Friday, February 9, 2018

Weather, Wood, Equipment, Baby Cora, & Dillo's

It's 5:15 PM, and the temperature has peaked at 69 degrees.  Dinner was early today, and I just finished putting dinner away in the refrigerator, washed dishes, cut apples, scooped up corn for the deer, and fed the birds (for the 2nd time today). 

I decided to take in the sunset and sit out on our front porch.  Truthfully, I just needed to rest my foot (that big black $300 boot I'm wearing).  

I sat outside watching the birds, and listening to the deer trumping through the woods, making their way to the apples and corn.

After about 25 minutes it started to get dark, and I was ready to go inside and do a little computer work (the weather is supposed to turn, meaning internet access may not be available).

Temperatures are expected to drop this evening, producing rain and ice. We've been issued a winter weather advisory.

Here's what been going on since my last post: 

Bulldog Man, Tank, and I started working on a pile of trees, which were previously cleared and stacked out back.  Bulldog Man cleared a direct pathway to the tree pile, pulled out the wood chipper, chain saw, axe, and loppers.  We all got started pulling branches, breaking them down, and feeding them into the chipper, which was intentionally set in the middle of where our vegetable garden will eventually be located.

Large pieces of wood were placed on the log splitter.   Once split, the pieces of wood were stacked in a wood pile for future use.  

Last weekend, we finally were able to drive down to Texas to see our Grand Daughter, Cora for the first time.  It was good to see everyone. We had a great time visiting with our son and his wife.

While down in the DFW area we visited my sister, and had a blast. While we were out, we went to the new IKEA store, located in Grand Prairie, Texas.  We picked up a few little things for the house, and headed back to my sister's place for the evening. Even though our visit was short, it was nice.

Back at the home front Bulldog Man returned to work and we all continued the process of clearing areas of underbrush, and chopping wood.

I finally went through my seed storage and determined what seeds I want to order, and placed my order with Baker Creek and Dixiondale Farms.  

The state of Oklahoma has had 129 people die from the flu so far this year.  Hospitals have been deferring patients to other hospitals.  So when Bulldog Man, on Wednesday afternoon, came home early from work looking white as a ghost with a temperature, coughing, sneezing, ear pain, and felt like he was run over by a Mack Truck, I knew he had the need to see a doctor.  

He took 2 Tylenol for the fever and went to bed.  In the middle of the night his coughing and fever got worse.  At 5:00 AM we were up getting ready to go to urgent care.  Bulldog Man was seen immediately.  The doctor did a thorough exam, asked questions, and did a rapid Influenza test.   Congratulations you have Influenza "B"; we’re going to start you on Tamiflu, and a few other meds.  You’re not to return to work until you’re done with the Tamiflu, and if you’re not feeling better in the next 2 days get back here immediately.  Bulldog Man is starting to feel better, and that's a good thing!  The flu across the United States this year is bad. If you haven't gotten a flu shot yet, get one.

In closing, Tank, while coming in the front gate of the property saw two armadillos rooting around outside the fence.  They had no fear of his presence.



  1. Over here we call armadillos "Florida Speed Bumps". Can't hardly go in the car without seeing several who didn't make it across the street! :-)

    1. Mike,
      The two armadillos have been hanging around the last couple of weeks. Speed bumps....aka road kill here have primarily been skunks, racoons, and possums.

  2. Baby Cora is a CUTIE!! Enjoy her as much as possible!

    RE the Flu: Both A and B are running around, "A" folks seem to be sicker, but the "B" folks tend to have it hang around longer. And once you get over the variety you caught, you can get the other, because your immune system is beat all down. Anyway, if he gets sicker, get right back to the doctor's, or the ER, as that is one reason why folks are dying from this attacks the respiratory system and folks are crashing. Badly. And quickly!!

    Hope Bulldog Man is feeling better soon. And you...wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands and hope you avoid it!

    1. Suz,
      Thank you, I conquer with you on Cora! Bulldog Man has been getting better. The tamiflu has made a difference. The flu this year has been bad, that is why we went to urgent Care. I've been very lucky to not catch Bulldog Man's flu. I've washed my hands continuously, use Lysol and Clorox on everything.

  3. Glad you finally got to see and hold little Cora! Lots of work happening on your homestead. But take care, both of you, so you can get totally rid of your flu, pneumonia and owie foot!

    1. Mama Pea,
      We were happy to be able to see our grand daughter, and not get her sick. Cora is adorable, and will be spoiled by her grand parents.😂 Bulldog Man has finished the tamiflu, and is feeling so much better. He still has his cough, and we're keeping an eye on that. My pneumonia is gone, and my foot well is still in the boot. I've been keeping raised as often as possible. I go back to the foot doc next week to see what happens next.

      Sending hugs and love,