Monday, January 30, 2017

From Country Camper to Town Home.....We are Back!

We continued our Critter Chores through the weekend while Dean was away.
Each day we got a little better at it.
Louis Dean took care of the goats while I tended to everything that had fur or feathers.
We would go down both morning (late!) and evening (early!)......
I fed the cats first. Dean has a nice little cat population going now.

The geese got a cup of cracked corn....

and the ducks enjoyed their dinner.

It's a feeding frenzy!!

After they ate, they glided back to the other side of the tank.

Then I went to the peacocks. A few chickens live in there with them, too.

Then there's a full pen right next door of hens and roosters.

Louis Dean takes the goats out of their pen and chains them down in the meadow.

Then at night he reverses the procedure.

I noticed wild flowers growing on the bank side of the tank - also called Lake Tomaguchi.
Not much winter in Texas.

The best thing I cooked all weekend was this pan of fried potatoes.
We ate it with bacon, fried eggs and toasted cinnamon raisin bread.

Every evening we had a campfire......

and sat outside with a glass of wine.

I was slow to get back to writing on my book....
but I did manage to finish up chapter six and wrote close to 2,500 words on chapter seven.
The time frame at that point is the fall of 1959 through the fall of 1960.
We moved every single year around Labor Day. Just before school started.

I used to roll my sisters' hair in these spoolies on Saturday night before we went to church on Sunday.
I pinned doilies over their head to hold the curlers and keep them from coming loose. We walked to whatever church was nearest us - mostly Baptist ones.

We left the ranch around 11:00.

Louis Dean drove us home by way of the back roads until we got to Waxahachie when we got up on I35. Lots of little towns and I always wonder what the people do for a living there.

Neither of us feel very well but we have kept plodding along.
I've done the laundry and put everything up. Louis Dean has caught up on his news and stock market.
 I made a good dinner even. Meat loaf (from the freezer), mashed potatoes, baked beans and corn bread.

Louis Dean has been telling me he needs a keeper and I should be watching him a little closer.
He may be right. When I went outside to put some things in the chest freezer (which we keep out by the storage building) I noticed the lid was open. Louis Dean forgot to close it when he got the ice out to put in our food chests when we left - on THURSDAY afternoon!!
Thankfully the weather had been cool and the chest was not filled with food all the way to the top so the things at the bottom were still frozen. He's going to need to defrost that tomorrow though!

We have been going to bed early lately. As in 8:30 Friday night and 9:30 Saturday night. 
LD is already in bed and I am going to close, go take a really hot shower and go to bed too.
Hopefully we will all feel better in the morning.
Nearly everyone I talk to lately has been having a scratchy throat along with a cough and some congestion. Sleep will help. It always does.


Ginny Hartzler said...

There are so many illnesses going around here! But nothing makes you feel better than a hot shower and a good nights sleep! I do hope you are much better in the morning. That pan of fried potatoes looks so delicious! I love the geese shadows, and their bright orange beaks. And even peacocks, wow! These look like a male and female. I used to use these spoolies! Sleep tight!

Susie said...

Linda, I am almost afraid to go out where there's people. We wash our hands as soon as we get home. I wipe doorknobs down . It's scary what all we can get just thru the air. Take care of each other...get your vitamin C going. Blessings, love, xoxo, Susie

Estelle's said...

Always alot to see down at the ranch! Love it! I am always amazed at the many things you both accomplish! Maybe a week off with rest and relaxation is much needed. Take good care!

Arlene Grimm said...

Hope today is a good one for you two!!

G Dazeez said...

I'm glad you are home safe, hope you get to feeling better. We have to check on each other and make lists. Jr's dad always carried a notepad in his pocket. I can't tell you how many times I have left our home and had to drive back to make sure our garage door was shut. Get some rest!

Vee said...

Good to go and good to get home! I have pulled a few stunts myself lately. Just found cheese left out for days. Good grief! (If it had been sitting on the counter, I would have found it, but it was tossed in a bowl on the table.) Get yourselves settled and take good care of each other. Praying for good health to be fully restored.

Kelly said...

Yes, me too! Me and my husband both have mild sore throats when we wake in the morning and I've had some congestion. I guess it's this time of year. You and LD have been very busy! That was a lot of animals and birds to take care of! Running a farm is a lot of work. I bet it was nice sitting around the campfire at night. I love doing that and haven't done it in a long time. I love the fact that you're writing a book! I can't wait to read it one day.

Say What? said...

I hope you got a good nights rest and you are feeling much better this morning. Maybe you two can stay in and nap today?

Sandra said...

yummmmm on the taters.. and still jealous over all those animals you were caring for. glad you are home safe and hope the nights sleep helped both of you. we are both starting to need keepers.. glad you did not lose all your stuff in the freezer.. I find bob is leaving cabinet doors open more and more and every single day he leaves his jar of apricot preserves out. I find it and put it up... small things.. hope you are both not getting the sore throat thing. I am with Suzie... we stay out of public places in flu and cold season.. and wash our hands a lot.

Linda said...

I can so identify with your feelings about the deep freeze being left open. I have a roast in the crock pot. I just found the lid half off. Somebody was snooping. Grrrr. I love goats but I also love anything in feathers. I find a flock of hens soothing on a warm spring day when the gras is fresh and green.

Deanna Rabe said...

I hope you're feeling better!

Fun to get a way for a few days!