at this point, they'd all be naughty. So, since we try to keep this blog family-friendly, there are no pictures. Besides, if you've seen ice, snow and more ice, you've seen them all.
We were graced with three days of 40-50 degree sunshine, which helped immeasurably to life the spirit. However, it was not enough to get rid of the ice. Rats.
I looked up at the roof this weekend and discovered that both fresh-air intake vents were flattened by the last snow. I have sent a text to the roofer and we are discussing it tonight. I am not keen on shelling out more money, as they were supposed to last until spring, when they will be riveted onto the roof. I am starting to think this roof is jinxed.
Theodore (actually, Therese) the squirrel was handed off to the wild life rehabilitator, Thursday afternoon. I felt like I was harboring an illegal alien, as we had to meet in the hospital parking lot in VT and she was a NY squirrel. However, her little paws never touched the ground, so I am saying it doesn't count. According to the latest update, she is almost healed, having had antibiotic ointment smeared on her eye twice a day. I tell you, if I had only known that one could BE a wild life rehabilitator, I would have signed up at sixteen. That would have saved me a lot of wrong turns. Ah, well. Too bad hindsight only sharpens when you are of an age that you need reading glasses.
Bag #3 of black oil sunflower seeds has been opened - I am not working on 120# for the winter. I am, after all, feeding a cast of hundreds - birds, squirrels, rabbits and who-knows-what-all.
I spent Thursday looking after my mother - I don't know how my sister does it. The house is like a furnace, all conversations are at high volume and, while I am happy that she is content listening to audio books, the volume makes your ear drums vibrate. I managed to finish the second sock of the pair I had been working on and ducked out to hand off Therese and pick up a few groceries.
Speaking of which... I may have to have a responsible adult accompany me into Aldi's from this point on. I had four things on my list and walked out with two full bags. Sigh. They have all my numbers. If I could only stay on the left side of the store... I ended up with a large, fresh steelhead trout fillet and four packages of GF bagels (even though I am swearing off grains, dairy, sugar, legumes, and alcohol). I am weak.
I ended up poaching the trout in a broth/water/citrus concoction and made Mexican Restaurant Cauliflower Rice to go with it. Oh, boy - both were excellent! I am definitely going to try some other cauliflower rice mixtures! Other than allowing myself two glasses of wine per weekend, I have been adhering to the Whole 30 guidelines and have noticed a bump-up in energy.
On Sunday, I finally was able to clean the sheep's water bucket and rake out most of the discarded hay. I also cinched up my BGPs and started on the back room. It is not an endeavor for the faint of heart, let me tell you. On a roll, I also blocked and finished a cardigan that I started last March, then finished the front trim, which needs a steam block, and will be blocking out a giant shawl/scarf that I just finished as well. I have one sock done of a new pair and the second started. Spring must be on the horizon!