"If providence did beards devise,
To prove the wearers of them wise,
A fulsome goat would then, by nature,
Excel each other human creature." - Thomas D'Urfey

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


It started out innocently enough. A flake here. A flake there.

Soon there was a little mantle of white. No big deal.

Then it started to do this. (Trust me. I'm inside that barn.)

And pretty soon it looked like this.

When all was said and done, the mushrooms wore hats.

And then the wind came, leaving in its wake a legion of leafy soldiers and NO power.

Then it got cold - and I do mean COLD. Thirteen degrees last night and even the stinky cows behind us (or is it in front of us?) were headed over the river and through the woods.

This Thanksgiving I'm thankful for a lot. I'm thankful it hasn't gotten to less than 13 degrees. I'm thankful there wasn't more than 10 inches of snow. I'm thankful for a nice warm barn and succulent hay. (I admit, however, that my nose is so cold I've found it necessary to temporarily refuse Peanuts. I said temporarily.) I am REALLY thankful the goatmother had one lucid moment 'back when' and decided to buy an electric water bucket - ( for which I am also EXCEEDINGLY grateful the power was not out any longer than it was.) I'm even kind of thankful there are other warm goat bodies about. (Although I have to draw the line at being thankful for Ella.) Yes, indeed. I have quite a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I hope you do too.

But, OY, my poor stump!


Millie said...

It is truly beautiful. I am thankful that we haven't had that kind of weather...yet. I know it's coming.

denise f said...

Aw, Marigold, aren't you just plain thankful for the goatmother? As I suspect she is for you!)(

goatfarmer said...

Marigold can you get that little sled dog to bring you some supplies? Peanuts and such?

Lisa T. said...

We are thankful for the cold weather because it means hot water with apple cider vinegar or molasses and not having to go out into the field to browse as the magical hay fairy brings a nice neat bale right to us...

Farmgirl_dk: said...

I love the mushrooms with their hats! :-)