A cold wind has been blowing in from the North all day. This morning I went out and everything was frozen over. Had to bust up the ice on the water troughs with a hammer. The sun is out, but it never warmed up past 40 degrees. The dogs and I were going to walk down and get the mail, but I decided to pass for today. Might not have gotten back up the mountain, the cold just saps the energy from you.
Spent most of the day in my easy chair. We have a new system worked out here now that the wife is home. I have a set of head phones with a long wire on them. So I sit in the easy chair and listen to the satellite radio while she lays on the couch under a blanket and watches her favorite shows on TV. We can spend time together and still do what we both want to do. I can hack about an hour of QVC and women's clothing for the sake of "togetherness" and that's about it. She can watch one "Survivorman" and then she's ready for a change.
We have so much food we bought for the holidays that today I couldn't shut the freezer on the refrigerator. I don't know why we did that, we didn't really need anything and the kids aren't coming home for Thanksgiving. But we both agree it makes us feel more festive to have a lot of fresh food.Much of it is things we would never ordinarily buy, like pies. It does make it feel more like a holiday season time though.
I am normally a frugal person. Part of it is due to my life's experience, where money was often in short supply. Part of it is being Scotch Irish. But even so, we spent lavishly and didn't count the cost. I even tried to buy several cases of canned chicken at a big box store a few days ago. They said they could not sell me the chicken in the case. They said they would have to take all the cans out and scan them individually. I pointed out that I had brought them a can to scan. The clerk got the manager. She said they couldn't sell the chicken in the case. She did not know why. I told them to keep it.
In a few minutes I'll go out and feed the chickens. Then I'll turn on the security lights on the outbuildings, and turn the heat on in the shop, the enclosed portion of the barn, and the apartment.
For the most part, I keep chickens as a reserve source of eggs and meat.
The dogs eat the eggs now, since I'm not much on eggs. That is largely why they tend to obesity I suppose, but since my chickens are free range there's not a lot I can do about it.
The dogs aren't complaining, at any rate.
So, it's been a very calm, relaxing day with no aggravations or worries. I hope the holiday season stays calm and without worry, for all of us.