So frustrating, my blog company is trying to get me into the 20th century and now wants to upgrade my editor abilities to include “blocks”, which as far as I can tell are snippets of information that are standalone and are inserted into your blog. It looks cool, but it means everything is independent and instead of 3 choices I now have 30 and they can all be independently modified. I tried it this morning and just got frustrated, it is looking like my blog time will triple and honestly I don’t have time for that, so I am back to the old archaic version until they force me to use the new, which I am sure they will eventually. I had a cap on the pictures I could insert this morning so I will be attempting to do the blog more often as there appears to be a cap on how many pictures I can upload. Even with all of this and the changes I have still managed to keep this thing going for over 10 years now, which surprises even me!
On Sunday, we decided to forgo sleep and working on the farm and went to an estate auction. The weather was cold, windy and very rainy at times. Despite all of this we managed to buy some new living room furniture for $200 and a jewelry box for Annmarie that almost paid for itself when we took out the liner to oil all of the wood and discovered a little money hidden inside. I found one of my favorite of all times auction finds an antique clothes drying rack. These are far and few between and this one is in great shape. I will get it all cleaned up with some soapy water and that is it as I don’t want oil to get on our clothes. This thing is great! I am going to mount it on the wall in the laundry room. I was told by the lady who sells reproductions, for $40, that I must of really wanted it as she kept trying to outbid me for it but I really did want it. After we got the furniture unloaded into the house we took a long nap as I had worked part of the previous night. I was very tired after all of that and carrying the furniture inside and did not want to take the old furniture out as we had no place for it yet. Now we still have two sets of living room furniture in our living room and dining room and I am on 14 day home/work quarantine, even Roomba can hardly get around.
When I got home on Monday the dogs were throwing a fit by the back corner of the front yard. I went over to investigate and noticed that they were staring up into the tree, it was a squirrel! Hopefully it was “the squirrel” that has been down at mother-in-law’s house. I went inside, grabbed the 22 and dispatched said squirrel. We cannot let them get established as they are incredibly hard on the power lines and transformers. They are the number one reason for power outages in cities per the power line worker who I talked to when we lived in a city and lost power due to a squirrel.
On Tuesday we had more rain and Annmarie reiterated the “no carcass, no count” rule in our bid to eradicate the rockchucks. It is a fair rule but it does make it a lot more challenging. It does make it very clear cut, no subjective “I got it” interpretations are allowed. I had held off on cutting hay on Saturday and now that it has rained twice I am glad I did.
On Wednesday, Annmarie called the shipping company to ask about our tire bark. They have failed to deliver it twice already and have had it for two weeks. I did feel a little sorry for the person on the other end of the line, but we did get our ground cover! Five pallets, 5 ton should be enough to get all of the ground cloth covered up and secured in place. Now we just have to install it all. I spent part of the day trying to mow the weeds and grass around the place, I ended up overheating the tractor attempting to mow a thistle patch. I will try it again early in the morning, not at high noon when its the hottest time.
On Thursday I was headed out of the house by 0445 to go to work and Gizmo was just ranting and barking at the front fence. He would not come back in the house meanwhile the border collies were just running around the yard. I got him to move a couple of feet and there were raccoons on the other side of the fence! I ran back into the house and grabbed the 22 rifle. I considered shooting from the porch but there is the fence, the cars the corral all in the way plus Gizmo is out there terrorizing them so they don’t come in his yard. So as I ran up the pathway to get to the cars and the raccoons started running for the barn. I only got two shots off just as they darted across the 16 foot gate opening at the end of the corral. I missed, we didn’t even need to enact the no carcass, no count rule. There were five of them!! My chickens are not going to survive five raccoons. So war is officially on again! But the real question is do I get to start counting all the rodents we kill in on the predator kill count? Is that cheating to just inflate the numbers? I think it is so I will continue to only count animals that kill my chickens as this was the original definition of a predator. When I got home Annmarie had me grab the binoculars and we drove up the driveway to look for a new baby calf she had spotted the day before. Again, we had given up on the last two cows having calves as it was just not happening so we had turned the bull loose a couple of weeks ago. Sure enough there was a new baby calf out in the field.