Life with goatie girls.
|Posted by goatiegirls on April 15, 2015 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
I can't believe so much time has passed since we last visited. I hope you are enjoying spring at
Thanks to my lovely goat mentor-- I have some new fragrances to try out. I had some soap molds
and goat milk for her and she had some fragrances she wasn't using. I've been making batches
of cold process goat milk soap to try these out.
Arabian Spice*, Amber Romance, Cedar and Saffron*, Hinoki Woods*, Oakleaves & Acorn*,
Orange Spice, Plumeria, and Toasted Coconut. The *represents the ones that hubby really liked.
So far I've liked them all. I have a few more to try out. I will be listing them for sale as soon as
they are ready to wrap.
Besides making soap and lotion...I've been trimming hooves and clipping the girls udders.
Working in the garden and enjoying some outside time. It seems like everyday something new is
blooming or budding. The hummingbirds are back too.
Hope you are enjoying spring too!!
Oakleaves & Acorn
|Posted by goatiegirls on February 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
I have to say this winter has been so much better that last year's. I've
been enjoying goatie girls (and one guy) walks and spending time on the
deck. Planning for this year's garden. Snuggling up in a chair with a
book. All my favorite activities! I have been making soap and lotion too
of course. A new soap is Brown Sugar & Fig--at first I wasn't sure about
it but as it cured the fragrance started blooming so it's ready to try. I
have one in the shower now and it feels and smells great! For Friday
the 13th, Valentine's Day and the long holiday weekend, I'm having a
15% off sale using coupon code Friday13. It will be good today until
midnight tomorrow night.
I hope you are ready for the next cold snap and the possible snow and
sleet. Stay safe and warm. Until next time!! Love, GoatieGirls
|Posted by goatiegirls on January 15, 2015 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
Well it looks like the next few days will be above average temperatures! I like this January thaw.
I'm just sad that it won't be around for long.
I can't believe how much time has passed since my last post. It was really busy around here during
Christmas and right up to the last few days and suddenly I have a breather. A chance to stop and
rest awhile and nice weather on top of it all.
Hadley's twin daughters
I did get a picture from James Tedford of Hadley's kids that were born recently. Two doelings.
One looks like a cross between Hadley and Hadley's mom Mia. The other is mostly a solid red
which would be more like her great aunt Sugar which is Mia's sister.
Mia, Sugar and Gunnerwere tripletts from Sadie. This was taken right after they were born 4-11.
I hope you are all having a great New Year and are also enjoying a few days of great weather.
|Posted by goatiegirls on November 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by goatiegirls on November 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Our red maple tree today!! The picture doesn't do it justice. It's a brilliant
red. Today we picked all our tomatoes and peppers and pulled the
plants. We are getting our garden beds ready for winter. So it looks like
we'll be making some green tomato salsa! So how are you prepping for
the cold blast that's coming Tuesday?
|Posted by goatiegirls on November 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
I want to thank all of you for a great 5 years at the Fort Smith Farmer's Market. We have made
many new friends and met so many interesting people. We learned so much and you gave us great
input on how to improve our soap and present it. I will miss seeing you on a regular basis. We still
plan to attend the farmer's market as customers and hope that we will see you there from time to
time. Again thank you so much for all your support!! We still plan to sell online and a few of you do
know where I live. Remember on GoatieGirls.com shipping is free on orders over $50.00. The
most shipping will cost is $5.95. I hope we can continue to supply you with our handmade
GoatieGirls soap and lotion. Thank you!!
|Posted by goatiegirls on October 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
There were 4 days of rain the weekend of October 11th. These pictures were taken along one of
the trails on our place where we take our goat walks.
|Posted by goatiegirls on September 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
I know it's seems a little early for that doesn't it? It's just that we had like
about a zillon hummingbirds on our feeders and zip they're gone. So
hubby and I started thinking that maybe winter might come a little early
this year. So we've already started getting things ready for winter. We
cleaned the doe barn. Even used the shop vac on the walls. All the
goats were given their Covexin 8 shots and all hooves were trimmed.
Completely rebuilt the door frame to the chicken house. Now it works
like a charm again.
We've had our heat and air checked out and maintenanced. The
garden beds are being prepped for a winter planting. (We haven't
decided exactly what will go in them.) Speaking of the garden. Hubby
picked all the butternut squash and put them in our little storage building
. So a couple of days ago...he grilled one of them in olive oil, salt and
pepper (they were cut in 1/2 inch slices). That was absolutely delicious.
So how many of you have started prepping for winter?
|Posted by goatiegirls on September 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
The workshop smells fantastic with all these candles out here. I want
them to cure for a bit so they'll burn longer. I will start posting them on
line in a few days and take some with me to the downtown Fort Smith
Farmer's Market on Garrison avenue on Saturday October 4th.
