Wesley has been asking for Terraria (a video game for PS3) for a few weeks now and we decided he'd have to work for it before we'd buy it. So for the last week he's been doing all sorts of odd jobs around the house. He cleaned toilets and scrubbed down his bathroom, folded three loads of laundry, cleaned up the basement, matched a huge pile of socks, trimmed wisteria vines and washed windows to start with. Then it got harder for me to find stuff for him to do. So I drug him out while I was re-staining the swing set and gave him a paint brush. He did most of it and did a pretty good job.
Then Greta wanted in on the action and so I gave them the fun job of cleaning out the goat house. Well, not actually scooping it out (that's hard and dusty work), they got to pull the full garden cart back to the blackberries and dump it as mulch and fertilizer. They did pretty good, one pulled and the other pushed the heavy cart. They pulled five loads back there. I think they earned their prizes.
It's nice having a hot, dry spell to get outside and get chores done. The animals are all doing well and the horses are sleek and shiny after losing their winter coats. Dym, my sweet senior goat is 14 years old this year. That's pretty old for a goat. Goats have similar lifespans as dogs. She doesn't eat hay much anymore, other than just mouthing it. She loves her alfalfa pellets and is keeping weight on pretty well. She lies around and sleeps most of the time.