Its been a relatively uneventful week here on the homestead. We had a mild spell with the sun shining bright and snow melting enough that it was actually worthwhile to put the goats out to pasture for a bit. The chickens loved it and barged out of their run and down the trail the moment I opened the door to feed them. Such a simple pleasure to watch a gunch of fluffy butts scratching and pecking at the ground!
I used the opportunity of good weather and empty barn and pens to do some cleaning in there. I got the coop cleaned out, roosts scraped and fresh shavings on the floor and in the nesting boxes. I’m trying out deep litter in the goat stall, so I just “fluffed” that and added some fresh shavings over the straw. I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about the deep litter method for the goats. It seems to be most efficient for us when I alternate hay/straw and shavings. A couple of my bantam hens got in there and had already done a major part of the fluffing and turning for me. Have I mentioned how much I love chickens yet? 😊
I also used the warmer weather as an opportunity to trim the goats hooves again and oh my! It had only been about 2 to 3 weeks since the last trimming and they had already grown significantly! I will be needing to keep a close eye on them over the winter months it seems. The frequent standing around in the wet snow must accelerate growth, which makes sense considering our nails grow faster when they are often in water too. Its good practice for them and me anyway and the wetness does make for an easier job trimming so thats a bright side to it.
After the warm spell we naturally got a snowstorm which has been going on since the evening before last. It’s so pretty out today! All the trees are draped in a heavy blanket of sticky snow and the flakes that are still coming down are huge and dancy. The less-pretty side is me pushing and shoving and pulling to try to get doors and gates open, but that’s just part of this life. Once the snow stops coming down I’ll scrape the snow down around all the doors/gates and they’ll be fine. I’m just happy its not ice!
Indoors, life has been calm, or at least as calm as can be with a toddler at play. I’ve been working on finishing up crochet projects that will be given as gifts next week for Christmas. I finished off 2 hats and a scarf and am still working on a blanket, another hat and a unicorn and missing a pompom to finish another hat. Hats are one of the only things I can crochet relatively quickly right now and I did not want to venture into uncharted territory so close to Christmas or I would have tried to make some mittens. Apart from the crocheting, I’m also baking several freezable breads and energy bites and other goodies for a gift basket I am giving my dad. I am running out of time however as tomorrow will be a busy day between errands, a few hours at work and getting last minute things in order before my husbands parents arrive Thursday morning from Belgium. This will be their first “real” Christmas in Canada and their first Christmas with us since kiddo was born. Kiddo, who I might add, is super excited! She is so determined that she will not be shy with her Bompie ( he is very tall and has a deep voice, a combination that always takes time for her to get used to) and her plans are to “dump out all my little guys on the floor for Granny and Bompie” 😂.
Oh yea..I also killed several hours daydreaming as I flipped through my William Dam seed catalogue the last couple of evenings haha! It occured to my that my Halifax seeds catalogue will probably have been sent to our old house. Ugh!
So there you have it, the moseying meanders of a winter week on the homestead! Happy last week before Christmas everyone!