Thursday, September 20

Farm Life is Sometimes Sad

On Tuesday, I took both Brandon and Jordan to the farm. Usually Brandon goes on Tuesday and Jordan on Friday. However, Thursday was out this week so they both got to go together.

Unfortunately when we got there, I was informed that two more goats had died. They are all from the bunch that were born this spring. I'm not sure how many baby goats were born this year, but three have died. We suspect they're being hit by a virus. The boys favorites were Sebastian and Pueblo. However, Sebastian has passed on to goat heaven. I am praying that Pueblo will make it. He is adorable and I'm hoping to get some photos of him the next time we go to the farm.

Other than visiting the goats and the horses, the boys swung on the tire swing, jumped on the trampoline and Brandon, the older boy kicked a soccer ball through the tire of the swing. He has Asperger's syndrome and this is a great success story for him. Since he's been going to the farm, he has come a long way. He has a ball with all the animals.

There are a bunch of new kittens at the farm. This is the third litter this year. They are cute as buttons and two are already spoken for.

This is a picture of one of the baby goats. Don't ask me which one it is. The boys would know for sure. I do know some of them, but not this one.

It's great therapy to go to the farm for both the boys and myself. The animal's antics make us laugh and forget the cares of the world. I especially enjoy it because it reminds me of childhood days on Grandpa's farm.


  1. Actually, Jordan usually goes to the farm Thursday. Typo or senior moment. You decide. LOL

  2. Hi Mary,

    Senior moment? You? Naw! Just a typo, I'm sure.

    Yes, farm life is sad sometimes. But I knoiw the boys enjoy visiting there. You always took the boys on all kinds of excursions. And I see you still are. That's nice for them and you. I wish my granddaughters were closer so we could do more things together. You are fortunate in that respect.

    Nice posting and pictures. I enjoyed my visit here, and will put Mary
    s Writing Nook in My Favorite Blogs, so people can click to it. I have Anne's there. It's the Writes With Feathers blog. You can click on it and check it out. Anne is a busy, working writer and doesn't post that often, but when she does, they're always great.



  3. Hello Mary,

    Farm life is good, I guess, but you do learn some of life's hardest lessons. It is sad when some of your favorite animals die and you can't exactly know why.

    Thanks for coming by and commenting on my blog. ~Ann

  4. Hi Mary,

    I'm sorry one of the goats died. Your title reflects lessons that children used to learn naturally in daily life. Yet, they know that farm life is usually good. I wish I could share this farm with my grandchildren. I can see that the boys love their trips to the farm with Grandma. You have made so many beautiful memories with them and for them!

    I love the photo of the goat! Very nice posting. Thank you for sharing it.


  5. Living close with farm animals is an opportunity to help children understand that such animals are our responsibility but their lives are oten shorter than ours and we experience their deaths, grieve them and then remember them fondly.

    When I had cattle I always felt aweful when I sold the calves. It was like selling your children. Even old guys feel the loss of the companionship of farm animals due to causes both within and beyond your control.

  6. Renie,

    Thanks for the vote of confidence concerning the Senior Moment.

    As you know, I grew up on a farm and it does give you a different outlook on death than when you're city born, I think. The boys will learn that death is a natural part of life and they will learn to accept the circle of life.

    I've been lucky to always have the boys close. I watched them during the summer holidays and we had a lot of fun.

    Thanks for adding my site to your favorite blogs. I must check out Anne's blog as well.

  7. Ann,

    My concern is that the goats may have a virus or something else that is claiming them. Goats don't succumb to disease easily, so that is a concern. Maybe we will learn more tomorrow if Brandon is able to go to the farm. He's suffering with allergies right now.

    Thanks for dropping by. You're always welcome.

  8. Tina,

    I'm glad you enjoyed the photo of the goat. The farm is a good place to learn about the circle of life, that's for sure. Thanks for dropping by. I've been busy writing and am now caught up so I have time to visit the blogs of others.

  9. Pebbles,

    I grew up on the farm, so know exactly what you mean. The boys are learning and the more the visit the more they'll learn. Thanks for stopping by. You're always welcome.

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