I’ve been sick. Sicker than I’ve been in quite some time thanks to a visit to pick my grandson up from daycare. I forgot what a hotbed of germs those places can be and the fact that once your own children fly the coop your immunity goes with it.
I had a good nights sleep last night, felt rested and was thankful because I knew there was snow waiting to be cleared. The driveway was cleared at 4:45 this morning and I have appointments and work tonight.
Peggy called me this morning to tell me some loom tales and offer her sympathy. Taking care of it all by myself couldn’t be good, I assured her I was fine.
I grabbed my keys on the way out to feed the goats and chickens. There was a crust of ice on top of the 6 inches of snow/sleet that had fallen overnight. Heavy shoveling. I opened the car door, inserted and turned the key – nothing – deader than dead. I have a little jump box so figured I’d jump it so the car could thaw out. Had to clean the car off first, my battery is in the trunk. Put the cables on, go turn the key, nothing. I called Bill and he told me I should charge the battery with the charger for a couple of hours.
Ugh . . . . . . .
I shoveled through the bank in front of the garage to get the charger out. Shoveled to the car to get the charger close enough. Dragged the charger to the car and searched for an extension cord.
At this point I’m thinking to myself – assisted living has never looked so good.
I fed the goats, then cleared a narrow path to the barn. The boys were causing enough of a ruckus just knowing I was outside. The shoveling was slow, I was out of breath and thinking maybe I’ll just lie in this snow bank for a few minutes til I feel better.
Again – assisted living never looked so good.
As I was finishing up shoveling out the chicken coop I could hear the thunk, thunking of a pileated woodpecker in the trees next to the driveway, then heard it call from across the road. I looked around at how beautiful it was with the ice on the trees and noted that the temperature was milder than usual and there was no wind. Chickadees were in the trees waiting for the seeds I toss out on my way to the coop and I reached in to get the warm egg laid by the only hen that seems to be laying at the moment. Those eggs are precious little gifts right now.
Okay, assisted living wouldn’t be that good.
My sister and I often talk about how long we will be able to stay in our old, drafty, cold houses by ourselves. I’m fortunate to have help on the weekends but the weekdays can sometimes be a reality check. Honestly I didn’t mind the physical aspect of the work this morning it was the mental exercises that had to take place in order to do what needed to be done. These were things outside of my usual daily routine and my brain just was not in problem solving mode. Let’s hope the car starts and the day improves from here.