What is it?
Oh yes, and feel free to speculate below…
Oh yes, and feel free to speculate below…
Around Halloween I was spending way to much time on Facebook. I tend to get sucked in when I am depressed. However, all the moping and browsing uncovered a little Youtube gem that I will share with you!
Although the film is listed as a “FAIL”, I believe that with his attitude he is a WINNER in my book!
I watched it and laughed. A good belly laugh which is something I haven’t done in far too long. That old saw “Laughter is the best medicine” is not far from the mark. We need to laugh. A good laugh, or cry, is a catharsis for our system and, I believe, vital to our mental well-being. I shared these golden 16 seconds with Bob and it had the same effect on him.
For several days we could be heard to follow a negative remark or situation with,
These comical outbursts were soon followed by laughter, or at least a smile.
We are grateful for many things we did prior to his loss of work, and this brutally cold and early winter weather:
We ordered broilers for our winter food supply.
I am not happy that they are currently in my living room while waiting for all their feathers to come in, but it is too cold for them in the barn even with heat lamps. I anticipated them being freezer ready before the winter temperatures set in. (I’m OK! 😀 )
We prepaid for our propane this year. We will stay warm and not worry about that mid winter refill.
We are working on getting projects done both here and up on the Mountain Farmlet. We’ve transplanted our soft fruits, and begun planting the steep slope that is impossible to mow by the cabin.
This slope doesn’t look so bad in the picture but mowing is impossible and weed whacking too strenuous for us at 60+. The wiser move is to plant the slope in native shrubs and ground covers, to hold it in place, and let it keep itself looking good! 😉
While we were there we primed the old well pump and found that it works!
However, in spring we will need to get in there and clean out all the years of moss growing down on the sides and floating on the water’s surface, because it promptly plugged up the spout! 😉
Bob has drawn up plans for the new Chicken Tractor on AutoCad and we have begun construction on it. Those chickies are growing fast and need more room to move! While we work hard we pray for warmer weather so we can send them out to the barn, because even with feathers it is still very cold!
Bob and I carefully measured the lean-to portion of the cabin and Bob once again put his AutoCad skills to work.
He marked door openings, a proposed new wall for between the kitchen and the washroom, a walk-in pantry…
We found room for it in a surprising place!
This entryway room will be divided and the new pantry accessed through this existing opening in the kitchen.
And, of course we will be reusing the original door!
He also added the space for a new door to replace this old hobbit sized model and more!
If you recall, it was the one I told you was 5 ft 4 in tall and that could make a polite lady swear or a grown man cry.
We have the propane man scheduled to come out soon to check our lines, add a line for the stove and turn on our gas. We will be warm while we work on the old farmhouse this winter!
And, during all this flurry of activity, Bob continues to look for work. He went to a promising interview yesterday and now awaits their phone call…
The application for the mortgage is in. Now we wait.
The chickens are back to laying again!
Fresh eggs anyone?
Late last week it got down to about 23 degrees overnight. It has taken me five years of living here to figure out to fill the water buckets the night before, and then just break the ice the next morning! WAY easier than hauling three gallon water buckets from the bathroom out to the goose run.
Recently, my friend Lori of Day by Day the Farm Girl Way wrote a post about how water freezes and its delicate nature HERE
Well, there is certainly nothing delicate about these 3 x 3 inch quite pointy formations, now is there? 😉
How did that happen?
Polly has a secret. Shhh…
And Frellnick is a very overprotective father to be!
He looks so threatening, doesn’t he? But he is all show with me. Georgie on the other hand has been getting his ‘tail feathers’ whupped this past week.
Sadly, I have had to separate them again. 😦
In the meantime, I have finally calmed down from the excitement of new Farmlet buying. So now I wait for a house appraisal, thoroughly CLEAN the aforementioned house in preparation for a very special visitor (who flies in for a weeks stay next month) and watch for Polly to begin setting in earnest!
So much is happening over the next four weeks!
Don’t you agree?
The weather is freezing, overcast and dreary today. The rain comes down freezing instantly to everything it touches… I come back in and boot up my Pandora for a listen. I type in “Loreena McKennitt.” My house is warm and her lovely voice brightens my mood. I set to work as a steady stream of Celtic voice and melody speaks to my heart… keeps me company…
Hope you find many blessings in your day my friends.
P.S. As I sit to write this to you I see intermittent fat snowflakes beginning to fall, and it is still raining. How is this possible? I have no clue.