Archive | January, 2014

Chore Challenges

31 Jan

There are some things that make it harder to do chores.  You know, snow, rain, cold.  Then there’s Moose.

Moose

Moose

It’s really hard to do chores with a Moose plastered to your side, between your legs and constantly under foot.

goat by human

That’s why he’s achieved the elite status of spoiled.  He gets to go in the barn to eat while I feed everyone else their hay.

wether in barn

wether eating hay

He seems happy with this arrangement.  It certainly makes it easier for me.  I’m not sure how it will work next winter when he’s huge.  Hopefully, he’ll have grown out of being my shadow.

Edit:  Right after posting this, I listened to this weeks song for Song-ography, I Would Walk 500 Miles.  Oh yeah, Moose is that man by my side.

Sharing with Saturday’s Critters and SOOC Sunday.

Sundogs Without my Camera

30 Jan

There have been quite a few afternoons lately, when I’ve actually had to go to work, that I really wished I had my camera with me on the way home because we’ve had some amazing skies.  Today I decided to try out the camera on my phone.  That made me realize that I really, really need to wash my car windows.  At least it’s a different grunge texture, and it’s probably not all cat nose prints.

sundog

sundog

When I got home, the sundogs were gone, but I saw that our strong winds had blown over the quonset hut.

quonset hut blown over

The cold days really do make for some lovely skies, even if they are cold skies.

sunset by barn

I feel kind of like this picture: dark, barren and desolate.

sunset barn

Come on spring!

Sharing with Skywatch Friday and Nancy’s Random 5 Friday.

In the Kitchen

29 Jan

You might already know I have a chicken living in my kitchen if you’ve stopped in here in the last couple of weeks.  Honey’s gaining weight and the wattles she froze don’t seem to be bothering her now.

buff cochin on plant stand

In fact, she’s adjusted nicely, but she’s lost enough feathers (due to being in a warm kitchen?) that I don’t want to put her outside.  Until spring truly arrives, I’ll still have a chicken in the kitchen.

chicken on plant stand

Finally, I had to make more soap even if I did have a chicken running around. I’d run out of two varieties, and I am dangerously low on some others.  I shut Honey in the other half the kitchen, and made three batches of soap on my most recent cold day off work (Monday).

red wine, spellbound woods, and jasmine dreams

red wine, spellbound woods, and jasmine dreams

It worked well for me to have her over there, so I’ll have to try and make my other four batches this weekend.  I don’t think it would work as well to do it in the evening when she’s up roosting on her bucket in the middle of my work space.

goat milk soaps

In three weeks, my on-line market will be fully stocked again.  It’s not like I don’t have plenty of soap though since I now have forty-four varieties.

In related news, I was quite happy to find out that, even though the price of a stamp just went up, the flat rate package prices aren’t changing!

Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday where the letter this week is K.  I’m also sharing at Rurality Blog Hop.