A Man and A Goat

I get these email updates from Scott Towels at work- little tips for cleaning, housekeeping- tips to make life easier. Friday’s tip was interesting…to kill weeds, spray a mixture of vinegar, water and dish detergent on them daily until they’re dead. That got me to thinking about killing all the poison ivy at the beach house. I did a quick Internet search for “vinegar kill poison ivy” and got quite a few hits. Seems the vinegar/dish detergent/water mixture will also kill poison ivy- without all the chemicals.

This is good news.

Anyone who knows me knows I am VERY susceptible to poison ivy. To kill it without chemicals also soothes my greener side. I can’t wait to try it.

While surfing the net, I found another sure fire way to kill poison ivy.

Get a goat.

Nigerian Dwarf, Angora and Spanish goats love to eat poison ivy, and will even climb on steep slopes to eat it. They’ll also eat honeysuckle (which we’re overrun with, but Zombiegirl takes care of eating that.) Goats are very popular these days. Fainting goat videos have gone viral. Z-girl cracks up watching these videos, and says before she dies she wants to see a fainting goat. And there’s a new movie starring George Clooney, Jeff Bridges and Ewan McGregor called The Men Who Stare at Goats.

So MR and I were lying in bed last night and I told him about the goats.

Me: The goats will eat all the poison ivy at the beach house. We should so get a goat.

MR: A goat.

Me: Yes! An Angora goat! And the goat’ll also give us wool. Angora! We can make sweaters!

MR: A goat.

Me: Yes! (I’m starting to get frustrated with his lack of enthusiasm.)

MR: Will it be a girl goat?

Me: ?

MR: I’ll have to meet her, first.

[snort] I looked at him, and he looked at me, and we both cracked up.


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