Saturday, November 10, 2012


Hello this is Millie and my vacation is over because I got tired of waiting for Belle Starr to update the blog. She was too busy watching Xie Xie. Xie Xie is a funny one she likes to watch maple leaves fall from the big maple tree and she picks out a certain exact one that she wants to eat and once it comes off the tree she starts running a dizzying zigzag, head back like a centerfielder, as it swirls down to the ground. Because she wants THAT ONE and not one of the ten million other ones. So Belle Starr, who is a lot smarter than Xie Xie, uses Xie Xie as both a leaf selector - she does have good taste in leaves - and a leaf alarm. She naps with one eye open but then when she sees Xie Xie making the final approach to the premium leaf, she swoops in and takes it. This is pretty much a full-time job.

Vaya con Dios, Juniper Breeze
And the blog really needed updating. Because we lost Breezy. She got very sick at the end, so it was a blessing and a mercy that she went. She will never be forgotten; she was one of the Mayflower goats. She came over from Eastern Washington with Baby Belle, and Penrose, and Snow Pea. Breezy always had good timing: she left the day before the first hard frost, right after we finished the last of the apples. Breezy was the second oldest goat here, after Brandy, who is 13, and in honor of Breezy it has been decided that we will not call Brandy an Old Bag any more, from now on she will be referred to as a Vintage Coach Purse, which is much more respectful.

By this simple device we have undone the partisan gridlock of the front pasture and ushered in a new era of courtesy. That is called working across the aisle. Try it yourself if you have time.

She is still an Old Bag, but we just have a new name for it.

In other news Chance went to a new home and he left this afternoon on the first boat for Carnation and Moldy is in an uproar. Or she was, anyway, until the alfalfa came out. Now she is asleep. If you want to be in an uproar, you really have to be awake. So don't eat too much if you are planning an uproar.

Crumpet has not grown at all since she was born and she is now officially the tiniest goat in the world. But in the new era of courtesy we will have to think of something nice to call her instead of The Hamster. Something courteous like VCP.

I suggested The Ruminating Rodent, but that was vetoed, like most of my great ideas.

Quelle surprise.


Ozarks Goat Girl said...

MILLIE! I am SO GLAD to hear from you! I know we haven't met in person, but you and your herdmates and the goatfarmer have become a part of my everyday life and I was concerned about all of you when I didn't hear anything for so long. It was possible you all went on an extended vacation somewhere lusciously green and just didn't tell me, but I knew that was unlikely as I have never heard of the farmer taking you on a vacation, only to the fair and fair time is over. Shame on Belle Starr for not faithfully carrying out her writing duties, though I do see how the season of falling leaves interfered. I send much sympathy on the loss of Breezy. The rainbow bridge is getting too heavily stocked with Herron Hill goats. Let's lay off the supply awhile, OK? I'm not sure about your suggested VCP name for Crumpet because if that stands for video cassette player I just don't see the connection. Ruminating Rodent is OK by me, though. Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Breezy. You all have my condolences.

goatgirl said...

Rest in peace, Breezy.

Karen C said...

Very sorry to hear of the loss of Breezy. Am trying to send as much love as I can to the rest of them from 3000 miles away.

Marigold said...

We are so sorry about Breezy! The Goatmother loved Breezy and wanted to take her home, but, of course, the Farmer would not part with her. Instead she got me, though, so I guess all's well that ends well.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about Breezy, but as you said it's best to enjoy the summer and fall, and then leave when it starts to get cold and rainy. From her photo I can tell she was very much a goat of note. As for Crumpet, please do lay off calling her Hamster. That's what I call my horse when she's misbehaving. A goat as tiny as Crumpet couldn't possibly misbehave as noticeably as a big Ginger red draft cross mare! Perhaps better to call her Tea Leaf or Cream Clot in keeping with her true identity as a Crumpet.

Queen Quattra said...

I am so sad to hear about mother...and so sad for you too but yes, it was best that she left before our cold, winter, winds start to blow in! We wouldn't of wanted her to be cold...I'll see her again someday but until then, I will continue to make her proud of her little Queen!!

goatfarmer said...

Go Q! Make your mama proud!

Cathy said...

Sorry to hear about Breezy. At least she was able to enjoy the apple crop!
I am glad to hear that the Vintage Coach Purse (VCP) is adjusting to her more respectful title.
As for Crumpet, Petit Four might be more appropriate considering her size, but that doesn't start with a C. So perhaps Crumb?

Goat Girls Rule! said...

LPS (la petite souris)?

goatfarmer said...

Hmm, excellent name suggestions for the RR. Will ponder.

Renee "Goat Woman" said...

I also am sorry about the loss of Jupiter Breeze. Your blog is so well done. It is quite bright and shows a great depth of humor and intelligence. I am so sorry for your loss.

James said...

Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Goat Community? Our members will love it.
Members include: goat owners, breeders, enthusiasts, experts, groups, etc.
It's easy to do, just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website. You can also add Photos, Videos and Classifieds if you like.
Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
Please feel free to share as often and as much as you like.
The Goat Community:
I hope you consider sharing with us.
Thank you,
James Kaufman, Editor

Karen Severn said...

Sorry you lost Breezy, but good to hear from you. (I just hope the goats at my place don't get their hooves on a laptop! The stories they would tell).
Karen in Texas

Anonymous said...

Ugh, another one...what a sorry.