It has finally happened, we have high speed internet! It has been a struggle with many hurdles but it is a reality. We now have 13 G! It is an amazing thing. We no longer put all our devices in airplane mode just so we can watch television.
Our chickens had drastically decreased their daily egg laying quantities and I assumed it was because they were molting, which they are. She said it was because their light burnt out, which it was. The real problem was I needed a short ladder to change the bulb out and there are none at our house. I changed a light bulb in a heat lamp hoping that would work. It only worked for a few days before the chickens managed to break it. I really need that four foot ladder.
|I only needed 30 more minutes!|
Yesterday was the day, we were going to get our tower mounted and I could call to get our new internet service installed. Unfortunately, there were a few stumbling blocks. I got the nephew all lined up and out so he could help. We got the tower up onto the roof and I could not hold it vertical while at the top of the roof and slide it into the holder, I did try multiple times but the fit was too tight. I gave up and laid it across the peak of the roof and had the nephew move the ladder to the peak and hold the end. I discovered that the holder base could be rotated to the side on a bolt swivel. Nope it was still too tight. I then realized that the bolt needed to come out and I was supposed to slide the metal sheath over the bottom of the pole and align the holes so that the bolt went through the tower piece also. I want it known that there were NO instructions on installation included with all of the hardware. I did actually check before trying to just wing it. It kept getting darker and darker. We managed to get two cables installed but I could not let go until the third one was installed. My nephew managed to get it on in almost pitch black conditions. I had my phone out trying to give him some light while I was on the peak. It helped a tiny little bit. We managed to get the thing in place and tight enough it wasn’t going to fall over.
After climbing down in the dark I realized that I had mounted a head lamp to my hat just in case it got dark. I had forgotten about it. I ended up going out and feeding the horses and sheep before going inside at 1930 to feed myself.
Our new oven showed up today also. They had said they would install it, but when they arrived they said since it was a wall oven they cannot install it because it requires someone to wire it in place. I will have to do it, but will need lifting assistance to get the old one out and the new one in. My nephew is getting a workout. I am going to owe him.
We went away for the weekend on a vacation to the Oregon Coast. One of those vacations where you don’t do anything but rest and relax. It was very nice. We ate dinner at one restaurant the “Sea Hag”, everything was made from scratch. I gained five pounds over the course of four days. We were supposed to sea the “storm of the century” on the coast, it was a total dud. Sarah had worse weather at home while she took care of the animals. The main latch on the sheep doors broke off in the wind and all of our deck furniture was blown off of our front porch. It took me an hour and a half to unload the car as I had packed for the “storm of the century”. We could have stayed in the condo for a week with no food, power or water. We had it all. I even made Annmarie go to the store so we could have some bleach so we could drink toilet bowl water if necessary. Doing disaster prep drills at work has really got me into the groove.
I keep trying to get our antenna installed on the roof and it just keeps raining or I cannot coordinate any help. It is a two man job as I have to crawl onto the roof and a large strong man has to move the 32 foot ladder around to attach the cables. My nephew is coming out tomorrow, hopefully so we can get that installed. Once it is in place I can call for the new internet!! It cannot get here fast enough.
Sarah came out tonight to help me tag and band the sheep. It got dark before we could finish. We did 10 babies. I am truly amazed by how big the babies are this year. The difference in genetics is amazing. The babies are huge in comparison to all our previous years. They are so healthy and bouncy and big!! I am hoping to get them all tagged by Wednesday evening and then turned loose back into the main herd. Tonight when I went to feed the sheep I discovered that we had not locked up one of the hay rooms. There was a foot of loose hay all over the floor. It took me another 30 minutes to clean up the mess. I had to holler at both dogs as they wanted to potty in the hay just like the sheep. They just didn’t understand why I would not let that happen.
I let the dogs out of the hay room when I was feeding because the ram kept sneaking up behind me. He never head butted me but I didn’t want to push my luck. So I let them both out but Zeke kept sneaking up on the ram a foot at a time. I kept telling him to stay but the ram kept trying to stare Zeke down. I was trying to get Zeke to stay and the puppy to run in and chase the ram off. Next thing I know Zeke had had enough of that uppity attitude from the ram and he had him by the head and giving him the what for. Mouse thought this was the cue to run out and chase sheep, after much yelling and swearing I got both dogs called off the sheep and back into the barn. Zeke won and is still top dog, like we ever doubted it.
The young man arrived via “his mother’s horseless carriage with her as the chauffeur”. He is a young padawan and his mother is hoping he molds into a productive member of society. We went out to the barn to clear out the old milking wooden floor. I supplied the work gloves but he wore blue jeans and tennis shoes. I was amazed he never stepped on a nail, but his mother is a nurse so I figured his vaccinations were up to date. We ripped out the floor and stacked all the spare wood from the room onto the top of the horse hay room overhang. I had to install some wooden brackets so we could make the stack higher. At one point I misstepped and ended up falling four feet after sliding down the straw stack. The young palawan tried to catch me but just managed to touch my arm on my decent to the wooden floor. I managed to turn to my side so I didn’t land flat on my back. Not one of my smoother moves but fairly typical. I also managed to not hit my head! My beautiful bald head seems to attract a lot of wear and tear. The milking area needs to be dug out but before I can do that I need to put an end piece on so I don’t push the dirt under the last little bit of flooring we left. The flooring is so you can walk out and feed the horses easily. The padawan ripped out an entire inside leg seam on his jeans fairly early in the work process. He kept after it, at one point I asked him what his older brother had told him about coming to the farm. He said he cackled and stated “YOU are going to WORK!”. We got a lot done in a few hours. I was very pleased.
Just when I think the farm cannot surprise me something else does. I was in the rafters of the machine shop installing the anchors and there are several pieces of loose wood in the rafters. One of them kept drawing my attention. The board was very long, wide and curved on either side with a flat bottom with these tiny pieces stapled in even intervals. I had to stare at it for three days before it dawned on me it was the old stair rail top from the farmhouse! Had I known it was there I would have used it when we rebuilt the stairs. I had no idea it was even there.
We have sheep babies everywhere! The first batch has been tagged and banded and now there is a second batch in the baby area that are ready to go. This weekend we will tag and band all of them and get ready for the next wave. Annmarie made a program to track them on our iPhones and it is super fast, super easy and super quick.
The horse, Mika had to have some hoof thing cut out and filled with plaster by the vet. Its sad that all that on a horse cost less than an overnight spay on the family dog. It was very affordable. So now we have to work on keeping Mika’s foot dry, this has necessitated the need for me to start cleaning out the old milk shed area of the barn. I had been storing all the old lumber there. I will need a different spot now. So tomorrow we will be moving the wood out and then cutting up the old floor and storing it for reuse! I will need to make a new handrail to keep the horses out of the barn. I just plan on reusing all the old wood from the floor. I have several small metal gates so I am going to see if I can get two of them to use as new doors. We have a metal panel bungied across the opening. It is not the best setup, but is currently working for us.