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Goodbye 2016

Well it’s New Years Eve and 2016 is about to come to a close.  We made it through the our third Christmas on the old homestead and are ready to push boldly into the new year. 

The goats are still in the celebration spirit, so I think I will leave the lights up in the goat house a while longer.

We sold the soap we made from our goats milk at the pharmacy, and sold over 120 bars in just the month of December.

Snuggly Duckling Farm Etsy shop has some available too.
As for me I have been dealing with cluster headaches for 3 weeks now.  I was first diagnosed with these pain-in-the-arse headaches in 1996, and each fall I usually suffer with them for a few days.  This year though, I have been having 3-4 headaches a day since December 8, and as of this writing they are still going.  I haven’t had an episode like this since 2011, an episode that also lasted several weeks during a Christmas trip to Disney world.  I’ve been trying various alternative therapies because the conventional one, verapamil, a calcium channel blocker, makes me feel so bad between headaches.  The headaches come on and leave quickly usually lasting for 30 minutes to 2 hours (not a long time) but the pain behind my right eye makes me sure that it will pop out sooner or later.   The ones during the day I can usually catch early and take imitrex before they get rolling; it’s the ones that happen in the middle of the night that are the biggest issue.  Not only do they hurt, they have been disrupting my sleep, and sleep deprivation is not a good look for me.  I’ve been trying a vitamin cocktail with oxygen which seems to put a dent in them, but hopefully the new year will bring relief.

A cold wind of winter has been blowing all night here and keeping the pond in a frozen state.

Headaches be damned, I spent the morning doing my best Paul Bunyan impression and got my firewood pile back to a nice level.

With the light of the day shining through our window, I will say goodbye to 2016 and wait for 2017 to show me how great it is going to be.


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A special occasion 

This past weekend brought a couple of special events to our little piece of Planet Earth.

The first one: our goat Caro discovered she is a goat.

All of a sudden Caro started showing us her Alpine heritage.  She found that she could jump up and balance on the 2×4 that is the top of the barrier between the two stalls of our goat barn. It’s a pretty impressive little trick, also very annoying.

To rectify the situation I put up an old window we had as a deterrent, and it seems to have done the job for now.

The other event we had the honor of witnessing was the first annual Cartersville, Virginia Christmas tree lighting.  The “coffee club” that meets at the general store each morning decided that our little community needed an event to bring everyone together.  On a piece of land next to the bank was placed a donated tree and at precisely 6pm, Spanky, the unofficial mayor of Cartersville, said a few words and the switch was thrown. The 200 or so people who were there sang a few Christmas carols, and the lights from the tree allowed you to see and meet your neighbors. It was truly an event that made this move-to-the-country experiment feel like a great idea.

And Santa Claus even made appearance.

To my new found community, Merry Christmas.