....one is tempted to punch the Universe in the nose. Lemonade, my arse! I had to go look at the calendar to make sure today was not the Ides of Friday the Thirteenth. If that is possible, that is my day. It started at 4:30, when Scrappy, being spooked by the ever-present Boyz, bolted through the screen door. While it was closed.
This was closely followed by the discovery that my freezer was kaput. Let's hope it's not a terminal condition because I cannot afford to fix it or replace it. Could this be the Universe suggesting I defrost the freezer TODAY? I put as much as I could in the freezer compartment of my refrigerator, then ran through a mental list of friends who a) might have room in their freezer; and b) would be up at this gawd-awful hour. It was quickly reduced to one and I called him. Hallelujah, he was up and had room in his chest freezer.
I then did a quick run-through of what was salvageable. I said to myself, "What would Jane do?" I piled up all the thawed meat, fruit sauces, etc. in my fridge and will process it with my pressure canner and water bath canner over the next couple of days. This little mishap is greasing the slide toward my becoming a vegetarian, so to speak. The rest of the contents were shuttled the mile to my neighbor's freezer. Another reason I am hoping this is a self-repairable condition is that I will have six giant meat chickens to deal with after next Tuesday morning.
I finished up as well as possible by 8a, then trotted out to do my chores. To find that the lambs had found a way to squeeze out. Lordhavemercy. That meant I had to steer the lambs back into a fenced in area (much like herding cats, or pushing string), then let the sheep out with them, then close them all in, then go get grain with which to tempt them back into the main sheep area. A half-hour later, this was accomplished. Then I fed the goats and took care of the chickens, then watered the garden, then took my much-needed shower, then...
Discovered I had nothing ironed to wear to work. To my credit, I did not lose my temper, I did not shout bad words. And I did this all on one cup of coffee and no breakfast. I am having thawed bean/ham soup and two hard boiled eggs for breakfast/lunch.
So, how was your day?