Well, I can't decide if I should write a post for the Plant Spirit Medicine thread, one on This Week in Review, or the Farm Life thread. Or not at all. I'm sitting here looking out the window at the snow falling, with an inner groan going. When I checked the weather last night the prediction for today was completely different than what it is doing. So I didn't cover up the big rounds of red fir our neighbor brought over and they are now covered with snow. We have a deep freeze coming up by Sunday, with possible temperatures at night below zero. Will have to put little coats on the two bucklings and the blanket back on the horse for a few days. Not to mention the buckets of ice I will have to contend with. Ugh.
I read two articles yesterday, one with Elon Musk talking about how humans are going to have to merge with machines or become obsolete. It's actually a year old, but I've noticed stories are starting to recirculate, so really have to pay attention. The other one is about a mom in Detroit being jailed for not vaccinating her child. It's from October of last year and will have to find out what happened there. A lot of people aren't following up, and I'm guilty of that too, but you can't just post hardly anything anymore without a bit of checking on who, when, and where.
Plus I've been re-reading Ingo Swan's little book called Penetration. That one really is worth reading if you haven't already. Quit riveting, I must say. Especially because of the time frame in which he had his experiences of which he writes. The PDF where you can read this for free is here: https://www.wanttoknow.info/ufos/penetr ... _swann.pdf
I did take the two boys to be disbudded yesterday, along with my friend and her four little bucklings. One of hers was smaller than the other three and so we'll have to make another trip with him and the doeling she got from her other doe. And she's going to start bottle feeding him since he's getting squeezed out of getting enough milk from mom. We made the mistake at looking around while we were there. I wanted to see the buck she has in mind to breed my little mini Lamancha to this fall, and we saw this cute little Nigerian buck with blue eyes she nicknamed Crispy because when she got him his horns were a bit far along and he kind of got a little crispy when they got burned off. Kind of a gruesome practice, but it's become fairly standard. Strange the things that get normalized in the name of whatever reason they come up with. Yes, they can get caught up in the fence and other things, and people worry they will hurt themselves, each other, or their owner. Still, I'm not fond of it.
Anyway, my friend who came with me has the two does that were orphaned last year and they are really tiny, and so are my two does that I bred to Jupiter. He was an awesome looking buck with a big full long white beard, but he had these short stubby legs and his offspring tend to be smaller. So I guess we're going in on this little guy to breed to our smaller does. He also has blue eyes, which stupidly enough people want. I should have never looked, but there ya go. And I gotta get busy and sell a couple goats myself. At least we have a few choices now come breeding time, since everyone ends up being related after a while. And I need to hurry up and make a quick birthing stall for when my other girl is ready, which should be in just a few weeks. It's funny when I start trying to remember how everyone is related. I've had to write it all down because it's getting a bit convoluted.
And it's not the only thing getting convoluted. Such a strange world we live in. I also woke up yesterday to the news about the recent shooting in Florida which also produced an inner groan. I can't believe people honestly believe that taking everyone's guns away will actually reduce these types of acts. They won't even look at other countries where this has happened. Crime actually goes up because no good criminal worth his or her salt is going to willingly turn in their illegally gotten weapons and are actually emboldened because they know their life of crime is only going to get easier. I personally don't want to have to booby trap our property and make our home a fortress. Not to mention the already glaring false flag aspects of this case. But, oh well. Can't really do anything about it so might as well put my attention elsewhere, which I totally plan to do. My head is swimming with ideas on what I want to plant and where. And all that I have to do to get up to speed to be ready when I need to be for making it all happen. Will I get it all done? Most likely not, but it doesn't hurt to plan big and go for it anyway. I did start some tomato seeds yesterday.
Both me and my neighbor are starting more plants than we need this year, and plan to have a plant sale this spring. We'll get our business cards made up and do a bit of community outreach. My neighbor has brought me a ready made garden numerous occasions throughout our many years of knowing each other. No reason not to offer that service to the community and perhaps get something financial back from his endeavors. Plus he needs to get out and meet some new people anyway.
I've actually had to put dates on the calendar to keep track and plan ahead for all the things I want to be involved in this year. As much as I love being home and have reclusive tendencies, I'm committed to pushing myself to reach out and get more involved in local community projects where people are doing the kinds of things that bring us together in a good way. The feeling I get inside is so strong that NOW is the time to do this. I've learned to listen to those spirit nudges, even though I can be quite stubborn and have to overcome my isolationist tendencies.
Don't have much else to comment on, so will leave you with a few goat pictures, LOL. I know I just don't post enough of them. They make me smile, though, and hopefully they make you smile too. Once again, it's a strange strange world we live in. All I can say is you can't go wrong when you do what you love. It might take great courage to go against the grain sometimes, but it's up to each of us to make our lives what we really want it to be, despite whatever is going on "out there". Maybe they want to suck us all in to the shit show they are trying to make the only channel available, but don't let them kid you, it's not. It may take a little more effort to tune into the channel less listened to, but it's still there.
The one in front is Arrow, and she's pregnant, then behind her is her two little brothers, and mom behind them.