Thursday, January 2, 2014
This and That
Rain again today. It is such a muddy mess that will be a frozen mess in the morning. Temps are suppose to drop with this little Arctic air front coming in. This has been a good year for our firewood business. We delivered wood on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. We actually stayed up till 2AM but not to ring in the new year. Bella is terrified of gun shots and fireworks. There was plenty of both all around us. She got on the sofa with me and would get upset if I didn't keep one hand on her at all times. Finally the noise ended and she went to sleep. New Years day had a hen coming out of hiding with 4 baby chicks. Had to turn the heat lamp on in one of our little brooding houses and set it up. Hadn't planned on having baby chicks during the winter. Our hens are laying good which means we have plenty of eggs for us and our customers. Seed catalogs are coming in and I am trying not to look at them. We have so many seeds we can never use them all. I love seeing what new herb plants have been added. The flu is making its rounds through the family in the mountains. So far we have been spared. I have finished one book since starting my reading program on the first. Will be writing about it over the weekend. Have gotten one cabinet cleaned out and linen closet along with the rabbit houses and one chicken pen. Doing the one hour a day inside/outside is getting things done without me getting overwhelmed. Because of having full freezers and full pantry groceries for this month were only $79. That was a awesome feeling knowing we have stocked up and can not spend a lot this month on groceries. After being able to unplug heatlamps (until New Years day at least), not using the dryer often, using hot water out of tea kettles on stove instead of heating water on kitchen stove each time I want hot tea has cut our electric bill down to $103. I am hoping next month to have it down even lower as there won't be so much baking being done for the holidays. That's life around the homestead. Hope you are having a blessed start on 2014.