...And pretty soon, according to the time count and to various websites I've been frequenting ("Goat Keeping for Dummies", etc). Her friend and companion is due around the same time, but this girl is a first-timer, so I'm a little anxious on her behalf. I will keep you updated as to how things go.
Even when we lived in our old home, my husband voiced the idea of getting a couple of goats. If I had known how cute these animals are, I would probably have been much more enthusiastic, instead of putting up reasonable objections (we had a blanket-sized back yard, and no fences between us and the neighbours). As of now, I'm happy to report that for the first time, we're having a weedless winter - the goats took care of it all for us.
True to my plan, I've been devoting roughly one hour each day to pre-Pesach cleaning. Today was a fine sunny day, so we took advantage of that and made a good start on the shutters from the outer side (we have plenty of big windows in this house, which means a lot of light and air, and a lot of windows and shutters to clean). Shira and Tehilla worked by my side, merrily lending me their little hands with the sweetest attitude that made my heart sing. We chatted while we worked, and I told them about my last night's encounter with an insolent fox in our yard (for lack of better ideas, I just yelled "Shoo!" and he slinked off, looking more annoyed than frightened).
I hope you all are having a lovely, productive day as well!