It’s Fun Around Here



It’s Monday and it feels like we should get another couple of days to recoup from our busy weekend. Whew! I’m exhausted. I made myself get up at 6:30 AM to go grocery shopping. Blech. There was not even a spare moment the last 2 days to even contemplate visiting the Food Stuff Emporium of Horror.  I don’t know if I’ve ever expressed my extreme distaste of the establishment we refer to as the ‘grocery store’, but let me just say this: if Renaissance Man and I ever hit the jackpot…we are SO paying someone to buy our groceries. Yep. I don’t need a bigger house or a cool car. I need a personal assistant to run all my errands.

On my way home from the shop of ‘This is Such a Waste of My Time’, a small miracle occurred. It started to snow. Now, if you aren’t from these here Pacific NW parts, this may seem less than astonishing, for after all, it is January, for Pete’s sake. By the way, who in the tarnation is Pete? Just wonderin’.

Snow is a rare phenomenon in the Portland area. And we get a bit giddy when it shows up even in small quantities. To say that my mood was immediately lifted is a bit of an understatement. It was like a sunny day during the rainiest month of the year. Hmmm. I don’t actually know what month that would be. They all seem to run together…November through June.  Anyway, I arrived home with a new leash on life. A bounce in my step.  A drive to go outside and have fun.

After debagging the groceries (notice I did NOT say putting them away), I set out to find adventure. Well, really, it was time to do my chores. Geared up with my trusty new iPod Touch with its awesome camera/video camera, I headed out to spend some time with some of my favorite critters.


Stella cautiously curious

The first to greet me was Stella Noche, our rescue guard llama. She was covered in snow, but no worse for the wear. Being that in her natural habitat she would reside in the snowy mountains of South America, I think she can handle the cold. And because my dear llama friend is a bit camera-shy (she isn’t a big fan of people), I gave her some personal space and took this shot. I know it’s difficult to see her face, but if you look real close, she’s smiling. No, really.

As I entered the other side of the fence, the flood gates opened and out poured all four goats, anxious to examine this small pink rectangular object I was pointing at them. Some sniffed, some glanced, but mostly there was disinterest, except for this little guy…

Charlie thought my face needed a thorough sniffing.

He mostly thought it was curious that I was kneeling down and wanted to check out all my smells. My face to be exact. And yes, I did give him a little kiss on his muzzle. I couldn’t resist…you know…it was snowing.

I then proceeded to the barn, milked the goats, and gave Stella her grain.

Sadie trying to steal Stella's grain
Sadie trying to steal Stella’s grain

Well, let’s just say, I tried to give Stella her grain. Sadie had other ideas.

I hope your Monday was full of adventures. Tuesday’s freezing rain here looks promising.

About kathleen

I'm a stay at home chicken momma with 2 boys and a very understanding husband. In December of '09, we moved to our dream farm. I'm excited to try to become more self-sufficient. So far I have 1 rooster, 9 chickens, 2 goats (some babies on their way this spring), 1 llama, a dog, and a cat. Come along and join us, as we city-slickers figure out how to make our own homestead. You're sure to be entertained.
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3 Responses to It’s Fun Around Here

  1. Rachel says:

    Oh thank God….Kathleen is blogging again!! I love it!!!

  2. Patti says:

    Me too! Here in MA, we had about 8 inches of snow at the end of December. The past 2 days have been like Spring, high 50’s, melting all the snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is for 2-5 inches of snow.

  3. Traci Katz says:

    Welcome Back!!!!!!

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