Goats!

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The deposits have been made, and the barn cleaned. The fence is up and the gate rebuilt. Next week, after a trip to visit Neil’s mother for Mother’s Day, my friend Cra and I will drive to Owasso to pick up two of the three goats I am purchasing. The third one will come home a week later, as she is still too young to leave her mother.
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The little brown one is named Taffy, and the white one is named Dusty. Taffy is a Nigerian Dwarf. Dusty is a Nigerian/Boer cross. I hope to be producing milk for the family by November!

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This is Peep, another Nigerian Dwarf, who will be coming home the week after next. She’s adorable, isn’t she?

Chickens!

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After years of wishing for chickens in Plano, I finally am able to have chickens.  They are allowed in Wagoner! I am currently raising three Buff Orpingtons named Rosie, Posie and Pod, and three Black Australorps named Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod.

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Tomorrow, I will go to Orscheln’s and buy six more. I have my eye on the New Hampshire Reds!

Snake Bite

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Living in the country has its drawbacks. One of those is the presence of venemous snakes.  We got our education in just why these critters ellicit such a strong viceral reaction in most people when our beloved dog, Tailer, was bitten, most likely by a copperhead.

The trouble is, venemous snake bites heal almost immediately, and if you have a furry little dog, you don’t even know that he has a bite until he becomes very, very sick.  I took Tailer to the vet because I thought he had thrown his back out.  The vet couldn’t see anything wrong but gave me some pain meds and sent us home. Two days later, as I watched him getting sicker, and sicker, I walked into the living room to find him collapsed on the floor with an enormous hairless boil on his side.  

I immediately whisked him to the vet, where they lanced the thing (an abcess), and began to shave around the wound to help me keep it clean.   As the vet tech worked upwards from the abcess, another area emerged where the skin was just melting off of him. That’s when we found the fang marks. By the time all of the necrotizing of the skin had ocurred, two days later, poor Tailer had a hole in his side that went right down to the muscle and was the diameter of an orange.

Thank goodness, he has recovered and only has a wound the size of a silver dollar. He continues to improve, every day. Which brings me to why we now have a new cat.

I was sitting in the breakfast room about a week ago, looking out at the barn and the wood pile (where said snake is probably holed up and breeding), and I was grumbling to God about this wretched snake problem and wondering just what I was going to do, when my husband startled me by saying that he saw a cat and three little dogs in the front yard. I immediately went out to take a look. Hubby followed, and we were met by a little yappy dog (who ran off) and a beautiful orange kitten. Neil went down to pick up the kitten and handed him to me, and he has been with us ever since. We thought he was about five months old from the size of him, but the vet took a good look at him and assured us he was only ten weeks. In fact, he was so young, despite his enormous size, that he still had no evident teticles, and his tail was still comically short. Enter our future snake killer, Thomas. He is an absolute dear and is already practicing his killing skills on inanimate objects around the house. Thanks be to God!

Moved!

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We have been through so much since I last posted, it will take me several posts to catch up, but considering what I am trying to accomplish, I think it would be good to try to keep a record of my efforts.

In October of last year, Neil was selected by the government for a job in Muskogee. After over a year of fruitless searching for a job in Dallas, we decided that it was time for a change. He accepted the position, working for the VA Administration Center, and we moved here on the 23rd of October, 2012. It was a whirlwind getting everything packed and renting the house, then finding a place to rent that would take three dogs. We also had Church to think about, and there just ar NO Orthodox Churches in Muskogee. You have to go to Tulsa. So we wound up renting in Wagoner, which is sort of mid-way between Muskogee and Tulsa, and then found a beautiful old house that we fell in love with and bought, right there in Wagoner. I think we’ve found our place for the next several decades. We love it here!image

My Day Book February 3rd 2011

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6:30 – 9:30 Got up and dressed. Let the dogs out, made breakfast (scrambled eggs, buttered toast, and bacon with orange juice and tea) got Neil some lunch for work, and saw him off. Cleaned up the breakfast dishes, read several chapters from the Lattimore and checked my email and facebook account. Downloaded Clickbook and installed it. Tested it on a short Book of Hours that I have been working on. Seems nice. I may buy it.
9:30 – 11:30 Paid all the bills and worked on the budget (YNAB). We are doing very well with this combination of YNAB and Mint.com. Since beginning the use of both, we have managed to put away $2500 in savings. Incredible! That’s since November. Well, something is working, that’s for sure.
11:30 – 3:00 Went to Plano Resale, but their opening time was delayed until 12:00 and didn’t want to wait 15 minutes in that cold so went a half block down the road to Fiesta and bought meat for the next couple of weeks, tea, and shortening. Back to Plano Resale. Open at last! Bought the dishes, sweater, pants, skirt, and vest for Neil ~ all for under $42. Got everything home and put away, and put the ‘good’ dishes into the sideboard where Neil had cleared a side for me. Put most of the ‘new’ dishes in the dishwasher. Sadly, the apple motif on the plates was only really beautiful on the top one. The others were all pretty badly worn. I will have to think of them as ‘antique!’ Made lunch (leftover pork, brown rice, and veggies, pickled beets and tea with cream). Ate it while watching ACGS. Called Allison’s to schedule an inspection and oil change for Hyacinth, but they won’t take me! Too much ice on the road they said, so they couldn’t test my brakes. I’m already 3 days late, so I just hope I don’t get stopped. Checked my email, did a little research, and looked at facebook…quickly. Updated blog.