Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG


Many thanks to everyone who participated in the Rosetta Stone contest.  You guys are swell;  that was great fun.  I copied and pasted all the links into a spreadsheet and then numbered them, and then filled in a graph paper with all the numbers and then cut those little squares up individually and dropped them into a hat – well, actually it was one of my plastic kitchen bowls, but a big black top hat is a delightfully superior visual.  So anyways, I dropped all of those numbers into the hat and Coie closed her eyes and swished them around and pulled out number 174… which happens to be Gabalot’s blog.  Hip Hip Hooray for Gabalot!  You are one lucky duck.  And I’m one lucky duck, too.  I really enjoyed going thru all of those links —  I found some *really* neat-o new blogs that I plan to visit again.  

So it’s been a while since I posted, and boy oh boy did lots of stuff happen over this last week.  First and most importantly, me and ryann single handedly painted our nasty, gummed up, murky living room walls.  It looks marvelously magnificent.  Very bright and shiny.

But the super *fun* news is that on Friday I went out to check on the poor uber-pregnant goats and I found two little babies wobbling around in the hay.  Actually, one of them wasn’t wobbling.  It was just laying there looking half dead.  Those little fellas had *just* popped out.  So I went bellowing, kicking, tripping, and flailing back to the house (picture Jerry Lewis running in a skirt) and summoned Geoff the Great — who was in his car about to pull out of the driveway – who came running back with me.  Within minutes, both little babies were bumbling about there mother happy and healthy as could be.

Meet Birthday.  Isn’t she pretty?  I named her Birthday on Friday, but by last night I was outnumbered and everyone voted to change her name to Kimono.  She really is a pretty goat.  All black, very asian looking (can goats look Asian?), and with one stark white boot on her front leg that goes up to her knee.  Here she is with Dippy.

And this is her brother, Good Friday.  I thought he was a girl for about four hours, but then Coie came home from work and straightened me out.  I don’t know how she figured it out, and frankly, I don’t want to.  I think this goat is ugly and I won’t mind if we end up eating it.  Although I do have to admit, I think it’s less ugly now that I know he’s a boy.

And then yesterday, Coie’s one year old doe, Gee, went into labor.  Bobo saw her and came shrieking into the house, so me, Emmiko and Dippy went chasing after him (Coie was at Home Depot at the time).  And it was *scary*.  Gee is a little dwarf goat and her baby was full size.  It would NOT come out – it was fully stuck and poor Gee was thrashing her head all about and having a total cow… or something to that effect.  So my 11 year old son, Bo, grabbed hold of the baby’s feet and yanked that puppy right out.  It was HUGE.  I think he very well may have saved both goats’ lives.  He’s a doctor in the making.  I was intensely proud.  But jiminy crickets, that poor little Gee!  Her kid came out and was nearly as big as she is.  I bet that was far more information than you wanted or needed.  Coie named it Jovial.  Its father is 3/4th skunk.

Lastly, and this is skipping backwards to Sunday, Bobo had a brilliant birthday on Easter.  Some of you might remember that about three months ago I got him the full set of his favorite books, The Kingdom Series (it’s that graphic right there to the left in my side bar).  And, also, the author, Chuck Black, sent the books personally AND signed each and every one of the six books with a special birthday message.  Is that not the coolest thing ever???  My son nearly went into a coma.  We also got the soundtrack that accompanies the books.  I am not exaggerating when I say we’ve been playing that cd non-stop.  It is sort of a mix between the music from Emma, Lord of the Rings, and … and I don’t know what else.  If you’ve ever seen the Truman Show, it has elements that also remind me of that.  It’s completely original, entirely enchanting and altogether addicting.  It makes me want to skip around in a meadow outside of a shire filled with thatched roof houses in 1500’s England.  It really is lovely.

Anyways, I told you it was an eventful week!

Love Jen 

PS Thanks SO MUCH to Rosetta Stone for letting me host such a superbly fine contest.  Also, when you decide to purchase Rosetta Stone for your language course, please come here and buy it thru me!  I should have an affiliate link up soon.

