Sunday, August 27, 2017


Geeze is spousal a word? Wow it is I just looked it up on Yahoo. I am wondering if doing that means I should be worried about my mental stability or do I care ? Basically because I know that in the last few months and those to come my mental stability is questionable at best.

When it became clear to me even prior to medical confirmation that Geoffrey was coming out of remission (wives know these things, heck , anyone who has lived with someone for 46 years gets it) I started a mental list of how I was going to lighten my load so I could be able to be there as needed. First thing on the list as painful as it was to admit was letting more of my LaMancha goats go. I needed to do this now while I could still find a home of my choosing for them not a home for them anywhere because I put it on the back burner until they had to leave and right now. That would not of been fair to them or me.

So two weeks ago I took Twist and her two 3 month old doelings, Jamboree a two year old buck to a dairy run by a friend in Marin county . Check out Marin county on the net pretty nice zip code to live in. And the last weekend in July I took my last three yearlings to a friend in the foothills of the central valley above Fresno. A win win for all as it was the appropriate placings for all involved.

This coming Wednesday I will take Waylon and Willie two wethers to another friend about 10 miles up the mountain from me. All this is difficult but there will still be goats on the farm. I will retain a ten year old doe, two six year old does, a three year old doe, a two year old doe and her 4 month old doeling. I am planning on parting with the doeling to correct home also but I will take my time. In  addition I have two bucks a 8 year old and his 6 year old son. Of course in spring of 2018 they will all be a year older.

I have decided not to breed this year and next spring will be odd the first in 32 years with no kids on the ground. But I will not say I will never breed again as I am very fond of both my goats and the lovely milk they provide.

Even doing the not so joy filled journeys in our lives bring joy. After the trailer was emptied at the dairy my traveling companion and I had a nice lunch at Point Reyes Station .

Then we headed towards the Pacific ocean and found four cow dairies established around 1850 three still working and one that is now part of the state park system.


The dairy barn in the old days then in the early 1900's a hay barn for beef cattle.

The original house built by the first owners . It survived the 1906 San Fransisco earthquake with only loosing its chimney.

Behind my friend Donna the school house where the teacher made $74 a month and educated all the farm children and the children of local fishermen.

The old equipment barn and what looked to be perhaps a piece of haying equipment now an oversized planter for indigenous vegetation.

The old dairy and below center some information on its production. Pretty amazing for its time! 

Looking northwest from the farm to the bay.

So here we are two weeks later. Having seen the doctor at the oncology clinic and arranged for six months of chemotherapy to begin in mid September. This trip as bittersweet as it was presented a diversion to what life is throwing our direction . And diversion is often the key to good mental health. 


At August 28, 2017 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Rain said...

I'm so sorry you both have to go through this, my gosh six months of chemo seems so long! I'm praying for your hubby. The diversion photos are just beautiful with the fog though. Sorry you had to give up some of your goats, but you are definitely smart in being prepared. xx

At August 28, 2017 at 11:40 AM , Blogger Goatldi said...

Thank you Rain. Luckily (she says tongue in cheek) we are pros at this. He had three and one half years of chemo the last go round. Never thought I would be a chemo pro! Yes that farm is so beautiful frozen in time.

At September 18, 2017 at 9:28 PM , Blogger Danice said...

So sorry about your husband's cancer. Praying that he is doing better. I just now found this post.


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