Sunday, January 24, 2016

Figuring out who's boss

Another cold windy morning...



here on the teeny tiny farm...



on Henny Penny Lane...and here's another little animal tale...animals are funny, aren't they? and intelligent!

Before Shae died, she ruled the goat lot. Shae was the dominate goat and from day one, was the leader. (sounds like we had a herd but it was just the two).  It was Shae who ate the biggest part of the food, and no matter which pan Asa tried to eat from, Shae pushed her away. Shae stood guard under the hay rack.  She was a little pig, a sweet but bossy little pig and she was over weight, while Asa was trim and fit. 


Shae RIP, Asa in back
Asa was humble, never pushy, but she did take her anger out on Mr. Rooster, who also lives in the goat lot. The teeny tiny goat lot has been Mr. Rooster's home since someone pulled into our driveway late one night, several years ago, and threw him over the fence, then sped away. What a surprise, finding a big orange rooster in with our two goats!



Anyhow, Mr. Rooster made himself right at home with the goats and seemed to appreciate the cute little barn, complete with a roosting pole and even an old hen's nest on the wall that he could sleep in on cold nights. But Asa is thinking, "this fellow is new in town. He better not think he's gonna move in here and take over, I'll be his boss", and she did boss Mr. Rooster!



Many an evening I have watched Mr. Rooster trying to fly up on the roost while Asa would laugh and butt him right out of the teeny tiny barn. Mr. Rooster found himself with a problem.



Now here's the rest of the story...since Shae has passed away, bless her heart, Asa and Mr. Rooster have become best friends. Neither of them like walking on this icy snow covered ground. They have stayed side by side inside the little barn, talking and keeping each other company, since this bad weather started. I've not heard one cross word between them.



It won't be long before the baby can join the others...then we'll see who's boss.

Better go! I've got a big pan of cornbread in the oven...doubled the recipe. The last of the birdseed was finished early this morning. Most of the cornbread will be the for the birds...and a piece for me. Do you like cornbread and milk? Even better, cornbread and buttermilk. It's easy! Crumble a piece of cornbread into a glass and cover it with buttermilk...eat with a spoon. Seriously, there is nothing better! Well, maybe a thing or two.

Thank you for listening whilst I go on and on about stuff. 

Love,
Henny

39 comments:

  1. It certainly does look cold and icy with all that snow on the teeny weeny farm. You are so kind making the cornbread for the birds. Stay safe.

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    1. Thankfully, we had sunshine yesterday and some of this ice melted. Thank you!

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  2. I love cornbread and milk!! I don't really like buttermilk though.

    Love you

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    1. I bet your dad loved cornbread and milk. He probably liked buttermilk too. Love you!

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  3. Ha ha. We shall see who rules the roost. Or in this case, goat lot. Lovely post. Love you, mama.
    Your girl.

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  4. Out of sadness came friendship. : )

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  5. I'll be interested to see whether Asa decides to go all Alpha-goat on the little newbie.

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    1. I know. I don't think she will. :) Thank you!

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  6. I love cornbread! So good. What an interesting story about your goats. It will be interesting when the baby goat joins the others in the goat barn.

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    1. Hope it warms up soon so the baby can enjoy being outside.

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  7. A friendship between a rooster and a goat is a new one on me. I guess Asa got lonely. I'm sure she will be the new boss when the baby arrives in the goat barn but I think it is her turn!
    I love cornbread but I prefer mine with butter and honey.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia! Don't know what I would do without Lynn. She gave me the new header. Asa came right up to the new baby, which surprised me.

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  8. I enjoyed this story. :-)) I love how animals become best friends. Our cat Mr. B passed away and our other cat missed him so much. He would look for him.
    This past autumn we adopted a rescue kitten. Our cat was not happy at first. I do not think he wanted anyone to take Mr. B's place. But in a day or two, he was licking our new kitten and they snuggled together.
    They are best of friends today.

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    1. That is so sweet about Mr. B and the new kitty. Animals amaze me.

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  9. Well, I'm looking forward to finding out how this is going to go. No name decided on as yet for baby goat?

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    1. Thank you! No, I've simply got to decide on a name!

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  10. I bet baby goat takes over! Love cornbread, my husband does not so we never have any.

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    1. She just may take over. She is a brave little thing.

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  11. I do wonder who will be the boss...will be watching to see. I bet I know who is the boss inside right now! No, I don't want cornbread and milk, but my my brothers all ate it and loved it. Me, I make the cornbread without sugar, in a cast iron pan. And that is better than any snack...

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    1. I don't put sugar in my cornbread either, and I also use a cast iron pan. I meant to take a picture of that big pan of bread, but forgot to. Thank you!

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  12. I love cornbread and milk. My parents were from deep in the Missouri Ozarks and we had it often. If we ever had buttermilk in the house, I don't remember it. I know my parents liked buttermilk, though. I always helped churn butter at my grandparents' house and there was lots of buttermilk. Your new header is adorable.

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    1. Thank you Peg! I remember seeing my aunt, mama's oldest sister, churn butter. I remember her coming in from milking, carrying two buckets of fresh milk. I also remember she kept a towel over the churn. I was young then, but I sure wish I had watched closer and learned how it was done. Aunt Vastie was much too busy to fool with children under her feet in the kitchen.

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  13. Great story. I like it at Asa and Mr. Rooster are friends now. The bossy bully has been removed, so now no one has to be the lowly one. it will be interesting to see how the dynamic changes.

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    1. Thank you Linda! I am about ready for this baby to run and play in the goat lot. She is into everything! :)

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  14. Yes, animals really do think things out and determine a definite pecking order.

    As to the buttermilk and cornbread. No I don't like the combination but it is my sister's favorite and the only time she gets involved with buttermilk (I myself only like buttermilk with devil's food cake). Give me butter and some jelly or preserves for my cornbread----my husband always has to have honey on his. Who would have thought there would be so many different choices for eating a simple thing like cornbread.

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    1. And you know what else is good on cornbread? Crunchy peanut butter, especially on warm cornbread. I'm sure I have tried every fattening thing there is! I love honey too and I love honey mixed with peanut butter. I must be hungry this morning. :)

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  15. Love the rooster/goat story. Hope Asa will be nice to bitty baby when she moves to the barn. Roosters can be real bullies. Hope he doesn't bully bitty baby. Yes, we eat cornbread and mild at our house.

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    1. Thank you Linda. Bitty is a cute name! I called the other two goats "baby goat", maybe I could call this one bitty goat, or bitty baby.

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    1. As spoiled as this baby will be, you just may be right. :)

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  17. How cute a story these two have! I always enjoy your stories of the farm animals. Thank you for sharing them.

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    1. Thank you Sharon. Glad you're back! :)

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  18. I like cornbread but have never had cornbread and milk! Nancy

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    1. Hey Nancy! I've just fed the last of that big cake of cornbread to the birds.

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  19. What a charming story! I just found your blog and I look forward to reading more!!

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  20. I enjoyed reading all about your baby goat!!! We used to have goats when I was growing up. I pretended the barn was my veterinarian office and the goats were my patients. I gave them check ups, performed pretend surgery and gave them pretend shots... they were so sweet putting up with my nonsense. They make good pets. They were Nubian goats with the long ears... good memories! Have a great day friend!

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