Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Walkabout 1-21

It’s been a while since I posted.

Actually, this is the first post of 2018. (which I might add, was not my plan at all)

At the end of 2017, we were on a roll. Plans had been made, things were getting done.

But, you know what they say about good intentions…

2018 began with some incredibly cold, windy conditions. 

cold mockingbird

frosty sunrise

cold start to the day

frigid sunset

the creek keeps running even in cold weather

red-headed woodpecker
eating chestnuts in the neighbor's lawn

the heated stock-tank froze!

Gus loves to steal ice chunks
they keep him entertained for hours

We spent some time attempting to batten down the hatches on the hen-house, hoping to cut the bitterly frigid winds swirling on the inside of the trailer.

putting up skirting as a windbreak

finished job

hens eat a lot during cold weather

Then, I assisted the Boss in getting the jug pens ready for lambing season.
building jug pens

"hey, are you done yet?"
ewes wait to come back in the barn

Maybe it was working in the cold wind. Maybe it was just my turn.

But, something hit me and hit me hard.

A sore throat gave way to a hacking cough, changing my voice to that of an angry German Shepherd frightening the cats and startling the sheep. The coughing spasms left me tired and breathless.

It would be an understatement to say January has not been a whole lot of fun.

Here are the "highlights":

3 bottles of cold medicine,
one package of cold tablets,
countless echinacea/goldenseal/elderberry and zinc capsules
a bottle of tylenol and almost a half a bottle of aspirin
an entire bag of cough drops
numerous cups of ginger/lemon tea, with honey/vinegar (believe me, I've tried everything)
gallons and gallons of water,
2 ¾ boxes of Kleenex,
3 doctor visits,
one entire television series, a couple of random seasons,
2+ weeks of sleeping in the recliner in an attempt to breathe
4 prescriptions,
Diagnosed bronchitis,
a sinus infection
and a potential peritonsillar abscess (false alarm)

thankfully, the Boss drove me on this snowy trip to the doc

In other words, I’ve been sick. Really, really sick. It has been hard to do anything, even think. The Boss says he doesn't remember me ever being quite so sick. With a 34-year history, that’s saying something. And, I’ve never had anything last this long.

But, finally, I think I might be on the road to recovery. I want to be optimistic, but I feel like I am digging out of a deep, dark hole. And, I am still so very tired.

The Boss has had a milder version of “the crud” so life on the hill has been a challenge this month. 

Our routine has been fairly limited to chores, egg washing and resting. I never imagined one could get so tired of being tired…or spending time doing nothing…

we woke to a rather unexpected snow day

I recently read that rather than say “why did this happen to me?” you should ask “what are the gifts of this situation?” It’s an interesting twist, and food for thought, something I would like to re-visit in the future. Although, I must admit, I am struggling with applying that thinking to this particular experience.

But, I did come up with a couple of things.

If I had to get sick, now was probably the best time, as things are slow…so slow in January.

Despite the struggles, we’ve had two fairly stellar Winter Sales deliveries that surpassed our projected monthly goal. To have positive cash-flow during January is an amazing thing.

And, there are NINE new lambs at the barn.

first lambs of 2018

It is important to note that ALL of the lambs were born without human assistance…AND…during the relatively warm days of the month.

So, we will focus on the positive, work at regaining our health and get back to “normal”.

first lamb "play-date"

heap of sleeping sheep

Because, there’s no time for slacking…

we expect the rest of the lambs this week,
the Ag Census needs to be completed,
there are a couple of bottle lambs requiring regular feeding,
the Farmers’ Market meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night,
the end-of-the-year filing must be finished before the taxes are due,
a group of 4-H kids is supposed to stop by to visit the lambs,
processing dates need to be scheduled,
broiler chicks and garden seeds should have already been ordered,
…and I’ve got to get some seeds started for early crops.

I guess it’s a good thing I’m feeling better and the weather has moderated.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hope you’re having a Happy Sunday! 

another pretty sunrise

Come back and “visit” again real soon.


  1. I realise it is useless to say take it easy Barbara. When one is self employed then it can be almost impossible. So all I can say really Barbara is that you must try and eat well, keep warm, grab a sleep whenever you can and lets all hope for a spell of warmer weather for you.

  2. so glad you are feeling better. I also notice the sun is coming up a little earlier, so spring can't be far off.

    1. Thank you!
      I noticed that sunset is just a little later, too. Come on, SPRING!

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    1. Thanks for trying, Kris!
      I wanted to email you, but can't find an address. Can you email me?

  4. I did notice that you didn't blog the last couple of weeks, I missed them! They are the highlight of my Mondays. I hope you continue to recuperate.