Friday, January 20, 2017

Goats Aplenty



We believe that Mr. David Bowie has done his duty and that there are several really adorable kids coming our way soon—we just don't know when. Lucille, Rosie and Beatrice, the oldest of the does, are all definitely pregnant, and each could bring us 2, or even 3 kids. The younger does—Rita, Blossom, Rika and Zena—are probably also pregnant, but probably 1 kid for each as they are all just a year old.

This is an exciting time of year, just waiting for the little ones to show up. The does do all of the hard work and we just stand by and watch. It is a beautiful event to witness if we are lucky enough to catch them giving birth.

Last year, sadly, Lucille gave birth to a dead kid. That was the first time we have had any problem. If you follow this blog, you will also remember that is why we adopted Mr. Bowie. Lucille was crying, mourning the loss of her kid, and we could not bear to see her in pain like that. But, being Lucille, she wanted nothing to do with that little kid with the big floppy ears, so we ended up bottle-feeding him and milking her.

We have Mr. Bowie up for sale right now. Given that we are expecting to increase our numbers from 10 to 17, or even 20, it is time to start selling. As much as we both love this sweet boy, he is a purebred Nubian, which means that we can sell him for more $$$, and that the buyer who pays big $$$ probably won't be sending him to the butcher. I have someone possibly interested. She has several Nubian does who would find him very attractive. And he is!

Monday, January 2, 2017

A rooster unloved and cats under trees

Big Roo, who has always been a well behaved young man, got left out in the cold last night, and it was really cold. The Husband found him early this morning hanging out in the wood pile next to the garage. At least he survived the cold and the coyotes I heard out there last night!

Young Roo, who was born here, the one who was disowned by both of his 2 mommies, likes to think he is the tough guy and (I guess) takes it out on the big guy. Won't happen again. Watch yourself, Young Roo, there is this guy I know who would find you delicious.

Legless Cats Under Trees
Above left: B&E's cat PeeWee being a present under their tree in Florida.
Above right: Our very own Monkey Cat thought he might test out that pose as well.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Most certainly a mess in the morning...

I guess this is our new Christmas tradition—wait for them to open their gifts, and then begin the recycling of all that wrapping paper.

Hope that your Christmas morning was equally messy and fun!

(At least they waited for us to open the gifts.)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

May all your Christmas dreams come true!

PS: I, Cyrus, am not the guilty one, even though most of you have guessed it was me. The other one, sleeping peacefully on the sofa behind me right now, will most certainly make another mess in the morning. But we still love him...

Thursday, December 15, 2016

What you wish for




Dreaming of a White Christmas

Are you sure?

We are supposed to pick up a Christmas tree and our Christmas cards at the printer today. When it looks like this outside, it makes me not want to leave the living room. (I opened the window to take these photos. No, I did not go outside.)

Just the thought of walking around trying to find the perfect tree when it is windy and cold, and the trees are all covered in snow. And then bringing it home in the back of the new truck and having it all covered in snow...again. Brrrr!

Cyrus is thinking he might like to be out there chasing critters, but it looks like even he is thinking twice about it.

Woody is still snoozing on the sofa with his blanket draped over him.

We might just skip our walk today.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Porch rocker project is complete (at least half of it is!)

The blue chair on the left is the earlier version—orange one is the same chair, just finished. I took the first photo on October 2, so I guess the painting and caning process took exactly 2 months. It seemed like much longer.

I bought 2 of these rockers in 1992 to celebrate my purchase of the NJ house with a front porch. My previous post has more rocking chair history: Porch rocker paint project postponed

Now that there are helpful videos on YouTube (this one comes with baby chicks chirping in the background) it is much easier to do the caning. I tried reading the book again this time, but ended up playing the video over and over until I got the hang of it. Definitely not like riding a bike—it doesn't come back to you.

