I had to take a couple days off a while back because I took something personally and I was cranky. It's better I stay off the computer when I'm cranky. But then the blizzard... It was bad, but we've had worse. We lost power for a little while, but not bad. It's just that I get so stressed. We don't have wood, so our only heat is electric space heaters, and when the power is out there's no heat. Also, no water, which stresses me out even worse.
But before the blizzard hit, I had to get my girls (the cows) over to the big Angus ranch for breeding. The older one, Cricket, has a 5 month old foster calf on (Oliver), so he's of a significant size now, and with two adult (1,500+ pounds) cows and the steer, there wasn't room in our little 3-horse slant trailer, so I had to decide which one to take. I decided to take Morgaine (Cricket's daughter) since she's dry and by herself. I'd worry too much about Cricket if she got stranded at the neighbor's for any length of time. So Morgaine went visiting and Cricket and Oliver stayed tucked nice and dry in their barn during the blizzard. We go pick Morgaine up today. I put a patch on her butt before we took her (a scratch-off thing so when the silver coating is rubbed off, you know the bull was up there <wink>). Anyway, the neighbor called day before yesterday and said her patch was bright shiny pink, so she's bred. Calving due date next September! YAY! I'll be back in milk again! (Right now, Oliver is taking all of Cricket's milk and we're drinking crappy store milk, ugh.)
Then yesterday was my birthday, and I ended up spending almost two hours on the phone with my sister. She's a cop in St. Helens (Oregon), and we don't get a chance to talk much, except on our birthdays, so we have to do all our catching up then. Rich made me his famous frying pan meatloaf and potatoes (OMG it's good and I only get it once a year!), and instead of making myself a birthday cake (Rich doesn't bake), I decided to use some of my canned apples from last year and make an apple crisp. It was WAY better than chocolate cake, and for me to say that, really means the apple crisp was excellent! It's so simple to make, I don't know why I don't do it more often...
Meanwhile, during the almost-two-day blizzard, we still had to trudge out and do chores twice a day, which was MISERABLE because the wind was blowing fine snow right into our faces as we walked north to the barns. It was like being sandblasted. I couldn't look where I was going, so I had to take quick glances to see that I was still headed in the right direction, then put my head back down and try to watch where my feet were going. Rich followed my footsteps so he didn't get lost. The blizzard finally blew itself out Sunday morning, and the sun came out, so he fired up the Bobcat and started working on clearing paths. It was really deep on Saturday, but Saturday night the wind picked up harder, and blew a lot of the snow south onto our neighbor's hill. When we went out for evening chores on Saturday, the snow was up to my knees, but by Sunday mid morning, it was only about 8 to 10 inches deep. The wind is formidable here, to say the least.
So finally, by Wednesday afternoon, Rich had cleared out the driveway and the gate, and managed to clear enough of the area down by the cow pen that he can get the pickup and the trailer backed in there to unload Morgaine when she comes home this afternoon.
Anyway, I've been having a very stressful time, but now I feel better. I had a cocktail last night while Rich was making me dinner, and I felt like such a slacker. I was just sitting on the couch, smelling the wonderful dinner smells and waiting for it to get ready. I only have a couple (maybe) drinks a year, so just one took the edge off nicely and I was finally feeling warm and fuzzy. And now at least one of the cows is pregnant, so I know there will be a calf and milk next summer. Unless the weather bamboozles us, Cricket is going to visit her beau next weekend (the 13th or 14th) and she always gets pregnant on the first try, so if we can get her over there, I'll have two calves and twice as much milk next year. Oh, the cheese and butter! I really hate having to buy that stuff at the store. Especially when I have two perfectly good milk cows here. Jeez...
Anyway, I'm sure a lot more stuff happened, but those were the high points that I can remember right now. I hope I can stay sane for a little while before my next period of stressed crazy.
Oh, I got some pictures of Rich moving the snow so if I have time later today, I'll download those to my hard drive and post them here.