2021 so far has not been any better than 2020. I'm not gonna say what else can go wrong because there is plenty. February was the worst month. Glad it was only 28 days. We were running out of hay and our two hay suppliers didn't have any left. Our daughter and son-in-law got covid. We had to put Maggie down Feb 12. On the 13t6h our son-in-law Ian had a friend who had hay. He brought his 18 ft trailer to get 40bales. G fell on the ice before they even left. Poor Ian had to load and unload all of the hay. Andy called and said Shell was in the hospital with covid pneumonia. In March our good friend that we have had since Jr High passed away
G waited 2 days before he decided to go to the ER. Found out he broke 2 ribs. 6 weeks recovery time. He was in so much pain.
I had to take over all chores. That first week was brutal. We had gotten a snow/ice storm. The first day was -4 degrees. All the rain barrels were frozen so I had to haul buckets of water to the critters. Did the girls barn fine but when I headed to the back, the back gate was frozen and too much snow to open it. I had to grab a shovel, go through the barn and dig out the snow and ice from the gate. I got it open and got the sled and loaded up hay and a bucket of water. Headed down to the boys barn just to find out their gate was also frozen shut. Came back up and got the shovel and started digging that out but the gate wheel on the inside was frozen. We have fencing on the outside of the gate so the babies couldn't get in. I sat on the bucket trying to figure how I was going to get in. Xena did think it was a good time for some lovin. I wasn't in the mood for it. Finally I stood on the bucket so I could climb over the fence. Time for the chickens. Their door to the coop was also frozen shut so I had to chip the ice to free it. One of the chickens had died (G normally deals with the dead stuff I don't do dead critters) A job the usually takes 10-15 minutes took me over 45 minutes. My hands were so cold and burning I actually shed some tears.
After I warmed up I decided to try to shovel some of the driveway so we could get the car out. I shoveled down by the road since it was deepest there. As soon as I got most shoveled the snow plow drove by and covered it all back up. I gave up. G called a neighbor and he plowed the driveway. I was able to go to the grocery store.
I realized how much I took for granted the things G does around here. Making the coffee, getting the mail, taking the garbage down, hauling water, feedbags and hay etc. I appreciate him so much more now.
Week 2 and 3 of his recovery, we got help from our son, 2 son-in-laws, daughter, granddaughter and my sister. The rain barrels thawed out. Life became so much easier for me.
Week 4 and 5 became even easier. G wasn't in pain and started helping out with the chores. I still did the water and hay and he did the chickens, fed the goats grain and peanuts. We worked together to empty the feed bags in the bins.
Week 6 is back to pretty much normal. G is feeling good. No more pain. He can lift the feed bags and hay. I have learned a few things with this ordeal. I took G for granted, I appreciate everything he does now, I am able to do things I didn't think I would be able to do and G and I make a fantastic team!
Outside of the boys barn was a mess. All the snow and ice from the roof fell right outside of their door. As it melted all the water was going into their barn. I tried to shovel it out but is was so heavy and just pooled up. I tried to drill holes in the floor to drain it. We decided to put a little patio outside. I dug it out so it was lower than the barn door. We put stone and laid blocks down sloping it away from the barn. The goats love it. They will crowd together and sun themselves. Our plan is to put an overhang above the door. We will do the same for the bucks side of the barn. I still have a lot of digging to do and we may extend their patio after we have completed the other zillion projects that need done.
Notice in the picture the blue barrel on the ground. The stand that it sat on sunk in the mud on one side and the barrel fell. G fixed it by laying a sheet of metal down then the stand and reconnected the rain barrel.
We moved the beehive from the wooded area behind the yard to the side yard under pine trees. All we have to do now is wait for the email saying our bees are in. This is G's project. I got stung too many times last time.
We got our chicks this week. 4 Ameraucanas, 2 Buff Brahmas and 2 Dark Brahmas. They will be inside for 2 or 3 weeks then moved to the brooder in the garage until they are all feathered out. Then there move to the outside chick coop and run until they are the same size as the hens.
I started my seeds. Tomatoes, Peppers, herbs and some flowers. Some are doing okay others not so great. I did start a second batch with fresh soil. Fingers crossed.
We tried 2 different methods for making sweet potato slips. One in a jar of water. It has some roots growing in the bottom but no growth at the top yet. A week later the second was planted part way in the dirt. It has tiny sprouts coming out of the top.
We have been busy but have only been able to mark off 1 thing on our to do list. I've made a couple batches of soap. We have been trying to get hoofs trimmed and their annual CDT shots done. I have 4 more in the doe barn to do. Those are the hardest to catch. We also have been taking apart pallets to make a herb garden.
How was your week?