Sun and cleaning

Late afternoon sun on the pines behind the house
Late afternoon sun on the pines behind the house

Did I say sun? What a fantastic day! Sun and warm temperatures. Sigh. How good is that?

We had to go and get some hay today, and when we got home I spent the afternoon outside cleaning out feed troughs, water troughs, and whatever else needed to be scrubbed. Our dug well/sump pump/hose-for-animal-water was running and it was great. We don’t usually have that option late in December. Gotta take advantage whenever possible!

Cleaning the feed troughs
Cleaning the feed troughs

And so it goes. I know the colder weather is coming, but post-Solstice, more daylight is also coming, so I am feeling the positive side of things. I am also looking forward to the next week of vacation! Yay for sleeping in until 5:30 and one more cup of coffee :*)

Christmas Day 2014

Christmas Day afternoon
Christmas Day afternoon

I got to do chores without being wrapped up in foul weather gear this afternoon! We must have had at least 3″ of rain in the past 36 hours. At times I wondered if it was ever going to end. I was beginning to feel moldy around the edges, and a little grumpy into the bargain! But Marigold the Marvelous goat and I sat out on the big rock this afternoon and watched the clouds crank past as the sun was setting. The only perk of the week is that it has been so warm I have not had to crack ice in the boys’ water trough :*)

Marigold the Marvelous goat inspecting my vest
Marigold the Marvelous goat inspecting my vest

After all the hubbub of today, when the kids left I woke myself up snoring on the sofa and noticed my husband was doing the same thing in the recliner (I had been reading, really!). We aren’t used to this much excitement. It was wonderful having them all here, but I am glad we do a brunch, and then they rush off to another place to continue celebrating and we can relax into the quiet of the day. Lovely!

The finished tree
The finished tree

I finished decorating out little tree on Tuesday while the rain was battering the house. I had not found many of the handmade ornaments the kids have done over the years, but I hit the motherlode the other day and was able to bring those down. I guess we will enjoy the tree and the lights for another few days, and then time to pack it all away again.

I hope everyone has had a peaceful and relaxing holiday! I still have some amazing vacation time to enjoy and then, next stop: New Year.

It’s all about the light

Small tree, half done
Small tree, half done

Happy Solstice! Happy Hanukkah! We have had the shortest day of the year and the longest night, and now we are listening to the rain. Waiting already for the light.

And it’s been a week. Today was the first “official” day of our Christmas break. Last week was the push to get everything ready for co-workers and the holiday parties at work. Exhausting does not even begin to cover it. This weekend we had a date with our grandson on the North Pole Express at the Boothbay Railway village. A good time, and then we came back here and had a day of baking Christmas cookies. I love making a big mess, and he seemed to enjoy it as well!

It's Hanukkah
It’s Hanukkah

It’s also Hanukkah, and we are working on the next to the last day, so the menorah was cranking tonight. Leftover latkes headed up our menu, which is never a bad thing! I should be decorating the tree, but I think I may continue on that tomorrow. I have to get moving on the Pizzelle cookies in the morning. Yum!

And so it goes. Our house is a total wreck. We are not only trying to celebrate some holiday goodness, but we are putting in a woodstove, so that has thrown a giant monkey-wrench into our schedule. Needless to say, the tree has an amazingly beautiful floor to stand on this year (the hearth that John put in for the stove… lovely tile on top of layers of cement board). It’s all good, as our older son would say!

Now we just have to get past the next couple of days of pouring rain. The goaties are going to be having some inside time!

What have they done with the sun

Really! This is ridiculous. They promised sun today, but we woke up to frantic snow showers, then drizzle, then just more grey. I am wildly optimistic for tomorrow, because I need to believe that there will be sun there at least for awhile. Sigh.

As the week wound down, at least we had a Friday afternoon that was not only mild, but precipitation free. I had the chance to get home in time to sit on the big rock and have a lovely half hour with the goatie girls. They are so sweet, and they listen to anything with rapt attention, as long as you let them nibble on your gloves, hair and jacket. (I draw the line at nibbling on my face and ears!).

So today was not a winner, but hopefully tomorrow will be, because the coming week does not look bright and cheery! I am still dragging from the cold, but I slept like a dead thing last night and didn’t even think about getting up until 6:40. Very late for me, but I guess it was a good thing as I felt quite perky today.

Listening to some good music while dinner is in the oven (Indigo Girls, Idan Raichel, Gypsy Kings, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Etti Ankri, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell). Maybe some knitting is in order. And if the clouds would just pass, maybe we will see the epic Geminid meteor showers tonight. The skies up here are certainly dark enough for the show!

Another week, still bad weather

 

Icy rain.  It's disgusting.
Icy rain. It’s disgusting.

It just has not gotten much better. We are having driving rain and sleet on top of a week of below freezing temps. Yay. Just what we need!

I have been fighting off a cold, and have been lying very low since last Friday. Work, chores, and bed. That’s been about it for the past 4 or 5 days. The goats are hunkering down in the greenhouses, and we are just trying to manage the elements. Yuck!!!

Today things warmed up a bit, so the ice is slowly receding, but it’s just a damp, cold, drippy mess. On the upside, Pippi looks like she is in heat, although probably just the very beginning. I tried matching her up with Beige Boy this afternoon, but it was a struggle. She may be more receptive tomorrow. Hope it isn’t pouring rain when I get home from work. I love handling wet, randy male goats. They smell so delightful!

Icy, Grey Wednesday

Waiting for supper
Waiting for supper

Another weather turn for the worse. Woke up this morning to sleet, ice and then some rain on top. Luckily our school district called a two-hour delay, so I was even able to put off chores for an hour.

We thought the day was going to get up into the mid-40s, but the weather did not deliver on that promise. By this afternoon we had fog and drizzle, with 30 F temps. Roads were not good, so we even cancelled our monthly spinner’s meeting, which was a total bummer. But I was not sad to stay home, either!

Jingle donkey waiting for her evening meal
Jingle donkey waiting for her evening meal

The goats were pretty well tucked up in the greenhouse and only had to come outside to eat their grain. Brr! Wet-cold is always the worst. Such a day. Grey.