Today has been full of…nothing much. It started snowing and sleeting last night and I knew today was going to be spent close, very close, to home. Other than half dozen trips outside, I’ve stayed inside all day and, an hour or so ago, decided to visit Nancy at A Rural Journal. Dang! Who knew it was Friday? And why didn’t you let me know? Every Friday, Nancy does Random 5 Friday wherein bloggers tell five things about themselves. I’m not sure why I’m playing along, not sure there are five interesting things about me. Someone told me onetime, “You’re such an interesting person” and I replied, “Not really but I do interesting things.”
The computer is set up in the living room where the television and wood stove are also located. All I have to do is turn my head to the right and BOOM! there’s the view. Today, leaves on the ground, maple tree still has some leaves, some icy snow, sheep in the yard, cattle on the hill and beauty all over the place. I am blessed. The sheep were let into the yard so they could graze but that’s not lasting. Carly has Very Old Bones and when I go outside to feed her, the younger, bigger ones push her out of the way so they can steal the food/meds. That’s also dangerous for me as they don’t care if I’m in the way; a big push and that particular problem, me, goes away…or at least down. It’s always been said sheep are a woman’s livestock but all that means is I get taken out at the knees instead of the head and shoulders by cattle or horses. Farming is tough, hard, dangerous work!
The water trough behind the barn has an electrical outlet so I can plug in a de-icer. Keeping the water from totally freezing means the animals will drink more water and that keeps them healthier. This will work until I get a de-icer that has a thermostat which will work only when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. I also have to work out something for Carly so she’ll have warm water this winter. Last winter I took her water several times a day which was a lot of work for me; I’d like to decrease my work load.
Yesterday I bought a counter top convection oven; does anyone have experience? A friend told me she has a microwave/convection oven and I’m hopeful I’ll eat more heathfully and more often if cooking/baking is easier and faster. Before I take it out of the box and set it up, I’m waiting for your comments, advice, opinions…please.
Today has been overcast, gray with snow and sleet flurries, a good day to stay inside and play. There’s material on the table, ready to cut and be made into a quilt and tomorrow is supposed to be 60…time to take advantage of good weather and temps to do some more outside chores. My day is always decided by the weather as opposed to the to-do list which can always be re-arranged.
Views from every window are fabulous, no matter the temps or weather. I can always add another sweater if I catch a chill and the dogs know wearing a sweater keeps them warm. Time to fix me something to eat…animals have all been fed, of course, and the refrigerator is calling my name. Hope the food fairy has left me something good.
Blessings ~ living here ~ weather ~ sheep ~ volunteer pumpkins ~ heat ~