Back In The Barn!

Yesterday, I checked in with Dr. Toh, my surgeon. I still have a lot of healing to do, but the incision is tightly closed up and so I was given the okay to visit the barn. Steve goes with me. It’s his job to keep me from lifting and carrying (no filling water buckets!) and bending (no sweeping up!) What I was allowed to do was to sit in the sun with my boys.

I gave them goat minerals.

I got hello kisses from Pip.

I scratched Caper in that spot that makes him do a stretchy wiggle dance. It also makes him burp. No one but the goatmaid does that for him. He missed me.

I missed them.

I also looked in on the chickens. Steve put the hay that the goats refuse to eat on the snow in the chicken runs. I see that Petunia, belly filled with liquid, sure to be gone soon, has staked out a spot in the sun and is peacefully sleeping. Lulu is hurrying about, looking for seeds in the hay and pecking at sparkly ice. The Polish hens dart this way and that, with no purpose in their little bird brains. I’m reassured that all is right in their world.

I’m back on the couch, exhausted, but feeling better already.

Merry Christmas!


  1. So good to see you out and about and loving up your extended family. I don’t think I’ve seen a happier, more contented goat! Blessings as you continue to heal, and prayers for a full restoration of your hearing! Thanks for sharing these delightful photos.

  2. Merry Christmas!!!
    We got two inches of snow this morning and getting another 2-4 this afternoon and evening so we will have a white Christmas as well, first one in a long time.
    Glad to hear you are up and about. I’m a firm believer that animals help us heal quicker. The mind wills it.
    Sad news on my end, I lost my favorite buff orp. to a red tail hawk yesterday. The girls will just have to stay in their covered run unless I’m out with them until spring. The winter months the red tails are thick as thieves around here. There natural prey has dropped in numbers as well so chickens are even more tempting.

    Happy New Year everyone.

    • Ken, I think that it’s helpful for the new chicken owners out there to here that you lost one to a hawk – even with years of knowledge and safe housing, predators are a part of the picture. Sorry about your buff. I always think that it’d be harder for a hawk to pick up a fluffy bird, but they manage to get them.
      Merry Christmas.

  3. Merry Christmas Terry! Good to see you up and around, and good news that you are healing quickly! Enjoy your white Christmas!

  4. Nice to see you up and out! Love the photo of Caper so happy to see you. Rusty and I wish you a Merry Christmas.

  5. So happy to see you smiling, up and about. I am sure your family and friends are taking good care of you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  6. Wonderful to see you up and back with your animals. Thanks for sharing the fabulous pics of my favorite goats. What happy campers they are now. Also kudos to Scooter for reminding you not to overdo. Take care and have a great Christmas and New Year.

  7. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to your entire family. Its wonderful to see you out and about with your beloved family. We wish you speedy and healty recovery with wonderful results. Give Petunia a hug and wish her love to join her family and friends who have passed before us as hard as its is for us.

  8. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!!! It’s so nice to see you up and around again. God bless and keep you!