Anderson, SC: Split Creek Farm

Hey y’all. I know it’s been a while… I had my FINAL final Review… EVER, just yesterday! How wonderful is that? Pretty darn wonderful. And since I’ve been inside working in studio all week long, we thought it was high time to get outside. There is a goat farm that my roommate has been telling me about since I’ve been back in Clemson and I regret not going to it sooner. And even better, they have amazing goat cheese! AND award winning show goats.

Place: Anderson, SC

Name: Split Creek Farm

What: Awesome Goat Farm and Certified Roadside Market

This place is so cool and the lady working today was incredibly friendly. She greeted us as soon as we got out of the car with one of the many Great Pyrenese dogs that they have guarding their goats. The beauty that greeted us; her name is Sophie.

The lady working was telling us a story about the dogs. She said that they are incredibly protective over their goats. They know when even one is missing. She was telling us how they moved one of the pregnant goats into a different pin and the dog was staying on the edge of the fence to keep an eye on his flock and his missing goat. Isn’t that precious? I also asked her what the dogs were protecting the goats from. She said that they protect them from Coyotes (the lady called them Ci-yotes — some plural form of coyotes, haha), big cats, wild dog packs, and she even said that there have been bear spottings around those parts. Doesn’t that dog look like Aslan?

Eeek! Baby goats. These goats, we couldn’t touch. They were anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks old. We couldn’t touch them because their immunity systems are still being formed. But they were soo cute!

These goats were so silly. Can you see that in the image on the right that that goat is actually biting on me. He was really cute and when I pet him he kept trying to nibble at me. I want a goat.

Ok y’all. You have to watch to this! This is a super short video a took today of one of the cawing goats. Now, all goats caw and bahhh and make noises.. but this one in particular was very noisy. We later found out that she was pregnant and was probably going to have her baby this afternoon.

Heeheeehee… now that’s just funny. Goats are silly.

This goats name is Stevie. Stevie is blind. Hence, the name. I think there is something really beautiful about him and his coat is so pretty.

This is one of two shops on the farm. This shop contains local crafts and artwork from artist around the area and the other one contains the cheese shop. YUM. There was a tray sitting on the counter with all of there delicious cheeses. They were to die for.

This was on the back of the door at the cheese shop. I love every single one of these stickers. I think I need a good sticker collection. Did you notice the TOWANDA sticker?! Yes Ma’am!!!!

Look at this guy hiding all by himself.

Something particularly special about this place is that the owner can no longer work there. She has a dedicated staff that works around the clock who helps her maintain a successful business and care for more than 350 goats. She has become increasingly sick and is on a waiting list for a Lung Transplant. You can, of course, go and donate money towards her healthcare costs. In return, they will give you a small wooden toy goat as a thank you for your donation. Mine is sitting on my vanity now and I can see it everyday. I love this place and the people who work here. Let’s support our local artisans as well as those in need.

Me and my roommate Aud at the entrance to Split Creek Farm. Go check it out!

Today I am thankful for many things: goats and goat cheese… being finished with my studio final… for my best friend’s friend, Drew, having a successful Appendectomy… and for Life – all in all – things are good.

I have a date next weekend with a big ole bottle of wine, some goat cheese and crackers, and my boy. Imma happy kid.

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The Past 96 Hours…

So you’re probably wondering where I’ve gone… well, I went deep into the nasty depth of architecture and barely made it out. But now, I am hydrated, I have eaten, and even better — I have slept a full 9 hours. Woohoo! And here is the reason why I stayed awake for endless nights…

Yep, that’s all I have to show for my tireless efforts. I think I need more sleep. Everyone, have a wonderful day today!

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Today I am thankful for: SLEEP.

YMCA: Belay

This weekend I came home for a hot second. My BF has started a new job working with Camp Cosby which is affiliated with the YMCA.  This weekend, work brought him and his buds back into town for an exciting Saturday in downtown Birmingham. Organizers there, are attempting to start a program that will incorporate more fruits and vegetables onto school lunch menus AND aid in getting children more exercise. Did you know that kids don’t have P.E. everyday? Shocking, I know. Let me be honest, I remember the days of Jump Rope for Heart, 4 square, wall ball, kickball, and the ROPE (that was my favorite).

So what were we doing there, right? My boyfriend and his friends were belaying kids (and some *ahem, adults) from the rock climbing wall. It was really cool. I’m no climber but I would love to be. It was so encouraging to see these tiny little girls out-climb there male counterparts. They would get so close to the top and then everyone in the room would start watching them and start cheering them and you can just feel their confidence grow – it was really cool.

This little boy has to be the cutest little guy I saw all day. He was precious and he told me that he was going all the way to the top.

