My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

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Jam Session, Goat Pens and Friends

I found a number in the community's mail room for a local handy-person and called him. He (Jeff) came over at 8 a.m. this morning to give a quote for putting up the goat pen and making an exercise area. He left and the family headed to Home Depot for supplies. We instead found and bought a kit for a 6x19 dog run. We bought two... one for inside and one for outside.

On the way home went to another town to a rancher store, where we bought goat feeders and water buckets, along with goat minerals, leashes and collars. (All for the goaties.) Leaving there we found a guy in the Wal-Mart parking lot selling second-cutting hay from his semi, so we bought 6 bales for $6 each, mixed (alfalfa plus other grasses).

Home, grabbed a quick bite and Jeff came over to help. He and Hubby were about halfway through making the first one (the interior goat pen) when Hubby's friend M from high school arrived, with his wife. First time I'd met either. We enjoyed the afternoon as the guys put together the pens and we got rained on. By the time Jeff left, the interior goat pen was inside the workshop/barn and ready for it's inhabitants, and the exterior one was sturdily tied down just on the other side of the workshop/barn. Ready for us to walk the goaties there for the daytime exercise and fun.

Hope we can pick them up tomorrow.

Jeff left, and M and wife came in to enjoy some hot tea and fun. The Kid got out his little guitar and electronic keyboard and M jammed it away! Great fun. We even built our first fire in the fireplace. Talked about books and music and high school and dinosaurs and so much more. I'm thinking we hit it off. I hope so, at least.

We drove into town, with them following, and had a pleasant dinner at Village Inn. Then home to take something for my headache and nausea.

It was a good day. All things considered!

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