Farm News could be called Prison News because that’s how I feel being confined to the house week after week. The animals on the farm are surviving but as you can see by these pictures, they look cold and bored. The chicken side of the barn where Susannah and Emma also live is heated by this small “furnace” that hangs from the ceiling. It is not warm in this part of the barn by any means but much better than the goat pen on the west side. The geese sit outside most of the day in the cold wind but at chore time, I water and feed them in a protected outside area where they spend the night. I wish I could offer them more comfort. We are all so tired of this bitter cold. It’s 10:30 am as I write this and the wind chill outside is 28 below zero.
Bentley is visiting for the week while his mom and dad are enjoying Arizona weather and friends. He and Telly play outside for long periods of time and I begin to worry about them. When they come in, their feet are full of frozen snow and their noses and faces are covered with ice. They thaw out, have a short nap and then take off again. Having Bentley here is like having another of my own dogs move back in. He is adaptable to all my routines and Telly loves having a playmate. I think they are pacing themselves this time and not playing so hard they hurt themselves. That’s a good thing!
I’ve been asked about my eyes – they are pretty good but still swollen on the lids. I cannot put my eye makeup on just yet and I feel naked without it. The areas around my eyes and forehead are very tender to the touch and I was told I might see swelling for several months. That’s OK – by then it will be spring. Because of the swelling, I’m not sure I have noticed better eyesight yet especially playing the piano – that is where I noticed it the most.
Last Thursday was the big blizzard and we didn’t even get to send out Farm News. Today it’s just cold so I may venture out to the grocery store and Subway. Doesn’t a sub sound good?
I have sewed and sewed because there isn’t much else to do. Everyday on the blog I am posting one of the projects I have recently finished. Right now I will have to stop and clean up my sewing room so I can find the notes on all of these projects.
Thanks to all of you who comment or write to me – I love hearing where you’re from and what you’re doing to survive this awful winter.
Here’s a joke from one of our blog readers:
When I read that Rick wouldn’t take you shopping for fear that he’d be accused of physically abusing you it reminded me of this joke I received a couple weeks ago. When you get to the end substitute Tylenol for tampons and you’ll know why I thought to send this to you. So don’t send Rick or it could be an expensive errand!
North Dakota SALESMAN
A young guy from North Dakota moves to Florida and goes to a big “everything under one roof” department store looking for a job.
The Manager says, “Do you have any sales experience?” The kid says “Yeah. I was a vacuum salesman back in North Dakota .”
Well, the boss was unsure, but he liked the kid and figured he’d give him a shot, so he gave him the job.
“You start tomorrow. I’ll come down after we close and see how you did.”
His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down to the sales floor.
“How many customers bought something from you today son?”
The kid frowns and looks at the floor and mutters, “One”.
The boss says “Just one?!!? Our sales people average sales to 20 to 30 customers a day.
That will have to change, and soon, if you’d like to continue your employment here. We have very strict standards for our sales force here in Florida . One sale a day might have been acceptable in North Dakota , but you’re not on the farm anymore, son.”
The kid took his beating, but continued to look at his shoes, so the boss felt kinda bad for chewing him out on his first day. He asked (semi-sarcastically), “So, how much was your one sale for?”
The kid looks up at his boss and says “$101,237.65″.
The boss, astonished, says $101,237.65?!? What the heck did you sell?”
The kid says, “Well, first, I sold him some new fish hooks. Then I sold him a new fishing rod to go with his new hooks.
Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin engine Chris Craft.
Then he said he didn’t think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that Ford 4×4 Expedition.”
The boss said “A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a boat and a TRUCK!?”
The kid said “No, the guy came in here to buy tampons for his wife, and I said, ‘Dude, your weekend’s shot, you should go fishing.’ ”