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I think I'm going to need to develop a thick skin and learn to watch the zoo animals if I'm going to be selling anything here.
There is culture shock, and then there is learning to deal with a foreign culture. I have gained a lot more respect for those working retail or with the public in general here in 24 hours.

Tonight Sam's club is providing us with a deep freezer that we will go pick up, then they will ship me a mini fridge for the porch, and I will continue trying to not lose my temper and not tell people where to get off while trying to sell eggs. Let's call this egg sale thing a study of humanity. Weird, demanding, entitled, honorless humanity.
I wonder i wonder if I need a guard goose? My dog is so good tempered, geese are always grumpy...they should complete each other and our guard team...or maybe they'd just eat DH and the kids and only respect or like me like my last geese...but man, some days I'd really like to turn an angry, wrath filled flock of geese on some of these people...which sounds very much like something my mother would do, so I should probably not, and just keep being patient for now.
 

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Got our freezer! DH just got off a 50 mile ride so he and I didn't unload or set it up (...somewhere?) but it's here and not sold out. They might be sold out now, but we should have enough room for a little goat meat now. It's a small chest freezer after all.

Of course, the first thing the kids said when they heard we were getting a freezer was "GOOD, now we can buy lots and lots of freezer pops!". :lol: ...you know, those frozen ice tubes with almost no flavor for in the neighborhood of 200/$5 at sams that we let them have. That just about brought DH and I to tears. Maybe we'll start with ONE new box, in the normal freezer...after they've cleaned up all the hiding wrappers that seem to be breeding all round the house from last time.

DH is still reaching for a century ride here. They've had another round of people jumping ship on his team and monday is going to be hard, so better ride hard now too. He's going hard on the late night video games too...that's his other brain number (until grumpy, blunt, not a night owl me wakes up at whatever hour and makes him go to bed...hope I didn't say anything too mean, as I often don't remember by morning).

Had some interest in poor, listed Lace. Someone wants to know if I'd take $200 for her if I knew she was going to be "raised organically and have a great home". I said nope (plus too close to the going meat price), tried not to get upset, and sent them to look at the goat dairy in Pepperrell that sells goat kids for that (not young, pedigreed, disease tested does in milk in good condition, thank you very much). Lace is a very nice goat for around here. Her attitude is just poor and I'm telling myself I'm sick of it. The offspring of her brother 40 minutes from here sell for $600/each (I'm asking $400, in milk, tested, mostly stand trained, below milk market value here). If I could figure out how to safely work and get along with her she'd stay. It's also impossible to raise goats organically here. They get LOTS of parasites in the rain and climate variation that herbs do not take care of alone, even in a dry year (like cocci!), and the soil is so poor you need selenium and copper to the moon and back because the soil has nothing in it. Neglect one of those, and you will quickly need a vet visit and real medical care, not holistic herbs alone. I've been lucky learning. Also, my vet doesn't like to come out if she can text me instructions and do Rx for me online.

Lace's wether is super sweet lately, and tries to crawl into your arms whenever he's separated from unfriendly mom (TOO BIG). I wish he were a doe. He'd be staying even with his past coccidia issues. Taking them to butcher day is going to be a sad one (but a relief). Lace had better watch out. Too many more "will you take half price or free or her" and I'm going to just give up and keep working on that numbskull in the name of getting a sweeter doe kid and giving her more time to settle in.
 
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I'm glad it's you up there and not me-I couldn't keep my big mouth shut and would probably get evicted from the state.
I am wondering if this is a good idea and it is really that you are just smarter than me, especially lately. It would end the pain quickly on all fronts (...hmm, that sounds bad...) and we really don't fit in here. I'm not sure exactly how people think or if they do for themselves at all regardless of their self tuoted "income bracket" or "education". (where's the "independent thinking bracket" or just plain thinking bracket?)

For example, fairly conservative Tennessee, where my mom lives is going all virtual for school with covid after watching their neighbors burn and coming to grips with the fact that no city or state is isolated or an island. I've been following their district publications and I'm not convinced this wasn't the plan all along, regardless of kids in bad situations (but the state will probably find a way to help, as they are not a bad state). My kids district is going "hybrid plan" which means they are throwing teachers, staff, and buss drivers, under the bus (lol) and sending all kid 4days/week with only 20% of kids remote. They're holding in person sports events at our park now with people sitting arm to arm. Extracurriculars have begun. People DON'T keep a polite covid distance at grocery stores...or at all (2 foot rule please for my locally misantropic self?), and it makes my skin crawl. They are arrogant, "educated", and cocky. It couldn't happen to them. All it's going to take is ONE person and this state is GONE the way of the current covid "winners" and stubborn TN will be better off than us FAST. It's like they didn't remember that we didn't do so great with one, single, main outbreak at the beginning. People just couldn't handle it and honestly, I'm worried for them and their kids.

Don't get me started on laws, culture, or driving. I feel covid is less offensive to dwell on in writing. And heck, it's supposed to be temporary.

Anyway, I've got to go. I'm late feeding the goats. Apparently I am lazy and the ducks are telling me this so loudly that I'm sure the neighbors can hear.
 

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Rachel if you speak up to these kinds of "Yankees " you will gain their respect or they will avoid you altogether....either way you end your fustration with their BS ...YOU have the animals for sale that they want...ball is in your court, play the game with your rules and please yourself...not them :highfive:
 

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That surprises me. I guess they either will or go away like the duck abuser lady. I will totally stand my ground. Giving in to someone who isn't close family runs contrary to my nature, and irks me to no end.


I'm only asking $400 for Lace, btw. Not so nice does in milk go for more than that here. She has that squeaky, rubbery udder texture and smaller orifice than I'd like in addition to her headstrong temperament, so I think it's justified.
 
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Is this a good deal? This would be an experiment. No big pigs wanted here, as last time I got any major exposure to pigs I was reacting to something in that tent at that fair. It could have been alfalfa hay, or alpacas, or it could have been (most likely have been) pigs, but I'll never know if I don't try it.

 
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