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Indoor Activities

1 Dec

It’s official.  All five days of my Thanksgiving break have had crummy weather: rain, wind, gloom, and this morning, I woke to snow.

They are big fat wet flakes.  I have no idea how I’m going to have pictures to do blog posts this week.  Hopefully, I can scrape together a couple posts from the few pictures I took on Wednesday.

In the meantime, it’s been a lot of indoor activities.  Mama and I have been having long philosophical conversations.  She’s quite the wise bird.

Mama having breakfast

I finished a scarf that I started last February, and gave it to my mom.  Now I’m working on a new knitting project.

I can’t tell you too much about it because it will be a Christmas gift.

I also have been reading.  My current book is about the father of author Alexandre Dumas.  I had no idea his father was the son of a French aristocrat and a Hatian slave.  He also used his father’s military career as the basis for some of his novels, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

Anyhow, I have a reading buddy.  Rocky is always right there when I curl up with my book.

Rocky

I also decided to try and work on some of the feed bag totes that have been cut out since the middle of the summer.

I still have more cut out to finish, but I got a good start.

I was completely out of the all flock feed, and I’d sold out of the goat feed and scratch grains too.

One afternoon I decided to try to photograph Sky wearing a Santa hat.

Sky

That didn’t work well because he doesn’t sit still.  I can’t get far enough away to take his picture either.  He’s plastered to my side.

Maybe the weather will get better and I can try putting it on Pluto.  He’d make an adorable Santa goat.

Can Winter Be Over?

17 Nov

We are still over a month away from the start of winter, and I’m pretty sure I’m ready for it to be over.  Maybe it would have helped if we hadn’t had a full week of real winter cold and snow.  I had to feed full hay to the animals.  The last two years, I haven’t started feeding hay until the end of December.  Luckily, we’ve warmed back up and the goats are going back out to pasture.  Chores should get easier again for a while (hopefully till the end of December).

It seems like everything decided to break this week too.  Just when we hit our really cold spell, my heater in the well house died.  Luckily, I always have a backup, so it wasn’t out for very long.  And I’ve already bought a new backup.

LilyAnn and Clover in front of the well house

Same thing with the cattle tank.  The same day the heater in the well house went out, the heater in the cattle tank died.

Cupid, Coral and LilyAnn

Honestly, I have so much iron in my well water, it’s not a surprise that they die frequently.  Again, I always keep an extra, so it has also been changed and and new backup purchased.

This weekend my dad came and helped me with finishing the new back porch door.  It fastens now without me using baling twine!

accidental selfie

Sky has appreciated his dog door this past week, but he hasn’t needed it this weekend.

Sky

I’m also unable to use my bulk bin.  It must have a leak somewhere because the corn that was left in it over the summer is once again rotten.  That means, I’m back to frequent trips to the feed store to buy bags of feed.  But at least I’m making frequent trips so I can make sure I have plenty of backup heaters and stuff.

At least I can feed them.  And most of the snow has melted, and it’s supposed to stay more seasonal for at least the next week.

I might actually be starting to get ready for winter after this last week.

A Surprise for Sky

13 Nov

I shared a while back that along with the new windows, I was planning on doing some work with the doors.  Sky has an insulated dog house, but he’s rather claustrophobic and will not use it.  I decided to do something to help him have a nice warm place to be when I’m at work.

Sky

I had the old outside door moved to the other side of the back porch, so I can still close it and secure the rest of the house.  Some day, I’ll get rid of the 1970s paneling and add insulation and redo the floors, but for now, I’m calling it good enough to get through the winter.

It makes a nice space for him.

And he has figured out how to go in and out.

He’s actually pretty smart about it. Luckily, he got it figured out because we woke up Monday morning to a frigid winter wonderland.

Now I need to figure out how to keep him from stealing my gloves off the counter in there because I’m pretty sure I’m not going to find the one that’s out there somewhere.