|Hope and Dixie on June 18, 2010|
Perhaps it is time to let my secret out of the bag to my blog friends ....without any disclosure to our granddaughter Hope. In case you noticed that I haven't mentioned my goats lately, we sold them in July.
It was taxing to care for them in the heat of another drought and with Ron's health needs and my own medical concerns, it was a decision that had to be made. We had been advised at our local feed store that goats were hard to sell at that time. Undaunted, I put a notice on Craig s List and Elizabeth, Polly, Tina, Dixie, Lord Voldemort, Dr. Cole an Ashley-Asher were sold in an hour. It was a God-thing.
The man who bought them only lives about 30 miles from us and he has a lot of land. He has a small herd of pygmy goats to clear his land and added our bunch to his. I gave him the name of each goat as he and his grandson loaded them and they both looked at me like I was crazy. Oh dear.
It was the practical thing to do. It was a difficult thing to do. It is going to be very difficult to tell Hope because she loved the goats, was with us when we got the first four and had picked Dixie as her goat. However I believe she is at an age where she can be bought and am thinking about giving her the money we got for Dixie when I tell her.
Meanwhile my daily chores have been an whole lot easier to deal with since the goats moved away. They were more labor intensive than I realized.