Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Goat Story, by Coleta Cassidy

From Pleating for Mercy, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery
NAL, Obsidian Books August 2, 2011

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Y’all listen up.  If you haven’t had the good fortune of talking to goats, you’re truly missing out.  Let me tell you ‘bout Thelma Louise.  She’s one firecracker of a Nubian.  White and black coat with the most soulful eyes you’re ever likely to see.

From my lips to God’s ears, she surely does get into her share of trouble, but I love her just the same.  She’s the matriarch of my herd, so I’m lucky that the others don’t follow along in all of her antics.  
For example, she’s the only one that can open the gate between my property and my granddaughter, Harlow’s, yard.  She’s also the only one who’ll scramble up to a window if she sees people inside, and dangit all if she won’t tap-tap-tap her nose against the window until she gets to be part of the conversation...or until Harlow chases her away. ‘Cause, see, mostly Thelma Louise picks on Harlow.  Don’t know why, exactly, but it’s a hoot to see Harlow scurrying around her yard, dodging bluebonnets, chasing after Thelma Louise. 

Thelma Louise lost her other collar, so I'm using this green chain.
It helps Harlow tether her up when she gets loose.
If you’re ever in Bliss, come on over to my farm and have a gander at my herd.  You won’t be sorry.
Ain't she a fiesty looking thing?
Now, if all y’all will excuse me, I gotta get on back to my soap making.  I’m trying out some new scents.  Lavender today, and my but do I have an abundance of that lovely plant thanks to my daughter, Tessa’s, Cassidy charm.  She’s got the best green thumb you ever did see.
So tell me, are you a fan of goats?
See y’all ‘round the bend!

~Coleta Cassidy

About Pleating for Mercy:

When her great-grandmother passes away, Harlow Jean Cassidy leaves her job as a Manhattan fashion designer and moves back to Bliss, Texas. But when she opens a dressmaking boutique in the turn-of-the-century farmhouse she inherited, Harlow senses an inexplicable "presence". Her old friend Josie orders a gown for her upcoming wedding, but when Josie's boss turns up dead, Harlow has to find the killer-with a little help from beyond.

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  1. I think our next house needs a nice place for some pygmy goats. I'm in love with them!

  2. Goats are cute and Thelma Louise sounds impish.

  3. I love pygmy goats, too. If only I had room for them in the yard. Good luck with the soap making!

  4. I've never really thought about goats before but they sure are cute! Sounds like Thelma Louise has quite the personality. What fun!

  5. Thelma Louise is a rascal. Hmph.

  6. I don't know why, but goats make me laugh. They look so near-sighted! I'd love to meet one in person.

  7. Hey, Thelma Louise should come meet Dorcas and Isabel in my Orchard series. Maybe we can set up a play date for them.

    I love their eyes--so alien!