Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to you with or without snow.  What a winter we are having!  We made the 200 mile round-trip yesterday to Ellsworth to see a new Rheumatologist.  On the way we stopped to see an old friend and goat keeper.  He helped us out with meds we needed for one of the goats and we visited his beautiful herd of Nubian and Oberhalsii goats.

The new doctor was both thorough and competent.  We left there with a clearer direction to work with the chronic syndrome I am living with. I am thankful.

We ate a Denny’s in Ellsworth and headed home.  The storm had already started sooner than we expected and the roads were greasy. Our car had a mind of its own on one of the curves on route 179 and went out of control.  God guided my husband through it and he wisely touched the gas and not the brakes and after a 360 and hitting the guardrail the car was again facing in the right direction.  We weren’t sure of how much damage we had sustained but were thankful that we were alive. Husband touched the gas again and the car was drivable so off we went.  At the corner of 179 and route 9 he got out to assess the damage.  It seemed minimal  so we continued on home.  It was a relief to drive into the garage and be home!

Today it is raining, the snow is heavy but we are plowed out.  Our animals are tended and we are spending a wonderful Valentine’s Day taking it easy and being thankful.

Life is what happens when you’re making other plans!

Friday meant  a quick trip to the clinic to get meds to help me breathe again! He also gave me an antibiotic since this looks like the beginning of bronchitis.  The meds are working and I am breathing better with only three more “serious” rest days and than can begin to get moving again.  However Saturday at chore time Hailie had delivered 5 babies. Two were still in their sacks and hadn’t breathed. Three were trying hard to breath.  We did all the things we could think off to get them going but eventually they all died. :o(   I am sad but know God is nudging us in some new direction and maybe we aren’t seeing it.

Sunday was a total rest day for me except for milking the doe out AM and PM.  I would like to sell her as a milker if that is the direction we need to go in.

 

Where have I been?

January has been a difficult month.  The weather has been all over the place causing this arthritic body to complain daily.  We did enjoy Paul’s birthday with an afternoon of unexpected birthday guests and lots of laughter! Amity gave him an iPhone and a months’ worth of instruction in an afternoon.IMG_5593

I have been happy to try out some new dishes. I ‘ve been wanting to make noodles from scratch for a long time. Here is my first attempt.  Although husband thought they were too thick and too chewy I loved them. I know they need to be rolled thinner so I may need to acquire a pasta roller as these were as thin as I could get them.IMG_5606

I also had become timid about my carrot cake as the one for Zach’s birthday was a total flop. I found a new recipe and it was wonderful. We ate the whole thing in less than a week’s time. Yum!IMG_5608

Paul has been keeping the feeders filled and I certainly have enjoyed watching the birds flit in and out.IMG_5617

 

Two Weeks of Winter

In two weeks we have had a whole winter and it’s only January!  Several days of below zero temps happened. We actually had two days at 19 below. IMG_5568 We had an ice storm and then a nor’easter and then torrential rain!  Although we lost our electricity for less than a day others waited a long time to have the power restored.  All this up and down weather has not be friendly to my body. I am tiring more quickly than I would like.  I am also having trouble going outside because of some much ice. IMG_5578

However, we were thrilled to have our two youngest kids here as well as the grandkids.IMG_5551 IMG_5547My daughter-in-law made a wonderful turkey dinner.  I attempted a birthday cake but it was too late in the day and I was tired so I missed an ingredient or two and it was no eatable. Oh well.IMG_5554

 

Ice Storm

We have just come through the ice storm and managed to do without power for an afternoon and evening.  We were incredibly thankful for a wood stove and lots of candles and scrabble by lamp light.  The ice on the trees bent them down to the ground.  Everywhere you tried to walk was slippery with ice.  It was also very cold.

We managed to get lights on our outdoor Christmas tree and allow the birds to be the other decorations.  It was beautiful.IMG_5535

Very Cold (11 below zero) Weather!

Yes, it has been very, very cold. It went up to 4 degrees today but this evening it’s already below zero and by morning we are expecting a storm dropping over a foot of snow.  Consequently today was a busy day for my husband.  He took care of several air leaks that cool our house down.  He brought in two more truckloads of wood and has the truck loaded a third time and parked in the garage. IMG_5479He made the cats’ Christmas gift so they could enjoy it early.

My part was to make lunch. I did! It was a tasty soup using lots of leftovers from the refrigerator including cooked steak from Amity and one from our night out. Later I made no bake cookies to help keep his blood sugar where it needed to be.

The cats certainly enjoyed discovering their new walkway and plush resting place.IMG_5470

A Wonderful Surprise

We live far from anywhere and consequently don’t see our grown up kids often.  Our youngest daughter had an operation before Thanksgiving and although we talked to her on the phone we hadn’t seen her.  Today she came by about noon with lunch and a friend and we got to visit for a couple of hours. I couldn’t imagine a nicer surprise!

Thanks Eric for bringing her to the farm!IMG_5460

Snow

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!Image

 

Hectic

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. IMG_5422 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.

November

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.

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