Friday, December 16, 2016

Rogue Chickens in a Blizzard

We were warned by the weather man that a big snowstorm was moving in yesterday.  When the flakes started falling, I left work and headed for home.  The wind was fierce.  I made it home with no problems other than slipping and sliding up our driveway.  By the time Tim got home there was a white-out happening.  He fed the cows and went to check on the chickens and found there were only 8 of them in the hen house.  So we grabbed flashlights and I bundled up, and out we went to hunt for 5 missing hens.  We found them huddled out of reach underneath the coop.  Tim got a long pole and tried to scoot them out.  They just went deeper.  We sent Higgins under the coop to "herd" them out, but they were not budging.  It was bitterly cold and the snow was blowing hard sideways.  We knew if we didn't get them out of there and into the coop they would die. It took us about 30 minutes or so and we finally pulled the last one out and put her in the coop.  This morning they were all still alive - praise God!  We left them locked in the coop today just in case they go crazy again.  Stupid chickens!

And speaking of stupid...  I was so intent on helping Tim that I never even covered my head with my hood.  So I was covered with snow and my hood was filled with it!  Burrrr!!!!

Another lesson learned!



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Another Lesson - Update

I wrote this a while back but never posted it.  So here goes!

Well, it's been 6 weeks while since Tim's Alaska trip and my back problem.  We learned that Tim had a bad MCL sprain and narrowly avoided surgery. The Orthopedic surgeon has released him with the option to begin physical therapy if things are not greatly improved in 6 weeks.  And his knee is doing much better now. He did get an awful infection in it - not relate to the MCL injury - and spent the Thanksgiving holiday in the hospital.  My back is much better too. I am still seeing my chiropractor every two weeks or so to keep me in line.  It really does make a difference in how I feel.

We finally made it to Costco and restocked the pantry with coffee and other "essentials", and because of our "joint mishaps" I now have a housekeeper!  Praising God LOUDLY - (can you hear me?)!  A young woman from our church comes over once a week and cleans the bathrooms and does all the floors -vac and mop as needed.  I cannot tell you how much this means to me.  We have talked about it for years but never thought we could afford it, or worried about a stranger with the dogs, etc.  Stephanie was instantly loved by all.  Us AND the dogs.  What a huge blessing.  Praise God for all things.

My art is ramping up and I would like to write about it occasionally but I haven't figured out how to post it under the DB Art tab.  I think it can be done but don't know really.

The yard and garden are a mess since the injuries occurred at the time when we needed to pull, cut, and till.  The tomato plants were still standing a few weeks ago and we gave the chickens free access several days in a row.  We've had enough rain that the pasture is lush and green again and Tim is rotating the girls on a regular basis.  Soon it will be too cold and the grass will stop growing.  But for now it helps keep the girls happy.

Never a dull moment at the farm, but we are dang blessed!