At any rate, February 19th is just four days away. Now why, you ask, is this a significant date? Because, my friends, this marks the beginning of the Year of the Goat! Let me say that again. The Year of the Goat. Oh, wow. The. Year. Of. The. Goat. Doesn't that have a nice ring to it? "It is the Year of the Sheep", would-be usurping Ovine types spout. But alas, I say to you, it all depends! You see, apparently the Chinese word 'yáng' refers to both goats and sheep. Who knew? Maybe the Chinese need glasses? No matter. Some cultures celebrate the Year of the Goat, some the Year of the Sheep and some define it as the Year of the Ram. Go figure. Must be like the difference between Santa Claus, St. Nick and St. Magnus Peanutos. (Don't ask ... ) Naturally, I choose to celebrate the Year of the Goat and what better time for me to get back to my stump? Plus the weather is good today and I'm not stuck in the barn with Ella. Best to get goin' while the goin's good I always say.
Supposedly, if you are from the Year of the Goat, there a 'lucky' things that go along with it. Lucky colors are supposed to be brown, red and purple. Brown I can see ... Peanuts are brown. But red and purple? The only red is the Goatmother's barn cleaning bucket and occasionally her nose. The only purple is that stuff she puts on our hooves to keep the hoof rot at bay. None of those things seems especially lucky to me. And lucky flowers for the Year of the Goat are said to be Carnations and Primroses. I've never eaten a Carnation. They may be tasty. Come to think of it, I've never eaten a Primrose. But our weather has been uncharacteristically warm and I saw some Primroses blooming over in the Goatmother's yard. They might be good. I'll get back to you on that one ... And lastly, lucky numbers for the Year of the Goat are the number 2 and the number 7. Now 2 is definitely not enough Peanuts, so I'm goin' with 7. Yes. Seven is a good number. Feels really lucky.
But what are the characteristics one possesses in the Year of the Goat? Well, I found some information on this subject, and Year of the Goatees are said to be 'elegant, charming, artistic, gifted and fond of nature'. So far so good. They are said to be 'creative and very delicate, their good manners and charms always bringing them many admirers and friends'. Yes, Yes. Indeed this fits. But then it says Goats are 'insecure'. What?! 'They need to feel loved and protected and are easily drawn into complex predicaments'. Oh, goat grief. Well, who wouldn't be a bit insecure about whether or not some stupid Alpine is going to be in one of her 'moods' and decide to slam you? And, yeah, sometimes those Alpines can draw you in, promising you can have the Peanuts first and without spit or having fallen on the floor or anything. That kind of thing would turn anyone's head. And of course it is never true and you always end up T-boned. But caught up in any promise involving Peanuts like that, wouldn't anyone be duped? And then it goes on to say that goats 'usually shy from confrontation, pull back when faced with heavy decision-making and blatantly refuse to take an unpopular stand in a conflict'. Now, Hold. The. Phone. Louise!!! First off, do you think I'm stupid? You bet your sweet bippy I'm going to back off if Ella comes at me head first! Ain't no heavy decision-making involved there. I'm gettin' the hay out of dodge before the iron-but-brainless-head comes a crashing. And what is more, I can tell you that our stand isn't popular with anyone. We see the Goatmother coming with those orange-handled hoof-trimming shears headed for that stand, and we are all gone in the opposite direction post haste. There is definitely conflict in the offing and there is no thinking, let alone decision-making, to it. So, hay, no. We don't 'shy' from confrontation, we RUN from it, baby! Warp 7, please, Scotty! Oy. Who comes up with this stuff?
Okay, well, there is more, but I've probably bored you enough for one read. After all, it has been a long time and you're probably out of practice. I wouldn't want you to 'pull back' from any 'heavy decision-making' about whether or not to read on.
So with that, until next time (and there WILL be a next time...it is, after all, my New Year's resolution.) I will leave you with this. Year of the Goat or Year of the Sheep? If you 'pull back' from making a decision, just remember: "It is the theory that decides what can be observed." - Albert Einstein
Think about it...