I ordered the cane from HH Perkins both times. They also sell plastic cane, but I asked if it lasted any longer than the real thing and they said no. The natural just looks so much better than anything plastic. But I will definitely try sealing the cane this time to see if I can make them last longer than 20 years in the hopes that I will rock on longer too. I don't think I will have the energy or inspiration to cane these a third time at age 80.

Now how long before I am inspired to start the second chair? Months at least. I have no fingernails left.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sneak preview

I might (just might) have a buyer for the Civic. I have been calling it the Ivic because the C fell off.

I might even have 2 different buyers, but it is hard to tell these days when people are sincere about purchasing something that is advertised online, or even with signs all over the car out on the street.

One guy was supposed to show up this afternoon. One young lady is saving up her money until she has enough.

Only time will tell.

I will get a goodbye pic of the Ivic before it leaves.

This pic is a little preview of the Christmas cards you all will be receiving this year—two boys misbehaving. If you are not on my list, please send me a snail-mail address so that I can include you lestersflat @ g mail . com.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Not ever easy...


Two new vehicles in the driveway and I still don't get to drive one to work!

To all the folks I work with who have been giving me a hard time (you know who you are!)—this isn't easy you know. Nothing is ever easy.

We picked up the Tacoma on Wednesday. They had trouble changing over our insurance on the day before Thanksgiving when people tend to leave work early, or not come in at all. They finally succeeded in tracking down our agent and getting the Tacoma insured, only to find out that they hadn't finished the rust-proofing. Probably would not have even mentioned it if The Husband didn't ask.

Come on guys! I was supposed to pick up the pick-up on Monday. You had 2 extra days to get everything in order. You could have at least called, or told me when I called in the morning before we left.

So today they drive an hour to bring us a loaner to replace the Tacoma while they take it back to finish the rust-proofing. They are supposed to return
it this afternoon. We'll see...

We went through the same nonsense when we bought the Kia. "We couldn't track down your insurance agent on Saturday, so you can't get the car until Monday...bla bla bla...

Monkey and Willie are not amused. Me either.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Lake effect

I went up to Oneida to purchase yet another new vehicle on Saturday. Beautiful day for an hour-long drive—60°, sunny—had the sunroof open and didn't even need a jacket. I was supposed to come back on Monday morning to pick up new vehicle number 2, but weather intervened.

Lake effect snow. Started Saturday night, did not stop until yesterday afternoon...yesterday being Tuesday. I think we got about 12".

It all worked out for the best. I was able to get a better price on the rust-proofing through some e-mailing back and forth with the dealer. I am a better negotiator hiding behind my keyboard. And, vehicle number 2 is supposed to be for The Husband, so he was able to take the day off to come north with me to pick it up today.

Will follow with some very white photos in the next post. Brand new white Toyota Tacoma in the snowy landscape.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family out there! We are staying home by the woodstove and keeping all new vehicles in the garage where they belong. Maybe I could cook the turkey over the fire like they used to do... Or not!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

New car, (almost) new house

Poor little Kia got all frosty this morning before I could get a good picture of it. I think it looks pretty smart parked in front of our pretty smart house, don't you? (The creepy black shadows on it are just a leftover from Halloween.)

Call it an early Christmas present... I was kind of surprised that The Husband decided it was time to trade in his favorite little red Civic for a new Kia Soul+, you know the one that comes with the dancing hamsters? https://youtu.be/knvnX3RDVwM

Unfortunately they were not included, but I think they should have given us one of the cardboard cut-outs that they have at the dealer to make up for the fact that they didn't want our precious Civic as a trade-in. We should have no trouble selling it, especially since we have a captive audience with the bridge construction still going on just at the end of our driveway. They are supposed to be finishing up the paving this week, and probably will be out soon after, so The Little Red Civic That Could needs to get decked out with For Sale signs but quick.

Distracted from my rocking chair painting/caning project so 1 rocking chair still missing from the porch. And you can see that now all of the fall color is gone and most of the leaves as well. This is just the beginning of the brown season...more frost and other white stuff to follow, I am very sure.