Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG


I did not know that it was a leap year until yesterday.  Nobody ever tells me *anything*.  So anyways, I am thrilled that I will get to be 35 for an extra day before hitting 36.  I’ve highly enjoyed being 35.  It’s been great fun, I got some more grey hair (notice that British spelling for my European and Canadian friends), I lost weight, I gained weight, I learned a bunch of stuff about the 1400s, 1500s and 1800s, and I probably spent more (productive + fun) time with my kids this last year than any other time.  I only have a month and a half left of being 35 so I plan to make the most of it. I wish I could have another year or two at it, but, alas, I’ve got other ages to become.  If you are thinking about becoming 35, I would highly recommend it.  But while I’m thinking about it, when I get to heaven, I am going to specifically request to exist as a 26 year old.  26 was also tremendously enjoyable – I was old enough to almost be taken seriously, but still young enough to somersault down steep hills with my kids.  I’m sad to say that I would probably not attempt steep hill somersaulting anymore.  It’s unlikely that I would even attempt carpeted-living-room somersaulting.  I don’t know.  Maybe I would.  I’m all of a sudden struck with an urge to sneak into the living room and give it a try. hmmmmm…

In other news, Coie just figured out that she’s going to get a gaggle of goats soon.  She was so excited I seriously thought she was going to cry.  Ryann also looked like she was going to cry… she’s the one who’s gonna be milking them twice a day since Coie is gone so much.  Ryann is not a great fan of goats.  However, I am a great fan of coerced teamwork, so it all works out just fine.  Actually, in all truthfulness, as much as Ryann anti-loves snuggling up to lactating cud-chewers, she has always helped Coie with whatever was needed and continuously tries to find additional things to assist her sister…  hey, say that out loud; that’s fun.  And that would make her, ‘Coie’s a-sister’ 

So anyways, let us know if you, or anybody you know, wants to NOT purchase some of our goat milk — because, as you probably know, it is illegal to sell goat milk for human consumption, so we shan’t be doing any sort of *that* nonsense.  Could you imagine the chaos that would break out if people were not protected against serial goat-milk sellers?  It’s a good thing the government is willing to step in and shield us from such diabolical threats.  And I’ll go a step further and submit that anybody caught selling goat milk should be strung up and shot several times.  I mean, seriously, I’m pretty sure that’s what ended up toppling the Roman Empire… it was out-of-control goat milk dealers.  If we value our American way of life, we need to enforce a zero tolerance policy.

That being said, if you are indeed interested in not buying goat milk, we would be happy to let you have some for pet consumption, or, uh, for soap making, or… um, any goat milk arts-and-craft projects you may be working on, etc etc etc.

Lastly, as requested, here is a close up of my lovely hand-crafted butterfly necklace made by Charley the Wonder Brother.  I still can’t believe he actually MADE that.  Unbelievable.



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  1. seekingHim said,

    on February 28th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    You crack me up!

    I will be turning 35 this year and I wasn't looking forward to it until I read your post. Thanks!


  2. Kelley said,

    on February 28th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

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    WOW! I don't know what it is your brother-in-law does….I hope its something adventurous as he seems like that type of guy…now watch him be an accountant or something but, if he ever decided to stop that profession he could really make jewelry. I would buy that and so would several other women I know. Very pretty. (Did you like that run-on sentence?)

    I love goat milk….not for drinking of course *shifty eyes*…I would never do that! To bad I don't live closer. I'm with Ryann on not liking goats though, cows are good.

    This is what comments look like after a day of shopping with a four year old…

  3. Rebeca said,

    on February 28th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

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    I would love some of the goat milk for my PETS. My chickens and betta fish would, I'm sure, appreciate it muy mucho. If only you lived in Oregon!

  4. MamaMahnken said,

    on February 28th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

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    Is it just me, or is Charly the Wonder Brother as much fun to say as Coie's A-sister? I'd love some goat's milk, not to drink of course, but I'm pretty sure that DH wouldn't let me drive 7 hours to fetch it. Now, if you (or Ryann) get to wantin' to relieve yourselves of a goat, I might be able to sneak that past my HOA, they're really not that diligent… 😉

  5. chickadee@afamiliarpath. said,

    on February 28th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

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    both 26 and 35 were delightful for me as well. excellent ages. at 26 i comleted my master's degree and was pregnant with my first daughter. but alas, i must turn 38 in just a little over a week and i will be sad to leave 37. especially since my face is starting to be more aware of the ages.

    no goat milk for me. i'll stick with cow milk.

  6. Dell said,

    on February 29th, 2008 at 9:43 am

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    Wish you lived closer. We LOVE raw goat milk, when we can get it. uh…for arts and craft projects of course, lol.

  7. kellieann said,

    on February 29th, 2008 at 9:49 am

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    I turned 35 last October, and I agree with you: I highly recommend it. I was sorta dreading it, and then when it happened, I liked it. For me, it was comparable to going to the dentist. I don't want to do, but then I so enjoy that clean teeth feeling afterwards.

    Your butterfly necklace is stunning. I'll have to go by Jess's blog and tell her so….

  8. Anonymous said,

    on February 29th, 2008 at 11:31 am

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    Ah, for my birthday I learn that I get to milk dumb goats. Fun fun. Something for my pie chart.

    Can I teach you how to milk?

  9. JenIG said,

    on February 29th, 2008 at 11:45 am

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    ryann… you're funny. me… milk goats? what do you think i had six kids for? someday when you're old enough to have a houseful of your own slaves, you will understand and appreciate the concept.

  10. UndertheSky said,

    on February 29th, 2008 at 12:07 pm


    This was so funny. I think the downfall of Rome WAS all because of the goat milkers. And you know me, I love history so I ought to know. LOL

    Yes, I think the protection of the government in this situation is paramount! Especially since they are doing *such* a bang-up job in the really crucial areas:

    Yep, we must be protected from the goat-milkers!

