Mandy & Bo
Yesterday afternoon Amanda (DD#1), Bo (her husband), and Lizzie, Ally, & Georgia (The Grandgirls) came out to the farm, their pop-up camper in tow. We’ve had a great two days with them with the camper set up beside the house and the girls playing rotating beds between the camper and the house. Part of what makes it so great to have Mandy and family visiting is that Mandy cooks! We’ve had Italian, and Mexican, plus a little American macaroni and hot dogs. To make things easier for her, I even dusted off the stove!
Granny & The Grandgirls
It happened that I needed to be in Dallas on Tuesday mid-day as well, so I brought Granny (my mother) back to the farm with me. And to top it off, Jamie (DD#2) drove up for the afternoon today!
What do we do in the country with everyone here? Let’s see…. Clean rabbit cages, drive the golf cart, shear a bunny, drive the golf cart, gather eggs (11 today!), drive the golf cart (get the picture about the Grandgirls and the golf cart?). We also did some weaving of mug rugs (each Grandgirl has her own mini loom), some knitting of rope on a Knitting Nancy (again, each Grandgirl has her own), and I taught Lizzie how to spindle spin! Lizzie is 9 years old. We got a bit of yarn spun and plied on the spindle I bought for her last weekend at the Wildflower Retreat. She’s bored with the white, however, and is ready to dye some roving blue! More on Lizzie and her spinning in another post.
Bennett fixes the hay feeder
We couldn’t have a family thing going on here without my brother The Welder. His other half was working today, so he drove over to see what projects I had lined up for him (isn’t there always something that needs to be done on a farm?).
Sure enough, he ended up modifying a hay feeder for me, and this is one of my “lessons learned.” Although the hay feeder I bought was great for the alpacas, it held the hay so far off the ground that the goats could get under it. What do you get when you have goats under a hay feeder full of coastal? Hay in your fiber! Not good!
Well the Welder was able to fix that problem for me in short order by reconfiguring the feeder’s legs so that the entire structure is closer to the ground!
Ken watches his Girls
Meanwhile, Ken decided to let the chickens out, and here is where another lesson was learned: Where something can go out (such as the chickens), something else can come in (such as the goats).
Although the chickens loved their newly found freedom and grass and bugs, once the goats discovered the gate was open, they were making their way into the barn to eat the chicken feed! Little Blackie was especially annoying, I’m told, because even though Ken tried to close the metal door from which the chickens make their exit, Little Blackie was able to get one horn, then the other, into the tiniest of spaces.
Next thing Ken knew, the goats had opened the door!
All in all, I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been to have most of the close family here. Yes, we missed Jamie’s other half (Bryan), and Bennett’s other half (Dawn). This description just scratches the surface of all that went on, and leaves out multiple trips to multiple farm and ranch stores, Ally backing the golf cart into its parking space as if she’d been driving all of her 7 years, a last minute trip to the copy shop and a whirlwind delivery to Dallas, Buddha escaping out the gate temporarily, Bo attending a meeting via computer hookup, and my two daughters breaking into song at the mention of the word “north” (you had to be there).
This, my friends, is real happiness.