I’ve been seeing articles about a new fitness craze- Yoga with Goats. At first I thought it was a joke, then I realized they weren’t kidding and decided it must be a “city folk” thing. Have you ever had goats or spent any time around them? I have goats. Friendly goats. If you would like to come do your morning yoga routine with them I will gladly open the gate for you.
Seriously, goats?! The nibble on anything and everything. The sun is just coming up and making the dew sparkle on the grass, the birds are starting to sing and you roll out your yoga mat for a relaxing workout with goats. One goat is resizing your yoga mat while another is nibbling your hair and another is at your fingers looking for a treat and well, you get the picture. They are very friendly creatures. They also poop all the time. Everywhere.
Sounds like a relaxing workout to me… not really… maybe that’s why the wine option has been added.
I prefer my days to start with Coffee with Cows (#coffeewithcows). It’s not a new thing but I did just give it a name. Here’s how it works: Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee and head to the barn or pasture; bathrobe, dressed for the day, doesn’t matter. For a light workout just sip your coffee. Enjoy the birds singing and farm animals greeting the day. A medium workout you could toss them some hay. (If you feed the goats while you’re out there maybe they will leave the yoga class alone for a bit.) For a little extra grab a pitch fork and wheel borrow and do a little pen cleaning. All while peacefully having your morning coffee.
Don’t believe me about the goat/yoga thing, here’s one link to get you started: http://time.com/money/4793166/goat-yoga-class-popular-price-sold-out/
We had eight of twelve duck eggs hatch. The eighth I’m hoping will make it, he’s been looking better but I’m still cautious to say we are in the clear with him yet. All animals have a “best outcome method” (my own official term) of birth. Cows it’s best to see the two front hooves and nose coming out first, goats too. Egg hatching birds (all that I am aware of) are supposed to peck around the top of the egg which is the more round end, the bottom being the pointed end. These don’t guarantee a healthy baby but the odds are much better.
Duck8 started pecking at the point of the egg. With a very small hole pecked he made no progress what so ever for about 24 hours. There was still a little wiggling in the shell so Mike decided to help the little guy out. This is not recommended by the way, but we can only watching something struggle for so long before we have to step in and help in hopes of saving the little life. Mike pealed back some of the shell leaving the inner lining intact. It reminded me of a beating heart, the motion of the lining (it was white though, not red and bloody). Then he left to go disc the hay field.
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21
Don’t I know it! The amount of plans that I have carefully or carelessly put together that have gone up in smoke are endless. I plan all the time and most the time God says “Nope turn left” when I’m stepping right. For a great many years the change of plans that took me a direction I had not planned to go was quite frustrating. I had things to do, it says so on my list.
I pray all day long for what I would like to see happen and so far I’m not seeing the progress that I would hope. It’s discouraging. I’ve been putting in the prayer and the work that I think will make a difference and still I feel no closer to my goal than I did before. Which brings me to “Thy will be done.” Matthew 6:10
It took more days than I had hoped but all of the grain to be planted for the season is in the ground. You see when you plant by hand it takes a few extra hours. When you add children to the task those extra hours get spread out over extra days. Little by little we got it done though.
The original wheat field was planted first. I used a small handheld broadcaster. Mike followed me with a fifty pound bag of seed, refilling my seeder every pass, all the while asking “Are you walking in a straight line? It doesn’t look like it.” (sigh) Once I had it all seeded he used took the drag, the four-wheeler and one kid riding at a time they smoothed the whole thing.