I was supposed to be using my downtime on the blog while our transfer to a new host was in the works to catch up on a lot of things. Instead I went and spent the weekend at a friend’s….and I wonder why I’m perpetually behind on everything!
My friend lives next to a mini-farm with chickens and goats…so we had some visitors while there! The Dadz and I are still considering adding goats to the farm in the future, and these guys were pretty cute.
There were some all black, and black and white chickens, that were very pretty. I can see us wanting to try different breeds, so our flock will probably grow in the future (that woman has 32 chickens!).
The blog transfer is still in the works. It got delayed a little bit but it’s still in process. We may still have a bit of downtime here, which I’ll try to use more wisely this time! We’re working on more than one review/giveaway post and some other things, but I don’t want to publish those until I know everything’s settled, so we might still be a bit more quiet than usual.
Thanks for the Motivation!
Thanks to everyone for their support and suggestions on my Exercising with Dogs – On Motivation and Consistency post last week. This morning dawned wet and humid. It had stopped raining but everything was still damp. But with the extra motivation I got from that post, I put my excuses aside and got right out there for my run, and the dogs’ walk afterwards! It was as muddy and buggy as I feared it would be on our trails, but we survived! I did slip a couple times on some wet rocks but I had wisely put my hiking boots on and they helped me stay upright.
My hubby was home from work and got to see what a process it is for us to get out the door! He commented that it looks like another workout in and of itself (dog wrestling 101). He might be right about that!
Next up will be working on that consistency and actually walking in the rain, and I hope to get the dog some raincoats soon. Does anyone have one for their dog that they love? I want something that covers their bellies too for that splash up that we get.
The chickens are getting so big and the guinea keets are growing too! The keets will be able to venture outdoors in just a couple more weeks, and the chickens will hopefully begin to lay some eggs around that same time. I’m excited to see the first one! I still plan to tell you more about the guinea hens as well.
My sister commented that our kitty Samantha hasn’t been on the blog much lately. My answer to that was that our little Sam doesn’t do much to write about! Sleeping and eating is about it, along with a whole lot of purring and licking when she’s getting the attention she loves. I’ll try to get some new photos of her soon, and she’s also due for her yearly vet checkup so we’ll give a report on her health, which is hopefully as good as it seems.
Hope you all have a great week!
Jodi Stone says
Good on you for getting outside despite the weather. Once you get into the habit, I think you’ll find the weather deters you less. For us, usually the only thing that stops us is ice.
The colors of your chickens are BEAUTIFUL!
Yes, dog wrestling 101. LOL it’s like trying to put boots on a toddler. 🙂
Thank you – the chickens do coordinate well together, don’t they? I mostly chose them for their egg laying abilities, but it worked out well. I’d love to add some different ones someday too though.
We’ve been doing better at getting out more consistently, and mostly the rain has worked around our schedules so far. I did just order some raincoats for them (getting some to review actually!).
Oh my gosh. If y’all get goats, I’m going to be such an Instagram stalker 😉 I love goats! Sorry I have no good suggestions for rain coats–Barley will not go out the door except by force if it’s raining and Rye loves the rain and would be very upset if I put a coat on her, so I just keep a super absorbent towel by the door for her rain play sessions.
I’m trying to decide which would be more work – drying them off or putting rain coats on them. They don’t like standing still for either thing!
Someone brought a baby goat in the store where we work today – it was SO adorable!!
Hope everything went well!
Jackie Bouchard says
Will have to go read your motivation post and the advice from everyone. I’ve been feeling unmotivated with my running and our walks have been shorter. I just hate the hot weather of summer. I so much more enjoy getting out when it’s nice and COOL. No advice on raincoats since we just don’t get that much rain here.
Would love to have a goat. They’re so cute. Although I know nothing about keeping one!
That’s why I love spring and fall here so much…no weather extremes, and it’s so much easier to get out.
I don’t know anything about goats either. Then again, I didn’t know anything about chickens or guinea hens, but I’m learning!
GROOVY GOLDENDOODLES says
That sure was a lot of mud. I would have cried if Jaxson’s furry paw was sinking in it LOL
Has Sam met the new additions to the fam yet?
We take mud in stride around here! LOL. We usually walk through wet grass after the mud so by the time we get back to the house her paws are pretty clean!
No, Sam has not met the new additions yet. They are out in the chicken coop, and are pretty skittish so I think she would freak them out. 🙂
I’m glad to read that your post about exercise consistency helped you find motivation in some bad weather! Way to go!
Thank you! I’m going to do my best to keep it up too!
Sounds like you are having a very busy summer. Goats make great lawn & weed mowers.
We sure are! I just hope the busy-ness doesn’t make it fly by too fast.
