One Year with Pasqualina

Today marks one year since our kid Pasqualina came to live with us. This was then:

And this is now:

And just for fun, another from about a year ago:

And today:

I guess I can’t really call her a kid any more now that she’s ready to have kids of her own. Yes, that pink you see up there on that second photo is our Pasqualina filling up with milk. We expect kids in mid-March or so, but we’re not quite sure of the date of spermination (the buck was in the pen for a month).

What a year it’s been…can’t wait to see what this next one brings!

40 Beans of Wisdom to “One Year with Pasqualina”
  1. 02.24.2010

    Lawyer gone goat farmer. Gotta love it. πŸ˜€

    I sure do πŸ˜‰

    .-= Annika´s last blog ..eccolo =-.

  2. Gil

    Congratulations! You will soon be an official ‘Nonna”. This old guy guessed it.

    Hee hee, well Stella already had pups, and we did have hens with babies once…so…I’m kind of an old Nonna!

  3. 02.24.2010

    oh. so. nice. She is really a sweet girl. I can’t wait to read about the big event!

    Thanks Diana; I’m so nervous!

    .-= Diana Strinati Baur´s last blog ..DIY Large Mosaic Mirror =-.

  4. 02.24.2010

    Well congratulations to Pasqaulina – here’s hoping for a speedy and safe delivery. She has turned into quite the young lady! But you are too young to be a nonna!

    Thanks Willym! I’m really hoping everything goes well with all the kids (the other two are preggers as well, we think) πŸ™‚

    .-= Willym´s last blog ..Beasts of Battle =-.

  5. 02.24.2010

    May I ask what will become of the kidlets? I understand it is necessary to freshen the goat ladies, but hereabouts (sheep) too many boy babes makes trouble.

    Unfortunately the hard truth of raising goats for milk means babies, and kid is a popular dish around here; if our girls have good girls, we may keep another one or two, but the rest will be sold. We definitely won’t be eating any of them; that was a ground rule I laid down when we got Pasqualina.

    .-= Judith in Umbria´s last blog ..Lemon Curd: low carb style =-.

  6. 02.24.2010

    Sweet – I want one, not to eat thou

    Haha, Pasqualina is happy to hear that!

    .-= travelingsuep´s last blog ..ONLY 7 DAYS LEFT =-.

  7. 02.24.2010

    Pasqualina has to be about the prettiest darned goat I’ve ever seen! Okay -I don’t think I’ve ever seen a goat up close and personal like -yeah, for a backwoods girl, I’ve led a somewhat sheltered life at times -but between you and your Pasqualina and another friend who is now raising goats and has posted some great pics of the goats on her farm, I am developing a much deeper appreciation for the beauty these fine animals have!

    So happy to hear it Jeni! They really are wonderful animals πŸ™‚

    .-= Jeni Hill Ertmer´s last blog ..Beautiful Day! =-.

  8. 02.24.2010

    Great news! Bravo, Pasqualina!
    Michelle, have you noticed the change on her face? On #3 I think she is smiling rather carefree. On #4 doesn’t she look a little contemplative? Happy Birthday, lovely girl!

    Aw, you’re a goat lover πŸ˜‰

    .-= Irene´s last blog ..Greece owes what? =-.

  9. She is too darn cute. I think you could still call her a kid, though. She is in Italy, after all! πŸ™‚

    That is an excellent point, Cherrye! I like it. I’m sticking to it!

    .-= Cherrye at My Bella Vita´s last blog ..Travel Tip Tuesday: How Not to Look Like a Tourist in Southern Italy … for Men =-.

  10. Congrats Nonna!!

    Pasqualina is too cute for words.

    Grazie cara!

    .-= nyc/caribbean ragazza´s last blog ..Favorite Things: Mondi Pasticceria – (danger!) =-.

  11. 02.24.2010

    Oh, how sweet!! Happy Birthday to your Pasqualina – and congrats on her pending mommyhood!! πŸ™‚

    Grazie bella!

    .-= bella´s last blog =-.

  12. 02.24.2010

    So cute Michelle!

    Thank you!

    .-= LindyLouMac´s last blog ..The Weekend =-.

  13. Congratulations to you! She is a cute goat if goats can be cute!

    Well *I* certainly think goats can be cute πŸ™‚

    .-= Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef´s last blog ..It’s in the cheese =-.

  14. 02.24.2010

    Buon Anniversario! She sure is adorable!

    Thanks Lisa πŸ™‚

    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..rub a dub dub =-.

  15. 02.24.2010

    OMG, Happy Anniversary, she is so adorable, I can’t imagine her being a mommy!
    I can’t wait to see her offspring!

    Kids having kids, Lucy! It’s crazy!

  16. 02.24.2010

    I cannot wait to see the pics of her kids – so get your camera ready!!!!
    Impregnating 3 goats in a month? I’m betting the buck was a local boy……;)

    Haha, indeed! I hope they allow me to video!!!!

    .-= anna l’americana´s last blog ..World Nutella Day 2010…. =-.

  17. Janet

    woohoo I can’t wait to see pics of her kids!

    All their kids (hopefully)! They all *look* pretty preggers at least, but they say it’s really hard to tell with goats. Fingers crossed!

  18. 02.24.2010

    How could it be a year? They grow up so fast, no? Congratulations to both Pasqualina & to the Nonna-to-be. (I’m so glad there will be no eating of kids, ahem, at Bleeding Espresso World.


    Oh I just couldn’t do it, Susan! Look at those faces!

    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Week’s End – Ode to Rome =-.

  19. Congratulations Pasqualina, and flgli maschi.


    Actually we’d prefer the girls!

