10 February 2019

saying goodbye to Benjamin


These next journal pages are to remember a wee goat named Benjamin, as well as remembering the great time Bill had working in his woodshop with three very cool girls. Benjamin didn’t place high due to a flaw in his hoof (which had nothing to do with how he was raised so why judge him on that?) but he had the sweetest loving nature!

Thursday through Saturday was CFISD’s Livestock Show and Sale (Cy-Fair Independent School District in Houston) — we went to see our granddaughter and her friends show the animals they’ve been raising and the wood project they built. After the exhibition and judging, most animals either “made auction” or were sold, ultimately for meat. A bit tough for our three girls who have such tender hearts for animals.

Mikala, Bree, and Haley came to work in Bill’s woodshop over several months, building a cedar picnic table they designed. The top opens up on both sides — the plan is that one side has sand in it for kids to play in. The hidden spaces can also be used for storage. The table was sold in a silent auction along with the other student-built projects. Another one we particularly liked was an antique door turned into a bathroom lavatory — the water flows “waterfall fashion” out the mail slot when you turn the glass doorknob! These kids are so clever!

I didn’t get a photo or sketch of Haley’s steer or heifer but here are Bree’s chickens and pig (her name is Jeff!) and Mikala’s goat, Benjamin. And one of Bill and his “crew” of woodworkers.








8 comments:

  1. Great journal pages,story, and photos about the fair! Those girls sound very industrious! I, too, would have a hard time parting with the animals I raised!

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    1. The wood and iron furniture projects were all amazing! Much more complicated than “shop class” when Bill and my brother were in school.

      Mikala hopes to be a veterinarian someday, working with exotic animals. Though sad, she’s handling it well — her dad, not so much! He made a lot of Facebook posts trying to find an adoption situation.

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  2. I love this post! My son's goat just had two babies, both girls. We got to see them this weekend. My grandchildren have learned so many life lessons taking care of their goats, chickens, ducks, geese, doves,horses, dogs and cats.

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    1. Michael posted another photo yesterday on Facebook of Mikala sitting on the floor of the enclosure with Benjamin laying with his head in her lap and her boyfriend’s goat snuggling over her knees — no more regard for keeping her uniform clean. Her head is bowed like she’s having a final private conversation with Benjamin. Made me want to cry.

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  3. Awww! My son had a goat that he said they were going to sell or put in the freezer. As if understanding, the goat started following him around, jumping up and down when they came out to the barn....just like a dog. My son said, "What kind of person sells or butchers their dog?!" So, "Skully" is now a pet and permanent family member. Smartest goat I've ever seen!

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