Snow is expected, 70% chance, from Wednesday through end of week. Tomorrow, 70% chance of rain and temps are low, low, low and I’ve been beavering away at outside chores to prepare animals, farm and myself. The wood rack is full and the wood stove is readied as well, all it needs is a lit match laid to the kindling and heat! I always like to wait until 1 Dec to start the wood stove but I’m no hero and when it’s wet, cold, windy and just plain nasty, that’s reason enough to light the stove and get cozy.
I like to combine trips to town, make my gasoline count as well as my time but, lately, I’ve had to run errands every single day. It seems I just can’t get a grip on life but, rather, life has me by the neck and is running me ragged. When I do go over the mountain, I always see this bee’s nest, right. I think it’s a paper wasp nest but empty now that’s it’s cold. It hangs over the edge of the road and, in warmer weather, I hardly ever have the moon roof open when I pass.
Gray Tom Cat, left, likes to curl up with Sam who is resigned to his fate. Tom isn’t above slapping someone when he doesn’t get what he wants and Sam is the gentlest dog it’s ever been my pleasure to know. Tom has almost figured out, I’ll slap back, but Sam just heaves a sigh and pretends it’s not happening.
Twice a day, I’ve been chopping ice in the livestock water tough and yesterday, made a mad dash to Tractor Supply to buy a de-icer for it. Chopping ice is no fun, especially when I tend to drench myself from the stomach down. Then, I have to deal with ice, freezing water, single digit temps, sub-zero wind chill and all while in wet clothes. I don’t mind admitting I’ve stood there, chopping ice and cried the entire time. The livestock tank has had an air lock for more than a week and, every day, I’ve taken a broom stick and rammed it into the overflow pipe, hoping to break the air lock. Today, thank God, the air lock broke and water is flowing freely again.
Carly, the 19 year old Shetland living in the yard, presents a problem regarding her drinking water. Her water has been freezing several times a day and drinking water is just as critical for four-legged animals as two-legged. The blue bucked has an electrical cord which is plugged into the studio outlet. Now, Carly, the dogs and cats have warm water 24/7. I only have to remember to fill the bucket every week and to clean it every couple of weeks. The only downside…I had such a $40 bucket last winter but sometime between then and now…it walked. I’ve got a pretty good idea where it went but the game isn’t worth the candle so I bit my tongue and shelled out money for a new bucket.
~ left, blue electric water bucket ~
Lately, I’ve been buying equipment that Dave and I should have bought years ago. I don’t know why I’ve waited this long…sometimes something can be right in front of my face and it takes me years to see it. Like the mortar work on the foundation. Since we’ve lived here, our foundation has had gaping holes where, over the decades, the mortar has fallen out. In October, my eyes beheld the holes yet again and, as the light dawned, I thought, Quikrete! See here where I bought some Quikrete, mixed it up and filled the holes and it’s made a difference in the comfort level inside the house.
In the above photo, the Big Red Jack is being used to lift the lawn mower so the tire can be replaced on the wheel. While mowing leaves, I cut the wheel too sharply, too often and the tire came off…what a drag! Everything is fine now…tire back on wheel and mower back in barn. I always talk to the folks who work at the store, ask their advice, etc. and was told this jack is strong enough to handle an SUV or pick-up truck. It makes sense to upgrade just a tad in order to have a piece of equipment that will serve many masters.
This winter, I’m going to make it as easy and safe on myself as possible. The round hay feeder has been moved from over the hill to behind the stable and barn. I’ve frightened myself silly way to many times, driving the tractor, carrying a huge round bale of hay over the hill in slick, snowy, icy weather. The location isn’t totally protected from the wind but the stable and barn are blocking the wind quite a bit and the horses have shelter just to the left of where they’re standing. Boys and Girls, this is as good as it gets this year; Mama is tired and winter is yet to arrive!
This skull is…your guess is as good as mine! and is what happens when I let the dogs enter the house without checking to make sure they have nothing in their mouths. Should I be ashamed to admit that?
Thank you for reading and for those who follow…following. There are close to 500 followers to this blog and when the number reaches 500, I’ll have a giveaway. The treat will be a $50 debit card…just in time for Christmas. You bless me so much and I am so grateful; God bless you, yours and the work of your hands and heart!
Blessings ~ a day of national celebration this week ~ yesterday’s Sabbath Keeping, it sure blessed me! ~ work to keep me busy and healthy ~ good equipment ~ a full wood rack ~ electric water bucket ~