Sister Sword of Desirable Mindfulness (fiberaddict) wrote,
Sister Sword of Desirable Mindfulness
fiberaddict

  • Location:
  • Mood:

:whee:

Last night, Herself helped me milk. Let me repeat that: Last night, HERSELF helped me milk the goats!

This is big. Bigger than big - due to the Asberger's, she has issues. One of the ones we've been dealing with is a total dislike of the goats. Wait, that's not quite right - she doesn't dislike the goats; she doesn't mind helping medicate the kids, or haul water, or even clean the barn. She just has a "thing" about the whole milking process - it's gross, and icky, and she would NOT do it.

Until last night.

We bought feed on the way home. The kids wanted to swim.....so I said "OK. SOMEONE needs to help me milk, while someone else helps unload feed" She immediately said "I'll unload feed!" as did Himself. They wouldn't budge...until I said "OK, then. Y'all will unload the truck while Sweet Geek and I milk. IF you bust open any bags, your butt will be *mine*, because feed is expensive!"

She paused, and said "Wait. What do you mean "unload"? Do you mean...we..have to put it in the barrels, too?" "Yup!" :pause: "Ummm....I'll help milk then." :snicker:

Himself is my usual milking partner when Sweet Geek isn't available. He knows the routine....she doesn't. Didn't. She does now - because she HELPED MILK. (Yes, this is a big deal!)

I started her on Rosa....but Rosa's a bit hard to milk, so I moved her to Mocha. *Anyone* can milk Miss Mocha - she's easy-going, and usually milks out fast. :snicker:

Well, she started on Mocha while I did Annie. I finished Annie, and moved to Rosa. I was about....2/3 done when Mocha knocked over the bucket. :sigh: No biggie though - it's because Herself is slow, and Mocha ran out of feed. I refilled the feeder, and she dove in.

Ended up with 10 ounces of milk - NOT bad for a first-timer, especially not when said first-timer has issues with milking. (I think it's the whole "I have my hands on her boobies" thing, from what Herself has said.) That's about 8 oz less than we've been averaging from Mocha - so, again, that's pretty good.

I won't press the issue - she knows HOW to milk, now, and that's big. I hope she'll help out more often - we'd get done a little quicker if 3 people milk, but Rosa still takes almost 30 minutes by herself. (Got 3 pounds, 6 oz last night! Annie did 2 pounds, 3 oz, for comparison)

Still - :whee!:
Tags: country life, goats, kids
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment