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    I Have a Blog? And Meet Reece.

    May 24, 2012 by Brandy Vencel

    So. I didn’t forget about this cozy little spot on the Internets. However, comma, we did run away from home for a few days, and that means no blogging. Here is some insight into exactly what we were doing…

    We visit Morro Bay almost every year {we like to stay in Pismo Beach, but heading to Morro Bay for the day is a must}, but this year was unique. If you know the Central California Coast, then you know that Morro Bay is a very gloomy part of California, and often covered by mist or fog all the day long. This time? Well, it was perfect. The fog rolled out early on Sunday morning, and on Tuesday we never saw any at all. It was great.

    We saw a few things this time that we’d never seen before, among them a bird {the name of which we are still trying to discover}. But the real treat was this:

    It’s probably hard to understand this photo, but I don’t have a fancy camera, so that’s as good as it gets. This, my friends, is a bunch of baby sea otters, laying on their backs in the sun. Their mother was playing {or fishing?} nearby. We had never seen otters in the wild before, and they were just as cute as one would expect.

    Yesterday, when we were supposed to be recovering from our vacation {those of you who travel with children know what I mean}, I found a very pregnant Kinder doe for sale. Our afternoon turned into a whirlwind and we ended up buying this gal:

    It’s not a great photo, I know, but it’s the only one I have right now. Si said she reminded him of chocolate and peanut butter and somehow she ended up being named Reece because of that.

    I’ve never posted photos of Wesley, the get-by guy {as I called him}. When Abigail died, we bought him as a friend for Charlotte, who wasn’t handling her loneliness very well. I feel a little guilty moving Wesley again as we are his third owner this year {!}, but hard choices are necessary, right? I hope we find him a good home that will appreciate him.

    Here are a couple photos of Wesley that I took in order to list him for sale on Craigslist:

    He’s a sweet goat and very tame, but we no longer have use for him. Nor do we have space, what with babies due any day now. This all happened so suddenly, but it really does get us closer to our goal of two producing Kinder does. Reece will begin milking next week, probably, and if she has a buck kid, we’ll keep him and let him breed Charlotte {and sell the babies–we are raising backyard goats, remember, and that means we are short on space}. And then, God willing, Charlotte will produce five months after that. We’ll sell the buck, and have two milking does.

    Mission accomplished.

    Or, at least, this is the plan.

    From what I’ve read, we should be able to milk them through for about 14 to 18 months, so that will give us time before we have to think about breeding again.

    I’ll have a real post up sometime soon, I hope, but for now I thought I’d share a little about our adventures.

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    8 Comments

  • Reply Mystie May 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I’m glad you had a family get-away! And I hope your goats work out for you. 🙂 I’m looking forward to our family trip to the beach this summer, too. Um, and to my upcoming milk production, too, while we’re talking of such things. 🙂

    • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts May 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      I have never been to the Oregon coast, but I hear it is lovely, even if you can’t body surf. 🙂

      I never made much milk myself, so ya’ll sound like heroes with super powers to me. 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer May 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I can’t help but be a little jealous of your microhomestead. The only thing producing milk around here right now is me 😉 soldier on, prairie mama!

    • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts May 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Well, I am jealous you are able to produce milk! 😉

      Maybe if I make my yard awesome enough you will come visit? {hint hint}

  • Reply amy May 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    So… you came over again and still didn’t say hello. 🙂 That’s okay. I probably just missed you, have been in Morro Bay a lot lately as the days have been hot and it’s just 10 min. away!

    • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts May 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Sorry! Someday, someday…

      We used to go and stay 10 days, but now it is always a whirlwind and I always forget half of what we mean to do. 🙁

    • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts May 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      ps. Jealous you are 10 min from MB! Where are you? Atascadero?

    • Reply amy May 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      yep. Atascadero 🙂

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