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Archive for May, 2018

Pumpkin Part 2

Thank you everyone who sent condolences and hugs at our loss of little Pumpkin. Many have asked how she passed. She was a feisty little cat who insisted on climbing the stairs. I scooped her up and gave her a lift up, if I happened to see her. The day previously, May 23, one of her legs went out from under her. I knew it would be soon. She had no pain or complaints. She was just a little senior cat. On the 24th after returning from the goats, I passed by the bathroom where both senior kitties slept in peace and she was on the floor, not her bed and just did not look right. Scooping her up, I knew it was her time to go. This is the little rocker that I rocked my little senior kitty in for 2 hours. I talked to her while Finn seemed to sit vigil for her. He came to sniff her and he knew. He respectfully did not try to kiss her face off as usual. It was very gentle, then he laid at my feet. When Pumpkin fell asleep, I placed her on her cozy bed. She passed very soon after. I kissed her and told her I would see her again one day. My little love went painlessly and peacefully over the Rainbow Bridge🌈 😢💔


Sidney is just relaxing at the window after her bath. It’s not an outside day for her, a bit too windy. She only goes out on really hot days.

Goodbye Pumpkin

It’s been a really difficult day at Gullringstorp. Last night, just after midnight, my beloved cat Pumpkin went over the Rainbow Bridge🌈

She was 20 years old. I always hear how nice to have your pets for so long. All my pets have long lives. My pet rat lived to be 12 yrs old. My hamster lived not 4 yrs but 10. My female iguana lived to be 30 yrs old. Our oldest cat to date was Junior who was 16.

My Pumpkin was 20, her “sister” Juliet is 17 yrs old. My two seniors kept each other company.

Pumpkin was a world traveler. California to NJ to NY to Sweden. She was a great traveler. She embraced her new life in every new destination. In Sweden, she fell in love with her first dog, Max. Then she had a new boyfriend, Finn. She also loved her two iguanas, Little Lady and Boris.

I’ve had Pumpkin since she was a baby. I’ve watched her grow, mature and take on many new adventures. She could be called a kitty role model. An inspiration to kitties everywhere to grab life with gusto.

My heart is broken today. We held a funeral service here at Gullringstorp. Leif dug a grave for her at 4 Trees, an area at Gullringstorp. We both said words for her, with Max and Finn in attendance. Pumpkin was buried in her cozy Snuggle Pouch.

She will be really missed here at Gullringstorp.

Goat Treats

We have a new mother who seems to be having trouble putting weight back on after having twins. I’ve had this happen before with other mothers. They just need extra nutrition. Actually, all new mothers need a boost while they are nursing new babies.

Last night I made delicious Goat Treats. The house smelled wonderful. We actually could eat them. The ingredients are so yummy: oats, apples, carrots, bananas, raisins, wheat flour and molasses. They baked up nice.

Everyone got a Goat Treat at bedtime (not the babies). Tova got one this morning. #lappgetter

Visitors at Gullringstorp

We recently had visitors at Gullringstorp. They wanted to visit a farm and meet our goats.

We were happy to welcome 2 young people who are in Sweden waiting for asylum. The young man is from Iran and the young lady is from Somalia.

They both had farm experiences from their homeland and were happy to be out of the town and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in the countryside at Gullringstorp. It’s a pleasure for us to welcome people to Gullringstorp. Whatever they are going through, as asylum seekers, a visit to Gullringstorp gives them an escape from the long wait and many meetings.

The two enjoyed meeting Thelma, our blind hen and Sidney who was enjoying the sun.

They had a tour of our stable with explanation of what it takes to have and care for goats. Then we all went to the goat enclosure to meet the new babies and mothers. I had made little tied packages of chopped carrots so they could feed the adults. This was so nice to watch as they enjoyed feeding my goats. The very best of the day was watching them enjoying the new babies. The mothers were very comfortable with their presence, so it was not a problem for them to touch and hold the babies. Bob was the star of the day. He got lots of love.

I had prepared diced bread cubes so the chickens could be fed. They also learned all about Li’l Sis Eco Friendly Goat Milk Soap.

It was a really wonderful day. Each person that visited Gullringstorp, left with a little bag of Li’l Sis Eco Friendly Pink Lemonade Goat Milk Soap.

Our guest were welcomed back anytime.


Little Bob and mommy Tuva joined the herd on the big enclosure today. Bob is enjoying his fellow babies.❤️

Baby Goats grow up

The time comes for little ones to grow up. That time has come to our new baby goats at Gullringstorp. Time to learn about the electric fence!😱

It was with great trepidation and anxiety that our little ones were each zapped on the wires they have been playing in. Now they must understand they have boundaries. The power goes on in the morning and the little ones understand. They have had a few zaps but overall, it’s been a successful 2 days. I can actually leave them and go back in the house. They are doing great!!




Meal Prep

Lunchtime for my little ones, downstairs: Boris my iguana, Sidney my Bearded Dragon and the newest member “SweetPea” ( real name pending) our Guinea Pig. Our new member has Eco Friendly  Becco bowls.


Mixed greens





Bean Sprouts

Carrot ribbons

Gullringstorp garden greens: grass, clover, dandelion greens and flowers

Lilacs at Gullringstorp


Sidney is enjoying an afternoon out in the sun☀️