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POWDRELL

Tin Goats and Laughter
updated: Jun 14, 2014, 11:00 AM

By David Powdrell

One thing I know for sure is that laughter is good for the soul. Studies consistently report that laughter relaxes the body, relieves stress, boosts the immune system, triggers endorphins and helps protect the heart. I've always been drawn to people that make me laugh; no time for the naysayers.

So here's the deal…I went out and bought myself two completely unnecessary, on- a-whim, impulse purchase, life-sized tin goats. Yard art, per the sales receipt.

I found the rascals at the local nursery while perusing for vegetables. There, in the distance, stood this majestic herd; billies, nannies and kids, all quietly grazing on a soft bed of dewy grass next to the water fountains.

I chose a nannie and a kid; they fit my limited budget. Jessie Belle and Rocket.

Every morning for the last few weeks, with steamy coffee in hand, I saunter out to the back 40 and rearrange the location and antics of Jessie Belle and Rocket.

It's quirky, I know, but they cost me about the same as some prescriptions I'm on and I have confidence that they have fewer side effects. They also don't poop in the yard and they have yet to dig or eat anything up.

But mostly, they make me laugh.

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