News From the Farm

We have increaed our goat herd by 3 – yes, I think we are crazy!   Betsy had these 3 old girls, fainting goats, who move as one unit and were pretty much always in her husband’s way as he worked their Boer goat breeding operation.  So, in all reality, another rescue for us.  Their names are Grandma, Pudge and Sally.


Today Zach and Brigid are cleaning the barn for me – I am so lucky to have found these 2 kids who are willing to do this dirty job as not many kids would be.  Don’t they remind you of American Gothic?


I apologize – I am not ready to start the next rug.  Still have to cut my strips.  Maybe you do, too.  You need to cut 2″ strips of non- stretchy fabric for warp and t- shirt fabric for twining.  I’ll make a more complete post but just know I can’t start on Monday like I planned.

Roxie is having some issues – not feeling well and we are dealing with her as well as Faye who abruptly stopped eating again.  I should know to expect it by now. It is a series of highs and lows that take me along.

Graduation parties this weekend.  Hope it’s nice at your house – it was 34 degrees here this morning!  Brrrr!

15 thoughts on “News From the Farm

  1. Jane Krepela

    Brrr here, too, in Minnesota. The goats surely are cute and it was wonderful of you to rescue them! Love your barn cleaners – they look like wonderful “kids” and not afraid of hard work. Thank you so much for your willingness to share your farm life. I look forward to your posts. Prayers for you and all your critter family, especially Faye and Roxie.

  2. Pamela Klemm

    Do fainting goats really faint? And yes, the first thing that came to mind was American Gothic!

  3. Synthia Noble

    I love your ‘America Gothic’ photo of your helpers and the Cyclone sweat shirt brought a lump to my throat. I was born and raised in Iowa, graduated from Iowa State in 1958, moved to Oregon in 1959. Consequently have been living in ‘Beaverland’ (only 20 miles away) and never see Cyclones around here. 🙁 Brings back many happy memories reading your blog. I found you years ago because I’m a quilter! 🙂

  4. Tanya

    Welcome to “the family”, Zach and Brigid!! Do they know they are famous now? 🙂 I went to the big Scholastic Book Warehouse sale in Houston today to browse. They had huge fans, but people were still sweaty a bit! It IS a working warehouse, but we could have used some of the Iowa cool weather!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Tanya – I showed them your post about being famous – they just laughed! They are good kids.

  5. Vickie

    Greetings from sunny Georgia! love hearing all about the farm and its residents. You are one in a million! I am a quilter and enjoy seeing all the projects you get completed. I finally had to turn on the a/c. When it gets 85 outside the fans just don’t cut it. They don’t call it Hotlanta for nothing!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      We have been issued a frost warning for tonight – I’d love some of your heat!

  6. Launa

    Mary, I remember mentioning to you a while ago about seeing fainting goats on a news program. They just romp around and suddenly faint so a warm welcome to Grandma, Pudge and Sally!
    We have a 10 degree cool down here today…….it’s only 80 degrees at 3 PM PDT.
    Sincerely hope Roxie and Faye get on the mend with their health issues.

  7. Diane

    Zachary and Brigid are adorable as are your new triplets😃 You are so good to take in the goats. As I finished my rug, I watched the DVD and could hear the chickens on your farm. Fun. We have cold weather here inCentral Ohio, too. 42 here now and going down. Have to cover the plants.

  8. bernadette

    Goats that actually faint???? Fainting or not, I had the pleasure of going for a walk with goats years ago – and actually milking one. They can be such fun. They wanted to eat my sneakers, though. Weatherwise, Tucson is heating up. We had a dinner party on our patio last night — so comfy – weatherwise. So we are fortunate here. No tirnadoes, no earthquakes (unless you count the one 100 yrs ago), no floods. Just a lot of heat and occasionally snakes.

  9. Claudia Voorhees

    A big hug for rescuing the goats… oh how I wish I could have a HUGE rescue place for animals.
    Love seeing all the quilts and projects you are working on……along with the animals ( you know the animals are my favorite part. LOL)….
    Can’t believe May is half gone ……..I need the time to slow down a bit.
    Have a wonderful day !

  10. Ann Barlament

    How wonderful to have two helpers, ready and willing to work!!

    Glad to see that Faye is still around!

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