Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Frozen Ground and Catching Up
All the mud and water that was left behind from this last storm is now frozen pretty solid. I don't mind as it makes walking around the barn lot easier at least. One thing I can say for the sheep is they tend to knock the ruts down pretty quick without tearing the ground up near as bad as the old nag horses.
At least I can say some things remain constant in this world. There are a few things I have come to expect whenever I am forced to be gone for more than half a day in a single stretch.
The wood furnace will be full of ashes because no one ever sees fit to empty it but me. Something will be lost or broken or both. If it's cold the firewood rack will be almost empty and all the feed buckets will be scattered all around. At least one gate will not be latched properly and the batteries will be dead on at least one flashlight.
It never fails.
When I ask who left XXXX in YYY position I always get the same answer regardless of the age of who I ask. They can 12, 20, 50something or past 70 and it's always the same.
"I don't know I never touched it"
I swear it's like raising a bunch of kids around here.
So this morning I gathered up all the feed buckets. Found all but one of the feed scoops, no telling where the third scoop ended up at this point. Cleaned the ashes out of the furnace so it would work properly again. Replaced yet another two way splitter on the water spigot......
The water spigot is my biggest question. I don't understand how they break them so fast. I have several I have been using without incident for years now and yet when I am gone they get torn apart or split in less than a day.
Latched up two gates that had at least been left closed but the chains were hanging unused on them. Luckily nothing tested them to see if they would open. Replaced and put two sets of batteries into the charger and located one of the missing flashlights in the process.
Now I can get busy with the other chores for the day.
I have one day to try and catch things up and then it's back to work for another 12 hour shift tomorrow again.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!