Nearly here – weekly shabbat – so thankful our Creator made such for us. Of all the 10 commandments, the fourth one is relatively easy to keep (remember) in our culture. I’m tired! Lack of sleep from allergies and just the constant fighting it makes my body exhausted all the time. Keeps me from being productive to be sure.
Eleven cows of the seventeen selected have been recorded in standing heat as of 6pm today. There are a more who are shoving and being restless, so they will likely come in sometime before tomorrow.
Other than going to town to pickup kleenexes, drop of some papers at NRCS, swing by the bank for a quick visit with Tom Morris about his grandparents being the last caretakers of the Linn County Rest Home, located just a mile west of Linneus on Infirmary Hill, then to Twin Oaks Produce for a handful of groceries. Had a nice visit with Fran Graff, whose daughter is also teaching in Dubai, though at a different school than our daughter.
Rick continues to take care of my cows on the farm north and west of Purdin – It will another month before I can stay outside for more than a few minutes at a time. Will my cows forget me!?
My ‘stuck in the house’ routine continues as the pollen count rises due to excessive wind!
Couldn’t sleep well last night due to allergies, but laid on the recliner from 5am to 7am before finally giving up on more sleep and just getting up.
Had found a package of beef stew meat in the refrigerator freezer that was four years old! I absolutely do not recommend keeping meat frozen that long – it doesn’t actually go ‘bad’ but it does not taste as good – especially coming from the frig/freezer which does not keep frozen as hard as a deep freezer. So, not wanting to waste it, i planned lunch around it with browing it in olive oil and simmer for tenderness, then closer to lunch time, adding enough flour to thicken, then plenty of milk to make a tasty white gravy. I also scrambled farm fresh eggs with butter from grass fed cows and garden raised spinach. Whipped a batch of baking powder biscuits for the gravy and that was lunch. It’s weird only fixing for four.
In the meantime, I drove to the seed plant to do some paperwork (always that..:-( , picked up some apples from the tree as well as a water tank float and a short hose. The latter two to set up a small tank for my recip cows since i’m getting tired of going out to fill up the water tank twice a day. After repairing one end of the hose, I hooked up the fittings to the hydrant and moved the water tank in place and filled. Working great – no leaks. Awesome. Now they won’t run out of water and I don’t have to work so hard.
The apples were to cube along with a butternut squash, mixed together then poured over with a bit of orange juice and maple syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon, then baked. I don’t think i’ll keep this recipe – it was okay, but well, it’s just not chocolate…….
I did manage to wash the front storm door – it looks great, but later when i tried vacuuming the spider webs built between the glass and screen of the windows, i was totally overcome with allergies – it’s like breathing sand! So didn’t do that anymore, but did manage to vacuum all the furniture under and between and around and beneath. And wipe down one of the ceiling fans Really feels a lot cleaner in here.
No cows exhibiting heat today; tomorrow is supposed to be the big day, so gotta hang around the next two-three days for observing.
Drove to north and west of Purdin this afternoon to pick up our weekly allotment of milk and return the empty glass bottles.
Watered the mums that I meant to transplant today – best get that done in the morning.
Spent about an hour removing items from the silver garage. Hope to get it torn down and removed sometime this fall.
My early morning is catching up with me since I feel quite sleepy.
What does a woman do when she is stuck inside due to extreme ragweed allergies!? It is frustrating because the weather is starting to cool off and there is always SO much to be done outside. Fences need repair, brush needs cutting, barns cleaned out, livestock needs shifting to new paddocks…… the list is endless. Up until this year, youngest son, Nathan, would do my basic chores (shifting livestock, checking water) from mid-August to mid-October, but he is off to uni this fall, so the task has fallen to Rick, our new hand whom we hope stays on to become manager – he is certainly capable. So, while I’m grateful,it’s frustrating as well.
So, after spending most of last week at my farm in south Missouri (Dallas and I were hoping our allergies would be somewhat alleviated, and surprisingly for me, i did find some relief, not so much for Dallas) and redesigning and setting up the working corral and trampling through a ‘jungle’ of a small timber patch to string out some polywire in preparation for fencing it off this winter and we started tearing out an old house, but wrong time of the year for that – i got stung on my upper lip just straight away. OUCH! brought tears to my eyes!
