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Doeling in their hut. 

April vacation started Thursday.  Olive’s due date was Saturday.  Perfect planning…not that I had a whole lot to do with it.  Nature has it’s own rhythm and it worked out to my advantage… so not.

Anyone that owns goats knows that the gestation period for Nubians is roughly 150 days, with the typical goat kidding three days to one side of the due date or the other.  I try hard to schedule kidding during April vacation or as close as I can.  I work with a bunch of really great people who understand my “other” life and I can go home when the deal goes down.

Olive worries me.  She has had milk fever her last two kiddings and needs meds to get up and going. But I have a barn cam and an app on my phone so I can monitor things and run home if necessary  which makes me way less anxious this time of year.

Honestly, things are perfect…great people, good technology and decent timing….

Until Thursday morning.  Olive’s ligaments were gone.  Ligaments are a sure way of telling of impending kidding.  They run along the side of the tail and are usually described as feeling like a pencil  that runs diagonal along the backside below the hide.  In preparation for kidding a doe’s ligaments will soften and “disappear”.  So they are gone.  It is 4 in the morning I have to be to work at 7.  Maybe all will happen in those few hours.  Yeah, no.  So I make a plan.  I will stay home until 11 and youngest son will sign out, come home and be on watch after that.  Remember above when I said that I work with great people…I truly do…but I also work in a district with a contract.  Under that contract I cannot extend a long vacation.  So therefore I felt I needed to be at work at some point during the day. I kind of stress over these things.  I have this kind of guilt not guilt.  I choose to be at the farm but yet know I should be at work….it is a shitty paradigm.

So I check Olive once again, go in the house change into somewhat presentable work clothes, check Olive again, drive to the neighbors and ask if they will check on Olive at 10 and 10:30.  Drive back to the house check on Olive, mind you nothing has changed. Drive to work. Neighbor calls at 10, nothing happening but there is a slime string hanging down.  Neighbor calls at 10:37 very long slime string but nothing else to report.  I continue to pretend to work.  At 11 I sit down with my friends for lunch and check the app on my phone, you know the one that is connected to the barn camera.   It comes onto the screen and I see nothing but here this little, baa….Gotta go.

Seriously, I jumped up grabbed my purse and headed out the door.  I raised home and had a set of twins waiting for me.  All are doing well, but Olive did need her dose of meds.

I truly love the people who make this farming this possible, good friends all!

p.s. Lilly is due next Saturday….

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Off Guard

Ever had one of those situations where a dear friend contacts you and asks a favor or proposes a something something?  Your mind goes all, “No, freaking way!!”  but your heart is like, “Yeah, that would great.  I can do that.”   We all know a dear friend is a dear friend for a reason, they do not take advantage of you.  Therefore, when the call came in Thursday night from a very dear friend asking if I would be interested in hosting a camera club Saturday morning, my brain was screaming, “Are you out of your freaking mind….NNNNOOOOO!!!!” but of course my heart won with an, “Of course I would.”

The deal was four or five people from an area camera club would come and spend a few hours here at Butting Heads.  They would just need a general tour with the rules…close the door so the chickens do not get out, the pigs bite and Miss Olive is cranky…you know those kind of things and then they would be on their own.

They arrived a little after 10 this morning.  I went out to greet them.  Ken and Jim were quickly out of their car.  Followed by Karen, Lisa and Leah.  They were a great group… so there brain.  The tour was given and I went inside to label soap and such.

After a couple of hours of shooting pigs, goats, chickens, tractors and all the assorted what nots about our farm they came inside to meet the stars of the show, the kids.   Six crazy kids were cavorting about the mud room. Camera this and thats were adjusted for speed and lighting. Pee was cleaned up.  Laughter was shared.

Next time you are asked to do something unexpected by a dear friend let your heart decide.  Professional pics will be posted later, so double there brain, fun and pics.

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