We have decided to drop the Mercy market on Fridays. Unfortunately
the traffic has really dropped the last 3 weeks. I will miss my regular
customers from Mercy. Hopefully you will be able to come see us at the
downtown market on Saturdays.
We (hubby and I) went to get feed yesterday. While he was unloading
they decided to finish off the feed on the milk stand. But they both
decided to eat out of the same feeder. It took both us to untangle them
and free them from the head gate. Tropicana was a little reluctant to put
her head through there this morning but all that yummy feed was to great
a temptation to resist so this morning's milking went quite smoothly.
(Tropicana and Loveable were my examples for the other girls to follow.
They had been use to a double milk stand and a milking machine.) All
the goatie girls love the milking machine now and some of them can't
wait for their turn on the stand.
|Posted by goatiegirls on September 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
Well almost! I hope you are all doing well and not suffering to much from
the allergy season. We are still setting up on Fridays at Mercy
Hospital's farmers market for awhile. It has been slow lately so I don't
know how much longer that will last. I will post schedule changes to
GoatieGirls.com Facebook page and to the calendar.
Copper Girl is just about totally recovered from her horrible bout with
gangrene mastitis. I had only dealt with subclinical mastitis before and
this is just totally different. She is eating well now, she's has a shiny
coat, good apetite, lots of energy (she's pushing the other girls around).
She did lose the teat and about the bottom third of the right side of her
udder. She is still producing more milk than the other girls with just the
one side. We used traditional and holistic medicines, vitamins and
minerals on her and any remedy that was posted as successfully treating
a doe with similar symptoms. We're just glad she survived for a couple
of days we were afraid she wouldn't.
We added a new soap that was much requested...activated charcoal with
goat milk, lavender and tea tree essential oils. We will also soon be
adding a couple of new fragrances Gentleman's Bay Rum and Juniper
Breeze. Due to popular demand.
If you get a chance stop by and visit us at the downtown Fort Smith
Farmer's Market on Garrison Avenue on Saturday! Have a great
|Posted by goatiegirls on August 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM||comments (0)|
Really? Middle of August! You'd never know by the weather. We've had such a mild summer. It
has kept the farmer's market really hopping usually the tomatoes burn out by this time of year and
most of the other summer crops quit yielding.
Our poor Copper Girl came down with mastitis a week ago Wednesday. At first she was terribly
sick and wouldn't eat and barely drank anyting.
She was quite weak. Now she's up eating and pretty much her old self except her udder on that
side is hard as a rock and no matter what I try it doesn't budge. I'm afraid she's going to lose it.
And she is such a good milker girl. We've been keeping a real close eye on her and doctoring
her several times a day. She enjoys the attention. Rue (the herd queen) is not so happy about
Copper getting so much of the spotlight.
Due to really light traffic and the fact that I could use the time to catch up on things around here
I've decided not to set up at the farmer's market on Tuesdays anymore. It was a tough decision.
I've been able to keep up with the garden as far as canning goes. Hubby has been doing the
labor in it. However; the fruit trees are another story.
The goats, chickens and neighbors have been enjoying those. I feel bad about it but I sure don't
want them to go to waste.
I hope you are all enjoying the fine summer. When you get a chance stop by and say hello. We
are still setting up at Mercy Hospital (74th & Rogers) on Friday and the downtown Fort Smith
Farmer's Market on Garrison Avenue on Saturdays.
|Posted by goatiegirls on July 24, 2014 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
I know my posts have been infrequent and I apologize. I have been busy making soap, lotion,
cheese and a little gardening. Hubby has done most of that! Hasn't it been a remarkable summer
cool temperatures and rain. The fruit trees are overflowing and soon we'll be working with all
these apples and pears. Our peach, plum and cherry trees are still young so we are just getting
enough to snack on from those. We will get a few figs but not many. The late freeze after they
started budding out nearly killed our fig trees but thankfully they have recovered. All our babies
have gone to their new homes now the milking times are quiet and organized. The little ones did
liven things up around here and they were so gorgeous. Today we took the van in for the brakes
to be checked and the front brakes have to be completely redone. Not happy news but the van is
17 years old and it has been a very good vehicle. Before we started using it for the farmer's
market we took some fantastic vacations in it. Hubby and I both lost fillings and had teeth
crumble. He has started his dental work. I haven't yet and I dread it. I just spent over a year
having a broken implant taken out and a new one put in and then having a bridge come loose on
the other side of my mouth. (That's also where my tooth is crumbling.) I do have some great
looking soaps that I'm excited about on the racks curing. The market has been fun but a little
exhausting. We are at the downtown Fort Smith Farmer's Market on Garrison Avenue on
Tuesdays and Saturdays (except this Tuesday the 29th is hubby's birthday and we are taking a
day off). We are at Mercy Hospital's market at 74th & Rogers on Fridays. Come by and chat!
The veggies and fruits have been wonderful this year!!
Sweet Peas & Rhubarb
Chamomile soap made with chamomile tea with chamomile flowers in the soap and sprinkled on top.
