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Where did the time go?

Posted by anonymous on April 15, 2015 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I can't believe so much time has passed since we last visited.  I hope you are enjoying spring at


your house.



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!! :)



Arabian Spice


Hinoki Wood


Oakleaves & Acorn


Orange Spice

Friday the 13th

Posted by anonymous on February 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments 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

January Thaw! Yippee!

Posted by anonymous on January 15, 2015 at 4:10 PM Comments 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.

Hadley

  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.  :)

Green Tomato Salsa

Posted by anonymous on November 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)


I'm so happy that we managed to not waste any of our tomatoes and peppers that we picked


before this cold spell hit.  We ended up with 34 pints.  I made this salsa over a year ago at the


request of my dear son-in-law.   I was disppointed that it just didn't have that zip.  So this year I


opened a jar of it when we ran out of our regular tomato salsa and it tasted really good.  So it's


one of those that the flavors really need time to meld.

Prepping for the cold blast!

Posted by anonymous on November 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments 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?

Fort Smith Farmer's Market

Posted by anonymous on November 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments 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!!

Creek after the rains on the weekend of October 11th

Posted by anonymous on October 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments 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.





Getting Ready for Winter

Posted by anonymous on September 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments 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?

Candles!

Posted by anonymous on September 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments 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. :)




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall is Here!

Posted by anonymous on September 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM Comments 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


week! :)




Middle of August?

Posted by anonymous on August 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM Comments 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. :)

Hello everyone!

Posted by anonymous on July 24, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments 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!!

Where did June go?

Posted by anonymous on June 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM Comments 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!!  :)

I can't believe how much time has gone by...

Posted by anonymous on June 6, 2014 at 8:30 PM Comments 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


and Rogers.




 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.  :)



Visit with the cousins

Posted by anonymous on May 16, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)


The Besser girls Ginger, Liz and Christine


Christine with the goatie girls!


Liz with Joedy.


GiGi who loves to sneak drinks of wine, mixed drinks or craft beer.

We had a lovely time with my cousins from K.C. who had a great time playing with the kids and the goatiegirls.  See you tomorrow at the market!  :)

The Boys have gone to their new homes

Posted by anonymous on May 5, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments 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.  


Jagger 5-1-14



Jethro and Jangles lounging on the barn deck 5-5-14


Jangle and Jethro 5-5-14

It was cold this morning!

Posted by anonymous on April 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments 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. :)



Beautiful Weather!

Posted by anonymous on April 11, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments 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.



Lambar feeding

Posted by anonymous on March 26, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments 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.

Snow Monday 3-3-14

Posted by anonymous on March 9, 2014 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)


The kids romping in the snow last Monday.

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