  20. 02.24.2010

    Happy Anniversary Pasqualina! You couldn’t have picked a better home πŸ™‚ I love these pictures of her, too cute! Good luck with all the upcoming little kids I can’t wait to see pictures of them too.

    P gets credit for the name; I can’t wait to see the kids either πŸ™‚

    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..i expected a little more from my friends =-.

  21. 02.24.2010

    Oh My how she’s grown!

    Amazing isn’t it?!

  22. 02.24.2010

    I “heart” Pasqualina. She makes me want to have a kid of my own. Hope she delivers safely. Send photos!

    Will do πŸ™‚

    .-= Ciaochowlinda´s last blog ..Strudeling through the Val Gardena =-.

  23. 02.25.2010

    How exciting for you πŸ™‚ cannot wait to see them .. !

    I’m so excited too πŸ™‚

    .-= anne´s last blog ..Muswell Hill – Part 2 =-.

  24. Anne

    Oh, you’ve made me want to be a goat farmer now. Congrats on your impending arrival!

    Thank you!

  25. 02.25.2010

    How adorable! They grow up so fast – did you know it takes an elephant calf like 20 years to reach maturity? eek!

    I am very excited to read about all your goating adventures.

    I didn’t know that, but I just heard yesterday that the gestation time for elephants is 22 months! Gaaaaah!

  26. 02.25.2010

    Wow, she is gorgeous Michelle! I’ve always wanted some goats and today my niece has two of them Eddi and Roseline! They are the best! Good luck with the birth mumma!

    Thanks! I’m nervous!

    .-= Deb R´s last blog ..I have the Travel Bug once again! =-.

  27. 02.25.2010

    Happy anniversary.


  28. 02.26.2010

    Aw. She is the cutest little thing. I can’t believe it has been a year already. Can’t wait to see the goat babies πŸ™‚

    Me neither! Thanks Robin πŸ™‚

    .-= My Melange´s last blog ..Five Chateaux in France =-.

  29. 02.26.2010

    Do you make cheese?

    Not yet, Meredith; this is the first time they’re pregnant so we haven’t had milk yet, but soon, hopefully!

    .-= meredith´s last blog ..Window shopping-Rue d’Antibes-Cannes =-.

  30. 02.26.2010

    She is so cute, espeically in that baby picture with the blade of grass sticking out of her mouth…
    You must be excited about the kiddies. Be sure to keep us posted.
    That makes you a nonna, right? Congratulations!

    Ele xx

    Yes, a kid nonna! Just hoping all goes well at this point; thanks πŸ™‚

    .-= Eleonora´s last blog ..Brasato al Barolo =-.

  31. 02.27.2010

    congrats! she’s a good looking goat:) and thanks again for your help with the Italian book promo Michelle!

    My pleasure Joe! And thank you πŸ™‚

  32. 02.27.2010

    how adorable! amazing to think the in just one year, she’s ready to have kids of her own. Life in Italy is treating you so right, my dear. keep us posted on how child bearing goes, if she decides to go there! Congrats!! πŸ™‚

    Thanks Bren! I know, it’s amazing to think she’s only a little over a year old….

  33. 02.28.2010

    How fun to have baby goats! Guess that make them grand”kids”!

    Hee hee…indeed πŸ™‚

  34. 02.28.2010

    This is absolutely amazing! What a great way — and besides, you don’t have to cut the lawn…!

    p.s. I’ve added you to my ITALIA ON THE WEB LISTING — go figure – yours was one of the first I ever read & I could swear that you were there!!!!! Boh.
    And, one of these days, I’ll actually get around to organizing the roster better…
    xoxo Francesca

    FWIW I think I used to be on there on too, but anyhoo, you’re up on mine; love reading your perspective on life here!

  35. 03.01.2010

    She has grown so much. How exciting that she is expecting. I had a difficult time reading some of the Slow Travel blogs last Sunday when the meal everyone was cooking included goat. All I could think of was your babies.

    I know; it’s getting harder and harder for me to read kid recipes too….

    .-= girasoli´s last blog .."daily"~ PhotoHunt =-.

  36. 03.02.2010

    She’s different and the same still… but cute as EVER!!!!

    Can’t wait to see her baby!



    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

  37. 03.03.2010

    I don’t believe I’ve ever said this about a goat, having not known many (or any, really), but that is cutest darn goat I’ve ever seen! I can’t wait to see pics of the little one’s she’s about to have.

    Thank you!

    .-= :D’anne´s last blog ..Red Pepper & Turkey Sausage Rigatoni =-.

  38. 03.03.2010

    Hi Michelle! Long time, no bloggy. I love your little Pasqualina! So adorable. Speaking of goats, I am so in love with little minature goats (I have no idea what they’re called). I would love one for my back yard, except for the neighbors would probably run me out of the subdivision. And it might possibly start eating my house.

    Haha, well contrary to popular belief goats really don’t eat everything they see…can’t help you with the neighbors though πŸ˜‰

    .-= Lulu´s last blog ..Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil =-.

  39. 03.05.2010

    Pasqualina’s a little thing already; the idea of little baby goats makes me want to squee.

    There’s a guy here (maybe more than one) whose business is renting goats to clear out properties overgrown with bushes and weeds. A couple of years ago, the city had to clear out the hillside across the street from my house so they could expand the park, and every day I eagerly awaited the arrival of Goat Renter Guy and his caprine staff. But the city used tractors instead. Boo.

    Silly city. Actually sheep are better for grass-mowing type deals, but goats are great for hillsides, trees, bushes, etc. Hopefully you’ll get some goats your way though…they’re such sweet, fun creatures!

  40. 03.11.2010

    she looks like a rabbit with those big ears in the younger version… too cute.

    Hee hee…she was my little Easter bunny πŸ™‚

    .-= patty´s last blog ..back to reality =-.

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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