It's been a rotten day today. There's no one thing about the day that's worth complaining about, it's just one of those days where things start piling one on top of the other to create a general ickiness. And it's quite possible the animals are conspiring against me. I have a sneaking suspicion the kids are in on it, too.
On days like to day, it does me some good to remind myself what it is I love about this life in the woods with all my silly animals. So here are some of my favorite things about our little corner of the world...
It should probably irritate me that the cats keep sleeping on top of the chicken coop, but it's actually kind of cute and the chickens don't seem to mind.
It cracks me up that on any given sunny day, there is a menagerie hanging out underneath my Jeep. Apparently, it's quite the place to be.
I love that I don't need food in my hand for my girls to come to me. If I'm in or near their pen, they make a beeline to get their neck scratched. I took one of our wethers to my parents' house last week (I was loaning him out to eat down the brush in their field.) When he got out, all I had to do was go outside and call his name for him to come right back to me. I love that about my goats.
These silly puppies remind me just about daily why it was I didn't want hounds on the farm. Still, they have a way of making me smile with their antics. They love shimmying through the goat fence to play in the hay. The goats pretty much ignore them - they don't let much get in the way of their food.
The expectation on our farm is that all of the different types of animals get along. Meanness just isn't allowed. One of my absolute favorite things is to watch the odd couples around the place - like when the goats snuggle with a dog, or the time one of the dogs fell asleep on his back and a cat curled up on his stomach to sleep. I'm pretty sure they stayed that way the entire night.
I love, love, love the duck look! Chickens have their own look too, but ducks do it best. They cock their head to look up at you with such endearing curiosity. That look is a big part of the reason I still haven't gotten around to sending anybody to freezer camp for the year. It's just too sweet.
Doggy smiles are the best. My dogs work hard keeping us and our animals safe, but they're always quick with a hug and a smile, too. I have yet to come across the situation or day that can't be made at least a little better by a hug from a canine.
Rolling hills that had been vibrant green just weeks ago were now muted in tone, as if they were taking a deep breath before bursting into the song of fall.