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You know the fun thing about living in an area where you get to fully experience winter in all it’s glory? We’ll if you don’t let me tell you how much fun it can be.

This morning it was a balmy 12F outside at 4:30am this morning. …and why did I know this? Well, I woke at about hat time wide awake ,checked the time realized I needed to wake in 30 minutes anyway to get moving so I could have some tea in me and have fed at least some of the beasties before I wake my girls for school. I figured with that much time till I was to get up anyway and I was wide awake I might as well get up. Granted… the ice cold eye balls kinda told me I had to get up because we just experienced the. “Oh my Gods the wood burner went out and the house cooled”. Now over half of our overnight piece of wood was still in the burner. Seems it didn’t like the wood enough to keep burning, go figure right?

It is always fun to have those mornings where you see the icicles hanging off your eyes and nose because at some point the wood burner went out and your head is the only part of you outside of the warm blankets. So you need to do the mad dash from bed to the wood burner to get it re-lit. Hoping the wood, and burner agree with your decision to make them work again. You know how inanimate objects get when cold.. they never like to work right.

It’s almost scary when the outside temps though colder than your home feel warmer to you (me heading out to feed the dogs who as soon as they saw me decided to wake up and make noise till they got fed). While feeding the dogs I poke my head in my goat house, I see my two ladies doing fine, but don’t see the buckling. Then he decides to say hello so because he didn’t get up I figured it was safe enough for me to not feed them till the sun decided to wake up .

..have I mentioned yet how much fun it is to get 2 teen-aged girls to collect firewood when they don’t feel the need to? I can’t even get them to look at the fire when they are near it. I am hoping some day they’ll learn. Fun parts about winter though are the soups/stews/chili/hot chocolate that gets made all the way through it.

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Side note here, I have not been posting on here due to the fact that we’ve been having some issues here with Silver’s health. Over a year ago Silver wound up getting a unhealing wound on one of his toes (he diabetic). The VA doctor sent him to a specialist who spent the better part of 5 months trying to get it healed. During this process he was given an antibiotic that caused him heart problems… Enough “problems” that we wound up going to the ER numerous times. Thankfully 2 months after the prescription the doctors figured it might be a good idea to not use the drug on him anymore and the heart problems slowed. However I do have to keep an eye on him in regards to that. His toe did finally heal after over a year of being open.

Hope your year has had higher points…

Be Well, Be Safe, Blessed Be…

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Good News Tuesday!

We had an interesting morning this morning. Well first with the wonderful ..-balmy- temps(in the 20’s). I sent the kids off to school bundled up aside from of course the creature known as the teenage boy. What is it about them that makes them thing it’s macho/manly/whatever to go about when a penguin won’t in just a sweatshirt and pants? Well, as long as the school doesn’t phone me to complain about it I’m happy.

 

We had some good news this morning. The company who financed our building had sent us a late notice, for our last payment on it. Now we thought we had paid it, guess not. Anywho, Silver calls the company up this morning to tell them sorry we’ll get it out on the first with the required late fee included. Company had no problem with this, the call lasted maybe 5 minutes. Not ten minutes after that the company calls us back saying that after they looked up our account and did some math.

 

They owe us $12.

 

WOW!

 

Nice huh? Here we thought we were behind and come to find out we are paid off. Good for us!

 

Hopefully the rest of the day will continue on this trend.

 

Hope your day goes so well!

 

BE Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

BRRRRRRRR…. it’s cold outside!

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Lovely early Monday morning for those of you in the US!  

I got the kids up this morning and found out some of the local schools are closed due to the temps it is 15 F outside right now which is about -15 C   I imagine those schools are having either heating issues or had pipes burst, as my kids still have school, they aren’t happy about it; but that is life.  I remember the one time I figured I’d get off of school when I was in middle school, we had; had thunder snow the night before.  When we discovered we still had school the next day I found out that the snow was up to my hips.

I’m just kinda amazed that the schools are open today as 2 winters ago they closed school when we had about 4 inches of snow on our car bumper.  I just hope they stay warm enough, they all have nice coats for cold.  My son is just the type that thinks 40’s is good shorts and no coat weather.

I had to take the chickens some boiling water this morning to thaw their water and I will probably have to do it again in a couple of hours.  I’m trying them out on wild bird seed at this moment as we ran out of chicken feed on a day that the feed store was closed.  I’ll let you knwo if I notice any changes in their egg production.  I am planning on eventually to do my own animal feed.  It might start this year as I’m going to try growing Amaranth this year and if we get a good crop of it I’m going to try it on the chickens first.

 

For all of you in the North… Stay warm!  ..and those in the south stay cool!

 

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

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