Last winter when the bank still owned our house, they put on a new, inexpensive roof. Our neighbor, who has lived in the area his entire life, told them "That roof will never last". This area is notorious for severe winds. Luckily for us, the cheap roof blew off long before we moved in and was replaced with a sturdier one.
I have been reminding myself of this since yesterday morning, as the winds have reached 35 miles per hour. The roof on the house remains intact. The roof on the goats feeding trough was not so lucky. Gretel and Bea, however, very much enjoyed playing with the shingles this morning.
Despite the winds, last night was a quiet one. No coyotes or bears (or cows for that matter) to speak of. Gretel barked for a while and led me to Rambo who was hungrily waiting outside our door. The dogs don't seem to mind the wind. The goats walk around with their tails tucked to prevent an intrusive breeze from their backside. They have plenty of new browse to eat this morning as many of the leaves have been blown from the trees.
Brian and I are headed to the Bay Area tomorrow for a wedding. It will be the first time that we have left the goats and the first time Brian has left the dogs. We are entrusting our animals to one of my coworkers. We will keep our fingers crossed that all goes well and all animals are still here when we return!