Oct 19, 2009

Chickens and Goats

They say that a good fence makes for good neighbors. Well ~ we put up a fence and it changed what used to be a tolerable old neighbor into a cantankerous old fart! The man just won't smile at us any more. Okay, okay ... So maybe it's the way my husband finds humor in staring at him as he tries to back his pontoon into his driveway, or it could be the fact that we put up a fence in the first place because he was treating our yard like his private parking lot. So being the good neighbors that we are, we measured out the limits set by the codes and we proceeded to build a beautiful split rail fence.
Of course this lead to the old codgers curiosity and he quickly sprinted to the best of his ability, to inquire as to what we were up to now and to inform us we were too close to his property... the humor being that we had already measured and knowing where the survey post is buried we were WELL WITHIN our limits. We even left enough room on "their side" of the fence (which is actually still our land) to enable us to use our riding mower on that side. So... back to my naming this post chickens and goats.
When the old grump asked "what are you up to now?" I responded "We're going to get some chickens and pygmy goats." I don't know what made me say it but I thought they were going to faint. The way their heads spun around was like watching "The Exorcist!" I was laughing so hard inside, but I was still able to maintain a straight and serious face. My husband fell right into my joke and never cracked a smile ~ at least not within thier view.

Now mind you, WE DO LOVE ANIMALS and we would love to have goats and chickens but although we live on the outer skirts of what we laughingly call the "city limits" we are still within them, so we don't have goats or chickens ~ yet. But we might just check into that a little further and see what limits we can push. I do love my farm fresh eggs, and who can resist those cute little goats?

I woke up this morning snickering to myself after dreaming that when our snow-bird neighbors returned from wintering down south ~ we had chickens and goats. But it was only a dream.


Dee said...

Boy, I can relate to your neighbor issues. It has always fascinated the heck out of me how disrespectful a neighbor can be on using part of our property like it's theirs or allowing their dogs to run amok ... and yet these same neighbors expect to be respected and don't want your dog nor your vehicle to touch one blade of grass on their property. lol or something like that... Neighbors sometimes boggles my mind. lol

I love the chickens and goats too. We're not allowed to have them here... Well, we could, but if a neighbor complained, we'd have to get rid of them because of the rules for our subdivision... :(
I hope someday we can have a small farm and have all sorts of cool critters... ahhh dare to dream.

Wishing you the best with your cantankerous neighbor. ;)

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!

lil sis said...

Neighbor trouble- huh?
I have to say we were blessed with some
great neighbors. We even get along with the
ones we don't get along with lol.

We had two goats when we first moved out
in the "country". We named them Weed &
Eater...weedeater. (Our second names choices
for them were Roto and Tiller)
Our neighbor called one morning and asked if
we would kindly get Weed off of the hood of
her new car! Amazingly, we are still good friends.
Later girlie, gotta do some work.

Dar said...

Oh, sister, I know who you mean and am so sorry for your trouble with them. I do, however, think you should materialize, actualize, and be adventurous and Get Those Chickens and Goats....I will laugh with you as you sell eggs to all the neighbors, including them, (at an inflated price, however, cause, afterall, neighborfresh eggs are to Die for)....continue to chuckle...

~mel said...

Just for giggles why don't you make some life sized posters and put them on to hardboard and make some cut outs for the lawn. Good winter project for you and Mr. T.

cateeters said...

Thanks for a good laugh today.. I really needed one.