Rain and Flame.

I was in the house with the boys.  The Animal Whisperer called me at 5:32pm from the barn (aaaaahhh, the benefits of cell phones) to tell me: “YOU BETTER GET DOWN HERE!!!”  I heard unnatural screaming in the background and needed no other explanation. 

Meanwhile, the boys were up to their wrists in “magic muck”…a drippy, sticky mixture of cornstarch and water, dyed green with way to much food coloring…in the kitchen.  I jumped off the chair I was using to strip wallpaper and launched into shouting mode: “GET YOUR HANDS WASHED, YOUR COATS ON AND GET DOWN TO THE BARN…I’M NOT WAITING FOR YOU!!!”  (I’m not waiting for you, a necessary addition to my orders, to stop the whining that occurs any time I don’t wait for them for anything.)

I whipped on my barn clothes, recalling a friend telling me she gets “up to her elbows” in birthing fluid.  I yanked the goat birthing medicine box (similar to the suitcase an expectant mother packs a week or so before her due date) out of the closet and raced to the barn.  It’s a wonder I didn’t trip over any of the dogs on my way.

When I got to the barn, Star was lying on her side screaming, The Animal Whisperer was squatting cheering her on, and there was a black (slimy) head sticking out of Star’s rear.  Oh, how I wish I had an epidural for her.  Ouch.  I could feel her pain.

The Animal Whisperer sent me on a mission for something, and when I arrived back 15 seconds later, the black head was an entire body glommed out on the ground and there was tiny white hoof poking out of Star.  You just wanted to grab it and pull it out to end Star’s suffering.  But you didn’t.  You ran to the gate to let the green handed boys in the barn.  When you got back, with boys in tow, you saw:

This.

A few minutes later, maybe 10, Flame stood up.

But Rain didn’t. 

She was the second one out and was squeezed inside Star so tight that the little joints above her front hooves don’t straighten out, so she stands on her ankles instead of her feet.  When she stands.  Which was hardly at all last night. 

Star is a good mama, she licked them and cleaned them up for a good couple hours (but, not one of the 3 goats figured out someone should have something to eat.) 

Meanwhile, the Peanut Gallery was locked outside the barn.

I never did get quite up to my elbows in birthing fluids, but did get a pretty dirty.   

Cutie pies.

And, finally, we moved them to the Royal Quarters.  A special stall The Animal Whisperer built in the barn with a heat lamp, clean straw, food and water for some family bonding time. 

And, that would be where, later, around 9:30, I single handedly wrestled Star into letting her babies learn to nurse. 

And sat on a hay bale in the light of the red heat bulb contemplating my life’s journey, and where it has led me. 

Staring straight into the face of a goat.

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

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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8 Responses to Rain and Flame.

  1. Mallory says:

    Congrats to the new grandparents!!! They are cutties!!!

    • They are cute, aren’t they! Little Rain is still walking on her knuckles…despite Marilan’s advice, we haven’t splinted her yet, thinking she’ll improve in her walking on her own in a few days. We’ll see. They’re both doing well though, Rain finally started nursing and we’re leaving her down with mom and sis tonight for the first time. Cross your fingers they’ll do well all together! Lindsey

  2. Great Pics! Love the green hands too. Hey, here’s hoping you never have to GO IN after one but having goats and Nubians to boot I’m guessing you will sometime. They love multiples and big kids. Star can be happy and grateful there were two and girls at that . Bucks get big and a single buck even bigger. So glad you get to enjoy the rustic glow of the heat lamp as you stare into beautiful eyes, feeling warm and fuzzy. (and sticky, and stinky, and dirty, but it only happens once a year.) Congrats!

  3. Mary Menz says:

    Oh….what an awesome experience for you all! Thanks for sharing it with us! Hoping you all get a good night’s rest tonight, MM

  4. Shannon says:

    They are wonderful!! Congrats on the baby’s…I know this was one of your goals!! If you need any help/photos, let me know and I’m there! LOVE the green hands! XOXO

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