What can I say, we were really quite popular…

A girls volleyball team showed up. Goodness, those girls can scream – especially when scared.

These were the Big Kids working the show. They did an awesome job. I just watched and took pictures. I didn’t want to put a harness on backwards.

So the YMCA handed out those Livestrong type bracelets that have Y5210 stamped on them. Me, be a natural lover of bracelets, still have mine on. This is what it means: Y: The Y is meant to incorporate the YMCA into the lives of many people all over Birmingham – people of different race, class, and financial standing , 5: 5 fruits and vegetable A DAY, 2: 2 hours of computer time A DAY, 1: 1 hour of strenuous exercise A DAY, and 0: 0 sugary drinks A DAY.

Today I am thankful for: sleep sometime soon — maybe in my not so distant future. Maybe I’m thankful for stamina. Final Review Boards are due Friday…

Listening to: Rihanna — Good Girl Gone Bad Album — Cry

PLTW — Y5210

Work, work…

Now, you tell me why in the world I would want to come back to Clemson, S. Carolina and work in a trailer when I can work at my wonderful kitchen table in Birmingham, AL.

I’m sure it looks really messy to all of you, but this is really quite tame.

I have sticky notes everywhere with list, upon list of the next thing for me to do… Hopefully by Friday they will ALL be done. Hopefully.

A beautiful flower freshly picked, just for me. I love purple.

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Today I am thankful for: fans. Today I am thankful for fans because it’s 80 degress in our house in S. Carolina.

Pity Party

Well I have 36 days until graduation and there are so many other things that I would like to be doing other than working on Studio. So, I thought I would throw myself a pity party and show you what I would rather be doing with my time. So in honor of “Senior-itis”/”3rd year graduate school – itis” here goes…

Right now I would L.O.V.E. to be eating an Awesome Burger in a lawn chair on the front porch next to a smokin’ hot grill … wow that sounds really redneck. I don’t care. Ughhh… only 18 more days of being a vegetarian!

I have been a super lazy cake fairy. I would like to have some time to build/construct an experimental 4 layer cake with experimental orange creamcicle icing.

I would love to go on a roadtrip to the ‘nooga and eat at Good Dog again…. YUMMMM…

I would love, love, love, a big dinner at my momma’s house and eat some delicious Southern Food with the Front Porch Society and the BF.  Here, my momma made: Sweet Tea, Homemade Fried Chicken, Rice (we’re rice people), the big pot in the back — yep, that’s all gravy, some yummy Clemson green beans (as we’ve come to called them), Fried Okra, and Creamed Corn — oh goodness, and some de.lic.ious Orange Rolls. My mouth is watering right now. My parents are both excellent chefs. I wish that gene was passed down. Remember, it’s my pity party so I get to complain.

I’d love to go on a World Tour with my best friend and greatest travel buddy.

Sit pool side next to this fine lady! (don’t kill me for this pic — there were just so many that brought a smile to my face) And while we always try and give a good hardy effort, we’ll never have another summer like the Summer of ’06. There’s just nothing better than being on the cusp of your 21st birthday… and “borrowing” Patron from a certain father’s liquor cabinet. I would never condone that kind of behaviour.

I’d love to go on a run with this guy… and watch him guard his stick collection in the backyard. Our neighbors were getting a few tree’s cut down and the tree-cutter-guy was hanging on one of the tree’s about 40′-0″ off the ground and screams to my mother, “You got a pretty DOG, looks like he got tiger stripes are somethin'”….

And I would love to stay up all night talking to this guy…

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Today I am thankful for: the season of the Aries (we’ve had about 6 or 7 birthday’s in the past 2 weeks), I got a piece of cake today (that always makes for a good day) and for the new Britney Spears album (it’s generally crap but I love all of it! — thank you William!).

Listening to: Britney Spears, Femme Fatale album 🙂

Quote: Dr. Maya Angelou

My mom and I were watching all of these Oprah shows the other night. That’s usually not like us…(really) but we fell in love with Oprah’s Master’s Series, especially the episode on Dr. Maya Angelou. She is sooooo inspiring. Watch the episode on her life. CLICK HERE to find all of Oprah’s Master’s Episodes.

“I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love, because that liberates. Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego. Love liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says, ‘I love you. I love you if you’re in China. I love you if you’re across town. I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I’d like to have your arms around me. I’d like to hear your voice in my ear. But that’s not possible now, so I love you. Go.'” — Dr. Maya Angelou

Above is a picture of my brother and sister-in-law. And I think they liberated each other through love. And while they are annoyingly in love when they are together, I know that they are both super happy.

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Today I am thankful for: a restful weekend.

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