Liability? What Liability?

We’ve known ever since we moved in that the deck rail was a little wobbly.  We just level-headedly warn any person who comes to our house that they…and especially their children…should stay safely away from the railing.  And, they should watch out for that one hole in the deck and avoid stepping on the bouncy section of the deck.  We confidently advise visitors that we do believe that the deck railing was put on, leaning out, on purpose. 

That is…until the other night.

We had some friends over, 20 to be exact.  It was like a wave when it happened.

It was like slow motion.  Watching a clip in a movie you swear will never happen to you.

Then it does.

Starting with Seth and Jenny, our friends raced to the railing to catch site of the bear.  It has been here once and is the stuff of folklore.  They ran to the railing.  The swarmed to the railing.  They pushed on the railing.  They swelled.  The Animal Whisperer and I yelled for them to stop.  To not let the excitement of the moment overcome them.

They Did Not Listen.



17 of them went through the railing.  They plummeted to the ground.  We had ambulances here.  Fire engines.  Neighbors.  Well wishers.  The bear.  His friends.

OK.  Not really.

But it is the stuff of the Animal Whisperer’s nightmares.

So he’s fixing it.

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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3 Responses to Liability? What Liability?

  1. Pingback: Why I Am (NOT) The Animal Whisperer. | The Goat Cheese Lady

  2. Anita Valaer says:

    Well, I thought I did leave a comment, but then my fingers and the mouse got tangled up and I found myself back on Craig’s
    list saying,”What the heck”! I went on your site because my brother in Frisco, in the mountains, has goats and they are really
    babies! I thoroughly enjoyed your story and the pictures and I would love to take one of your classes, if I can schedule it. I
    can’t take this one, and it would be neat if my sister-in-law could come down and take it with me. Anyway, “thanks for the
    memories, yours that is!

    • Anita, It is great to hear from you! I’ll look forward to meeting you and your sister-in-law! Our next class is next Tuesday, Oct 5, from 8:15 to 12:30. If that doesn’t work for you, let me know what would and we’ll get something scheduled! Thanks, Lindsey

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