We got home from our holidays and pretty much dove straight in!
Business as usual, except for I am working without my regular vehicle. Sadly on the way to the airport before our vacation we hit a deer. I was nearly stopped when it hit,but still hit hard enough to do some considerable damage. The Rav can still be driven but the hood is loose and I prefer to be safe.As for the deer? it took off but its hard to say if it was OK sadly I doubt it .
its booked in to be repaired on Thursday, and my insurance will provide a rental so I wont have to drive Martins big truck much longer. I don't mind the truck but the fuel economy sucks!
and fuel economy is what I need these days! between the driving I do for work and running into the city every couple of days to help pack up mom and dads house (oh my !! 50 years of living! ) It is a challenging task but we have lots of help these days so there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Mom and dad are doing well in the new place and have many of their treasured items there , but the rest is going to be packed in storage or given to family.
With all of that going on , I have also been struggling with the forces of nature here. since I got home it has been cold , really cold! "minus a million" was a favorite of my honorary nephew Robert, and it sure felt that way. Saturday I awoke to -38C with a wind chill making it closer to -48C (keeping in mind -40 is -40 Fahrenheit or Celsius! which is really freakin cold!
went out to start chores, and all the waterers seemed fine, but the tap in the barn didn't work. Oh crap! so what it really meant is there was no water going to the automatics and sure enough the cows emptied the one in their pen and ... nothing.
I got the barn water defrosted, and 2 of the waterers working but the bottom one was frozen in the lines. stuck a light bulb in it on a pigtail (which is essentially a light bulb and fixture attached to a plug warms the inside of the automatic and helps the heat tape and heater pan along in defrosting it )
Then filled my trusty spare stock tank, and finished afternoon chores before grabbing a couple of my books to donate rushing off to a benefit for an old friend who is sadly losing a battle with cancer. It was a good evening with many good old friends and new coming together to raise money through a live and silent auction . over $12000 was raised in that little town in one night!
Then back to packing on Sunday, and Monday.
The weather is finally breaking , and the light bulb worked so I have a (nearly ) full complement of waterers again (old Orange is retired )
now if I can just get the lame cow sorted out (oh yeah! got one of them too! ) and keep Tango out of the feeder, I might actually get through this next few weeks !
Martin will be home again on Monday which will be a huge help as well, and i have decided to take a few more days off work so I can catch up. I figure we should be just wrapping things up right around April 1 .Just in time for calving !
I decided today at work, that days like these require a cookie. So I had 2!
So please forgive me for my absence here and on your blogs. I will be back.
Stay safe and warm my friends