Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December Daily - Day 8 Tuesday

Woke to MINUS 5 degrees...today on the 8th. Tuesday.

(Woke to 3 degrees yesterday.. Dang, yesterday was warm!)...

My early am chores:

1. First, got the woodstove going... toasty warm in the house!

2. Went to get 1/2 and 1/2 for my first cup of joe.. Noticed a 'leak' in the kitchen fridge...bottom shelf. Meat not sealed correctly...juice leaked under glass above the veggie drawers. Got to clean the fridge at 5:30am... before that first cup!! Something is not right in the world...

3. Made french toast for kids.

4. Lots of water to be hauled. Filled buckets filled in laundry room, then hauled outside to chickens, dogs. Spilled some on the steps from laundry room to garage... Cheese...

5. Filled 'backup' bunny water bottles so darling daughter has less to do. Save a step? She normally brings in the cold ones, and defrosts them then fills them and goes back out... Tick. Tock.

6. Bunny cages covered with blankets. In the barn. Their water was frozen.. They must be too!

7. A cat got in the house (thanks small son) and got on top of the kitchen window sill and helped herself to scraps (doggy compost) - she made a mess. Greasy yucky mess... Had to break out the windex, clean clean clean. Sigh...

8. Husband hit the road at 7am, won't be back until late...real late. He is taking meat to the sausage man in Mackie, Idaho. Six hour drive one way. Someone has to do his chores!

9. Laundry room smells like diesel. Husband drenched himself in Diesel yesterday (ranch accident) - nearly killed himself - he was under the diesel ranch tank, and unplugged it to drain it... was only to be the 'sludge' at the bottom. The Diesel people had filled the tank, without permission, so gallons of fuel covered him - while he was trying to plug it again with bare hands... Cold fuel. Bare hands... layers of clothing. In one eye, too. His hands hurt from the temperature, and no doubt toxic stuff. The diesel people will be hearing from me today... the washing machine has been going and going - trying to get two loads of fuel covered clothes de-stinked.

10. Scheduled a conference call for next week. Second job stuff... Or, was it third job?

11. Dinner plans changed - scratching the slow cooked meal of lamb shanks for pizza.

12. It's only 8:45 am... but needed 'someone' to talk to!!!!

Please Lord... I'm exhausted... My cup is already full! Or is it 'fuel'?

Off to the elf job I go...

Thanks for listening... Or is it 'tanks'?

(running on 'empty' over here! Just a little punchy - lack of sleep and got fumes!!!)

The good news? The sun is shining... My little piece of heaven...

14 comments:

Elise said...

Sweet ANDI! Oh, honey. Wish I could come over and share some "joe", a hug and a lil' venting with you... Consider it a cyber hug, in any case. I am not half the ranch woman you are, but from one to another, I recognize the kind of courage it takes to do the "little things" that have to be done this time of year... A LOT!!! You, my dear, are FABULOUS, gracious, joyful and AMAZING! Keep up the fine work and just KNOW that I, for one, really do understand!!!

Karen said...

Andi! What a morning! My coffe pot is on, reheating the coffee that Hubby made this morning that I have yet had the chance to sip. I am still defrosting to awaking to cold and taking the kids to school when it was 24 degrees out....but, you most definitely have it MUCH colder! The hard part here is that we don't not have any clothes that are meant for that kind of cold and so we froze. Speaking of freezing....wow...that is a major accident! I hope your Hubby has defrosted and am glad that he's okay! Your own fuel always amazes me and reminds me that I can't be tired.....because you've already packed a full day's worth into the morn! (((HUGS)))

Suzanne C said...

Wowzer Andi! Your morning sounds like a full day! HOpe it got better and you are resting now.

an east coast (soon to be western) family said...

Just another regular day on the ole Sexton ranch...huh! Wow!! Glad to hear that Rancher Sexton is okay...scary sounding. Hope you gave those disel people an earful! Hope tomorrow is a "bit" more relaxing. Hugs to you...K

Anne said...

Hi, Andi! Diesel stinks soooo bad! And what a scare! I am glad your hubby is okay! Hang in there! :-)

Tami B. said...

You had a full day before 9am. Sending virtual chocolate and coffee and lots of hugs.

*karendianne. said...

Holy froze half to death batman!!! I'll simply say I really don't dagnabit like it when this go all wrong during chores before coffee. It's very hard to be a "safe person" and my hats off to you for getting thru Day 8 morning. I really seriously HATE mornings like this. I really freakin' do. I better go. I'm not helping...

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

So glad your hubby is OK. How scary! I have a healthy fear of farm accidents having lived through many while growing up on a ranch. I never forget the time a cow fell on me from the top story of a cemi cattle trailer. Thought I was a gonner for sure! God saved me though, didn't even break a bone.

As for the tree farm. It is a small one off Mt. Glenn road on Iggo Lane. It is just below a bigger tree farm called Donovan's. I don't even though Robin has a sign for their tree farm. It was only $30 for a tree, which I didn't think was too bad.

Hope things get less stressful for you. It is so hard when all the water is frozen. I remember those days! Should be warming up a little soon :) Hang in there!

God Bless,
Jackie

Diana said...

Happy Holidays Andi

Sweet Blessings said...

Oh MY...you have been having a day of it! I HATE Diesel smell...you are a much better wife than I am...those clothes usually go straight in the dumpster :D (Okay, originally, the are taken off on the front porch with intentions to be washed after the clean air works it's magic...but, after a couple of days, and an inventory of work pants...the trash is the most obvious answer :D) Praying today is a CALM day...filled with WARM things, and many, many Sweet blessings!

Lauren said...

Girl, you never cease to amaze me with your amazing amount of energy!!!

And it was minus 15 when I walked my dog on Wednesday morning!!!! Today, it was only minus 3, so I feel your pain!!! Stay warm! :)

Sue McGettigan said...

Andi, you are wonder woman!! I'm having a hard time getting past the temperature to take in the rest of your BUSY morning, all that before 9am? I think my life is hectic and busy until I read posts like this, now I think I might be a slacker :)

Hang in there sistah!

Lauren said...

Oh you poor sweet thing! Something tells me that you are more "pioneer woman" before breakfast then pioneer woman is her whole life! LOL **hugs***

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Andi,
Sounds like you are having a super busy Christmas Season. Thanks for answering my question about how your keeping Christ in Christmas. You are so right, it all starts in the heart! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

God Bless,
Jackie