Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sadness on the teeny tiny farm

Gosh! It feels like a week since I sat down here at the computer!  Maybe I can get a quick post done.

Yesterday was sad. Our sweet little Shae, better known as Baby Goat, died during the night, Sunday night. In September of 2009 we drove almost to the South Carolina border to buy two little goats...a birthday present to me from Poppy.

You know, Shae has been sick, even though the vet could find nothing wrong with her. Her blood work came back normal, no fever, no worms, but she has steadily gone down hill since I noticed something was wrong. 

She was about a year old here. Both goats were young when we brought them home. 

I buried Shae on the hill just above where she is standing in the picture...just outside the goat lot.

I've been calling around and looking on Craigslist for another small goat. Little Asa, also better known as Baby Goat will be mighty lost and lonely without Shae.

Thank you all so much your comments and ideas for the living room windows. I went shopping on line and Penney's is having a really good sale right now on Roman shipping, and 25% off the already marked sale price! Poppy said, order the shades, if that's what you want. I'm thinking I will do just that but keep the curtains too. Changing things out occasionally is fun anyway.

I like the idea suggested too of having a longer curtain rod, but since we have wall to wall 'stuff', deer heads and turkey tails, there is not enough room to move all the brackets further out.

It is a constant struggle here...I lay down a lace tablecloth and he covers the lace with guns and camo gloves. At least the camouflage coats and bags hide the dust and scratches on these old dining chairs.

Late Sunday afternoon I went into a cleaning frenzy in the teen tiny sewing room. What struck me to clean out was a piece of blue fabric that came off the bottom of a stack. It had such a musty odor. I've had some of those pieces of fabric seemingly forever. Even kept several pieces of old ugly polyester double knit...really ugly stuff. Why it had almost become a challenge to see how much fabric I could collect.

Gosh, what a difference! Lots of these fabric pieces were really small, and most of the pieces were just plain ugly and I was tired of seeing them.

Once I saw a bumper sticker that read, "The one who dies with the most fabric wins".

 While cleaning out, this turned up. I started embroidering these squares years ago. This would make a sweet little quilt.

Maybe I will get busy and finish this.

Better get things done. Tomorrow...should be extra busy! We have company coming for Thanksgiving and I want to get a lot done tomorrow.  Thank you for listening again. I'll be over to visit and catch up. 



  1. So sorry to hear about Shae, it is sad when pets die. I hope you find another soon. Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  2. You have my condolences on Shae. That quilt would be a wonderful gift for a child, whether you gift it or sell it at one of your craft weekends. :)
    Hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving. ♥

  3. I'm so sorry to hear that Baby Goat ( Shae) died. I wonder why she never fully recuperated from whatever she had. I hope in time you'll find another little goat to keep the remaining baby goat company.

  4. Aww, so sorry that you have lost Shae, such a young goat to have never recovered.
    I hope you have luck finding another friend for little Asa.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about Shae! I know how hard that must be. I lost my little Coco, a couple of years ago, to a dog that jumped the fence to the goat pen. It is just horrible to lose one of your babies. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Grace & Peace

  6. So sorry for the loss of your little goat. It's lonely being left behind. Hope you find a friend for the goat that's left.

  7. A sad loss and worrying not knowing why. Hope you get lucky finding another companion for Asa. A huge amount of fabric, what a great day sorting it all out, I love the embroidery. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

  8. My baby quilt was a Sunbonnet Sue design embroidered by my great-grandmother. :) I was so, so sorry to hear about Shae. Losing them is hard.

  9. I'm sorry for your loss of Shae, Henny. It's so hard to lose those we love. Deb

  10. Henny, I am so sorry that you lost Shae. Such a lovely goat.
    Take care.

  11. Sorry for your loss of Shea sometimes nature just takes over for what ever reason . Oh lots of pretty fabric you have there . Papa here is the same only it is with work gloves he seems to think the kitchen table is his dumping ground at times drives me nuts lol ! Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving .

  12. Oh I am so sorry for you baby goat Shae. That is so sad. The farmer lays his hunting stuff on my dinning room table also. I hope that you and Poppy have a great Thanksgiving! Love you both!

  13. That's so sad about Shae, hope you find a replacement soon. I cleaned out my material stash recently too and after Christmas the whole closet is going to be cleaned out.

  14. I am so very sorry about Shae, I understand how sad it is.. whew..... As you know we just lost Cube as well. Its been so very hard. You ask if we have any other goats, we do, Skittles a sweet playful little whether. He and Cube were the ones we kept when we stopped raising goats. Cube was not Skittles Nanny by birth but she raised him up more so than his own Nanny did... They have always been so close... Skittles is 3-4 yrs old. He is a clown, playful, thinks he is a dog. Loves to be petted. Honeyman taught him to play a funny game. Its hysterical to watch him. He is completely lost without Cube. I even had Keeper sleep with Skittles the first night in the barn. Which he did and didn't even grumble, he seemed to know something was a miss. I wish we were closer, I would let you have Skittles as a friend for little Asa if you would give Skittles a friend he so needs one. Goats are not solitary animals and he is by himself now. We have to do something. Mercy me its hard isn't it when we loose a pet and then on top we are left with a pet that cannot live happily alone. So we are going to loose two pets. We do not plan to get more goats at this point for various reasons. We will have Keeper and the chickens.

  15. PS
    Check your email I sent you an email. :O)

  16. Oh I am so sorry about the loss of Shae. It is frustrating to not know the reason why. How does Baby Goat seem without Shae? When we got down to one sheep, I thought I would have to find her a friend. She did not act any differently being on her own. Did not baa or seem like she was missing the other sheep. My theory is that because there are also chickens in the same field as the sheep's home field, those were her companions, and she has just been fine on her own.
    I bet my fabric stash beats yours! But then I don't have any polyester double knit:) I made my first sewing project at school out of that stuff. There is also a joke about fabric making good insulation, but I like the bumper sticker you saw:)

  17. So sorry about your little goat. It breaks our hearts when our pets die. I thoroughly understand your stash of fabric. Back in the day when I was sewing all my own clothes I had the same affliction. Now I just wear slacks and tops and buy ready made. Home sewing is not money-saving anymore.

    Shirley H.

  18. It's hard to lose a pet that you have had for a long time. Hope you find a playmate for Baby Goat which will make both you and him feel better after your loss.

  19. Farewell, Shae. You probably had a wonderful life there, even if it was too brief.
    Henny - The sight of that fabric all stacked up warmed my heart. I haven't done much sewing lately, and I probably won't make another quilt again, but I LOVE to look at fabric and think about what it could be.

  20. I'm sorry to hear about your sweet little goat and hope you can find another companion for Baby. Goats do seem to need a buddy to be happy. Your fabric storage looks great now!

  21. Oh I am so sorry to hear that Shae died, I thought she was getting better.
    Nice job on sorting out all your fabric.

  22. Hi! I am so very sorry about your little goat dying. Hope you can find a new little sweet one for Asa! Your newly cleaned sewing room looks so nice. I never know the best way to store pieces that are small. Hard to keep material organized! I have valances and then long thin curtains and like to change them out also! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!! Nancy

  23. So sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet little goat. Even teeny tiny farms can have big heartaches.
    By now you should be done with your dinner prep and probably already in bed.
    Happy thanksgiving!

  24. Oh I am so sorry to hear about your goat- and sad that the doc could not figure out what was wrong with her! Your husband and mine must be cut from the same cloth- I clean off a spot- he piles his "stuff" on it. I swear he has half the kitchen counter space!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. Poor little Shae. I share your sadness.
    This cycle of life is sometimes not an easy one.


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