If You Build It, They Will Come – Part III

Summer was in full swing and I could hardly contain my excitement!   It was time for Velvet and Magic to arrive to their new home.  Due to medical reasons, a beautiful friend was no longer able to care for these two beauties.   She trusted us with their care, knowing we would provide the best home possible and love them unconditionally.

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Meet Magic (blue) and Velvet (green)
The girls quickly settled in and changed my life in ways I never thought imaginable.  Wifey connected with Magic, who was a sweet and skittish baby that had always been a bit spoiled.  I, on the other hand, was drawn to Velvet, the serious and quiet alpha.  I was determined to find my way to Velvet’s heart, help her to relax and take life a little less seriously.  I never realized that she would teach me so much more than I would ever teach her…

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Life was settling in on the farm nicely.  They baby animals were growing quickly, filling our days with joy and laughter.

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Bar-Bar, Pumps and Leo! (Funny how everyone ends up with a nickname on the farm!)

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As you can see, Diny and Oatmeal (aka Thing 1 and Thing 2) continued to cause mischief!

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Big White was no longer a little, yellow ball of fluff!
The farm was running like a well oiled machine!  What would this mean to two crazy ladies…a PUPPY!   Meet Ophe, our Newfoundland!

 

Fall was approaching fast and we still had much to accomplish before the snow would fly.

 

Magic and Velvet continued to teach us amazing things.  We learned that if we listened, they would tell us what they needed.  Velvet grew to love me…and only me! (This made me so very happy!)  She puts on a strong front, but is the most gentle, kind and loving creature.  She even has a little humor, tucked deep down, in the depths of her soul. She has been one of the most powerful teachers I have ever had…

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As you can see, Velvet’s sense of humor comes out whenever the camera is near!
As the holidays were approaching, we were determined to hang a large wreath on the side of the barn.  After many failed attempts with ladders, due to the weight of the live wreath, we decided we must resort to serious measures.  That wreath was going to be hung, no matter what it took!  $300 later and a rented cherry picker did the trick!  Needless to say, the following year we purchased an 8′ artificial wreath that is still hanging on the barn today!  Thank goodness for LED lights!

 

The holiday card of 2014 was extra special!!

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Snow arrived early that season.  We were ready and prepared for our first Michigan Winter, on the farm.  We had big plans for 2015!  More animals, a green house, a garden cottage and a hay barn  were on the top of our adventure list!

 

2014 was a year filled with blessings!  If you build it, they will come…

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Check back next week for Part IV and see what exciting farm adventures kicked off 2015!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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Hay, Goats and ABBA, Oh My! Part I

This weekend, the farm focus was to finish planting the garden.  Needless to say, this did not happen due to one word…HAY!  We have come to expect, from past experience, that we will receive the call that our hay is ready on the first 90 degree day of the season.  And, once again, we were not disappointed!  270 bales of hay were going to be delivered on Saturday evening. Continue reading “Hay, Goats and ABBA, Oh My! Part I”