Social Distancing (quarantine): Day 7

I feel like I haven’t accomplished much. I’m gonna have to think about this for a moment. Let me think……

Oh! I went to the store for needed provisions. Vodka, wine, gluten free foods as well. I also checked the mail looking for my last pay paycheck. No luck. Maybe tomorrow.

Dad and I rearranged the living room before we finish the new wall in the kitchen. That way we can freely walk through the kitchen and living room with no issues. We also moved all the freshly painted bee hives into the tent for safe keeping until we have full on break up. We can’t put them in their new homes until then, too much snow. That, and I don’t have my bees yet.

There was a lot of sweeping and straightening up that needed to be done as well and still needs to be done. I’m still trying to get to the point that I can work on the bathroom, but things just keep coming up. The bees need to be checked on as well. It’s time to feed them pollen patties. This time I’m going to were my bee suit. Last time I didn’t and I got stung. That became a waste of a day. I was all whacked out on Benadryl and slept most of the day. Not gonna make that mistake again!

I’m going over to Dan’s tonight for some social distancing practice and dinner. I made Dad a crock pot roast that’s been cooking for two days, it smells so good! Tonight at Chef Boy’R Dan’s will be grilled red salmon, broccoli and rice. Tonight I dine like an Alaskan and tomorrow I will eat the roast like a southerner.

Borrowed from Facebook

This morning I found this image on Facebook and was reading all the little arrows. I started to look down from my IPad and discovered that I was wearing red Christmas pajama pants, oversized cardigan well more like a zip up hoodie, and a stretched out tank top. No stains. I was just getting over a pimple that I usually don’t get and I didn’t have a headache, but the rest was true. I busted out laughing hysterically. My hair was even in a bun!! I just about died!

Well, that’s all for now! Talk to you later! Day 7 coming soon the a blog near you!

Self Distancing (quarantine): Day 6

Today I painted all the bee hive boxes in the living room where there is still no flooring. Good thing since I made a big mess on the floor. Lot’s of drippy paint since I had to really put on the coats to protect the hives from the elements. I choose black spruce green. It’s a really nice color. I wanted the hives to blend in with the rest of the area. Although bee hives are not an eye sore, I just wanted them to blend in more.

I can’t wait to get my new bees. They are still coming despite of the epidemic. There will be social distancing when I pick up my bees.

I feel better than I did yesterday. My heart has lightened up and I know I did the right thing by putting my drake out of his mystery. It’s a farm life and sometime you have to do what you have to do. In this case, I did right.

Dad and I were able to get the wall up in the kitchen. YAY! I think it makes the house look a little bigger. I can’t wait to add onto the house and get the living room I’ve always wanted. Then, I will have a larger eat in social area kitchen that is going to be awesome!

New wall being built in the kitchen

My upstairs bathroom has yet to be touched since the last time and I really need to get to it soon. I am hoping I can get to it tomorrow. Dad had to run the electrical and water to where the fridge is going to call its new home. So, I should have some time tomorrow to get it done. Oh, Crap!! I forgot I have to make a trip to town to help out a friend. I have to go to the store and get a few things. Then, I will get back and Lysol myself to death before doing anything else.

Well guys! I guess that’s all I have for tonight! Will talk to you tomorrow. Stay safe and disinfected. Good Luck!!!

Social Distancing (quarantine) : Day 4

I didn’t get a lot done today. Just a bit of here’s and there’s. It was a tragic day. It all started with my slippers. Yes, I know, they are just slippers, but they are needed here in my home. There is no running barefooted in this house and I want my feet to stay warm. Betsy, as you all know had some sort of skin irritation that led to her being on steroids. Well, it made her tummy all sick and messed up. She ended up having bad stomach problems that led her to have a poopagendone all over my beautiful shag rug. Well, I stepped in it with my fabulous favorite slippers that I’ve had for about two years. Yes, they were starting to stink and they were leather. So I couldn’t really put them in the washer.

I woke up with Betsy making noises and she pooped on the bed. I thought that was all she did until I stepped in her rug mines. I was so grossed out by it and had to changed my covers that I just ripped off the slippers and left them in the hall with another soiled little rug. They sat there for almost a month until now. I decided that I would finally clean my slippers only to find out that the crap on my slippers chemically adhered to the rubber on the sole. No matter what I did, I just couldn’t get that crap off because its now part of the sole. I had to throw them away. So long favorite slippers!

