"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 14, 2012


A very wise person said, "If you don't like something, change it;  if you can't change it, change the way you think about it".  Those are very wise words and it wasn't even a goat that thought it up.  At any rate, it doesn't really matter who thought it up.  I still think those are very good words to live by. 

Take for example, well, me!  That's a good example if ever I saw one.  Anyway, suppose I don't like how Ella hogs all the hay, the grass, the barn space, the air, the Planet, the Universe (Notice I didn't say Peanuts?  That's because I do not allow anyone to hog the Peanuts.)  So, since Ella is an Alpine, and Alpines have the worst goat temperament known to goatkind, there's likely not a lot I can do about it.  I mean that would be like expecting Justin Beiber to grow a beard.  Ain't gonna' happen anytime soon.  Therefore, should I desire to keep my peace of mind and maintain my well-deserved reputation as an enlightened being, my only recourse would be to change my perception of Ella as an obvious pig-headed dunder head, n'est ce pas?  Hmmm ... not so easy, but I suppose I might consider that perhaps in her, shall we say 'zest', she might actually be ridding the environment of the more inferior pieces of hay, the less succulent blades of grass, the more 'soiled' space in the barn, the more polluted molecules in the air, the Planet and the Universe, thus leaving the best for more deserving individuals.  Like me.  I am deserving.  Come to think of it, I'm probably more deserving than just about anyone else I know.

Then there is the case of the Goatmother.  She doesn't like the 'C' word.  She doesn't like all the not-so-lovely things the evil beast  has brought to her life, or the anxiety, the worry, or the  what-ifs.  But that's all okay, because she has chosen to follow the above wonderful advice and view it all a little differently.  Well, mostly she has.  Sometimes she slips up, but she's a human and not a goat, so what can you expect?  Anyway, she tries to see all the good things that have been brought into her life as a result.  Like the absolute TONS of fabulous and kind people, the impetus to finally lose all that stupid weight  she's been trying to lose for such a long time (Boo.   Please take note.), the joy only an exercise high can bring, and the knowledge that life is the bomb.  Of course she knew all this before, but now she can see it more clearly with all it's glitter, bells, confetti, and as one of her friends likes to say, fairy dust. 

At any rate, Thanksgiving is upon us and certainly this little strategy for living falls into that category.  What are you thankful for this year?  Me?  Peanuts.  Does this surprise you?  Silly people!  Peanuts are for goats ... and being thankful.

" Be thankful for what you have;  you'll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." - Oprah Winfrey

Ah, another of those wise human beings.  I wish I'd said that.  Happy Thanksgiving!  May you have the warmth of love at your table.  And Peanuts.  Don't forget the Peanuts.  I'm just sayin' ...


Candy C. said...

These are very wise words indeed and you are a very wise goat to share them with us! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, especially the Goatmother and Goatfather!! :)
I do have a problem though Marigold that I hope you can help me with. Being the loving goat owner that I am, I finally bought my goatie girls a bag of peanuts. You didn't TELL us that peanuts are the crack of the goat world!! I get mobbed every time I go to the pasture now, peanuts in hand or not!! I am starting to fear for my saftey and there are only three of them!! They ARE all Alpines though...do you think that makes a difference? ;)

J (worried about worrying) said...

This Thanksgiving I am thankful the goatmother is past the worst parts of the "C" treatment. I am also thankful that we can think about our thinking. Wonder if it would be better to just eat peanuts non-stop instead? Outward and onward!

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Lovely post, Marigold. You are a very wise goat. I've never been given a peanut. I think I shall demand some of my lady very soon!

Marigold said...

Dear Candy,
What can I say? You should have known this would happen. I do believe that the fact you have Alpines could indeed problematic. I do, however, have an idea. You take such wonderful photos. How about you take a photo of some Peanuts and then make lots of copies. Everytime you go out to the goat pen, hold up the photo and then toss it away from you. The mad rush to the Peanut picture will give you a chance to run the other way, thus sparing your life. What do you think?

Marigold said...

Dear J,
Eating Peanuts is ALWAYS a better option. It ought to go without saying. :)

Marigold said...

Dear Isobelle,
Oh, Goat Grief! What is this world coming to? You've never had a Peanut? You have been DEPRIVED!!!! Please tell your Goatmother to get on the ball ... or the Peanut anyway. :)

Millie said...

Those are some wise words. I must say, you are a very wise goat. I hope you are thankful for your Goatmother, but she is a very sweet human. Really.

I'm thinking we goats might need to take up the rally for Isobelle to get some peanuts to try!

Marigold said...

Dear Millie,
I quite agree. Isobelle is one deprived goat! :)

Snowcatcher said...

I'll be doin' plenty of almonds this next week. And maybe some hazelnuts. Hope you don't mind. :)

Did you know that pig-headed Ella posed for me?!? Now I guess it's your turn! (I've never made a goat before!!!)

Marigold said...

Dear SnowCatcher,
Ha! Ha! Ella is a Dunder head, not a Pig head. :) So what exactly are you doing with those Almonds and Hazelnuts? I mean ALL nuts are good in one way or the other. It is just that Peanuts are more so. As for making a goat. Too hard to hold crochet hooks with hooves.

Ginnie said...

Attitude is everything, isn't it? Well, maybe not everything - but make the most out of what we have is so important. I'm thankful that Goatmother is doing so well (and looking so cute!) And I'm very thankful for my wonderful family, and while I miss Gerrit, I'm thankful that he is free from pain and disability.

Marigold said...

Dear Ginnie,
Right you are! And if you ask me, YOU are an excellent example of the fact that attitude is everything!

Mrs. Micawber said...

I am so thankful for all my blogging friends ... to think that 20 months ago I didn't know any of them!

Mr. M is thankful for Peanuts - especially when they have been mixed with chocolate to form clusters. (I like them best coated with Butter Toffee.)

P.S. And I am very thankful for the amazing medical care we have available to us.

Marigold said...

Dear Mrs. Micawber,
Yes, I do believe any of those Peanut delicacies you mentioned are worth being thankful for. I mean I'm just thankful for those ones that come in the shell, especially the 3-to-a-shellers. But you know what? We are thankful for YOU! You are not a Peanut, but you are pretty darned close. By the way, Mr. M is an intelligent fellow. I can tell. :)