Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Kid on the Block

What an elegant thing it is
to have a goat named in one's honor.
Meet Kauffman's Debby's Retreat. 
She's just four hours old, 
she smells like a new puppy, 
and she has a star on her Nubian forehead. 
Did I mention that she's named after me? 
Be still my heart. 

I was visiting my brother's goat farm 
in Talladega, Alabama 
on a five day writing retreat. 
How thrilling when they said
if Mama Brandy gave birth while I was there
they would name her kid for the occasion. 
She did, they did, 
and I am honored beyond measure. 
Precious, warm, and sweet-smelling.
She fell asleep in my arms.
But OMG, I'm going for new glasses tomorrow!
Honest, I'm not that ugly or old.
We had hoped to witness the sacred moment of birth, 
but Brandy surprised us by presenting her beautiful little girl, 
already birthed and licked clean
by the time we got to her stall, 
the second day of the retreat. 

Brandy is not your average goat. 
She's a certified purebred Nubian
with long ears and high pedigree, 
as are all her barn mates.  
They have hoity-toity names,
 like race horses,
and they all have nicknames.

Brandy's registered name is
Laurel Oak Apricot Brandy.
Can't imagine how I came away without a photo of her.
She's the color of apricot, 
as beautiful as her chocolate brown baby.

Kauffman's Debby's Retreat
 is to be called Ri-ri.
I think her nickname is as cute as her ears.
My sister-in-law, Sandy, with Ri-ri
Ri-ri's daddy (or sire) is 
Goldthwaite Kentucky Wonder,
called Tuck. 

These photos of Jim and Ri-ri make me cry.

Who knew my baby brother would grow up to be a goat farmer?
More about Peace in the Valley Farm next post.  dkm

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Loblolly Toothbrush?

Him again!
Came back to deck in search of more carpenter bee larvae. 
Found previous damage repaired with wood filler, but not yet repainted.
Not even dried yet. 
Tried it. 
Still soft.  
Stuck to beak.
Back to bark of pinetree. 
Cleaning his beak or finding more insects?