February 25, 2011

Friday Follow-Up

This week:

-- I tried using the two-way radios as a kidding monitor, but I wasn't successful. Hubby taped the "speak" button down with electrical tape and I set the unit in the barn at 10:00 PM when I went to bed. We both decided the white noise of the receiving unit was much too distracting to sleep through, so I turned it off and decided I'd turn it on at intervals throughout the night (we have old house dogs who have to go outside several times during the night). At midnight I turned it on to listen, but the battery of the barn unit was already dead. Oh well, it was a good idea. Our middle daughter said she still has her baby monitor even though our granddaughter just turned seven, and she will send it to me.

-- I'm on kidding watch, barn monitor or not. This morning I donned my coveralls, turned on my battery-powered lantern and walked to the goat barn in the dark. One of the Great Pyrenees came along, I think she knows there are babies coming. All was quiet in the barn; the goats were cuddled up together, chewing cud, and did not even get up. After a few peaceful minutes the dog and I left, walking back through the dark.

-- Rain! Thursday we had thunderstorms and even a bit of hail, an estimated 0.41 inches of water. We've been in a drought, even after the snowstorms, and any rain is good rain. It was an exhilerating storm, wild and loud. I was in the metal-roofed goat barn when the pea-size hail fell; it was deafening.

-- There are little leaves on the plum tree - not leaf buds - but leaves. The daffodils are up, so are the irises. A friend told me their daffodils have already bloomed. Such an early spring after such a cold, snowy month.

-- Spring fever has overcome me: I did some spring cleaning and decluttering this week. The older I get, the easier it is to let go of some things, while at the same time I cling even tighter to other things. Quite a paradox, isn't it? I guess I can better recognize what is important vs what is simply "good".

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