I also replanted some tomatoes as well. My friend Tiana is asking what I’m feeding them. I just used two different blends of potting soil. They are looking so wonderful! I am kind of worried about some of my plants because they are growing in an accelerated rate! The ground isn’t defrosted yet and there is still a lot of snow on the ground. I can’t put in the Brussels sprouts into the ground yet! They just keep getting bigger. So, I am just going to repot them again when it becomes necessary. Everything is growing faster than it should be. I might have to rethink my potting mix.

Tomorrow, I will be painting my new vanity that Dan made me and while I’m in the painting mode, I will go ahead and paint my bee hives as well. Then, I can work on the bathroom wall and finish it. I want to be able to prime and paint ASAP. At this point, Dan will be able to put in the shower walls and my vanity top all in one day. I am super excited about this! It will be so nice to be able to shower upstairs on my own floor.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely excited that my seeds have exploded like they have. I might need to sell them if I cant put them in the ground soon.

My gander (male goose) Lucifer, tried to kill one of my drakes (male duck). He was pretty busted up. So busted up that I knew I couldn’t heal him. When I figured out that he couldn’t be saved, I had to break out the 20 gauge. It took one shot and he was out of pain. It broke my heart. I couldn’t use him for meat due to adrenaline. I guess that’s part of farm life. It is what it is. He went over the rainbow bridge today and is out of gruesome pain. These geese need to be fenced in ASAP when the ground defrosts. My heart is broken, I hatched him out in my incubator and raised him. He has a twin sister and she is alive and well. I plan on breading more of this cute hybrid of peaking and well I don’t want to give up all my secrets!

It’s about that time and I’m tired. It’s time for bed. Good night and enjoy your time off if you have it. Thanks again for my friends who are truck drivers (Shana the Bad Ass), and all others that are still working to keep America getting mail, packages, and food!

Social Distancing (quarantine): Day 3 & 4

Well, yesterday I worked on getting rid of stuff in my room. It’s spring cleaning time! Still have lots to do but it’s getting there. And so, today I will finish my bedroom and then move to the new bathroom and finish up the wall patching, prime and paint! Everything is coming together.

Life on the homestead can be stressful and frustrating. Now that I am no longer working at my job, I am home being able to catch up on projects and things that need to be done, like spring cleaning. That is the great part of it. The downside is that Dad and I are spending more time together which can be frustrating. We don’t always see eye to eye, but that’s life. I might be drinking straight from the wine bottle sooner than I thought!

As soon as I get all the rubbish I don’t want anymore and/or don’t need I can then dust, mop, vacuum and steam clean the rug. After all is said and done, there will be no more clutter.

I went and visited one of my friends today who lives in the same little area as I do. We chatted for a few and then I went back home to wash my dogs and cook dinner. Dinner was easy. I had cooked meatballs and marinara in a crock pot for two days. It was wonderful! Today, I will make crock pot short ribs. YUMMY!

Chin up people! Take advantage of the time you have at home and try not to kill each other! I’ve started goals for each day that I need to try to meet. That being said, I guess I better get on it!

Social Distancing (quarantine): Day 2

I slept in late and hung out in bed until 9:30 this morning. I got to watch the new episode of Outlander. I have read all the books and seeing it on screen is awesome even though it’s a bit different from the book. It’s still great!

I had some coffee and then Dad and I headed to town for provisions. We needed to get some wood for projects around the house. My goals today were to go to the store, wash dogs, and deal with the excess in my room. Since, we got back a little late from town it looks like my goals will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m pooped!

Sometime this week I need to check on my bees and make sure they are still alive. I’ve attempted to over winter my bees and hope for the best. Let’s hope they are still alive. I am hoping I will have three hives this year instead of two. If the weather is nice and warm this summer, I will be rich in honey! Fireweed honey!!!!

My starts are doing so well! There will be lots of produce this year!

I went to visit my friends yesterday, they are also my neighbors. I really enjoyed it! I lent my egg incubator to Jamie. Her kids are already getting a bit bored and what a great science project!

