion fabric is worn thin enough to fray and break apart. Eventually I’ll need to reupholster the chairs, but in the meantime, I was able to reinforce and repair the cushions.
The chairs are for our bedroom. I originally made plans of purchasing sheep skin to drape over each of the cushions, but since we need to spend money preparing for the goats, we needed to dip into my bedroom fund. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and for the time being, I’ll be using rabbit fur until we can afford the sheep skin. That way I get my touch of nature (very important to my soul) on our two favorite pieces of furniture. I’ll also be adding lumbar pillows and arm rest covers to complete the look.
We have so much to do before May, and I only hope we can get it all done in a timely way.