Out in the Cold

We had the funniest weather today. One moment the sun would be shining while snow fell, the next it would be dark and blowing, followed by more sun. There wasn’t enough snow to accumulate, but it was pretty to watch. I went outside to see what the goats were up to, and discovered that Agnes and Greta were hanging out in what used to be our wether goat house, while poor Tilly huddled outside under the roof overhang. The boys were in the larger barn where the girls used to hang out. We have some funny dynamics going on since combining our girls with our wether goats. It seems that Agnes sometimes likes the larger barn, and sometimes the smaller shelter. Everyone else has to deal with it because Agnes is the boss. And, while Greta does seem to finally be softening towards her daughter just a little bit, (10 months after her birth), Agnes is always mean to her, and I know she was the reason Tilly wasn’t allowed to cuddle into the little shelter with them. Larkspur came outside and got everyone out and about and eventually into their proper houses so that Tilly wouldn’t have to be so pitiful.

I just checked the 10 day forecast, and it will be back into the 60 and 70s this weekend. Such a crazy winter we are having!

p.s. Sue Dow will be here giving away one of her Lenten runners this weekend, so be sure and check in!


  1. crazy weather here too!!! love the pictures! God bless!!!

  2. Looking at your pictures is cooling me down! We are in Sydney, Australia, experiencing a hotter than normal summer (I wonder at times if that is because I am getting older and so less able to deal with it, but everyone assures me it really is hotter and hotter) and we don’t seem to get our cooling southerly winds as regularly in the evenings to cool things down. It’s hard to imagine there is cold weather anywhere in the world, so I loved looking at your photos and the animal antics!

  3. Great blog…love your photographs. Would love to be entered in the give away of Sue Dow’s Lenten runner.
    Thank you.

  4. That close-up of the chicken is just lovely.

    • Agreed. I stopped on that picture and thought the same thing! Great composition, depth of field/plane of focus, and capture of color!

  5. Becky Barry says:

    Good morning Ginny,
    Another great story and beautiful pictures. Thanks for making my day.
    We will be 74 degrees today in Denver and 54 tomorrow with late rain snow. Crazy winter.

  6. It’s record-breaking warm here at lower elevations in the Rockies of Colorado. Great pictures and just find so much inspiration from your blog–thank YOU! I also have Hashimoto’s Disease and have learned that the amount of estrogen (or lack of it) will affect the body’s ability to absorb the drug–for me, the more estrogen in my body the higher dose of the thyroid replacement hormone drug I need. So as we age and go through menopause, naturally or surgically, the dosage will have to be switched up. I take a little higher dose on weekends and lower dose during the week to be at my optimum level. That level is different for everyone and found through trial and error. You are not alone in this.

  7. I couldn’t agree more about the weather! Hot/cold/hot/cold and often in the same day!

  8. The weather is much the same here in SC. If you don’t like the weather today just wait t day or two and it will be completely different. Spring is coming on quick but that usually results in a late freeze that takes out the fruit crop and such for the year.

  9. I have a senior doe who had a doeling last spring. The doeling was not properly dehorned and now has two 2 inch little horn nubs. I didn’t think much about that at the time. But earlier this winter when it got very cold my doe, who has always been so healthy and productive and cold tolerant, began to fail to thrive. Her production went down, she started shivering in the cold, she dropped weight alarmingly. And I could find no reason. All the specs you might check were good — eyelids pink, etc. Finally, a month later, I figured it out. That little doeling, probably because of her horn nubs, is now dominant. She was running mama off feed — even though the mama is twice the size of the baby (and always will be.) Now I feed them separately and all is well.

    All that seems worth mentioning. Because there is a good reason your herd is shifting patterns. Maybe those babies are dominant now? Gosh — families and herds are ever flowing, huh?

    Cheers! Katherine

  10. So glad Tilly has Larkspur to help organise where everyone should be!

  11. Hi, Ginny,
    Thank you for making me laugh today! I’m a mom of seven- only two living at home now. I’ve been home schooling for about 29 years! My first and last child are 19 years apart. We live in the country and have had goats, chickens, etc. Oh, the stories ๐Ÿ™‚ My daughter (who has four children and home schools) and I enjoy reading your posts. Thanks so much for sharing your life here.

  12. Poor Tilly. Won’t she go in with the wether’s? (No actual goat knowledge.)

    P.S. Your shawl makes a wonderful head scarf.

  13. Silly goats, always such drama queens! Mine do the same thing, the boss girls always pushing someone else out to stand in the cold…Tilly is a pretty doe!

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