PPS Not one of our 40 little chicks hatched out of their eggs.  They all died.  We haven’t figured it out yet.  Maybe embryonic bird flu? 

PPPS Do you like the new look of my blog?  Coie made it for me.  And see that picture up at the top?  Guess what that Japanese writing says?  It says Igarashi.  Pretty cool, eh?  I love it

March 26th, 2008 - Posted in Uncategorized | | 25 Comments

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  1. onfire said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 9:23 am

    oh well

    seeing as how they don't "do" pidgen I suppose I can let her have the prize.

    and now that I look at your spiffied up blog, I can only surmise that mine, being of the ugly sort comparatively speaking, MUST be a boy.

  2. Kelley said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 10:16 am

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    Aww..rats I didn't win. Oh well….

    The goats are adorable. Bo did a great job helping Gee have her kid. That is really a cool thing. What very useful children you have.

    I love the new blog look. I have to figure out a way to do something cool to mine over on blogspot….it's ugly.

    Glad you have been having such a lovely week.

  3. brumbemom said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 10:45 am

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    Thanks for the contest. It was fun, even though I didn't win ;-(

  4. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 11:33 am

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    I LOVE the new look of your blog!

    I wanted to comment on it before, but i knew it would get lost in the ga-billion contest comments. It is VERY pretty!

    Your new goat 'grandbabies' are just too adorable!

    My kids would go nuts to have 'pets' like those.

    (Sigh…wish we didn't live smack-dab in the middle of suburbia! )

    I'm glad that your DS had an awesome birthday, and that you all had a nice Easter!



  5. jess4him said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

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    WOW. I can't believe the cool stuff happening at .. uh, what do you call it, Sushi Ranch? er.. Curry something rather.. ! And you didn't mention painting your living room when i talked to you last night. You've inspired me. We've been attempting to paint a LOT more of our house ever since last year. We got through 2 walls and figured enough was enough.. Will you send me a pic of your living room?? I wanna see. And also, Dip looks JUST LIKE EMMIKO in that picture. When i first saw it (since he has his hood up and all i could see was his little face) It took me until after reading your blog to realize it was him rather than her! wow! Man do you have cute kids! I hope I'm so lucky! love jess

  6. CrossView said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 12:57 pm

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    Thanks again for letting us play! =D

    Congratulations to Gabalot! Woo Hoo!

    Your "kids" are beautiful!

    And the new look is awesome!

  7. Anonymous said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

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    heya jen! love the new blog background, but it's difficult to discern the titles because they're set in that deep green color. maybe brighten that up?


    sara from cali.

  8. Kris A said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

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    Welcome to the new kids on the block! The visual of Jerry Lewis running in a skirt made me really chortle. But I think you could have called your first kid Wet Paint, and the last one Hefty, or at least Relieved! Congrats especially to Bo. Maybe Kaitlin isn't too old for him after all?

  9. floridamomto4 said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Lots going on!

    Love the new blog design. Nice job, Coie! The goats are adorable, and I'm glad the mama pigmy goat survived birthing that giant kid. Man, life on the farm is full of surprises! Looking forward to visiting your booth at FPEA in Orlando at the end of May – you will be there, won't you?

  10. ShayC said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Howdy Friend!

    How exciting for Gabalot…yes…her children are beautiful!!!!!!

    Your new look is simply stunning my friend, and that picture of Dippy is just killing me!!!!! I miss you and yer yungins turribly!!!

    I'm blogging again…so come visit when you can…

    Much love to you all!


    By the way….that kid MUST have skunk in it's blood…that was hilarious!!!

    Congratulations on all the goings on at your home…sorry about the eggs 🙁

    Edited by ShayC on Mar. 26, 2008 at 2:28 PM

  11. drewsfamilytx said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

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    Where's the picture of your living room? I want to see before and after, please!

