My First Offical Housesit

If you told me a couple of years ago that I would be mucking out a goat pen on a farm in Pennsylvania I would have laughed in your face. By look at me, mucking out a goat pen and being happy about it. It was hard work, but I would much rather be in that goat pen than sitting in an office making up PowerPoint presentations.

Which brings me to my first official housesit.  I really lucked out on this one.  I got to sit for a wonderful family with a beautiful house and hobby farm in Pennsylvania.  I took care of six goats, 2 dogs, 2 cats, fish, and chickens.  I had one escapee chicken the first day I was there by myself, and a couple of escapee goats, but I got them all corralled again.

Saturday went without incident and then Sunday I thought that I would be able to finish cleaning out the goat pen.  No luck. I was taking a break to eat lunch and I heard one of the goats scream.  I look down at the pen in the lower pasture and one of the goats was hanging by one leg from the fence and another has jumped over and was running free.  I raced down the hill to free the foot from the fence.  I had to pick her up (good thing they are little) and balance her on one knee so I could use both hands to free her.  I got her undone and put her back in the pen but there was no getting the other escapee back in the pen without the rest escaping too.  I gave up and opened the pen near the house and got the fish crackers (that is how you lure them from one pen to another) and took them up to the other pen.  The one with the hurt foot made it up by herself and I was able to take a look at her and she looked fine.  She ended up limping around for the rest of the day and was fine by the next day.

Monday I was able to finish the goat pen and all the animals behaved themselves.  It was a nice uneventful day.  Tuesday I went exploring at Valley Forge National Historical Park and Wednesday I had planned to get some shops in but received an e-mail from the homeowners that they would be back at midnight that night.  I had my days confused and thought they were coming home the following day.  I canceled my shops and worked on making sure the house was clean and ready for their return.  They returned at 2am Thursday morning and later that morning I went over everything and got the rest of my stuff packed up and headed back out on the road.

It was nice to be in one place for the week and it was wonderful to be on a farm for a week.  I called it my farm boot camp since it made me get a workout in every day!

I’d say my first official sit was a success and I’m looking forward to my next house sit in Asheville, NC that starts in a week.

The front of the house

The front of the house

The beautiful house

The beautiful house

Side view of the house

Side view of the house

A view from the deck

A view from the deck

Milo and Cody lounging in the office

Milo and Cody lounging in the office

A few of the goats

A few of the goats

Milo

Milo

Luther

Luther

Zeke

Zeke

Koi pond

Koi pond

Goats in the lower pasture

Goats in the lower pasture

Mama and her triplets

Mama and her triplets

Beautiful flowers

Beautiful flowers

Funny Theme Thursday

Today isn’t the day for me to be writing a “funny” post.  I don’t have any funny in me today so this will be a short one.

On Easter Mom was playing catch with Wyatt as we walked out on the back 40 acres.   We got out to a clearing and we looked down at Wyatt and his toy was just hanging from his tooth.  I don’t even know if he realized it was there.  Silly dog!Wyatt with his toy hanging from his tooth, eyes closed, tongue out.  Wyatt with his toy hanging from his tooth, eyes closed, tongue out.

I didn’t want to be a Debbie Downer on this Funny Theme Thursday, but I am going to go ahead and throw this picture in here too.  This is one of the reasons I an not in a “funny” mood today.  We lost Murphy a couple of days ago  (Sorry Mom if you are reading this, please don’t cry).   I just couldn’t post a picture of Wyatt without thinking of Murphy.

Murphy & Wyatt want to play

Murphy & Wyatt want to play

And now that I am sure I made my mother cry and made my funny post depressing, I will leave you with the link to see all the truly Funny Theme Thursday posts!  Just head over to Clan Donaldson.

A Week in Review – Kind of…

I didn’t keep track of anything this week.  Actually, I didn’t do much of anything at all this past week.  I met my savings goal for March and then kind of slacked off.

Honestly I have found the week in reviews to be kind of boring.  Shhh, don’t tell anyone I said that!  I’ve been thinking of ways to revamp and make them more interesting for you so hopefully from here on out they will be.

Where I slacked off though, Lacy revved up into full gear.  She found motivation one day and has been running with it ever since!  She has lots of items for sale on Facebook and Amazon and has been selling stuff everyday.

Yesterday was Easter and Lacy had to work (time and 1/2 is always worth it) so I went up to our parents ranch by myself.  It was a really nice day and I got a lot of great pictures to share for a couple of Theme Thursdays coming up and took pictures of some items Dad is letting us sell.  Mom, Dad, and Granny are all wonderful people and are giving us so much stuff to sell to help us make more money for our adventure.  Dad even sold a couple of bikes and just gave us the money for them.  We didn’t even have to do any work.  It’s awesome to have such supportive people in our lives, especially when we are doing something that most of the world thinks is crazy.  I really appreciate all the support we receive from them.

And now I will leave you with a few pictures from Easter at the ranch.  Enjoy and make sure to come back Thursday for a funny theme!  I captured an AWESOME picture for it!

This is my absolute favorite picture of the day!  Self portrait with a nosy horse.

This is my absolute favorite picture of the day! Self portrait with a nosy horse.

Artsy picture of the field of flowers and Betty.  I was actually using the selective color effect on my camera, but the purple in the flowers is so light it looks black & white.

Artsy picture of the field of flowers and Betty. I was actually using the selective color effect on my camera, but the purple in the flowers is so light it looks black & white.

Mom made these cute little chicky eggs

Mom made these cute little chicky eggs

Murphy and Wyatt waiting to see what Mom plans to do.

Murphy and Wyatt waiting to see what Mom plans to do.

A couple of the horses posing for pictures.

A couple of the horses posing for pictures.

This was a happy accident.  I was trying to take a picture of the flowers with the background blurry and ended up getting Betty in focus with blurry flowers.  I love it!

This was a happy accident. I was trying to take a picture of the flowers with the background blurry and ended up getting Betty in focus with blurry flowers. I love it!