Saturday, February 15, 2014
Weekly Update - The Verdict Still Isn't In
As we rapidly approach Spring I am attempting to re-focus on more serious prepping/sustainable/collapse issues once again and trying to get away from the daily happening type posts. I plan on just randomly interspersing some updates throughout the week on projects and the like. We will see how that works out as I have noticed over and over again things begin to shift back to the "what's for dinner posts" during slow news times and I have to force myself into a hard reset. Not that there is anything wrong with "whats for dinner" posts but that was not what I set out to do overall.
We keep flip flopping on the weather and temps here. The snow is melting fast but then yesterday the cold came back and brought a bit of freezing rain and snow with it while the temps plunged back into the single digits over night. We now have the oh so lovely frozen mud thing going on where the top layer is solid and under that is chocolate pudding down to your calves. Needless to say I been running on firewood reserves all week and it's looking like I will need to split out of the reserve again today or tomorrow. A common February experience so even with all this cold I am prepared for it. On the plus side firewood use has returned to normal levels and one truck load lasted almost all week which is way up from the 2 to 3 days it had been going.
It did warm up enough on Thursday that I saw a couple of bees hanging out in the entrances of the two Garden Hives but I haven't traveled down to the other apiaries to check on the outter hives yet. The long term forecast is still showing 60 degree temps coming in a few days but they keep pushing those days back. Now they are saying Tuesday.
The next project coming up one day next week is lamb tagging and culling the flock. Time to make room for the new babies that should start arriving soon. Lambing season is such a pain as I will lose the use of the main barn area for a few months. We haven't lost a lamb in years but we did have one almost die last Spring which my mother bottle fed and cared for. It's now only about the size of a miniature collie and acts like one too. Just as I predicted my Mother named it and gave it a collar and now we have yet another useless life form to add to the old Ewe retirement flock. I think she is up to six ewes now plus two wethers but I am not sure. Guess I will find out when I start separating them out as they are all mixed together with the yearlings right now.
Other than that today is Valentine Observed day and the wife is all happy about dragging me to furniture stores.
Just shoot me now. Please.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!