In February of 2009, my husband and I bought our first home located on a few acres in Johnson, Vermont. We live here with our dog, Ollie, two cats: Elvis and Atticus, six Nigerian Dwarf goats: May, Chutney, Poppy, Juniper, Willow, and Jokers Wild, and about fifteen laying hens. And to top it all off we welcomed our daughter, Isabel, into the world on January 11th, 2011.

We're slowly updating our 1850's farmhouse while steadily working towards a healthy, meaningful, self-sufficient life together.

This blog details our endeavors along with our successes and failures- all in good fun. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!


May and I enjoying some sunshine
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Chutney (aka Mama Goat)

Lovingly Posted by Melissa Sunday, March 14, 2010

This is what our little goat looked like last August.  Small, sleek.  Sooo cute.

She was such a little peanut, I could hold her and walk around all day, she was so little.  Well, we're pretty certain our little goat is going to have some kids in a couple months because she's really getting pretty round.  Check out her baby bump!

Its hard to really see because she's still so fuzzy with her winter coat, but when she puts her front feet up on something you can really see a big round belly.

I've added a section on the left-hand column of the blog that has countdowns to each doe's approximate due date so we can all be excited and anticipate the new additions together.  Chutney is due on May 19th and May is due June 22nd.


  1. Why S? Says:
  2. OMG, I love goats! I so wish I could have a couple or 3. Good luck to you all.

  3. Melissa Says:
  4. haha! Yes, they are TONS of fun and have just so much personality. I definitely recommend them! :)

    Thanks for stopping by, Why S, hope to see you around here again soon!


  5. JWLW Says:
  6. HI Melissa: It sure has been a different winter, but looks like spring is on its way. Your goats are telling you to get ready the big day is coming soon. Winter snows are mostly gone and wet rainy weather is upon us. Mud season will soon pass and thing are starting to turn green and bloom.

    Have a wonderful day,

  7. Melissa Says:
  8. No kidding, JWLW!! I can't remember the last time spring came this early in northern VT!! I'm loving it, though, and so are the animals. :)
    Sounds like you folks in southern NH are getting some nasty weather- don't blow away!

    kind regards

  9. Donna Mae Says:
  10. I can't wait til she kids she is going to have such CUTE babies!!