It all began with two goats. Before we knew it, there were fourteen. Everything seemed to be moving right along until one day we noticed a couple of the goats were on the outside of the fence. Our fence had a hole. Upon further inspection, we notice several holes, one in almost every fence section. The cause? Roxy, our newest horse, was taking her front leg and pushing the fence down, so she could lean over and eat the “greener” grass on the other side. This daily practice has ruined about 800 feet of fence.
We knew what was happening. Every day about lunch time, the goats would go to their favorite spot and venture out into the neighboring field to graze until their heart was content. They managed to migrate over to my garden at least twice where they ate not only the strawberries, but also every single leaf leaving only stems about one inch long. Yes, I complained, but I knew repairing the fence was going to be an expensive and time-consuming task. We are still building a barn, and now it’s gardening season; we had to prioritize the tasks around the ranch, and the goats grazing outside the fence was not a priority until the inevitable happened. Continue reading Meanwhile, Back at The Ranch: Well, CHUTE!→
When I found out I would be visiting Disney World for a work conference, I was happy but not really excited about the trip. It wasn’t until my second or third day (I’m a hard sell) that I really embraced all that was magical about Disney World. Some people are “dreaming of a white Christmas.” I can’t get the World of Disney off my mind. What would it take for my ranch to be more like this magical land?
D-IVERSITY: While at Disney World, I was able to sample all kinds of cuisine that I couldn’t sample any place else. I also interacted with people from all over the United States with differing viewpoints. We have one Mexican restaurant, a Subway, a diner, and a barbeque restaurant in my town. Dogs, cats, horses, goats and people live on my land. Is that diverse enough for Mr. Disney?
I-NTELLIGENCE: The people in charge of various departments need to be skilled so that they appear intelligent at least in that one department. There is no chance that my dog is going to learn to clean out a horse stall. She expresses no interest whatsoever and doesn’t even try to pick up a shovel. That’s going to be my job forever. I’m going to be the best “horse-stall-cleaner-outer” that I can be. My dog can continue wagging her tail continually. She’s really good at that. Mr. Disney likes this.
S-POTLESS: Disney World is the cleanest place on earth. One afternoon on the Board Walk, I walked past a tiny piece of paper on the ground. I was scared to turn around and look back fearing the street would open up and engulf the small item. Very creepy. The overall absence of trash encourages visitors to throw away theirs. It can’t hurt that all of the trashcans are decorated with flowers. Have you ever seen a plastic bag trapped against a fence in the country? That drives me crazy! I make sure every piece of trash is picked up out here. It would be easier if our visitors would stop throwing their trash out the window. I’ll work on trashcans with flowers at the top.
It’s the end of a long work week, but my work day is not over.
At 5 o’clock I’m the most popular (and only) person working at The Goat Shed. The thirteen patrons belly up to the bar consisting of three feed troughs. It’s not peanuts and beer….it’s water and sweet feed….but these customers know what they want, and part of what they want is good customer service.
They have come to the right place. Let’s get this party started.
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