goodbye, my beautiful Bonnie...

 a week ago, I took the pic below just before I cracked open a pumpkin that a neighbor gifted to the goats... There is my crew one week ago... (L to R) Ellen, Ellie, Bonnie, & Eli.

 My heart was healing from the loss of Misty, and things seemed like they were falling into place for a smooth transition to Spring. Little did I know, my world was about to get flipped upside down again, an emotional roller coaster of another round of highs and lows, and ultimately the loss of another farm family member... Bonnie.

Sadly she was humanely euthanized yesterday morning. Her rumen was not working properly, and her body temperature plummeted the night before.... she aspirated the contents of her rumen, and there was nothing left to do .... Read her rescue story here.

This morning she was buried next to Misty. The "E" crew seemed to know what had happened to their friend and seemed a little sad. I am looking forward to the sunny days ahead to dote on everyone a little more than I have been able to the last week....

In remembrance of my sweet Bonnie, here are some of my favorite photos of her. My heart aches, but is also so full with the outpour of encouragement for Bonnie I saw over the last 5 days. Truly beautiful world we live in.....

  • “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France.


Bonnie's rescue story.....

I wanted to take the time to write in the most detail what happened over the last four days here on the farm. I still don't understand exactly how it happened, but I can tell you that it has been educational.

Last Wednesday morning, I saw Bonnie and the rest of the crew in their field around 8:45am as I was getting things ready for Reece's very first vet appointment with his new mobile vet. The appointment was to be outside in his park, which is directly in front of the goat paddock. As you also know, I take tons of pictures. I take them literally without thinking much about the situation, just will snap them when I see a perfect moment to capture. I went back through my phone and saw that in pictures, the lid was on the culvert pipe around 8:45 that morning. An hour later I had snapped some pics of the vet and his trainer, and in going back through the pictures, I could see that the lid was not on the pipe. I don't know if Bonnie had already fallen in, or if she was still in the field, but because we were all outside, I know none of us heard any sounds of distress.
I left around 10:30 to go to the store and when I got back, I parked my car on the far side of the property because the plan for the rest for the day was to burn some brush piles and I wanted my car near the site so I could listen to music while I was working.... It was almost noon, and my phone was also about to die, so I headed over to the house to get a charging cord. As I was walking back through the paddock where I had been all morning, I heard a distressed 'maaaaaa' that echoed as if it was coming from a cave. I looked in the field and only saw Eli, Ellie, and Ellen ..... and they were all calmly chewing cud as if their friend wasn't missing. My heart sank and I ran to the pipe and saw this about 10 feet down:
I immediately ran into the house to tell Christian, and tried to call my mom, and my phone died. I managed to get in touch with the fire chief at the local volunteer fire department, and he said he would put in a few calls and get back to me. I remembered another contact who worked in fire and rescue and called him as well. He was the first on the scene, and the idea that he came with was the one that got her out of the culvert pipe after about an hour and a half of work to free her from the pipes. 

Another first responder came equipped with a ladder that he was able to get into the pipe and climbed down to cut all the pipes with a saw, then she fell into the water below with ropes around both her front ankles, and they swiftly acted and with all hands on board, hoisted her out of the pipe and onto the ground.

The vet was on standby to check her out upon rescue and came out immediately. Miraculously, no broken bones, but the long road of recovery ahead from what I would learn about capture myopathy was something I was completely unfamiliar with.   

The next morning, she seemed ok, but when she would urinate, it was the color of coffee. This meant renal failure, which is called rhabdomyolysis. The next 24 hours would be crucial in getting her kidneys functioning. The vet took action and made sure we got her fluids and soon her urine went clear, thankfully. This is only the beginning of her recovery which will have ups and downs and could still result in her passing. It is a miracle she is here, but the next several weeks will be a day by day thing as far as if she will be able to pull through. 

We are so grateful for the swift action and rescue efforts to free her from the pipe, and hope to see more good days than bad the next few weeks.... 
Many thanks to all who helped with the rescue, prayed during and after, and who all continue to send prayers, well wishes, and positive thoughts to our Bon Bon. She is a miracle at this point, and each day is a miracle until we get on the other side of this. Thank you.



weekend snapshots and a sinful cake recipe....


.................and now for the most delicious cake I think I have ever made.... and sadly I winged the icing and forgot to write down amounts as I was making it, so use your favorite buttercream or cream cheese icing for this. I am going to make this again next month, so will repost with the icing that was DIVINE!



1 3/4 C all purpose flour (or a GF blend)

2 C sugar

3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp fine salt

3/4 C full fat plain greek yogurt

1/2 C sunflower oil

3 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 C Guinness beer

preheat oven to 350, and put three round cake pans in the oven, each with 2 T butter....

... then sift all of your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, baking soda, & baking powder) together...
... now add all of the rest of the ingredients to a medium mixing bowl, putting the beer in last here, then whisk this together. Fold into the dry mix and stir with spatula until just combined - don't over mix.......

pour batter into your brown-buttered cake pans......
..bake for 30-35 min, making sure a toothpick inserted comes out clean... I didn't have any so as you can see a fork worked just fine :)
let cool completely, then ice with a buttercream or cream cheese icing. I used a greek yogurt, butter, baileys irish cream, and confectioners sugar combo for mine, but forgot to write down measurements...

I also forgot to take any good pics of the whole finished cake because I gave so much away and we finished off the rest. Next time! For now, take my word that this cake is heavenly!!!
Happy Monday!




catching up....

For the last several weeks, I got behind on life due to making the time to care for Misty the way she needed me... First off, I would do it all over again, without hesitation. - in a heartbeat. Second, it has now been a week since she passed and my heart is healing, so it is time to get things here back in order. 

Today I finally cleaned the chicken coop, went to the feed store, and have started making my weekend plans which include:

~ clean out my car

~ mail off shop sales

~ paint my nails

~ laundry

~ clean both porches

~ eat Peppinos pizza :)

~ refill the bird feeders

I also want to start planning a layout for a new goat structure. The one they use now was put up hastily after a bad storm took down the original one (over THREE YEARS ago!), and I have been procrastinating getting up a proper one, but now it is time....

Now, I am getting the best kind of love from my sweetest lap dog, and contemplating a hot soak....

goodnight, friends <3