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Tidying up the yard in the cold

Friday, January 31, 2014

Since today the wind as finally slowed down to five miles per hour, I got in some yard work.

Papers to burn, and I walked around picking up lots of tiny bits of aluminum that used to live in a big box under the camper, but a few nights ago we had at least 75 mph winds, as plywood was blowing as well. I had picked that up the day before and today the aluminum. Even with thinsulate mittens my fingers got very cold!

I moved fast and no cats helped me since they are snuggled in the barn.

No signs of the two new cats dumped off on me last night. They were males and tame but from another place where owners did not want them. No guarantees they would stay with us since they were older cats.

We only take boy cats so no multiplication worries. They were dropped off in the dark (we let them do this) and the poor cats were not happy. Will I ever see them? It is a big barn but not sure they would stay since four other cats live in the barn.

This morning I checked the barn but only saw my cats. Three snuggled in the hot box, looked out at me and tucked back in, and JoeJoe was clomping in the loft and came down to see what I was doing. He is a big cat & the loft creaked where he walked above my head.

My work jackets smell like smoke as usual. I have a 'good' jacket for going to town with. Hubby is off work for five days this week, so while I do inside and outside chores, he is talking to friends and hopefully picking up his medicines in town.

He likes living out in the country, and with no chores, I can see why. Since he works I figure this is my job and that one his.

Snow is coming in, so today was the day to get things done in the great outdoors before winds move in again. Snow is predicted from 1-6 inches meaning they just don't know. Propane tank is at 50% so no worries about that.

We are waiting for info of a funeral of a man who died suddenly at home.
He had went to the doctor, who told him he had acid reflux and ordered tests in another week. He went home, and that evening died. They missed the signs of a heart attack. He was 73, a thin active man, leaving behind a dear wife who has terminal cancer.

I think the springs on my washer are getting weak, as it is dancing no matter how well I balance the loads. I think it is from the 1980s, 1990s. Used machines are heavier built, but they need parts sometimes. That is the job of hubby. I'm glad I don't know how to fix them, or I'd have another chore on my list. There is another old washer and dryer in our basement. But who wants to carry things that far? I sacrificed space in an already tiny house for an old set to be in this narrow room. So worth it! My favorite location would be in the bedroom, but that floor freezes and not a good place for water pipes. It is narrow room as well, made up of various porches over the years, and finally made into a part of the house.

Yes, I have a very makeshift home here. Now all the rooms are correctly attached together. When in full remodel, with some walls down to studs, a lot of defects were found and corrected. It is amazing it stood the test of time.

Time to fold some clothes, sweep the floor for a 2nd time as I tracked in some dirt again. I refuse to take my shoes off in the winter. Floors are too cold!

I am staying the same with my weight and I got to the chiropractor, so the pain should be decreasing over the next few days.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AALLEY2 2/4/2014 9:14AM

    emoticon feel better! emoticon Think sunny thoughts emoticon

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CAMEOANDLACE 2/3/2014 4:16PM

    Sounds like you are settling in. An old home is a lot of work. Our remodel is also finding things that need repairing.

It is nice of you to take in cats.

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TREV1964 2/1/2014 10:48AM

    I am hoping that things weatherwise continue to improve.



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ANDREAG89 2/1/2014 12:04AM

    It sounds like your chores give you plenty of activity!

My father-in-law lives in an old farm house, and I know those cold floors can just chill to the bone! But the logs on the fire make one feel so toasty.

I hope you have your bread and milk (and whatnot) to prepare for however many inches of snow that may or may not hit.

Glad to hear of the chiro visit - I could use one myself - and that you're on track to feeling better.

Stay warm!

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EABL81 1/31/2014 9:36PM

    Cats do love their creature comforts. Why should they go out in the cold? That's what they think humans are for. emoticon Hope the others show up.

Don't tell me that you're getting snow again! What you get, we get a day or so later.


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_MOBII_ 1/31/2014 9:06PM

    I hate cold floors too...but I also hate wearing shoes, lol!

Did you by chance check on the feet on your washer? Sometimes the feet just need to be adjusted. Worth a check, may be a quick inexpensive fix?

I hope all the kittys make friends and keep warm in the barn!

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FOCUSONME57 1/31/2014 5:51PM

    I have a feeling the other two cats are probably just hiding in the barn while they adjust to their new home. You are so wonderful to take them in, although I'm sure they will work for their supper to help keep the barn free of rodents.

My washer does worse than dance, two of the little leg leveler things rusted and broke off. It's 25 years old and still works, so it would be awful hard for me to convince myself to buy a new one. I bought some wood shims and duct taped them together to form makeshift legs instead.

The forecast for us tomorrow is 3-6 inches of snow, and then rain on top of it.

Stay warm!

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LINDAK25 1/31/2014 2:39PM

    If you lived by the ocean 75 mph winds would be hurricane force winds! Gale force winds, over 25 mph, are more than enough! Maybe you'll just have a little snow this time.

Maybe the cats are just hiding? People drop cats off in my neighborhood all the time. And, no, we don't let them. There's a neighborhood cat that goes after kittens and kills them. It's very frustrating.

Hope you're feeling better in no time, being without pain makes life so much easier.

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LETHA_ 1/31/2014 1:13PM

    Loved this blog post about your day. Hope you don't get too much snow.

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MJK0430 1/31/2014 1:05PM

    I enjoyed reading about your country day.

Too bad we all have chores, just different types. :)

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