It has been challenging recently. My heart and mind want to do farm chores, but my body screams no. Thursday I was too ill to even try. Friday and Saturday I made it to the barn and did about 1/2 my normal chores and then went in. It is nice to see the animals anyway. I got to see the pigs eat out of the big pig trough for the first time.
But I also found the remains of one of our hens, likely killed by an eagle.
Today I slowly finished my portion of the chores. I noticed that the peahen was running around, and below is where she had been nesting. We had never checked to see if there were eggs under her because we didn’t want to disturb her, but there are no signs of any eggs. This is worrisome because we had a chicken hen sitting on eggs under the goat feeder, and the other day the eggs were completely missing. So we are worried we have an egg thief in our midst, perhaps another weasel. But not sure if an egg thief could steal eggs from the hay loft or not. We have a live trap out baited with an egg but no results yet.
After exhausting myself with what little chores I did, I sat on the back porch with some water and watch Tom rototill the garden. I just love our soil!
Later in the morning I really want to get some seeds planted in the greenhouse, but out there it is hot and you have to stand. So Tom helped me set up a a planting station on our back porch where I could sit and plant. I managed to get the squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, basil and sunflower seeds started this way. Tom then moved them to the greenhouse.
So I got a little something done today and felt like I was outside for once.
That’s a mystery about the eggs! I hope you catch a thief!
I’m so sorry you are having so trouble getting things done. At least you got to see the pigs and get some seeds planted.
I hope we catch our egg thief too. Seeing pigs and planting some seeds is not very much for three days though.
that must be really frustrating, as there is so much to do this time of year. I’m sorry you’re feeling so rotten. Just one thing on top of another. That is some beautiful soil, though. If you have to be hunkered, you folks are pretty well situated to do that- with producing a lot of your own food there and all. I’ve been thinking about self-sufficiency more and more recently.
It is frustrating. I get these moments where I feel well and think it is all over and then sick again. So disappointing, and worse so with the lovely weather. It is hard to sit around and watch TV with it being so nice. We are well situated though and I can get creative with cooking in a different way now. I think a lot of people are thinking about self sufficiency now.