Saturday, February 21, 2015
Well We Like It
It had gotten up to a balmy 16 degrees this morning when I went out to feed. The girls almost didn't know me since I been gone for two days but as usual they can be counted on to remember the grain bucket.
The sheep seem to be the only critters on the place that get happier when the temps fall below 10 degrees and the snow and sleet comes down. Truth is the sheep are almost always happy except when the ewes get put in the breeding pens (Then only the rams are happy) or get separated from the lambs for the first time but cold mornings brings out their special goofiness and they run around like idiots. I could honestly spend hours watching them frolic around. They jump up in the air, head butt unsuspecting victims playfully and just generally run around like they haven't a care in the world.
As much as I like Winter for getting fence and brush clearing done I must say I am NOT fond of Winter storms. Especially when they begin stressing me out and squeezing me for time. It seems that starting around February the storms always come in on Fridays and usually kill my one for sure day of woodcutting which is Sunday. Then once I start getting behind I can always count on work to pick up like it has this week.
I am now down to maybe two full days of split wood in my racks. My plan was to split another big load today but then I got talked into making a run for work. What I thought was going to be an easy 5 or 6 hour milk run turned into a 10 hour trip through freezing rain so thick the wipers couldn't keep up and I had to crawl along on twisted one lane highways literally out in the middle of nowhere driving a brand new F150.
The trip back was along roads I am not familiar with most of the way and in the dark with ominous abandoned cars being illuminated in the center median the last couple of miles once the highway finally became divided.
So now I am yet another day further behind. Tomorrow the phones get taken off the hook and the log splitter comes out no matter what mother nature is sending down on me. Tomorrow will truly be a catch up day.
The good news is my truck is fixed and the mechanic didn't charge me a thing for it. He said it was still covered from when I got the transmission fixed last year. So there is a shiny spot anyway.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!