A-Milkin’ We Will Go


It’s workshop season, and Glory Bee and I are in full milking swing. This makes everybody happy except Moon Pie and Dumplin, who do not like to be separated from MOMMY. Sometimes there’s a lot of bellowing. And crying. And whining. And pitiful cow eyes. But everyone is surviving. I load up my little cart and take it to the barn in the mornings.
Glory Bee waits for me at the gate, eager for her big breakfast.
I didn’t start milking her right away after she had Moon Pie. I let her give it all to the baby for awhile. I like to get them started out on all that good cream.
It was good while it lasted, wasn’t it, Moon Pie?
I don’t think she’s really speaking to me right now. But wow, she is a pretty calf. I love her. Even if she doesn’t love me back. Maternity leave is over, and mommy is back to work!
But it just makes the reunions all the sweeter…..!
Between mowing and milking and getting ready for the next go-round of workshops, this is pretty much how I feel by noon every day.
I don’t know what Casper’s problem is, because I can assure you he didn’t do anything!

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Maia Has a Mini Me!


Lizzie is my little goat with the lopsided ears.
When I first heard about Lizzie, the lady told me that she thought she’d end up having to keep Lizzie because she had this lopsided ear issue. One ear is shorter than the other. Of course, then I said, “I’ll take her!”
Because I’m weird like that.
I’ve been working on making friends with the girls.

The girls, running for cookies when they see me.
So far, Jane and Kitty are pretty good at taking cookies from my hand. But Lizzie–oh, Lizzie. She sucks on my fingers at any opportunity, perhaps hoping to find a crumb still on them.
She follows me around.

She comes in the house.

She tries to climb in my lap.

I actually thought about taking her to the library with me the other day because I thought she might behave better than Maia. But that would have really created a kafluffle. Maia is already getting upset.

Sometimes Maia gets jealous and head-butts Lizzie. I keep telling her that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

And Lizzie is doing a great Maia Mini Me!
I’m so glad I took home the lopsided goat. It is often true in life that the thing that is not quite perfect is the best of all.

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