Friday, January 23, 2009

Ketchup Addicts

Some members of the Baker family were here...
...and I have the evidence to prove it!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Zoe's 80's glasses

Today the toilet overflowed in our bathroom and no one noticed for a LONG time! I finally heard water running and went to see what it was. OH MY. There was so much water that it came through to the OTHER bathroom! A long time ago we tore up half the carpet in our bathroom, because we thought it was really stupid to have carpet around a toilet!! Thank goodness we did that... but there was so much water that it made it over to the part of the floor with carpet. I've had a fan blowing on it all day and it is still soaked. I used every towel in the house to try to soak up as much water as I could, but it is still soaked! Aaaagh! Maybe it's time to tear up the rest of that carpet...

Thanks for all the onions Gabe - I got them planted this afternoon! And Mooky hauled 9 huge wheelbarrow loads of fertilizer (aka "that stuff in the barn") out to the garden for me. We are going to work on that daily for awhile so that it will have time to break down before we begin planting.

Zoe "making pancakes" - I gave away all the little kid toys months ago, (I really should've kept some) and so all she has to play with is a lego horse, a stuffed mouse, and whatever pots and pans she can scrounge up. She sure does have a good imagination because she has not played with the mouse and the horse very much at all.
Erinn made these hilarious glasses for Zoe.

Despite the bathroom incident, we had a really good day. Enjoyed all the sunshine and warm weather. Got all our school work done, and the house clean.

Maggie is starting to really not want to walk around much - dont know if she is hurting, or just "full of babies" and miserable. Since she is the herd leader, all the goats are staying pretty close. Sometimes they wander off a little ways, but she doesn't even get up, so they come back.

Liberty has gotten used to Zoe finally! So has Annie - she'll let Zoe pet her out on the deck, or wherever she finds her.

Erinn's arm is healing well!

We are finally starting to get 3 or 4 eggs a day from the Not Marans. The six eggs on the left are from Mum, 5 of which are from Real Marans. The six eggs on the right are from our Not Marans that Mooky paid a whole lot of money for. He ordered them from Ray Valetine in Florida and should have received chicks that grow up to lay very dark colored eggs. Grrr. Not light brown. And CERTAINLY NOT GREEN!!!

OK - we've just proven bad things don't happen in threes. :D
Because the Little Red truck is acting up AND the bathroom was flooded this morning.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I've got lots of cute Zoe pictures, but the fridge died yesterday and it took the whole day to get it cleaned out, cleaned under, cleaned behind, go to town, get the part, get it in, and put everything back in... whew! I'm just so thankful that Kris was able to fix it! It is only 10 years old. So, these two Zoe pics are from the first day she was here. More coming soon!

PJ really likes Zoe and followed her all over the place one afternoon.

"When it rains, it pours...."

"Bad things happen in threes..."

That's just a few of the comments we've heard (not from any of our blog readers, I'm sure) regarding our meat grinder, fridge, and oven all dying in the same week.


What about all the GOOD things that have happened? Why not look on the bright side?

Such as: the oven isn't dead yet. It still works about half the time - the electrical part that makes the gas light seems to be bad, and will cost a lot to replace. But, the stove top still works just fine! And we were trying not to use the oven too much anyway due to the price of propane.
And, Kris fixed the fridge for $65, which was the price of the part needed. It would have cost at least $150 to have someone come out and fix it for us. Yippeeeee!! (He's so smart.)
And at least we already have a lot of meat ground up, and we MAY be able to find the part needed and not have to buy a new grinder.

Monday, January 19, 2009


I decided to take pics of the kids all dressed up for church yesterday morning.

Girls posing nicely...

Boys being boys...

Girls posing nicely...

Boys being boys... :D

After church I took Tana and Dalton to Marble Falls where we met Mum, who then took them to Buffalo. Kiwi and Rowdy met her in Buffalo and took the kids the rest of the way home. I bet they were sick of being on the road after that!

On my way back from meeting Mum I stopped in Johnson City and picked up Zoe!
Zoe vs. the Animals
It's very interesting how all animals KNOW the difference between a small child and a larger child or adult. A rooster who has never caused any problems tried to attack Zoe, but I caught him in the act and he stopped before he made contact. Chicken soup for lunch tomorrow!
And Liberty, who NEVER barks at visitors has been barking madly at Zoe every time she steps out the door. She won't get anywhere near Zoe and doesn't act agressive - just barks a warning that there is a very small invader on the property! I tried to get Liberty to come meet Zoe, but Hannah very carefully kept in between Liberty and us, so that didn't work out very well. So, we've gone outside 4 or 5 times today to let Liberty get used to her, and she is not barking near as much now.
Annie (Erinn's new cat) has been spending her days outside getting to know the animals, and enjoying exploring. She really doesn't seem to like strangers, but she walked right up to Zoe meowing loudly!
Scarlett, Sassafras, Rio, and Saphire say "Don't get near me, you small child!"
Mattie, Maggie and Sprite say "Aaah...we love all this attention."
Zoe says "You're a beautiful goat. I like you."