Today was rather interesting at times. I thought I’d share a couple of glimpses of life on the new homestead.
Some parts may not be for the slightly squeamish.
The morning was pretty normal. Since this was the first day we didn’t have to go back to the old house, it was a rather laid back morning other then getting ready for the social worker homestudy visit. It’s hubby’s first day back at work since last week. He works 12 hour shifts so he has more days off then one who works 8 hour shifts. It so happened he was off for our entire move. He’s on nights this time.
We spent the morning trying to find our bedroom floor amidst boxes. We did quite well and can mostly get around now. This bedroom is quite a bit smaller, so we had to give up our armoire. My sewing room will benefit from that loss.
We received a call that the social worker wouldn’t be able to make it after all because she was snowed in. All around us they had lots of snow, but we had none! We were actually happy to postpone the visit, since this week has been SO busy.
In the meantime I arranged for hubby to pick up a dresser someone local was giving away. Elsa needed a dresser.
Everyone on the local yard sale site knows I’m always looking out for meats for our dogs too. Recycling at its finest in action! Using up people’s freezer odds and ends! Especially now that we have barn cats too. They came with the barn.
The person giving away the dresser said she had a bag of stuff from her freezer for our dogs too. Awesome!
After hubby got home we brought in the dresser. Then I decided to unwrap the meat and use it in the next batch of dog food. I unwrapped the first package and nearly jumped out of my skin when it unravelled to reveal something… FLUFFY
I screamed, like a little school girl! I was expecting to see meat, not something fluffy. lol
It was actually feathers, what looked to be half a bird of some sort. I have always said we feed our animals all sorts of game, and we do! They’ve had moose, deer, elk, wild boar, duck, goose, and of course beef, pork, chicken and turkey! If its good meat, they’ve eaten it!
Birds with feathers still on them though? I’m not yet country girl enough, homesteader enough, to know how to deal with that!
Soooo… I had the bright idea of leaving this frozen bird, and the few more frozen birds I found in other packages, for the many barn cats. But where?
I didn’t want the mess in the barn…
So we thought and thought and I told the kids to put it in a spot we’ve seen the cats wandering, not too far from the barn, yet far enough to not lure other animals TO the barn…
And we went on with our day. Had dinner, said goodbye to my hubby, cleaned up after dinner, did some more unpacking and then got ready for bed.
Once it got dark, Joshua (19 year old son) came in and said there’s a pack of coyotes near the Quonset.
Yup. Sure enough, they found the birds.
Lesson learned today!
Do NOT entice the coyotes!
And do NOT open packages of meat expecting to see only meat.
And be VERY thankful for the wonderfully well trained German Shepard we have!
I know it’s just a few if MANY lessons we’ll be learning along the way.