Warm and sunny, but slushy and wet on the ground. A great day to be a bird. (Not a complaint, just an observation.)
The iguana boys were out by the chook shack this morning, hoping for grain, so I took them a bit. By the time I got over there, the goats had appeared. I kept dumping a little on the ground to distract the goats, and holding the bucket up for the alpacas. The tall boys politely took turns chowing from the bucket, then had a little squabble and I caught a little blow-by when one spat at the other. Meh. The sheep turned up after all the grain was gone, poor bastards. The pushy goats make it hard to give anybody else a share. I'll sneak out later and try to give the sheep a goodie.
Speaking of goats, the rat bastards have pushed the corner of their fence right over into the chicken yard. They were inside the chicken-yard gate the other day, hoping for some layer crumbles. Getting them out of there was exciting. They insisted on going back out the way they came in, and the chicken-wire roof (to keep chickens in and owls out) flopped there, entangling hooves and horns. I'm staggering after them through the deep slush, hollering and waving the cane. It was awesome. I'll be fixing that fence, and in the meantime I'm careful to be low-key when I take a bucket of chicken food out to the chicken house.
The goats are just being goats – they're not malicious. I do think they deserve to be with people who enjoy that goatish curiosity and sense of humor. I am not those people. I could do without the pressure they put on our fencing, too. We'll be looking to sell them this spring.
Other ideas for the tax return
1) A new (to us) washer, and maybe dryer. Our washer is a $25 Craig's List special, small capacity. Does an OK job, rips things up sometimes. The dryer was Richard's mom's, and dates back to the harvest-gold era. It takes two tries to get a load dry. We only use it in the winter – we have one of those awesome 1960s merry-go-round clotheslines for the rest of the year. I think a $75 washer would be about right.
2) A trip to the coast for C. to see all her old buddies. Is Port Townsend ready?
Three eggs today.