Monday, January 10, 2011
Snow and candles
We had a really pretty snow this weekend. The dogs enjoyed playing outside, but only for short periods. I think I need to make Oscar a sweater. Doesn't matter what we feed him or how much he just doesn't gain any weight. Of course Max, aka fat sausage, doesn't have that problem. 4 of the Muscovy ducks have moved into the chicken house, leaving the rest of the ducks out in the cold. They will not enter the chicken house and do not like to go into their 'house'. I suppose they will move inside when they are cold enough. I do worry about them though. One of our turkey hens has also moved into the chicken house. This causes quite a stir amongst the chickens, who will move off of the main roost to crowd on the secondary one. Occasionally they will move back with the turkey, but more often than not, she has the roost to herself. One of the ducks has gone broody, picking the prime piece of real estate directly under the chicken roost, deep in poo. She has been sitting on this lovely poo nest for over a week, and yet she has no eggs. I am actually relieved that she doesn't have eggs, it is too cold for babies. Well baby fowl anyway.
We are still on lamb watch in the barn. The 2 ewes, Artemis and Persephone have now been in the barn for over a week, and look ready to go at anytime. I check for signs twice a day, but nothing yet, only increasing bellies and udders. I think that instead of giving birth, they are actually going to explode. We will also begin to keep an eye on Psyche, though she should have another month to go. I am anxious to get the first lambing over so I know what to expect.
Because it has been so cold, we have been confined in the house more than usual, I have taken this time to make more candles. I took an informal poll on Facebook and got some great scent suggestions.
I have 9 different scents to start with, and only in limited quantities. I will have these candles available on my Etsy shop, so I can release them in small numbers. If the scents do well, I will make more. I have wanted to make candles for a few years, but my old insurance would not cover candles. I made some Christmas candles and was pleased with how they came out. Hopefully my customers who purchased them were pleased as well.
On a more serious note, my RA is still all over the place. I have been in a roller coaster flare up since Christmas, and performing normal tasks ranges from uncomfortable to downright painful. My Dr. has put me back on the original medicine to see if it helps. I was taken off due to some breathing issues, which turned out to be unrelated. But of course, it is a slow process and a bit frustrating as well. Time will tell if the meds will work, or if I will finally have to face the infusion therapy. It has been almost a year since my original diagnosis, and while I don't feel much better, at least the damage has been minimal.