Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Our friends John and Janet

I've not yet introduced you to John and Janet. They live really close to our apartment, just down the street on a patch of green hill wedged between a pool shop and the road out of town. If not for the tall stone wall, I could see them from my bedroom. Ah, goats from the bedroom, wouldn't that have been nice? 


It would seem from the picture that John (right) has a bit of an attitude; I am not sure you would be wrong in thinking this. It would also seem that while John enjoys a life of leisure on the lush grasses, Janet is confined to a depressing cement pen, but I assure you they share the same space. Janet really likes that corner - it has a pile of cement rocks that she can stand on, get a little perspective on things. 


Someday I will bring them something to eat. There is a collection bin for food scraps outside their fence, which I will one day fill with carrot peels or some such other delicious refuse that I finally remember to save. One time we threw apple cores into a pig-pen and watched a vicious fight ensue. The big sow, as I recall, fought off her large, dirty children for them. Nature can really be horrifying. John and Janet are very civilized neighbors, however - quiet, dignified, clean. They do a lot of standing and munching. 

9 comments:

OIJOY PHOTO - the blog said...

I feel insulted..."quiet, dignified, clean"

oijoyphoto - the husband said...

i feel honored..."quiet, dignified, clean"

Swiss Ms. said...

I was hoping no offense would be taken. I see that it has been among 50% of you.... I apologize for that. I'm not sure what else I can do to make it better except reassert: we love these goats!

Swiss Mr. said...

Naming a fake pet after one's friends is the second highest form of flattery.

Abducting and grilling a fake pet named after one's friends is the highest.

Anonymous said...

By the way Oihusband, is that man in your photo borrowing your favorite work shirt, or did he just sew a duplicate? It looks so familiar it makes me homesick!

oijoyphoto - the husband said...

look - let's leave my chosen work attire out of this! ok!?

let's concentrate on how 'manly' that goat is... or should i say he is, "quiet, dignified, clean"?

oijoyphoto - the husband said...

also, i've heard that john (the goat) loves kentucky bourbon and
thick sliced bacon. maybe you should put that in the collection bin... he's also a BIG lover of pie.

Swiss Ms. said...

Now that we are saying it so often, it starting to sound like "bright and clean and nice-looking." (CNN: Why do you need a summary for a one page article?)

Swiss Ms. said...

Ha! Maybe I will make him a dandelion salad!