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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Farch has arrived. There were no lambs involved.

The first day of March involved a high temperature of 48 degrees, a low temperature of 7 degrees, rain, snow and high winds.  The only thing missing was the plague of locusts, but I have heard that the cicadas will be entertaining us all summer.  Joys abound.

I was awakened at 3 in the morning by the roaring sounds of ice floes sliding off the metal roof.  Ker-chunk!  By the time I dragged myself out of bed, there was an ice dam on the front deck, blocking my exit.  Thank goodness for a back door!  I did manage to get all the outside chores done, but had to walk twice as far and navigate two sets of stairs.  My hips, knees and overall framing has not been getting that much action for quite a while, so I was pooped by the time I got in.  I also found that my rain jacket had let me down.  I was damp from head to toe.  

I did manage to move the ice blocks and I think the worst of the ice fall is over.  I sure hope so.  As far as I can tell, there was only one bending of the roof vents - let's hope that little problem has been fixed.  

My Covid vaccination is scheduled!  Because my doctors are all in Vermont, I did not have to wade through the miasma of nonsensical vaccination scheduling in my home state of NY.  I have heard reports of people in their 70s and 80s having to drive over three hours to a vaccination site.  I am just scooting up to Bennington (where I scooteth every weekend) to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by getting shot number one.  I just got the second shot of my shingles vaccination this past Thursday, so I had to be sure I gave myself at least two weeks in between.  Having witnessed my mother, aunt and many friends' painful journey through shingles, I was more than happy to give myself some protection.

While my environment certainly is NOT showing signs of spring, the hens must be hooked into a deeper stream.  Or one of them understood the 'fricassee' reference I've been using all winter.  I was shocked to find five eggs in their nesting boxes!  My nonagenarian neighbors will be getting a gift box of eggs in their mailbox.  

15 comments:

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Look at you navigating ice dams and chores with your new parts! We have a metal roof, too, so I totally know the sound you are talking about. My hens have started laying more as well, so I encourage them by telling them what good girls they are. Congratulations on having your first shot all booked up and as I say to all the American bloggers who have had their shots, it will be months and months until Canadians can say the same. -Jenn

Mama Pea said...

Every time I hear of ice and snow sliding off a metal roof I think of the injuries (let alone damage to ones coiffure) that might be inflicted if one were unlucky enough to be exiting a door at that exact moment. Glad to hear you were only awakened by all that heavy stuff barricading your door! Our hens are finally starting to prove their worth after more months of vacation than we can ever remember. We have no extras yet to share but at least we have enough for our usage. Glory be! You prove ya just can't keep a good woman down in that you're out and about (in less than safe, easy conditions) already after your surgery. You go, girl.

Ed said...

My previous house had a metal roof and I was forever patching up the gutters that kept getting destroyed by ice floes sliding off the roof. Fortunately this house has shingles and I don't have to do that anymore.

I hope you are able to get your vaccine. According to the Currant Occupant, I should get mine by the end of May. Can't wait.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You deserve a nice rest after all that exertion!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

we are thawed out here and in for a high near 60 today. my husband got his second shot yesterday and feels fine so far. finally a plus to old age...we get early vaccines and don't get as sick from the shots. woohoo..i can't wait to be 70!

ellen abbott said...

we were having spring until somebody up there left the damn door open and all that freezing cold decided to see what the sunny south was like. we're back to spring but now without all the pretty parts. like flowers. well, not exactly true but a lot of things won't be blooming this year. glad your new hip is functioning as it should.

tpals said...

My hens have finally remembered how to lay also. Feels nice to share with my parents.

Susan said...

You just can't grasp the meaning of "taking it easy" can you. I suppose having living creatures depending on you will do that. Please don't get hit on the head by an ice floe. I rejoice when I hear someone is getting their jab. Our government, in their muddled thinking, thought it unnecessary to put experienced public health and front line medical workers in charge so our roll out has been a non event so far.

Michelle said...

Avoiding shingles is A.Very.Good.Idea. That's why I had baby Brian vaccinated against chickenpox. No chickenpox, no shingles!

Debby said...

Sounds egg-hausting.

I'm glad that your vaccination is scheduled. Every vaccinated person is a forward step.

Joanne Noragon said...

Farch or not, days are looking up. Sorry the ice was there, but at least compromising.

Steve Reed said...

I'm glad your vaccination is scheduled and you don't have to go too far (or too much out of your way) to get it. A shingles vaccine was a good idea too! We're also having a return of winter, and I'm annoyed about it.

Helen said...

The roofs in Germany (mostly the southern part) had these spikes that stood about 5-6 inches tall. They held the snow/ice in place as it melted. Definitely a good idea if we are going to keep having this much 'weather'. My dad got shingles, and from that I saw it was not a fun re-enactment of childhood.

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Wow, sounds like a lot of ice! Glad you're up and around. It's nice to have fresh eggs for sure!

Rosalea said...

The recent weekend of mild weather released the ice floes on our roof as well. It sure causes a rude awakening! So glad to hear that your new part is functioning properly.