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Spread Some Holiday Cheer

I think most of us can relate to the concept of economic self-sufficiency. There is a definite appeal to the idea of having a home business or at least making money from products we create ourselves. I want to encourage you to explore avenues this year for unique handcrafted or independently produced items as gifts for family and friends. It's the best way to optimize your spreading of holiday goodwill and cheer. You'll not only bestow it on the receiver of the gift, but also on the maker of the gift. Of course, as an indie author, I include myself in that category. Still, I realize not everyone is looking for books or perhaps not my books; therefore the appeal to consider buying from indie producers in all categories. Or, leave a good review. That's a gift in itself. My own offerings include an eBook that has been out of print for a while - Goat Tales . It's one set of tales from my paperback Critter Tales . Click that link to get a "Look Inside" at Amazon. I

Random Goat Shots

Why not? First chance of kids in February. Random Goat Shots   © November 2018   by  Leigh   at  http://www.5acresandadream.com/

Downright Winterish

Thanksgiving was a beautiful day. The westerly breeze was cool but it was warm in the sun. Perfect for the grandkids to play outside while the less interesting parts of the day (washing dishes) were executed. The next day it was a completely different story: cloudy, cold, wind from the north, and downright winterish. It was like somebody flipped a switch. Heavy rain was predicted so I spent part of the afternoon walking in the woods and collecting kindling. Our fall color has been late this year. Usually, the leaves start to turn around the third week of October, but this year they waited until Thanksgiving weekend. Even now, the color is more subdued than spectacular. Actually, it's unusual that the trees should be retaining so many leaves in late November. Most years our trees are bare by now. On Saturday the heavy rains came as predicted, showering leaves as well as raindrops. Now, the 10-day weather forecast indicates gradually sinking temperatures. Seems like winter is about t

Thankful For ...

Our year didn't have an encouraging start. Those of you who have stuck with me all year will know that I'm talking about Dan's accident. That limitation resulted in a decreased income that left us facing hard lifestyle choices. Then his truck died , with the only option of becoming a one vehicle family. We can't control our circumstances, but we can choose how we feel about them. Those initial emotional reactions don't have to take up permanent residence in our hearts unless we allow them to. On this traditional American day of thankfulness, I choose to look back on 2018 and reflect on things to be thankful for. January Project Goat Barn; something we once thought would never happen! In January Dan completed the roof and cupola. Cozy wood fires and comfy cats Favorite treats February Nine healthy baby goats Cooperative weather. Winter garden ( cabbage  collard) And an outpouring of prayers, support, and encouragement after Dan's accident. March Miracle, our su