    Jovial?! So long as it doesn't speak wonky… I'd hate for the poor thing to be made fun of by the other goats.

    Sorry about your chicks. I don't know what else to say about that.



  12. gabalot said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 6:18 pm


    Can you hear us? The whole house is screaming!!! Madness has broken out and the neighbors are probably sending the police as we speak. My girls who both have blogs and encouraged me to enter, come running out of their rooms yelling, "You won, you won!" I yelled back, "won what?" They said Mrs. Igarashi's contest, the Rosetta Stone. I then said yelling and screaming with them. Then, of course, I said what do I do now. So I guess you will tell me what to do next. We are very excited!!!! My daughter is calling their dad to share the excitement. OH JOY! We are thrilled!!!

    Thank you for your generosity!


  13. sockmonkey said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Hmmm. I didn't win? Really? That's weird.

    All the same….congrats, Gabalot!

    Jen, I LOVE the new look of your blog….that Coie of yours sure is a handy gal! And congrats on all the new kids. If you need a goat recipe for that ugly one, I'll check my Paula Deen cookbook. Probably good in a stew with lots of butter….

  14. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Like the new look

    Very cool new template..

    Bummed I didn't win.. 🙁

    What adorable little goats 🙂

    Have a great week!!

  15. Anonymous said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

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    Ah – your goats are precious.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    De'Etta @Choosing Joy

  16. Kimberly said,

    on March 26th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Howdy from the Husker Home!

    So good to hear from you and we miss you, too! Thanks for stopping by my humble baby blog. Tell Ryann that Rachel has a letter ready to send her, if she hasn't snuck off our half a mile driveway and mailed it already. It made her day to get a letter. Oh, and we have been reading the "Talks to Girls" book you gave Ashlynne- so wonderful! Say hello to the outside world for me!

  17. Anonymous said,

    on March 27th, 2008 at 10:30 am


    Congratulations Gabalot!

    Great pictures too Jen. Thanks for hosting this contest. It was loads of fun!

  18. Ruth said,

    on March 27th, 2008 at 1:06 pm

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    WOW! Things sure have been busy with all of you. How awesome to be able to see the goats born. I would love to have goats and chickens. I am so a country girl stuck here in this city.

    I love the new look of your blog. Coie did a fabulous job!! I love when things are freshly painted also. Many new things happening in your part of the world. I haven't had a chance to check in for a while it's been busy. I was shocked when I saw the Rosetta Stone contest. I wish I would have entered but I was overwhelmed at the amount of comments you already had. Well you are very well liked and Rosetta Stone is very well liked and it could have well gone into 1,000 comments.

    Well, I have written quite a book already. I just wanted to say hi!


  19. Testimony said,

    on March 27th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Just wanted to say…

    "Hi!" as a friend. No contests for me just friendship. So I am happy to see your child's kids!

    Blessings to you and your family,


  20. Jaimers said,

    on March 27th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Busy Busy Busy

    boy you have been busy huh? You have some very nice looking goats added to your house.

    Thanks for letting us participate in the contest.


  21. kellieann said,

    on March 27th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

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    Congrats on the new kids! Please, please don't eat the ugly one.

  22. HeartnSoul said,

    on March 27th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

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    Sounds like a pretty exciting week at the farm! My kids are bummed, they wanted to learn Brittish English in a bad way lol


  23. momto4beauties said,

    on March 28th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

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    Congrats Gabalot on your win!! So awesome for you and your family!! We expect you to post in your new language! ha ha! Jen, love the blog look and the wonderful pics of your lil goats! That is so cool that your son saved that poor Gee! How painful! Quick/smart thinking on your son's part. Sorry bout your chics though…so sad. Embryonic bird flu?..hmm…your guess would be as good as mine! ha ha! Ya never know. I'm also with another commenter on here…where's the pic of that gorgeous redecoration of your living room?! PICS!! ha ha!

  24. jenig said,

    on July 12th, 2008 at 7:59 am

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