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Auntie Michelle and I did our first walkies of the year yesterday at Pitt Lake. I had the Cabin Fever real bad, since I’ve been off and on snowed in for most of a month. Ugh, winter.
Not this Winter, who ears what you ear, and ears many other things besides, if those dumbotrons on his head are any indication.
I actually like the snow (soooo much better than muddy feets!), but I just wish it wouldn’t strand me on the farm so often. They finally plowed the main road, and the driveway has packed down and is now driveable, so I was keen to get out and do an epic New Year walk . We had a lot of fun, but I didn’t take very many photos because they turn out the same as taking them at home. Everything is brown covered in white.
Like here is FaeFae standing on a frozen lake, but you wouldn’t know that if I didn’t tell you that.
And Dexter running through the brush, which may as well be my yard for all you could see the difference.
And Pesty Peetie posing on the dyke, which may as well be the river behind my house, except for the mountain in the background.
Wootie found a Really Big Stick, but it’s from the same kind of trees we have at home, so ….
But everyone had fun, and ran themselves to sleep after almost three hours of meandering around the lake – so first goal of 2017 accomplished!
Second goal of 2017 accomplished this morning when I (*insert drumroll here*) signed the leash on my new place!
Those of you on Facebook already know this, but I found a new home. I am SO EXCITED! It’s an old three bedroom house (rooms! I will have REAL rooms!) on an 18 acre farm that is filled with
(wait for it)
Goats goats goats! Big goats! Little Goats! Baby goats! Grown up goats!
MY NEW LANDLORD GAVE ME A GOAT AS A HOUSEWARMING GIFT! I named him Snorfles. I have no photos of the goats because I was so excited I plain old forgot to take any. Not even a photo of baby Snorfles because I was too busy cuddling him. My stepdad practically had to pry him out of my arms and make me leave. But I did get a couple of photos of the property with the phone.
This is my new house and the front yard.
The side yard, and you can see the garage (currently houses horses) where my poultry can live. Or my car. Priorities, you know.
Here’s a view of the back of my house and garage-thing from the other end of the property where the landlord lives.
The inside of the house needs a lot of work done, as it’s old, and the current tenant hasn’t done anything to it. But my landlord says if I do the work, he’ll pay for the needed materials. And it has a wood burning stove in it too! I predict Addy will be vacating my shirt and living on a dog bed next to the stove.
My new landlord is the nicest guy. I had posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a new place to rent – it’s how I found the place I’m on now, seven years ago, so I figured it could work again. And it did! He hadn’t advertised this house yet and he said when he saw my advert he thought “PERFECT.” He doesn’t care how many dogs I have. And when I suggested I might get a donkey he said “OH MY GOD, YES PLEASE!” Could this be any more wonderful?
The property is much more rural than where I am now – my current location is a pocket of pseudo rural in a fairly developed neighborhood. The new place is way out in the boonies. And SO QUIET. Michelle and I creeped my new house and hood yesterday after our walk and I stopped the car, rolled down the windows and made her listen to the sound of NOTHING. It’s going to be so great!
I’m so relieved that we will all have a new home :) Thank you all for putting it out there in the universe for us!
(This is a random photo of Wootie who looks like how I feel right now)
So. Who wants to help me move? ;-)
I’m so relieved and thrilled for you! I wish you all much happiness in your new spot and with your new baby goat :-)
Desiree Bellman says
Yay!!! So glad!!!!
My husband is shaking his head and totally not understanding my joy at this person, who I don’t know, who I call The Food Lady, who lives several thousand miles away, finding a home for herself and her 10 dogs. And getting a baby goat from her new landlord. But tears of joy they are. The new year is starting on a high note for The Food Lady et al. Wishing you continued success and hugs.
I can’t wait to see pics of Snorfles! I am so happy for you. Maybe snow tires/ chains and a large freezer so you can stock up on frozen foods since you’re living the truly rural life now. Can’t wait to see more pics.
Congratulations! Could be better for a better person!
Really happy for you. Is also a release for me because I was spending some part of each worrying about you. So YAY! Wish I lived within reasonable traveling distance as I am a good painter and would help you move.
I’ve always believed that the universe conspires to create what’s right for us at the right time. It’s the only woowoo thing I ascribe too. We just have to see when it’s offered.
How lovely that it conspired to bring to this beautiful place.
We are have cold and ice in in North Central Alabama, so I am assuming the universe wants me inside, eating get pizza.
Congrats, Food Lady!
Thank Dog!! I join the crowd that is delighted and relieved.
No Place Like Home! So thrilled for you all!!
Ann R. says
It just keeps sounding better and better. I am so happy for you and your crew. I am looking forward to seeing photos of your baby goat and your donkey (If you get one…). Happy New Year!!