I also visited my friends Tiana, Jen, Cory, and Ceri. Ceri, Tiana’s sister, just came back from Egypt and has quarantined herself in the tiny cabin at Tiana’s. We got to hang out and drink some Guinness in front of the cabin with the window slightly cracked so we could communicate. She opened it higher so we could get rid of the sun’s glare. It really was nice to see all my friends!

Tonight we are having meatball subs. Of course, I have to have gluten free buns, but the meatballs are in the crockpot with mushrooms and marinara. I can almost taste it! I am starving!

Ya’ll enjoy your times at home. If you are still working stay safe. I want to give a shout out to all my friends who are nurses, truckers (Shana the badass), and everyone else that works in a field that keeps us fed, sanitary and safe. Thank you!!!!!

Social Distancing (quarantine): Day 1

Friday, March 20, 2020 was my last day at work. My boss decided it was best since everything else was closing down. As a dog walker, I go into people’s homes to pick up their dog. This is potentially dangerous to everyone because we could spread this virus across our little town. So, we are doing our part to keep people safe.

I have lots to do around the house and will probably never get bored. I was reading an article about how Gen X’ers are probably the best for this whole quarantine thing we are going through. I have to admit. I am a Gen X’er and looking back at my childhood, I would have to agree with some of these articles. We were the latchkey children that came home from school and found our own snacks and did our homework alone. We listened to the radio waiting for our favorite songs to come on so we could record it and create awesome mixed tapes. I played out in the woods with friends and came home when the street light came on. I hung out in my room entertaining myself with games, music, and my imagination. There was no internet and we didn’t have cable. We also played Oregon Trail and learned from it. LOL! We are the generation of social distance. We got this! #socialdistancing #GenX It was like we’ve been training for this all our lives!

It’s snowing again! Just when you thought it was break up you get another 3-4 inches of snow. That’s okay. Soon spring will be here. I’m gonna have to upgrade some of my starts to bigger pots. This is a good thing. The longer we have to keep them growing and put some growth on them, the better they will produce and survive.

My herbs and tomatoes are ready for the next size up on pots. You slowly move them into bigger pots as they grow. It’s really fun and messy since I have to do it I’m my living room. So, that’s one job that will take pretty much all day. I have all my onion starts and begonias as well.

I now have the time to get my new bathroom finished. I’ve got a lot to do, but it will be fun! Dan is almost done with my beautiful vanity. He said he needs to do a little light sanding and then I can prime and paint it. I am so impressed and grateful. The vanity will install onto the corner of the wall so it only needs one leg. It’s going to have solid surface on top that will match the shower stall.

This will also give me time to sort out everything that I don’t want anymore. Out with the old and no more stuff!

Maybe I will have time to work on my quilt as well. I don’t think I will go stir crazy but I’m afraid by day five I will be drinking out of a wine bottle! HAHAHA! Maybe not.

I hope everyone stays safe and healthy and don’t get bored!

So long and keep calm!

Are we there yet, Spring?

Weather is as unpredictable as usual. It warmed up and then it snowed, then it warmed up, and then it snowed and now its pretty chilly and sunny. The weather this week should be sunny and cool (highs in the 20s). Yesterday was warm around 33 or 34. It started to get really melty and difficult to drive in. I’m sure you read my Dad’s blog about his encounter with the water truck and him getting two vehicles stuck while I was at work.

Speaking of work. It was a challenge to walk through sticky, melty and mushy snow. The dogs really didn’t care, but I was walking around like I was a staggering drunk. The roads were melting and it was really really slushy in places. You kind of slide around and look like you are drunk driving. Then, the road starts crumbling into deep pothole filled with melting water. So now, you are dodging deep potholes and yet again you look like your driving drunk. If you can’t dodge them and you have to hit them you are only make the potholes worse. Good Times!

The ducks think it to be spring. They have started to lay eggs again and I have found myself with a surplus of duck eggs. I have made gathering eggs a game. Due to our below freezing temps in the morning, you have to get to the eggs before they freeze and then crack. Then they are no good.

This was Sunday morning and I haven’t gather eggs yet and I was just thinking to myself that the geese should start laying as well. So, after coffee and such I went out to the greenhouse to check out the situation. Low and behold, the waterfowl finally made a nest! The ducks just lay their eggs where ever they are standing up to this point. So, someone got organized and the rest have followed. I walk up to the nest of hay and start digging around. I find 3 duck eggs and guess what?!?!