This week, we are back home, so my major goal is to ‘fall’ clean the house. Spiders have built webs in every nook and cranny inside and out, so lots of vacuuming and dusting. Of course, I vacuum all the furniture; under and around the arms and cushions, and turn them over to vacuum the dirt and dust from underneath. Cobwebs in the corners, from ceiling to walls, and walls to floors. Climbing a ladder to wash off the center and blades of our two ceiling fans and dusting the leaves of our one inside plant. Dusting the tops and back of wall photos and pictures, top of furniture, and all the wooden trim and doors. And definitely under the floor grates which cover the return air ducts.
One tip I learnt as a travel consultant when on Fams and checking hotel rooms, was to run your finger along the top of doors and/or shower rods. If there is dust, then the room is NOT clean.
Washing windows is sort of an outdoor job, so I can only do so much of that at a time before becoming overwhelmed with allergy attack. But i can plug away at it.
Additionally, Monday i listed a bunch of unneeded items to sell on Ebay, paid bills, and RIck and i pulled the CIDRs, administered Estrumate, applied heat detection patches, and mouthed a few of the 17 recip cows because the needed ear tags and i didn’t know how old they were. The ear tag number starts with the year they were born. For example, a four year old cow’s number would start with a ‘1.’ This took about an hour, so i was struggling a bit by the time i could get back into the a/c. Took a break, then went back out to let out the cows into the pasture south of our house for observing and ran water for them.
Of course, breakfast, lunch, and supper preparations are everyday.
Froze up a couple gallons of green beans, cooked down, slipped off the skins, and froze a gallon of tomatoes.
Our dear friend, Jesse Bright, built this eight-sided picnic table out of western red cedar maybe 12-15 years ago. He was still in high school, (another talented homeschooler), so it’s been a while. Jesse is now a technical designer at Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill in Alameda, CA, specialising in making his companies’ skyscrapers sustainable and ‘green’ as is reasonable.
Since the table has been sitting directly on the soil all these years, the bottom boards finally rotted away. So, today’s task is to at least get all the boards cut. Unfortunately, ragweed pollen is at extreme high allergy rate, so I can only spend a few minutes at a time outside before succumbing to maximum sneezing, mucuos production, swollen, itchy, red eyes. 😦
When my children were younger, this project of repairing the picnic table would be one of many math lessons. (We just completed 13 years of home education). Of course I did all the cutting and drilling until they were older. However, by then they could manage the entire project. Measuring, determining angles, planning the project, gathering the necessary tools and materials, determining if something needs to be purchased, then going to town to make the purchase or finding them out of our own inventory. Time and financial budgeting included as well as problem solving (because you know nothing is as easy as it looks). All skills needed to be successful no matter one’s career choice.
If there is any good to be had by this allergy, it is that every nook and cranny of our house is dusted, vacuumed, and scrubbed (we have hardwood floors). Furniture is moved and wiped down from behind and underneath. Every chair spindle and nightstand leg. Even the deep, dark recesses of the wardrobes. Not my favourite of tasks, but a rewarding one nonetheless. And my favourite travel agent, fam (familiarization) trip, hotel site inspect check – wipe clean the top of every door. You know, the kind of cleaning you can’t hire anyone to do well. Clean everything you say – then they ask, ‘do you want me to clean that?’ Quizzically, you wonder if the assignment is unclear or is it a trick question!?
Deep down cleaning beats giving the tops a quick swipe at least twice a year. However, the windows – the outside anyway – cannot be washed because letting outside air, heavy with the yellow dust of ragweed pollen, will set me off with non-stop sneezing, wheezing, itching skin, eyes, ears, watering red eyes, scratchy throat, and, in some cases, difficulty in breathing, resulting in not being able to talk for several hours. Being inside with air conditioning is my only relief with Benadryl able to manage only the mildest attack, which may occur when i’m inside.
Some people fortunate enough to find natural ‘cures’ for their seasonal allergies have willingly shared their findings and though I try most, unfortunately, none have put the slam-dunk on my nemesis. I’m headed next week to another allergist for consultation and prick testing; perhaps this time a magic potion can be developed for me. What kinds of allergies, if any, do you have, and what works to control them!?