PS Bug Be Gone soap is back in stock!!
|Posted by goatiegirls on June 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
Hello everyone! I hope you have been enjoying this extra mild weather with the nice rain we've been getting. The garden is doing well. The babies are all gone to their new homes. The extra milk has been going to cheese. I've been making a lot of farmhouse cheddars along with chevre (seasoned and plain) and some feta. I've also made yogurt. No ice cream yet though.
And some new bath salts. I made a limited amount of these.
Now back to work getting ready for tomorrow and Saturday's farmer's markets. Hope to see you there!!
|Posted by goatiegirls on June 6, 2014 at 8:30 PM||comments (0)|
I really can't believe how much time has gone by. My darling kids have
started going to their new homes. We have 4 kids still waiting to go to
their new parents. I believe they will be leaving this coming week.
We have started setting up at Mercy Hospital's farmer's market today
and every Friday. As soon as the kids are all at their new homes we will
try to do Tuesday at the downtown farmer's markets too. So it will be
Tuesday and Saturday at 2nd and Garrison Avenue and Fridays at 74th
We lost our darling little Julie on May 18th. Rue (her mom) is beside
herself. We've never lost any of Rue's kids before and this is her 9th
kidding. It was a real shock and quite sudden and unexpected.
On the bright side we have weaned the kids and I have all this lovely
milk to play with. It's just at the right stage for cheesemaking. So I've
been making mozarella, feta, yogurt, chevre (seasoned and plain) and
farmhouse cheddar (which I love).
The garden is starting to look good. I haven't spent much time out
there. It seems I'm always working in the house these days. I hope you
are all doing well and enjoying the rain and warm weather. Our new
plants look fabulous and the fruit trees are bursting with fruit. Have a
great weekend and I hope to see you tomorrow at the Fort Smith
Farmer's Market at 2nd and Garrison.
|Posted by goatiegirls on May 16, 2014 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by goatiegirls on May 5, 2014 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
It was tough watching them go. They were all such gorgeous guys but I'm glad they all got to stay bucks. Jagger went home with his new family Thursday. Jangles and Jethro went to their homes this morning.
Jethro and Jangles lounging on the barn deck 5-5-14
Jangle and Jethro 5-5-14
|Posted by goatiegirls on April 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
Isn't it funny how quickly you adjust to beautiful weather we nearly froze this morning. Yesterday I finished making my liquid soap so I could have the dog shampoo ready for the market Saturday! Hubby dear did a complete tuneup on the van and he's waxing and polishing it today. I need to make lotion, bottle the liquid soap and wrap more soap.
I had a customer request coffee soap with out the coffee grounds so I'm happy to report the Cuban Coffee soap is ready to wrap.
We lost our azaleas this winter so we had to replace them last weekend.
The goatie kids out grazing with the goatie girls
It was cold this morning but the goatie kids found ways to stay warm.
|Posted by goatiegirls on April 11, 2014 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
The girls are finally getting into the milking routine and accepting that they have to share the stand. Whew! It goes so much faster when you are milking two at a time. We have our time down to 50 minutes for milking and feeding the kids. That doesn't include prep time at the house be
fore and after.
Our azaleas were dead and dying in front of the house so we took the tractor and pulled them out. They had a really good root system. Now the front of the house looks so much tidier. I didn't realize how out of control they were. I'll try to take pics later today or tomorrow. We are working on the corner pergola on the deck now. We didn't build it to be taken apart so it has been quite a chore. Two of the 10 foot posts have twisted and warped. We ordered some cedar posts in and hope they will solve the problem.
Lovey teaching her daughters to use the feeder. Lovey has actually pretty much claimed all the kids as hers. One customer (who will be taking a couple of the girls home when they are weaned) came over to visit her kids and she said they nipped her. I told her that for some reason this bunch of kids likes to nibble on us. A problem I'd never had before. About that time Lovey came up and nipped me on the butt. I said "Oh Lovey you didn't teach all the kids to nip people did you?" She just smiled!
Our last walk in the woods with Hadley. Hadley went to her new home the next day. She has a wonderful new family. It was so hard to let her go but she's 2 years old and didn't kid. Her new family is going to breed her right away. I plan to milk through next year and then decide if I will continue breeding or not.
The kids exploring and nibbling goodies on our walks.
|Posted by goatiegirls on March 26, 2014 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
We realized we were never going to get started back to the farmer's market if we didn't find some ways to save some time. We have always fed the babies individual bottles. But we decided to buy a lambar feeder and try it. The first day was chaos. They screamed like they were being murdered when we put their mouths up to those nipples. What were we trying to do to them? Once they finally realized milk came out of it they were happy. The next day some of them had to be trained all over. We still have one or two that have to be prompted. Little Julie is still getting a bottle because she's so much smaller than the rest.
|Posted by goatiegirls on March 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|