Lessons from the Frost

Yesterday was a long day…so was the day before. This week is dress rehearsal for one of the Christmas programs I am involved in, so every night is booked. Plus, there is the normal amount of classes to attend, chores to fulfill, and every day life to take care of. Last night was stingy on the allotment of sleep I am allowed, so needless to say, I am tired and it’s only half-way through the week. This means that I am not up to my normal functioning level.

With this in mind, let me tell you about my morning…you may find in interesting. Around 6:20 this morning Dad was ready to eat. Over half of the family wasn’t out of bed yet, so he made a round to each room and informed the occupant that breakfast would be served in five minutes. Now in my family, about half of them do not do well eating immediately after they rise and two more, which are usually not apart of that group, were this morning, due to sinus issues.

After dragging myself out of the top bunk, down the stairs, and (in a round about way) to the table, I sat facing a breakfast of scrabbled eggs and cold cereal. I am one of the two who had sinus issues, so I just ate the cold cereal. Usually, we have goat milk for our cereal, but as I am drying up the goats (I will explain latter), we had store bought, two percent, homogenized cow milk. Owing to the sinus issues I was experiencing, the cereal didn’t have the same appeal as normal. Plus the milk was awful! It was like using slightly flavored, colored water! Yuck!

Next up was Bible study and after that I lay down on the bed and rested for half an hour or so. I don’t usually do that, but this week with its late nights and early mornings has been an exception.

Chores outside are a dreary task for me in the winter. Once my hands are cold, I can’t use them and the poor goats have a hard time with cold fingers on their warm udders. I decided that I would go ahead and dry the does up a month early due to the cold and a few other factors. So, this morning after wrapping up in a snow suit, scarf, hat, gloves, (I told you I can’t take the cold very well) I donned on my rubber boots and headed out to the shed to check the does.

First, I had to stumble through the fuzzy mess of Angoras while holding a bucket of unfrozen water that looked very much like their feed bucket. After disappointing them, I turned my attention to the milk does. Jael was in too much of a hurry, so she slipped through the two strand electric fence and high-tailed it to the barn where she thought her milk stand was filled with grain…it wasn’t…thankfully, my sister was in there feeding the chickens and she took care of Jael for me.

I hadn’t filled the milk stand feeders because I didn’t know if the goats were tight enough to justify reliving them a bit or not. With Jael gone, Violet was left to check. I tucked Violet’s head between my legs and leaned forward to slide my hand down her back and to her udder. She didn’t like that.

Lesson from the Frost Number One: Frost covered grass is slippery. Violet took off like lightning and so did I…backwards…on her back. My boots siding along the ground until traction was finally found in a patch of non-frosted ground. Has anyone else ever ridden a goat? I have, for about twenty feet. I finally did corner Violet and her udder was tight, so I let her go flying to the barn while I went to the house to gather the milking supplies. I usually have everything ready and waiting in the barn, but since I thought I wouldn’t have to milk today, I didn’t.

Lesson from the Frost Number Two: Frost covered porch stairs are slippery. Yep, the first stair I put my foot on found me sprawled out like a possum who sees his life flash before him when a car narrowly misses him! I just laid there for half a minute trying to decide if it would be better to get up or just to stay down.

I did finally relive the goats from too thier milk pressure and a few slips and sides later, I did make it back in the house. I think I’ve had enough excitement for the day, but life doesn’t work that way…I wonder what will happen tonight?

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