* Plowing, especially when there's tons of snow to move, takes a L-O-T of gas. If you're pushing a big amount up a hill, you might have your foot depressed on the gas pedal nearing all the way to the floor. I filled up on Thanksgiving night and then I filled up again on Saturday night. That's a tank in 48 hours. A 25-gallon tank. Ouch. But, that's one of the prices I pay, quite literally, for living where I do. And, that's okay.
For those of you who read Mama Pea's blog, you know that I inherited 6 of their chickens destined for the butcher block Saturday night. (Here's a link directly to that post.) Two Cuckoo Maran hens and three hens and one GORGEOUS rooster made up of a mix of Red Dorking and Wellsummer. I saw Jane, from Hard Work Homestead, comment on Mom's blog that, given the shift in winter environments - from very little snow to buckets of it - that the rooster, previously unnamed, should be dubbed 'Shackleton'. I love it! Shackleton, he is! :)
Imagine the ride home that night, tho: the day's accumulation of parcels plus two humans, one with an overnight bag, (remember, I was bringing My Girl home with me) plus two large dogs (Tucker's a full-size dog, no matter his 4" legs!) plus a large crate containing six chickens! I had the poultry inside: I didn't want them to freeze their little beaks off in the open back of the pickup. Both of the dogs are so used to having feathered friends around that I wasn't too worried about combining all of them in the crew cab of the truck . . . until I saw just HOW interested Tucker was in the bunch! Fortunately, once I borrowed a second tarp from Papa Pea to cover the dogs' side of the carrying crate and a couple of bungee cords to firm it in place, Tucker was just fine.
|I stole this image from Mom's blog. You can't tell that there are 6 full-size chickens in that crate, but there are! (And, hey, I do a "forced smile" pretty well!)|
Taking DAYS longer than I'd expected, I finally got the 2011 Chicken Mama Designs calendar finished last night and sent off to the printer. Whew! My hope had been to have it, in hand, for my sale this coming Saturday, but there was just no way. Once I have a moment, though, I am going to post images of it and take pre-orders. It's my first full-size one, and I'm really happy with it! I used only images from this part of the state and then listed all the events that take place throughout the year along the North Shore of Lake Superior. (Well, as many events as I could find and had time for.) I am a bit nervous to see the finished product, tho: during editing, there were entries that kept flip-flopping themselves on the day they were entered. And, for the way I need those events to be read, I NEED it to be printed correctly. But, the printer offers a 100%, no questions asked guarantee, so I took a big breath and ordered the full amount I thought I'd need for this first printing. Cross your fingers for me, 'kay?!
I am still woefully unprepared for Saturday's sale, and, as a result, have not done much local advertising. I should know by the end of tomorrow how it's going to come together, though, and so, if I'm confident enough with things, I'll really work on getting the word out then. And, with that, I need to get runnin'. Must make hay while the sun shines and all that rot. But, before it's gone (okay, okay, no real chance of that!), I'll post pictures from last week's snowstorm.
|Both of these images were taken on the main road (once I turn off the highway).|
|Here, you can better see the rapidly-filling set of tracks I was able to follow . . . but only until they turned off, halfway up the road.|
|Thanksgiving Morning: You can't see it very well here, but all four of the tires' rims were PACKED with snow!|
|Sure is (was!) purdy!|
|Plowing. This is at the 'Y' in the driveway. Left goes to the house, right goes to the trapper cabin. Like my sign? It reads 'NO Trespassing. Violators will be shot. Survivors will be shot again.' ;)|
|I had to rake through the snow in the poultry yard to find one of the three outdoor waterers!|