That’s what I told my hubby about goats – and he sure wouldn’t mind help with those tasks! 🙂
Sand spring Chesapeake says
Good luck with the blog transfer. I like goats fainting goats is what I want
I need to look more into what fainting goats are all about – it seems kind of odd! 🙂
Dolly the Doxie says
Good luck on the downtime, we took almost two weeks off and nothing got completely finished. Can’t wait until you get goats! Love Dolly
I never get everything done on a staycation that I plan to. I think I get too caught up in relaxing, and I don’t work well unless I’m under pressure!
I’m not sure when we’ll get goats, but probably not until next summer. We’ve taken on enough for this year! 🙂
Good for you! We don’t believe in raincoats as we dry off fairly quickly. The hassle of putting them on and then our legs and stuff would be wet anyway. It’s easier to just dry us off after we get back home.
Yeah, as much fun as we have just getting their harnesses on them, I wonder if just drying them off might be easier!
M. K. Clinton says
Spending time with friends sounds like a great way to use your down time! I think you should get some baby goats and put them in pajamas like the Facebook video. LOL! The chickens are so pretty ☺
Oh goodness, I can just imagine what my hubby would say to goats in pajamas – LOL!
Those goats and chickens sure visited a lot while you were here! They’re very cute. We really enjoy them. Glad you stayed for the weekend. It was fun!
It was fun, thank you for having me! It couldn’t have been better with the goats visiting so much…we didn’t have to leave your place to see them. You are going to miss them when you move (unless you and Alex get tired of rescuing them from the road – LOL).
The Island Cats says
We would love to see some goats along with the chickens.
Young and new life always gets me misty-eyed. It must be something else to watch them grow so quickly and blossom.
It really is – it’s amazing. I never thought I would be enjoying it as much as I am!
Monika & Sam says
Haven’t found rain jackets that keep the under carriage safe from splash-backs but do like the ones from Duluth Trading since they have a bit of lining and pockets. Pockets!!! It’s so cool to not have to carry 87 thing in my own pockets. But one of these days I hope to design a slicker with an undercarriage to keep splash back to a minimum and can guarantee my version will have pockets and be as easy to put on as the Duluth. Good luck.
Oh, and can I just say sqeee! when it comes to goats. They provide endless hours of entertainment along with their milk. Even the cashmere goats are entertaining and you can sell their wool. Good luck on the farm expansion. And kudos for taking time to spend with a friend. Taking care of you and nourishing relationships is even more ‘impawtant’ as ‘keeping up’ is, but it’s always a good investment in time spent with friends. ????
Be sure to let me know when you get that slicker designed – I’ll be your first customer! It is difficult to find ones that cover the belly without covering too much or being too heavy for warm days.
I wasn’t too sure about goats but after meeting these, I’m more sold on them!
I agree, we really need to make time for friends and for just relaxing. Relaxing is not something I am good at! 🙂
Monika & Sam says
Will do on the slicker design. As for relaxing, it’s an acquired skill but friendship, that’s extra special. ☺️
Brian Frum says
When we had doggies they had raincoats too, they loved them. Those chickens sure are big now!
Edie Chase says
When my chickens started to lay their eggs, I didn’t know for about a month, because they had access to the yard and hid them.
I’ve heard they might do that, so I am trying to pay attention now to where they like to hang out so we can check those places. Once the keets are out of their cage, we’ll put nesting boxes in the coop and hope like heck they use those for laying!
I like the ideas with the goats, they are super cute and there are goat breeds what look just outstanding… I always dreamed about to add some animals from red list to our family… like having my own ark ;o)
I know, I can just see our farm continuing to grow until it’s out of control! BOL
Shadow and Ducky's Mom says
I have raincoats for my girls; but like Daisy’s, it doesn’t cover their tummies. And they dont like wearing them.
Shadow and Ducky's Mom says
PS. Don’t forget to share a photo of that first egg.
I hope I’m not so excited I forget to take a picture! 🙂
I know that Luke will be fine with a raincoat, but Cricket probably won’t be too thrilled. Even getting her harness on can be challenging!
I wish I could manage my daily walk during humid days – since most of this summer has been horribly humid – but it absolutely wipes me out and sometimes makes it difficult for me to breathe. So I’ve missed a lot of walks this summer. Against the normal grain (as is usual for me!) summers are indoor time and the rest of the year is outdoor time for me. 🙂 We have a nice blue plaid raincoat for Daisy, though she won’t wear the hood so her head is always soaked, and we got it in a size larger than normal so it covers all the way down to her tail, which most didn’t do. The wide velcro closures give it a nice snug fit. It even has a little collar to protect her neck. But nothing over her belly, so it wouldn’t be right for your gang unfortunately.
I know, the humidity is really the worst. We haven’t had a lot of humid weather so far this year. Usually by August we get more and I exercise less. I’m going to TRY to get up and out earlier if it comes to that.
That’s why spring and fall are my favorite seasons – much nicer temperatures and easier to get out there!
I don’t think I’ll worry about a hood when finding a raincoat, I’m pretty sure Luke wouldn’t go for that part either!