Carver Law and More Goats!

We’ve had a lot going on recently, so I thought it was time for a bit of an update. First of all, as some of you may know, I am officially licensed to practice law in North Carolina. I’m taking cases involving family law, wills, and minor criminal matters. If you need an attorney, check out my (still partially under construction) new website CarverLawNC.com. I will be happy to meet you at your home or place of business. I can also do initial consultations over the phone.

In more personal news, our second wedding anniversary is coming up on Monday, so we’re taking a long weekend to head out of town. It’s a long overdue bit of time away, but I think we’re going to try to make our anniversary tradition taking a trip. Last year, we went to Helen, GA, and we had a fabulous time. This year, we’re heading to Charleston, which neither of us has been to in ages. We have an awesome couple taking care of our goats while we’re gone, so we’ll know their in good hands (though we might get a phone call on Saturday, “You need to take the little, loud one away…NOW.”) We actually took a goat care and cheese making workshop with them in the spring, which was great. If anyone is considering goats, homesteading, etc. then you should check out some of the workshops they offer – www.eightowlsfarmstead.com.

Goat Looking Through Window

Speaking of goats, the addition of Martha’s mother, Beth, has been great (though they have been exiled from the steps since this photo was taken). She’s somewhat neurotic, but super sweet, and I love having goat milk around! My experiments in cheese making are getting better each time. Tonight, we’re going to make some goat milk ice cream. If you’ve never had fresh goat’s milk, don’t judge it based on what you’ve had from a store. Fresh goat milk is sweet, delicious, and creamy. It lacks the strong “goat-y” taste that the stuff in the store develops. However, I may have to stop milking Beth soon, as there’s a possibility she might be pregnant. We’re going to draw blood and send it in for a test, but we might have some more little ones in a few months. If that’s the case, we will likely have to sell the babies, since we have a pretty limited amount of space for goats here and John has promised me that I can put down a deposit on a registered Alpine doeling for my birthday.

And yes, my 30th birthday is right around the corner. Do I feel 30? Not really. I mean, why should 30 feel any different than any other year? I’m certainly not upset about it, though. I may not be where I thought I would be at this point 5, 10, let alone 15 years ago, but that’s not a bad thing. I have different goals and different priorities than I did in the past, but I’m at a good point in my life in a lot of respects. I may not have the financial or career security I want, but I have an amazing husband, a supportive family, and some really cool pets. Winning the lottery would be nice, but I already have everything I need for happiness here.

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Gone Goat Crazy!


Martha
Rose

So, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve officially gone goat crazy. They’re so adorable and loving! John is on board with them too. He built this goat shelter for them, which is awesome!

Goat House

We also went to a goat care and cheese-making workshop with these people last weekend – http://www.eightowlsfarmstead.com/. It was very informative and fun, plus we got to take home some goat cheese! Also, fresh goat’s milk is WAY better than the store-bought stuff.

I leave you with a minute and a half of our goatie girls being cute (please excuse the excessive nibbling in the middle).

Rose Martha

Meet Our (Goat) Kids!

For those of you who don’t know, we had something very exciting happen to us recently. We had kids! Well, we picked out two goat kids. They’re both does (girls), and we finally decided on names!

They’re Mini-Nubians, which means they’re a cross between Nubian (large dairy goats) and Nigerian Dwarf goats. Mini-Nubians usually get to be between 22 and 25 inches high at the withers (shoulders), which is about the height of your average German Shepherd. Our girls are both second generation Mini-Nubians, so they don’t have all of the desired features (their ears aren’t as droopy for one), but they’re adorable.

Rose

 

This is our girl, Rose, named for Rose Tyler (a companion in Doctor Who).  Rose very much wants to be a lap goat and loves sitting in my lap.

Martha

 

Martha is less of a lap goat, though she still loves attention. She’s the more adventurous of the two and is named after another Doctor Who companion, Martha Jones. John picked Martha as one of our winners right away when we went to the dairy, because she was the first to stick her head through the fence and say hi.

The girls are both about 5 weeks old now, and still being bottle fed. It’s a lot of responsibility, but also a lot of fun! One day, we hope to milk them, but that at least a year and a half away. In the meantime, we’re enjoying our babies and looking forward to more goaty adventures.