Changing of the seasons happening here in Southern Vermont. Beautiful blue skies with high clouds. Green giving way to gold in the foothills, green giving way to crimson and orange higher up. Cooler temps in the evening and morning. Wild flowers calling “Olly, olly oxen! Free! Free! Free!” from the roadsides.
We moved the flocks from their summer grazing pastures to a new field where they are once again together. The separation of mums from lambies had been long enough that the mums’ milk supply had dried up and they’ve been able to nourish their bods for the late fall breeding season; the lambies have figured out how to be teenagers, independent of their mums.
New thing: goats are integrated into the flock and it’s one big happy family. Sort of. I’m trying to cope with the moving-the-flock sillies we’re having to go through each day, now that they have to learn a new routine. I shall post video sometime because it is that entertaining.
This was the first day that I allowed myself to breathe. I didn’t realize it until about noon. After moving 2 kiddoes off to school, reorganizing our days to include the institutional calendar, moving flocks, putting the holiday weekend and a billion pies behind me for a day or so, I actually spent a little time considering options.
So, I moved the furniture. Totally rearranged our living space. And it’s just exactly what I needed.
We’ll now be dining in the family room, and lounging in the kitchen. I decided that everyone likes to hang out in the kitchen anyway, therefore that is now where the couch and soft reading chair are living. It has that groovy coffee-shop feel to it, in a countrified, cozy kitchen sort of way.
And it’s a whole lot less lonely. The dogs and cats LOVE the new set-up. So while I’m rolling crusts throughout autumn, I’ve got good company nearby.