There are few things that piss me off more in life than seeing an animal going to waste, especially now that I raise my own food. I’m going to take a few minutes to just vent. There is a family that lives across the street from the cabin. Total trailer trash IMO and should have CPS called on them (this family would not last one day in the city without raising eyebrows). They live in a shit hole of a house and there is garbage (literally) all over their front lawn. There is also a deer carcase hanging from a tree… it’s been hanging for a week now! The deer was shot, gutted and hung from a tree… and there it remains. How does this make any sense? What a waste. Why kill something if you have no intent on using it for anything other than a morbid lawn ornament. Apparently this is an all too common thing for this family. I left the city so that I could find peace in my surroundings and now I get to witness this. Human beings can be so pathetic and I’m often surprised that the Earth puts up with us… actually it seems like the Earth is finally catching on as of late.
Things are continuing to move forward on the sale of the house. All the minor repairs have been made and the buyers bank appraisal was done on Friday. I still have a few things to pick up from storage in the basement and I think I may be coming down with my Mom sometime after Thanksgiving… I’m not sure if I will have time to see anyone but I will do my best to make some visits.
The animals are doing well. I was dealing with some frozen water bottles during the cold spell and may need to hang some plastic sheeting to help hold the heat. I do have a heater in the barn but it’s set on low (just above *40). I don’t want to raise the electric bill any more than I need to, and it’s not a good idea to get the animals used to warm temps in case of a power outage. Next year I will insulate the barn better, we were in a bit of a rush to get the animals settled and cut some corners when we threw the walls up. The “barn” is actually a boat house that Gene (my roommate) built some years back- it wasn’t designed to hold animals, let alone hold heat in 50 below weather. The rabbit kits are doing well and gaining weight rather quickly- probably because there are only five of them this litter and there is plenty of that rich milk to go around. Their eyes are open and they are starting to explore the confines of their cages- I feel a bit sad because they won’t be able to experience the wonders of the outside world… at least they wont be strung from a tree to rot!
Not much to report this week. We cut down some trees and split the logs- there is something about the smell of oil, gas and wood that gets my blood going… chainsaws are so” manly” and I admit feeling sexy when using one! Gene bought another four wheeler at auction (I’m going to buy his old one for a reasonable price) and he got me an awesome deal on some snowshoes… thanks buddy! I also busted out the cross country skis earlier this week and spent a great deal of time attempting to use them- until I realized that they were the waxable kind (facepalm). I did get quite a ways down the road and back… it was a workout to say the least. I have another pair of cross country skis that were my grandpas and they don’t require waxing… I will use this pair next time! All the snow has since melted and I find myself wishing for more… probably won’t have the same feelings once December arrives. We still need to gather more wood before we can raise the “mission accomplished” banner but we definitely have a good dent made.
Gene and I went into town on Friday and saw Ender’s Game. The movie was okay, but more and more I find myself disappointed in what I find on T.V. and at the movies lately. I’m not sure why this is. I’d rather prefer to spend time watching Youtube videos or reading books on subjects that help grow my knowledge base- be it gardening, hunting, fishing, self-sufficiency etc. I think I’m enjoying life more these days and don’t need to suppress myself in fantasy based works. I have a few novels (including Ender’s Game) that I plan to get around to sometime this winter… probably during bath time.
I’ve been eating more healthy (no processed foods and added sugars) since Christopher left (it’s not all up in my face)… okay maybe a coke when we went to the movies, but hey I deserve a treat now and again. I’m losing weight again and feel better physically. Since Christopher left it’s also easier to get up and get going in the morning… I no longer have the luxury of saying “I thought you were going to take care of that.” My workload hasn’t gotten much larger either, despite Christopher’s claims of having done everything… I have added cooking and laundry back to my list of chores, but seriously it’s not any more difficult than everything else I do and I like to hear Gene saying, “this is the best _________ I’ve ever had,” when I cook him a meal. Speaking of dinner… it’s time to go cook. Hope all is well with you dear reader and I will leave you with this awesome picture of me being “sexy”…
And poor Gene…