You guessed it! Two goose eggs! YAY! I’m so excited! I’ve never had geese before and let alone goose eggs! I think I’m gonna try to make a custard out of them in celebration. I took some pics so you can see the difference in the size duck versus goose. Now, these geese are first time egg layers so the eggs should get bigger the more they lay.

Today, I was in the store. There is no Toilet paper in the stores at all! It feels like this mass hysteria and people are prematurely panicking. Today at the local supermarket the paper toilet/paper towel isle looks like this.

All that’s left is crappy commercial TP that will eventually be bought out when the entire U.S. runs out of TP and we will no longer get shipments into our little town. It’s ridiculous. I’m not going to panic until I absolutely have too.

I searched Amazon for my favorite TP only to find the price gouging has started. So freaking ridiculous!

Worse case scenario when the toilet paper runs out, we can always install one of these!

Thursday was a pretty good day. The snow is slowly melting and hopefully break up is near. My geese are trying to destroy my car nibble by nibble. They have chewed the plug off to my block heater on Zippy and have proceeded to do damage to my front bumper by the fog light. They must be fenced in ASAP! Come on break up we need you!

Thursday night we had such an amazing sunset!

Friday was such a lovely day to work (walk dogs or more like hike). The sun was out it felt warm due to the sun reflecting off the snow. It has been so warm that I have started shedding my major winter gear for more lighter stuff. It went from Arctic Muck boots, to Keen winter boots and gaiters. Well, the gaiters were getting too hot and not letting my sweat leave my legs. I had to come up with a better solution. I needed something that would work like gaiters but would allow my legs to dry quickly.

It’s been getting so warm on my hikes that wearing fleece lined Carhartt pants were too warm. So, I have gone to Carhartt leggings which work just fine as long as I don’t have those sweaty gaiters on. Low and behold! LEG WARMERS!

Yes, people! I’m bringing them back as the number one winter accessory you need for post holing through snow! My legs stay dry and the synthetic material keeps the snow on the outside. I recommend leg warmers for those knee deep snow days. Besides, they’re cute! I’m pretty sure Dan thinks so too!

We found another leak in our water system, AGAIN! We found the leak, but have to survive without water for the rest of the weekend. Thanks Dan for the use of your shower, yet again! Monday we will have a water filled again. It really sucks, what a waste of money when the water just drains out all over the snow and under the water house. My duty for today is to shovel snow into the Homer buckets and melt it on the wood stove. Something to last us all weekend. It’s already Saturday so it shouldn’t be too much trouble to go one more day without.

Then, it’s time to start some spring cleaning. I really need to stop hoarding clothes and such that I’m never going to wear. I also wish I had time to try to finish my quilt. Maybe I will finish it by next winter. LOL

Okay. It’s time to be somebody and do some work around the stead! I leave you with cute pics of my dogs. So long readers and stay disinfected!

Dad’s Alaska

March 9, 2020 Monday

Today was another series of small disasters.

First the water delivery truck got stuck trying to back down our snow covered gravel road. The driver got a little off the roadway and buried his left rear tires in the snow when he tried to force his way through. He had partially chained up when he first backed off the main road onto our street. He only chained one axle. After he got stuck, he installed the chains on the second axle. This didn’t get him out. He borrowed a couple of different shovels and dug himself out after about a 1/2 hour. Instead of getting straight in the road and backing on up to fill our water tank, he left. A call to his office led to a discussion that still left us waterless. They demanded that we plow the road before they will come back on Tuesday. We haven’t, as of 3:00 PM, been able to find someone to plow the road. So I’m guessing that we’ll be without water for a few more days. Called the water office this afternoon and the polite young lady told me that unless we plowed the road they weren’t coming back. She asked if I wanted to talk with the delivery supervisor. Had to tell her “No” as I would, certainly, be wasting a few of the limited number of breaths that I have left. What is really aggravating they want the road plowed and the driver backed into an area that wouldn’t be plowed anyway. This is what they meant by Catch-22.

The second small disaster came when I was packing down the loose snow with the Range Rover. All wheel drive got me up and down the road 6-7 times before I did what the truck driver did and got off the road. The Range Rover was stuck and not coming out. Shoveled out the opposite side of the road so that other persons could get in and out. After calling every one of the 4 people that I know, I found no help.

