It is snowing on this cold December Sunday. The forecast calls for 4 to 6 inches. Although we’ve had some dustings through November this is the first snow with cautionary weather warnings. The last two weeks in November have been mostly very cold with wind, making it even colder! We had one tropical day and then back to more cold. The animals’ water bucket get iced over and water has to be hauled from the house. The goats are growing heavy winter coats and in spite of the cold sit outside in any sun warmed place.
I saw my Rheumatologist 10 days ago and she recommended that I try fish oil or Krill and see if that helps with the sore joints in my fingers, hands and knees. I am thinking it is working as my fingers feel great and I have no knee pain. I am so thankful. Th energy is not there yet but perhaps with time that will return.
I am hankering to do some dolly work but haven’t yet. I have knitted lots of little doll shoes from a pattern by Little Jenny Wren. She said it was easy and it was! http://littlejennywren.blogspot.com She is a wonderful doll maker and I got lots of inspiration from her.
We have a beaver dam down in our back pond. My sister and I walked down to see it yesterday. They’ve been hard at work taking down the trees to get it built!
Here we are halfway through November already. Husband has been out hunting some but has yet to get us our winter meat. We’ve had a tiny bit of snow and some very cold days. I have hauled out my winter coat and looked for my gloves (haven’t located them yet). Health wise I’ve been up and down. A tweak in one of the meds has help relieve some of the tiredness.
Bergie continues to grow but is still wary of humans. He engages the bigger cats in kitten play and like to cuddle up with them. Sushi has been talking and calling as she is in heat. We put her in the garage with our feral lynx-point cat today. I’m not sure if he got the job done but she stayed out there most of the day. If she took we should have kittens in late January.
It’s November in Maine.
For many it is a time to put on the bright orange coat and carry a gun. It is a time for long walks through the woods in search of…. Or perhaps a long “sit down” in a tree stand watching, listening, waiting. We live in the other Maine where hunting is a way of life. Venison is eaten through the year if the deer was big enough or at least enjoyed through the winter months. Owning a gun is not a strange idea for us or our neighbors. Using it to provide food for the family is also not a strange concept.
My husband was up early this morning to get in a little hunting before he headed out to work. That’s what he likes to do in November. Although his ultimate goal is to bag a deer he also enjoys being in the woods, seeing nature up close and getting some exercise while he’s at it.
It is moving ever so fast. Saturday Mrs. B and I picked up Bergie and he is already making his status known in the cat world here at the farm. He is definitely not put off by the girls. He and Suki have attempted to play with one another while Sushi is still in the hissing stage.
Sunday and Monday I was still catching up on the energy expended to get the kitten home and settled. I also found that a change in weather is affecting my muscles and joints. That inched me toward actually using the pain meds (for pain!) And no surprise here …it really helped. Tuesday was a very close to feeling normal type of day. I know that how? well I did some machine sewing and some hand sewing.
Wednesday the food situation hit crisis mode so I went into Calais to remedy that issue. With list in hand I was able to manage that task. However the travel, driving and walking around the “new and improved’ Walmart which I am certainly sure put 100 miles on my legs and feet, I found myself drifting toward the bed in the afternoon.
Thankfully I pulled a made ahead freezer meal of lasagna so supper was simple. Or simple enough when your hands, legs, ankles and feet are screaming for you to rest, rest, rest.
I am listening better and rested after supper. Actually nothing else got done after supper as I decided to make rest a priority.
Bergie seems to know how to make rest a priority so why can’t I?
He is still a little scared but lets me touch him and hold him.
Our sweet Siamese kittens have done well. We have not had Sushi spayed yet and have decided to try to have a litter. I know, I know. But kitties like kid goats are fun to watch and fun to move to new homes to make others happy.
Mrs B and I went to Lincoln and purchased a shy little fellow we will call “Bergie” after “the Bergin!” After pick-up we went to the Chinese place for lunch…yum. I don’t think we stopped talking for the 3 hours that it took to get the kitten!
He finally let me hold him without hissing or trying to scratch me. We are making progress!
That we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving? And that everyone had plenty to eat.
Later in the evening we had a campfire and cooked burgers and marshmallows.
What a wonderful visit we had with our youngest two adult children and with the two grandboys. They were a whirlwind of activity and fun to watch. Amity stayed until Thursday morning and put in two long, hard days working from “home” before she left for her next school visit.
Both Amity and Zach have gotten heavily involved in photography. I am so impressed with their work. I thought I would let them see the sunset here last night before the mist rose.
The youngest two came home this weekend and two grandsons. That, of course, means a bonfire. Husband has been laying branches on the pile since spring time. Once he lit it off he and the grand boys dragged branches from the goat pens. It started fast and burned down very well. We were glad to get that pile burned off.
It’s great fun to have the two little guys here, lots of giggles and laughs. They are getting old enough to be real participants in the goings on.
Amity has been a treat to have here. She has a real rapport with the boys. She’s a busy woman these days and we are glad she took the time to come home.
Where did the summer go? It seems to me that it had wings. I am afraid Christmas will be here faster than I want. The swiftly passing time causes me learn to savour each moment. When we are , at last, done with this “time tunnel” and home with our Father, I will look back and realize “life was just vapor”.
This past week was a full week with lots happening and changes . I sold the two babies on Sunday…to be picked up on Thursday. I saw my Rheumatologist (in Waterville)on Monday. She made some med changes. Two need time in my system to work right and to stop causing me to be so tired. Tuesday I saw my local Doctor to get prescriptions fixed so they could be filled. Then I headed to Calais to pick them up. Unfortunately the Walmart Pharmacy computers were down causing any customer to have wait. Finally I went home! I slept the rest of the afternoon (from med change).
Wednesday I moved very slowly. Only the basics got done in the house. I am still having trouble pacing my self and realizing when I’ve done enough! I have strived to do things well all my life and often dismissed being tired or in pain. Because I was younger I got away with doing this. At 70 the body is talking back and won’t let me push as hard without severe consequences.
Thursday my sister went with me to deliver the goat kids to their new owners. We met halfway which was 124 miles round trip. Thankfully she did the drive home. With all her babies in new homes we get to have the milk Halie is giving.
This meant Friday was another “paced with lots of rest” day. I am embarrassed to tell you that I lay down and watched two or three episodes of Law and Order through Netflix.
Today I am doing basic housework and watching/helping a little, my husband finish the stove project to have it ready for winter. He cleaned the chimney and replaced the stove-pipe. He also stiffened the shelf above the stove by adding a piece of angle iron from a recycled bed frame.
He is headed out to filled the jeep with shingles to go to the dump. I get to go out to eat when we do this. Yippee.
A brief walk this afternoon netted me a small basket full of tomatoes and some yummy late raspberries!