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Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday Musings.

Saturday was a wash, as far as getting anything of consequence done.  We had these Headlines of Doom, warning us of another terrible snow storm over the weekend.  It did not materialize, thank goodness, but it sure got everyone's attention.  My parents have been virtually snowed in for a week, so needed to get out shopping.  This involved multiple stops and took a long time.  I take it for granted that I can whiz through my multiple chore list without giving it much thought.  For my nonagenarian parents, it's exhausting.  And slooooooow.  I am getting better at calming myself down, slowing my expectations and just going with the flow. 

I can get 400# of feed in the back of my car!  Exciting news!!!  I occasionally pick up poultry feed for a neighbor when I get mine.  The mill is not on our way - ever - so when one of us is going, we save the other a trip.  I tend to go more because I have more chickens and they are bored and they are gluttons.  I can relate.

Faced with yet another round of snow (today), I had to face the snow load on my roof.  I did have a good day yesterday - I got to use lots of tools!  There was the Phillips head screw driver to reattach the light cover on one of the lights over my license plate.  There was the beloved cordless drill/screwdriver for tightening the storm door frame around my front door.  There was the wood chisel and heavy-duty hammer for chiseling off a 1/4 inch of wood that has been driving me mad all winter - my storm door was a bit longer than the original 'special' one, and the kickboard underneath had to be cut out to allow for the difference.  A certain (male) neighbor and I have had many go-arounds on how much needed to be taken off.  I finally took it into my own hands.  Plus, it was the first day in weeks that it wasn't in the single digits!  There was my medium-duty hammer for putting up the wool curtain in the chicken coop and for hanging the light/switch gizmo that will make turning on and off the coop light so much easier.  There was the roof rake.  Then there was the most important tool of all - the Ibuprofen.

It is amazingly difficult to maneuver a roof rake, IMHO.  That is especially so when one's rotator cuffs are virtually non-existent.  And when you need to maneuver through thigh-high snow.  I was contemplating putting on my snow shoes but my screwy logic took the upper hand.  I thought it would be much easier to fall if I was bound to those clodhoppers (I am not named Grace for very obvious reasons) and, if I was firmly embedded in deep snow, it would be impossible to fall over!  There you go!  I cleared the bottom 5 feet from the front - took a break to shovel all the snow I raked onto my paths; then cleared the back 5 feet and shoveled some more.  I then went in the house and made a note - next house will have a steeply pitched roof.  I then shoveled my way to the back gate, chiseled the gate clear of the ice (with my handy coal shovel), then schlepped 200# of chicken feed into the bins.  Dotty, the Spotted Sussex, trailed me the entire time.  It's like having another dog.

I love to fill the bird feeder on the deck railing.  I can stand still for a few minutes and then the chickadees start fluttering around me.  They are so tiny and brave!  I love the sound of their wings.

When I shoveled out to the sheep this morning, I was met by a shocking sight.  A rabbit had tried to bulldoze it's way through the fence on their gate and got trapped.  It had apparently tried to free itself so frantically that it had spewed blood all over.  The sheep were huddled together, traumatized (especially Norman, who seems to be very easily traumatized).  I thought it was dead, but it was just limp from fatigue.  I carefully pulled the wires apart and eased it out, then carried it over and laid it down under the pine trees.  I figured I would let it die in peace.  Five minutes later, it was up and huddled.  Five minutes after that, it was gone -- hopped away.

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  1. Sounds like a whole lot of hard work with a little bit of not so hard thrown in. Amazing about the rabbit!

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    1. DFW - I sure slept well last night! I know! I was sure that bunny was a goner, he was so limp. I am always amazed at the resiliency of wild life.

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  2. I'm feeling so so glad not to have to shovel snow off my roof. Helping a wild animal makes a connection, however brief. Beautiful image of the chickadees-what a blessing.

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    1. Susan - I am just glad I actually noticed it! There is still a long way to go before spring and I am sure there will be more snow. I am so glad the rabbit rallied - although I'm sure he still has a long way to go. I noticed he/she was not moving fast or far between hops.

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  3. Worst thing about shoveling the roof is getting snow in your mitts. That makes me so cranky! :) I am glad to hear the rabbit is ok - that would likely traumatize anyone, me and the poor sheep included. We have a large provincial park about 30 minutes from our house that we go to often. One of the trails is called Chickadee Trail. You walk it and bring bird seed and if you put seed on your hand and hold it out, you can have up to 10 chickadees at one time on your hand taking the feed. I love it there!

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    1. Mrs DM - Oh, how I would LOVE to go there! My parents adopted a chickadee that would take a peanut out of your hand. He/she just appeared one day and stayed for quite a while. It was magical!

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  4. Susan,

    Lot's of shoveling (I mean aerobic exercise) done for you today.

    I have racking and cutting to do, want to trade ?

    Good to hear the rabbit was okay after getting it loose.

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    1. Sandy - Yes, I worked off my baked oatmeal in about 10 minutes! What are you racking and cutting? I might want to trade.... :) I am very happy about the rabbit.

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  5. I think we'll have to start calling you "Tool (Wo)man." Any fella would be glad to get a hold of you with your talent wielding tools! (Well, other reasons, too, of course.)

    Your day "playing" in the snow (ha!) was us last year. And you're so right about those roof rakes. Just ain't no way to make them as easy to use as you think they should be.

    The resiliency of animals is remarkable. I hope your bunny rabbit makes a complete recovery.

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  6. Geez, and I was already tired! Shoveling snow stinks, but I LOVE birds too. Photos of the snow please! I keep hoping for snow here...

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  7. Boy, I just wish I had have your energy. You accomplished a lot in thigh high snow. Stay warm and I would love to see pictures of your snow.

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  8. If it wasn't for the fact that I've known you & MamaPea for a few years now, I would be asking "What's a roof rake?". But alas, I now know, and feel for anyone that has to 1) purchase one and 2) use same.

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  9. I'm tired just reading this! I'm glad we haven't had much snow this year. I'm not a fan..... Good luck for the rest of the winter...

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