Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Virtual goat-herding

Oddly enough, goats have proved to be a popular topic in the J-Blogosphere:

Speaking of Hephzibah, some of you observed that you hadn’t pegged me as the type to have a livestock-owning sibling. And the truth is that all of us were startled to learn of the goat’s existence.

However, one must embrace one’s relatives’ eccentricities. Indeed, there are those who claim that my blogging habit is equally unconventional. (Do people actually read your blog? Seriously? Why??!!” –- a close family member)

In any event, here’s a picture of Hephzibah, בכבודה ובעצמה:


If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting Miriam and her family, you’re no doubt aware that their neighborhood is known for its strong winds.

Recently, these winds blew Hephzibah’s house down. (Apparently, the wind was unable to distinguish between a goat and the Three Little Pigs…)

Thus, as you can see in the next two pictures, her owners were forced to tether her under the awning leading to their front door in order to protect her from the elements:


But not to worry.

Hephzibah’s new digs are currently under construction:


And in conclusion, please prepare your favorite marionettes. All together now:

High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo



  1. Thanks for the link.
    It's funny about the neighbor's goats. The previous family had a dog, and their dog "conversed" loudly at night with the dog across the street and the dog in the house behind ours. And our bedroom windows broadcast it loudly through the house.
    So when these new neighbors moved in my husband told them how happy he was that they didn't have a dog and why. So they promised. Goats don't make as much noise, thank G-d.

  2. Batya - That IS funny!
    Who would've thought that you'd be glad to have neighbors with a goat...

  3. Lovely photos of the goat. She looks quite friendly.

  4. I actually asked Rochel/Ruchie about Hephzibah today and she told me to check out the pics here. I pictured her looking a bit different. On a separate note, I love "The Sound of Music," though I haven't watched it in years.

  5. Ilana-Davita - I'm told that she's very popular with all the kids in their neighborhood.

    Yitz98 - I pictured her looking a bit different.
    I'm impressed that you could picture her at all. Even after seeing these photos, I still have trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that they own a real, live, actual... goat!

  6. Yitz98 was actually Yaffa/Yitz logged into Yitzy's account. Sorry for the confusion. :) Shabbat shalom.

  7. Hi, Yaffa. That makes a lot more sense. (Somehow, I just couldn't see Yitzy as being a big fan of "The Sound of Music"!)

    Shabbat Shalom.

  8. Eek! I'm getting a blank page for your son's film, both in Firefox and IE. What is my computer protecting me against? ;-)

    On this post, loved this line:
    “Do people actually read your blog? Seriously? Why??!!”
    (in my family, except for my kids, I would get: what's a blog?)

  9. Leora - Shavua tov.

    In my experience, blogging means having to put up with wisecracks from one's siblings...


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