A Cute Chick and a New Goat

This little chick is growing up!
This little chick still snuggles with it’s mother hen every night.
It still follows it around all day.
It’s just starting to get it’s feathers, but it isn’t ready to be left on its own.
When the weather is chilly the little chick can sit under the mother hen.
Sometimes it takes a nap under her wing.

I love watching the hens and chicks around the barn yard. It’s sweet to hear them cheeping, I like hearing the mother hens call to the chicks when they find food for them to eat, or get a drink of water. Those are some of my favorite sounds when I’m out in the barn.

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I also like to watch the goats playing. My niece was here with her daughter and this is the video she took of the goats playing in the barn yard.

Goats have very hard heads! They love to jump up and as they come down, they like to hit their heads together. 
They have good aim, they don’t miss very often.
They aren’t fighting, they are deciding who is going to be herd queen for the fall. This is how they play every spring and every fall.
We will have to wait a week or so to see which goat will win.

The goat with the pink collar is new. Her name is Violet. She belongs to our friends. They have had goats for a little more than a year and the realized it was a lot of work, more work than they want to do right now. Violet will stay with us until they get ready to sell her in October. Violet is a very sweet goat.

This is River. Do you see what is attached to her udder?
This is a picture of the first time she is on the milker a few weeks ago.
She wasn’t sure what was going on.
She doesn’t mind it at all, now!
This is the new goat, Violet. This is her first time on the milker, too.
She doesn’t care at all about the milker!
River loves getting a hug when she is done being milked.
Sometimes I even give her a kiss on her cheek!

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Do you accidentally make a mess sometimes?
This is what happened yesterday morning while I was putting the milk into the containers.
I didn’t have a very good hold on the milk pail and it slipped.

JJ loves milk so she came up and licked the milk off the floor.  I still had to clean all the milk off the cabinets and the counters. There was milk inside the cabinets, too! 
I got some wash cloths and cleaned up the mess. It is always faster to get to work than it is to complain about it or blame it on someone else.
When you live on a farm, there are going to be messes. Sometimes the messes are in the barn, sometimes they are in the house.
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Some of you wanted to see how the embroidery machine stitches out designs. 
The needles move very fast! Each needle has a different color thread. I program the machine so each part of the design can be stitched in a different color. The machine knows when to change thread colors so I can push “Go” and let the machine stitch out the design.

Do you know the difference between a needle and a pin? A needle has an eye, (a hole) for the thread to go through. A pin has a head (a ball or flat spot) which keeps it from going all the way through the fabric. Sewing machine needles have an eye near the sharp point. Hand sewing needles have an eye on the end farthest away from the sharp point.

This is what the embroidery looks like when it’s finished, but still in the hoop.
You are so loved!
Remember to 
Do something kind 
for someone else
every day!

Link to Wonders 1st Grade, Unit 1 Week 2

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