Saturday, February 22, 2014

I Think I Am A Reasonable Person....

(Okay, stop laughing!)
Seriously, I AM reasonable about most things. I don't demand a lot from loved ones, I am polite to clerks and other folks in the stores, etc.
But right now, I am peeved.
You see, it is my intent to only *Buy American* when we get into a new house.
Fabrics and wallpaper...totally covered! SPOONFLOWER! that link. Awesome fabrics and wallpaper, made in America! Designers are independent artists that get a small percentage from each sale.
If you sew or quilt...I am so sorry (kinda) for giving you that'll be on there for hours!

I thought I had found my new dishes. Then I found out the company that made them had *outsourced* to China in around 1989.
So, now I have found this website American Made Kitchen Stuff
But sadly, no dinnerware that I really like.
No, I don;t like Corelle....YUCK! Dropped one of those plates and it shattered...found slivers of glass for months! Also...saw enough Corelle to last me a lifetime when I worked for World Kitchen!
I did find one pattern from one place on that website that was *okay* was pretty, made in America...and $247.00 for a set for four people! HOLY SMOKE! I can't afford that!
So...I guess the search for dinner wear will go on.
About the move....I get the feeling everything is going to lag for a bit longer...then fall into place and start gaining speed. That is what usually happens with me and will be nothing, nothing, nothing, then BAM! All of a sudden I've moved!
We are playing a bit of a waiting game here...three things have to happen before I go up to New Hampshire to buy a house....and knowing my luck, all three will happen on the same day, lol.
All the baby goats are doing fine. I think I have decided to keep Charlie as our farm *mascot*. The Darlin' Man might protest, but I think I can make a good case for keeping the little guy around.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Quick Update

Charlie is doing great! After 3 nights being a *house goat*, he was finally strong enough to reintroduce to his mama and siblings. Charlie dove right in and shoved Clyde out of the way (much to Clydes surprise!) and nursed to his hearts (and stomach's) content. He is keeping up with his siblings and has started eating hay as well!
I have a post that has been bouncing around in my head that I will post later.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Poor Little Charlie

The smallest of Champagnes quads is named Charlie.
He (and the rest of the kids) had been doing well, but then this icy cold wind hit.
Last night, all were well....but this morning I woke up out of a dead sleep by the sound of a kid wailing in distress.
I ran outside (barefoot...ouch!) and found little Charlie, away from his mam, crying his head off. I scooped him up, ran inside and wrapped him in a blanket. My son grabbed the other three of Champagnes brood after he fed the adult goats and brought them in. We warmed them all up and fed them bottles of warm milk replacer. As they warmed up, they got livelier and I made some more little warm coats for them to wear. We redid Champagnes pen so that the babies would be cozy and warm and tucked them all back in there.
Except Charlie.
He was the one that was the worst off. Hunched over, shivering and totally miserable.
So, poor little Charlie is still in the house with us.

Currently he is napping on the couch with my younger son, both of them wrapped up in warm blankets and quilts. Charlie seems to be quite content, knowing all he has to do is bleat a bit and I'll come running with a warm bottle!
I hope Charlie makes it and survives. He will probably stay indoors with us tonight.
So, goat baby-sitting tonight!