Milking Goats

By Kathrese McKee | ROW80

Kathrese McKee

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I’ve decided to get a goat. No, really. As soon as I move to the country from the suburbs. The birth of this ambition can be traced back to the time I was in third and fourth grade, when my mom got turned on to health food. (I won’t name the decade, but maybe you can guess.) Our family started eating wheat germ, carob (instead of chocolate), homemade yogurt, granola, and meusli.  Take a third grader off of her favorite breakfast cereal, start feeding her meusli, and see what happens. I still shudder when I think of it. In spite of my aversion to meusli, health food has continued to be a way of life for me. Thanks, Mom!

Some of my favorite memories from The Granola Years are the trips we made to buy goat milk at a local farm. My sister and I begged to go with Mom at every opportunity. Goat milk tastes different from cow milk, but not in an unpleasant way. Fast forward a several few decades. No, I didn’t follow my mother’s example. My kids, no pun intended, have never tasted goat’s milk. But, I still want a goat.

So, why have I decided to get a goat as soon as I move to the country? Because, I had to research them for my book. After all, I’m a suburb girl, but I need to know what I’m writing about.  After my research, I’ve decided goats are probably the only farm animal I could successfully raise. And, I want to make goat cheese. Turns out, making goat cheese is simple. If you’re interested in the process, Henry Milker (no kidding) posted a nice Youtube video, “How to Make Simple Goat Cheese.”

Goats are entertaining to watch, as well. More recently, my aunt and uncle in West Texas had a small herd of goats on the far side of their backyard fence. My uncle set out some empty cable spools in the goat pen, and his goats had a fine time playing King of the Mountain on top of the spools. Like Manfred says in Ice Age, “Hey, look at that. Dinner and a show.”

All I have to do is talk my husband into moving to the country so I can get a goat. For goat cheese. Dinner and a show, Dear. Dinner and a show.

What secret ambitions have been born because of researching subjects for your writing? Please share.

ROW80 Progress

Here are my updated goals and my progress. I’m on a Monday to Sunday work week.

  • Goal 1 – Complete 4,000+ words/week for Twin Kingdoms (3,214 words written)*
  • Goal 2 – Complete one post for Christ’s Reflections (Half of a draft, but no post.)
  • Goal 3 – Complete one post for (Research is complete, but no post.)
  • Goal 4 – Complete two posts for (Done.)
  • Goal 5 – 4 tweets/day (Check.)
  • Goal 6 – 2 comments/day on other blogs (Check.)
  • Goal 7 – Read one non-fiction book/week (Still working on Engagement From Scratch by Danny Iny and a host of contributors.)

*Word count as of today is 59,259.

Goal 1 is my top priority, so I’m happy to note I sacrificed the blogging to work on the MS. I over-think the blogging, sometimes, so posting to the blogs takes more time than necessary. This week, however, I want to accomplish Goals 1-4 without fail.

Dear Reader,

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Kathrese McKee

About the Author

Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life’s difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.

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