Third small disaster. I decided that, even though I had no one to drive the Rover, I’d use the Beast to pull it out sans driver. The Beast is a Ram 350 Double Cab Diesel Dually. Started the Ram and let it warm up before taking it the 200 feet down the road to the Rover. Couldn’t find a chain so I procured a very strong rope. Tied the two together and tried backing up. Almost got the Rover out before the Beast slid sideways and off the road. It was now, also, stuck. Had to cut the rope loose (Bowlines knots pulled so tight that they wouldn’t come loose) from both vehicles so that another car could pass between them. So now I’ve go both vehicles stuck. Shoveled out the opposite of the road so that a car could pass.

Fourth small disaster was when I went searching for my ratcheting Come Along. Ten minute of search turned up nothing. Wandered around for another ten minutes trying to figure out where the hell I had stored the racheting device. I remembered that I had a brand new 20 ton Chain Fall. This would easily pull the Rover out by attaching it to the Beast. Spent another 30 minutes picking up everything in the storage container without finding the chain fall. It is in an unopened box is a cube about 1 foot in all directions. and weighs 40+ pounds. It should have been easy to spot. NOT!! By this time I am completely flummoxed. Since it wasn’t even 5:00 o’clock on the East Coast, I did not resort to vodka.

With both vehicles stuck in opposite ditches, I decided that it was time for lunch. After lunch I looked for a chain and then remembered that all three 20′ chains were on the trailer buried in nearly 3 feet of snow. Luckily the trailer was parked only 30 feet from the road with just 2-3 feet of undisturbed snow between the road and the trailer. Walking through that snow is called post holing. It requires struggling to pick up on foot and put it in front. By the time I got to the trailer I was out of breath. Got there only to find that the chain, I needed, was frozen to the deck of the trailer. What follows is a struggle to and from the road in order to bring a shovel to pry up the frozen chain. Back on the road with chain draped over my shoulder I revisited the disabled Rover. My first thought was to flag down a neighbor and ask them to pull the Rover backward onto the road. After a closer look, it was obvious that pulling it backwards was going to make it end up down the embankment and into the pond. Because of the Beast being in the opposite ditch no one could get in front to pull it forward. The solution that came to me was to throw the chain under the spinning left front wheel. HOORAY!! The damned thing moved a couple of feet. Moved the chain two more times and the Rover was free. Put it back in it’s parking place and walked back to the Beast. Arriving back at the Beast I put the chain on the tow hook and walked to the end of the road. There I stood around for about ten minutes before I flagged down a nice man in another Ram Beast. He had me out of the ditch in less than five minutes. It took longer to back up and hook up than to pull the Beast out. Parked the Beast and moved onto the next things on my daily list of chores.

At about 5:15PM, as I was working on my daily chores, the water truck arrived. The guy had seen that I had packed down the snow and he decided to give it another go. Of course, I thanked him profusely. FINALLY, water!!!!!

The fifth small disaster was when turned on the pump and no water came out of the faucets. Went back to the pump and made sure that it was primed. The prime was not the problem. The pipe is frozen somewhere. Set the jet heater up and let it blow into the water shed for over an hour and still no water. I surrendered and went to the vodka place.

Tomorrow has some possibilities of getting the water flowing, but today is a bust.

Happy March!

Friday was a great night. Dan made me gluten free pizza and it was awesome! Huge pepperoni, artichoke hearts, red bell peppers, parmesan and mozzarella cheese and pesto made a really yummy pizza! The company was great too! Thanks Dan for such a good pizza!

Saturday, I went to my friend Tiana’s house to split up seeds that we had ordered to begin our seeding out for our summer gardens. This was very exciting and funny. We were trying to figure out how to split them up equally. We tried a cup and a scale but it wasn’t working. It seems the grams were too light to register on the scale. So, we tried cutting the seeds with paper and a razor blade. It didn’t really work due to the seeds rolling all over the place, but it did make an amusing picture!

We ended up just eyeballing the seeds into ziplock bags. This proved to be the easiest way to divvy up the seeds. We were so excited to get our seeds and talk about upcoming spring that may or may not happen in April. Due to the fact we are getting unscheduled snow. The Weather Channel app proves to be wrong most of the time.

