My commute this winter has been particularly challenging. Besides the icy mountain road - sometimes also thick with fog - there seems to be a preponderance of drivers who use the "short bursts of consciousness" method of driving. I'm sure it's texting-related, because how hard can it be to drive a 1000#+ piece of metal on a winding road covered with frozen slush, while sending an extremely urgent text to your pals most likely related to bodily functions or television shows. Idiots.
While I'm peeving, what is it with people who don't bother to use their turn signals until they are halfway through the turn?
I am chomping at the bit - I am so ready to get into my garden. I find February and Farch probably the most frustrating of all winter months. Right now, the temperatures are going up to 60 during the day and there is...wait for it...sun. We are also supposed to get rain for three days. Ooooh. I just can't wait to be ankle deep in muck. Especially when I am sure it will freeze solid when I'm just ready to accept that spring is early. Pfft.
Bertie continues on his snow adventures. The latest - now that it's melted and frozen a few times and not as easy to run through - is to shove his entire head in the snow and plow. I could watch them for hours. Notice the absence of The Pepperoni? He is inside, wrapped like a burrito on the sofa.
Last weekend I made a favorite recipe - Quinoa Bake - as I had a butternut squash to use up and I always have quinoa. I was wondering why I hadn't made it in quite a while...I had forgotten that it requires the use of almost every pot and pan in your kitchen and clean-up is endless. I do really enjoy it, however, and I guess I can stand washing pots for an hour once a year. I also started to clean out the office/craft room/plant room. Again. I set up my mini greenhouse and got out my seedling mats. I know it's too early to start seeds, but at least it made me feel a little more hopeful. I will take a look at what I'm starting this year and see if there is anything I can sneak in early...patience is not one of my virtues.
As excited as I am for spring to arrive, I cringe at the thought of how much clean-up there is going to be. Lord Almighty. With 40+ chickens cooped up in the coop, and four ducks cooped up in the duck house, I might need a front end loader. If things thaw a bit, I might try to tackle the giant pile of llama beans and get a layer tossed on my rhubarb. I have made a list of projects for 2017 and, as usual, it's a little over the top. I may have to prioritize it to rein it back into reality. I have to build a new hay feeder - my fat sheep have pulverized the existing one (which was fished out of a friend's burn pile 10 years ago), I need to put up at least one more rain barrel for the chicken yard, I need to work on my fencing (more destruction by fat sheep), I'd like to build a high top for the cold frame, I need to re-cover my fuel tank shelter, ditto the hoop house. Then there is replacing the railings and one set of steps on the back deck, a pergola built over said deck so that I can enjoy it in the summer, work on my erosion problem, rebuilding the pump house, building a three-stall compost structure, rebuilding at least two raised beds, replacing the herb raised bed, replanting the back beds in flowers, skirting 50 fleeces, you get the picture. Oh, and I must clean out and reorganize the big shed, put a gravel surface in the carport, defrost my freezers, clean out my gutters, have snow rails put on the roof, clean two sides of the house, clean the outside of the gutters....I need a nap.