Lise B. says
Awesome! Plus bonus goat! <3
This is seriously some of the best news I’ve heard all year. Congratulations, and here’s to many more adventures!!!
Giselle Scull-Monroe says
*leash* So glad for you!
BTW, word is, donkeys don’t like dogs.
Have you ever thought of getting a big hairy LGD to run off the predators and keep the littlies safe? Good for protecting livestock like poultry too.
Kate D. says
Wow ! you have some serious cosmic pull happening for you and your crew, I don’t have facebook, so just read this now, serious congratulations to you and the dogs and potential other not yet acquired critters as well !!
Silvana Bevilacqua says
Karma my darling! You deserve every good thing. So happy for you and your tribe.
Silvana, Colin and of course Meika
Janet, Spur, Cutter, Copper, Rip & Emma says
So very , very happy for you!! The new place looks wonderful! I will second the warning on donkeys and dogs….although I do have a donkey and the LGD’s get along with him just fine. Just be careful. I think you should get some sheep – herding just might be what Dexter and Peetie need!
So happy for you!! You have been in my thoughts. I LOVE your blog.
Ha, goats are great, we had some years ago. So entertaining, especially the babies. Great at clearing brush too. What kind of goat is Snorfles? Glad things are looking up for you and the dogs. :)
Karen O says
This is such wonderful news. I was so heartbroken for you before. The Universe is looking out for you and your gang.
Agnes Eichman says
So happy for you! And relieved – was really worried for you.
I love that the new place looks fairly fenced off to lessen fear of evil coyotes.
That is such good news! It will be interesting to see how the pack interacts with their new co-tenants! Goat pictures!!!!
Yay! Congratulations! Can’t wait for the many photo-ops to come. Baby goats?!? A DONKEY!?! reDONKulous!
Janice in GA says
I am so, SO happy you found a home!!!! Much joy to you in the future there!!!
So happy and relieved for you!!!! Wish I were closer – I would love to help you move and fix up your new HOME!!!! Can’t wait for more news and more pictures! Congratulations!!!!! Good news well deserved!
What great news!!!! Looks / sounds like an absolutely fabulous arrangement for you and the gang! I love it when good things happen to good people. Can’t tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Good luck with the move.
Nancy in AZ says
I’m so glad to hear you found a great situation for yourself and your furry family!! Just a word of caution, and you are probably already aware of this, but black walnut can be extremely toxic, even deadly to equines. I believe it can also be dangerous to dogs if ingested as well. Best wishes to you on your new abode. Sounds near ideal!!
The Food Lady says
People keep warning me about the black walnuts, but the current tenant has two horses in there amongst all the walnuts? I dunno, maybe her horses know not to eat them or something. I was kind of thinking of fencing in that portion of the yard for the chickens anyway; I’ve heard the walnuts are no good for dogs too, and I have some dogs that are not that bright and I’d like to keep them away from them.
If I do get a donkey it will live out on the field with the goats, not in my yard, as a protector to the goats. And I would love an LGD, but I think I would have to do some serious reinforcing of my fencing to contain one, so that’s not in my immediate future.
Thanks everyone! I am also excited :)
WOO HOO!!! Yay Food Lady – I’m so happy you’ve found your home!!!!!!!
Kate D. says
seen this in our UFV program.., since you will be getting a goat and like goats, out in Chilliwack at UFV there is a new course this year called “Targeted Grazing” 4 different courses that helps you understand a develop a mngmt plan for using goats to graze a site, they do goat husbandry, invasive plant biology etc, course arent too long, but are in chilliwack, they might have something similar out in your neck of the woods ! I read the guy out here was doing quite well in killing off all invasive plants, blackberries etc, the city had hired him to try and it was quite the success, thought it was worth a mention :))
I am happy that you found a solution to your housing situation! It sounds pretty close to perfect. I LOVE the group shot. It looks like Winter is trying to hold back Woo with that one leg. :-)
Like all the others, I’m so happy you found a place!!! Looking forward to your adventures in a new location and with new kinds of animals.
I am so happy to hear you have a new place! It looks wonderful!
The Green Dogs says
Over the moon to hear you’ve got somewhere new – and what a great landlord! :)
CONGRATULATIONS! You were on my mind a lot too–just thought what happened, and was happening to you was so unfair. Can’t wait for new stories and pics!
YAY! I’m so happy to hear that you have a new place, and it’s perfect. And has goats.
Now, all those collie dogs you have might decide to start herding those goats….
Brilliant news – sorry a little late, just found you today ;)
Love goats, goat pictures please
Hope the move goes well, supporting you from Scotland.
My first BC girl used to herd the goats for me at milking time she was amazing at it.