Monday, October 26, 2015

The Best Time of My Year

Finally! Ag season is winding down! For me, this is the best time of the year. Chemical applications are substantially decreased. I can't say 'ended' because someone may decide to drill or fumigate the soil. But there are far more days that I can actually function, and even get something done outside. Inside, too. I have a lot more energy. O' yeah, I'm finally eating again! I even ate meat! Crock pot chili. Very well cooked meat, but meat just the same. And lots of tomatoes and peppers. Finally! I'm dreaming of pizza. Maybe in November. Ahh, yummm (dream, dream)!

Yesterday I cleaned the sheep shed. I was finally able to get the rest of the wool bags stitched up and stored. I kept trying during the summer, but kept getting toxed, too much ambient pesticide. I still need to clean the chicken house. Its on the list. And lots and lots of weeding! @@

I've stitched up some new curtains for the kitchen. They are roman shades/window blankets. I'm hoping they'll last longer if they're thicker. I'm waiting on parts: Curtain cord rings. I ordered them last week, Prime, but they aren't here yet. Amazon is letting me down! I'll try to remember to post a pic when I get them hung. 

I'll be babysitting Joey and his new brother, Toby, tomorrow while "Mommy" goes to the dentist. Toby is just over a month old. Next week I'll be doing full time daycare. Well, we'll see how it goes. If I'm not up to taking care of both, Joey-boy can go to the daycare he attends when I'm not available. My daughter would like to keep Toby out of daycare as long as we can. I'm guessing that's until the first application for next season. Last year it was in January... 

Well, lots to catch up on, so I'd best get moving! :-)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Inching Forward

Its been four and a half weeks and I'm still dragging. I've had 3 Meyer's cocktail drips and given myself weekly glute IVs. I'm still way to fragile. I'm frustrated with myself and my weakness. I decided I was going to do something. I picked the thing that required the least creative thought. I chose 'replacing the RV awnings.' It took me more than a month to figure out the right replacement fabric and get it here. I sealed them when they arrived. I can't remember if that was 1 or 2 weeks ago. Yesterday I had Ron round up the tools that I would need from his shop: The rivet gun, some rivets, the cordless drill, its charged battery and an 1/8" bit, some cotter pins. I collected my tools and parts: the awnings, the new straps, duct tape (aka the third hand), electrical tape, a file, vice grips, screw driver, box cutter, notes from watching utube videos, a hammer, punch, chisel and a 1/4" box wrench. He's gone hunting.

I started the first one (there are 2) at about 11:00. It was a bright sunny day in the 70°s. I discovered I was very porphyric and couldn't be in the sun for more than a few minutes before I was naseous and overheating. I moved as much of the project into the shade as possible. Every 5 minutes I spent in the sun, required 15 of exhausted rest. It took me an hour and a half to get that first one done. I staggered back into the house, jumped in the shower then ate several spoonfuls of honey. I washed the clothes I was wearing. The old vinyl had been deteriorating, so I they were probably covered in it. I figured I'd try to do that second one in the evening. It was around 3:30 when I realized that a nice cloud cover had come in. I threw my coveralls in the dryer and waited anxiously for them to get dry. I got back out for the second one around 4:00, and finished in 30 minutes. That was including clean up! I was still pretty wiped out. After tossing my clothes back in the washer, and taking another shower I made eggnog. Now I'm resting. I'm pretty pleased with myself. I got them done. Sigh. One more thing off my list. I have a headache. I hope I don"5 pay for this tomorrow...