Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The New Goat House!

So we have decided to build a new goat house. You can't call it a pen as it's BIG. Since it looks like our dream house has been sold, we have basically decided we are happy staying here and maybe expanding our house. More on that down the road. We are still in debate mode.

But since we are here the goats need a new pen, but this thing is BIG. It's 8x10 to stay within code so we don't have to get permits. You can see the second photo we cleared the area on Tuesday, We found all the wood from around our property and cut it down to size, very surprised we have nearly all the wood we needed. We need maybe 2-3 more pieces and that is it? Shocking.

See we collect wood, all summer long I respond to any wood posting on freecycle and craigslist and my poor hubby runs up and gets it. Well this is why we do this. To get to this point in the goat house it has not costs us a cent. We think we can finish this for less then 20 bucks. So we are trying to head out daily to do something towards this house. Yesterday we cleared the area, and found and cut all the wood in the freezing cold might I add?

Today we built the sub floor until it started to rain so bad we had to come in. Tomorrow we are looking to put in supports in the sub floor. And hubby wants to outline the roof. If we can we will start the floor, but we may wait until we can do the floor and back wall in one day as we have a jumper in the group and we are afraid he will be more then happy to climb on the wall and right over to the neighbors they are fully fenced but still. I don't want to go and chase a goat. Stay posted. I will try and update as we go. Ms. Sierra was so helping us today, I'm surprised she's not in the shot?

OH when we get done building this house, we are tearing down two of the older pens and then making room for another goat house that should be built this summer, ready for next fall and winter. Too much to do out there and never enough time!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Yes, Really Goat Coats

So here is Sierra and Bridget modeling the new coats I slaved over all night long to make them.

Well yesterday was a day. That night it was sooooo cold we are talking 6 degrees cold. The dogs were inside and we let the dogs out in the morning. Our Hannah likes to sneak into the goats pen and play with the goats. Usually we catch this and yell at her to come and leave the goats alone and normally she does for the rest of the day. Well I didn't catch this and neither did hubby.

I went to drop of a few kids and went to the office. After picking up kid 2 I had a feeling I needed to head home so half way home I get a call from hubby. Hannah had snuck out with the goats and got the girls. It seems it was too cold for the girls to play and sat as sitting targets.

I got home a few minutes later and hubby carried them into the wash room (Goat Hospital) and we cleaned up the ears, but they were so cold. I wrapped them in towels and blankets and we let them nap.

I left to pick up kid 1 and I came back and they were feeling good. They were awake sitting on top of the blankets, eating away.

So they stayed in the wash room all night as it was to be a whopping 12 degrees last night. Way too cold for my girls.

I had this idea it was time for a goat coat. Something I had been waiting to do but my other goats have nice big winter furs that they are outside doing just fine. So I measured and cut and sewed out of old towels and batting.

Got them done this morning before putting the girls back outside for the day. Sierra is doing great and getting into trouble. Bridget has been on her feet and eating hey, but not fully herself yet. Hopefully as it warms up here in a day or two she will be bouncing around like her sissy?

They are in their own pen right now as they get back on their feet. Probably tomorrow put them out with the rest of the goats.

And Ms. Hannah is on a dog runner right now. She will have no more access to the goats what so ever!

Next up Rain Coats. And yes I'm serious.

Monday, December 7, 2009

How Cool Are These?

So I went to a bazaar on Saturday and found a magnet. This little 2x2 magnet and looking at it and looking at it, thought I could do that! So with my cricut, (gotta love my cricut) I cut out some shapes and today I ran to Home Depot and for 5 bucks got 36 pieces of tile. Now a lot cheaper then I thought. Last time I saw these they were 10 bucks a sheet. I ran to Fred Meyer and got magnets and tonight in a few seconds I had 24 magnets. How cool are these?

I am donating these to Ethan's school, Ethan's class runs a store to raise money for their up coming field trip.

So after doing these the boys are SO excited and saying we can do these for this person and that person. So every family member and neighbor watch out.

Total cost is .39 cents for each magnet. I have rolls and rolls of vinyl I was given to me so I only had to buy tile and magnets.

So easy and so super cheap! And you know I love cheap!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Card Photos

Well it was time for me to take the Christmas card photos. I have been dragging my feet on this. It's only the 6th right? So in turn this is really early for me. So no idea which I will choose but here are a few from the photo shoot. Dang I have cute kids!