Like today, we weren’t supposed to have snow. This morning it was a zero chance of snow. It started snowing around 7:30 this morning and is still snowing right now. It’s almost 2pm.

Here’s a little video showing what a zero chance of snow looks like!

Meanwhile, my seeds have germinated and they are starting to look like starts!

These plants will take the longest to start and grow enough to be planted in the garden and greenhouse. Mid month I will start more seeds and then April I will start more seeds. We are going to hopefully have a ton of produce! I’m even going to try my green thumb on cold soil sweet corn! I can’t wait!

On the goose and duck front, I have finally identified the gander. I thought that I only had hens due to the fact I did loose one this past summer by a young bald eagle. But, no. They have reached maturity and the gander has shown his ugly temper. I have named him Lucifer. He attacks the drakes that are trying to mate with the duck hens and Lucifer doesn’t like it. He has killed on drake and damaged another. He is with Fabio the rooster and DBII (Dead Bird 2) in the boat house coop. I’m pretty sure he’s going to make it. Lucifer has also tried to attack Taco and the other dogs. He is much larger than my dogs.

Sunday, Lucifer tried to attack me. I had a long bird feeder in my hands and was able to pop him on the beak! He backed up and continued to hiss and honk at me. I have to go out there with the dogs to protect him. Now, one of our major spring jobs is going to be to fence in this evil beast with the rest of the flock. While we are fencing them in, we will be fencing in the garden area to prevent the moose and other toothy critters from eating the plants.

Dad has started lowering the house again and hopefully will be finished in another week or two. Then, we will be able to work on the inside and soon when the ground is soft we will be starting the addition that we tried to start last year. This will make the house much larger and flow so much better than it does now. I can’t wait to finish the upstairs bathroom and the kitchen. It will happen. I’m gonna be an optimist about it.

Well, that’s all I have to update you with. I leave you with a cute picture of Betsy and Taco.

Snowmagedon 2020

The snow started on Thursday afternoon and continued through Saturday night. It’s now Sunday and the snow storm is over.

Friday the snow came down heavy. Dan and I named it “A Fluffy Gully Filler”, instead of a regular gully washer. We went to town for dinner at Alibi’s where we proceeded to enjoy shrimp tacos and chicken wings! There was blowing snow and limited visibility, but that doesn’t stop the full time residents here from enjoying life and eating out. Dinner was wonderful and we headed back to Fritz Creek.

The next morning, we woke up to deep snow drifts and buried vehicles. I decided that after coffee that it was time to go home only to find that my road was iffy and I can’t get into my driveway. The snow was almost above the hood of Zippy. Now, I talked about Zippy in my last post and how well she gets through snow. She wasn’t going to make it through the deep snow that was left from the storm.

I ended up backing out of my road, due to the fact that there was nowhere to turn around, and got back onto pavement. I drove to my nearest neighbor and asked if I can park at the end of their driveway so I could hike into my property and get to my house. Further investigation to the snow around me, I realized that there was damaged from the snow and potential damage as well. We needed to act fast. Unfortunately, that had to wait. Betsy my little Jack Russell had an ear infection and it was getting worse. It seems that dogs don’t show their symptoms until it’s too late. And so, I had to drive to town in the blizzard to get some medicine for Betsy. After treating her I found she had more issues. She has sores around her neck from her collar getting wet I suppose. She’s a mess. I’ve scrubbed her neck with betadine and I am trying to keep it dry. Worst case I will call my vet again and set up a visit. I know it will always look worse before it gets better, but dang!

Meanwhile, while I was in town we had a friend come by and plow our road and a place for me to park. It was very interesting. The plow truck got stuck and we spent more time trying to get the truck out than it took for the area to be plowed.

As you can see, we’ve created a goat trail for us to travel through.

A few pictures showing what I saw hiking into my property.

Dad and I got busy trying to save the other buildings. We needed to uncover the greenhouse and what’s left of our storage tents. The snow is deep, my friends! Talk about getting your cardio.

This video gives you a really good idea of what its like here. I am going to have to teach Dad how to make decent videos. He’s all over the place. lol

Well I guess I need to go back to work, the snow isn’t going to move itself.

I leave you with a pitiful picture of Betsy. Until next time! See ya!