    🙂 Kate

    Edited by UndertheSky on Feb. 29, 2008 at 10:06 PM

  11. jess4him said,

    on February 29th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

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    Wow, that brother-in-law of yours is sure talented.. and after seeing some pics of him on Jess's blog, I can see he's a mighty handsome fellow too.. dang, lucky girl SHE is.

    I remember drinking goat milk all the time when we lived in Roseville.. gross. I can't believe the stuff I used to swallow. ew. gross.

  12. drewsfamilytx said,

    on February 29th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

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    I have another almost 2 months before I'm 33. neener neener.

    I know it's a little strange, but I like getting older. I don't like my white squirrely hairs, but that's a whole other gaggle of goats to talk about!

    Well, if you were in my neck of the woods, I would love to partake in your goat milk festival. I had no idea it was illegal to sell it… although I have seen the canned goat's milk in the store. And color me crazy but that just didn't sound very appealing to me.

  13. moreofhim said,

    on February 29th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

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    Really?! It's illegal to sell goat milk? Really?!! I've never heard that. Is that the whole US or just where you live? I was going to get goats, but then I realized I would probably just die after having to milk so many 2 times a day. Just couldn't do it. I think they are really cute, though, and I love all the milk products – like soap and such. Hope you have fun with your new little friends!!

    God bless you ~ Julie

  14. said,

    on March 1st, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Your teeth dreams

    I found this website about dream interpretation. Kind of fun to read. Don't know how much is reliable, ie, true. If only Jacob's son Joseph were here! 🙂

  15. Jul said,

    on March 1st, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Vote For Jen the Revolutionist!

    My mind can't even remember back to age 36… that was ten years ago for me and it is all a blur now.

    I used to enjoy doing cartwheels… um, but it has been a while.

    But I'm not as old as these people:

    Did you know that the Harvinator campaigned for

    Barry Goldwater in the early '60's? Does anyone even remember who Barry Goldwater was ?

    I love your goat milk comments. Maybe if people did start selling it on the black market, there could be a revolution…and Jen YOU are the one to lead it!

    *Pretty necklace! Talented man!

  16. Beckyg said,

    on March 1st, 2008 at 8:12 pm


    is it only illegal in tn?

    and can you believe this new candy tax? i now have to pay extra for my snickers bar because some people lack any form of self control.

    your butterfly necklace is pretty. what is it made of (i'm sure it is a non-goat product)?

    i really hope i can breed such good relations between my daughters as you have yours!

    Edited by Beckyg on Mar. 1, 2008 at 8:13 PM

  17. JenIg said,

    on March 1st, 2008 at 8:18 pm

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    Beckyg… your comment is not one to be read fast. on the first skim-over one could wonder how the words "goats / breed / daughters" can successfully be used all in the same comment

    Maybe I'll write a book: "Breeding Goats God's Way; Breeding Daughters God's Way" Maybe not… I think i need a candy bar…

  18. Jenig said,

    on March 1st, 2008 at 8:20 pm

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    and on the third read… i see there is no goat mention in your comment. i have goats on the brain. Now I need two candy bars. maybe three

  19. deedeeuk said,

    on March 2nd, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Thank you!

    Your consession to British spelling was noted and appreciated! LOL! Also, we have friends in the States who drink only their own goats milk. They freeze the excess during the summer and use it thoughout the winter. Just a thought, if you wanted to invest in a large freezer just for milk!

  20. Anonymous said,

    on March 2nd, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Goats' Milk

    From snow-covered Indiana,

    Yep, it's illegal in many states, including IN, to sell raw milk from both goats and cows. We are, apparently, too ignorant to determine what we'd like to consume, and to take the consequences for doing so. I could easily walk into Meijer, purchase 10# of raw ground beef, take it home, and serve it as is on a platter at supper. Why are we not regulated to the teeth (yet) on purchase of raw meats? Hmm . . . methinks I smell the machinations (can one smell machinations?) of the powers-that-be to keep their own money loss at a minimum. There is money to be made for the big people in controlling who sells milk to whom, and what processes have to be done to the milk to make it "safe" for drinking. If the sale of raw milk were made legal all over the US, would hordes of people flock to their local farms to purchase the healthy stuff? Well, I highly doubt it. The big dairies would not be in danger of going broke. But could we not at least be given the option to (legally) purchase milk where we'd like, and use it according to our own desires – for pets, art projects, facial cleansers, and human consumption?

    I may or may not know of a family who sells their goats' manure. The only stipulation is that the purchaser also take some milk. If the manure "accidentally" drops to the roadside on the way out, well, those things happen . . .

  21. SuzyScribbles said,

    on March 6th, 2008 at 5:46 pm


    It's way past time that was visiting some of the names on my friends list before I forget who they are. And luckily you had a post that is dear to my heart–goats and goat milk. We (I) milked goats for a number of years….wonderful stuff! Before that we bought (don't tell anybody!) jersey cow milk from the 4-H family down the street. Drive up, put your $1 into the jar, grab a gallon of milk with the cream taking up 1/3 of the gallon (heaven!) and leave. Oh…it's not for people? OK. Drive away faster.

    Why can't the gov't. let people think for themselves? *she sighs heavily*

    So…do you put labels on your goat-milk products like "Not for human consumption"?

    Oh, and when my daughter in law couldn't breastfeed her newborn, she got a goat instead. She found a "recipe' on the internet to add a couple of things to the goat milk (and the proper dilution for a young infant) to make sure all the vitamins were there, and her doctor had a FIT! But after a few months, she had to admit that the baby was thriving on the goat milk (gee..what a surprise!)

    Anyway, fun reading your post.

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