Saturday, January 8, 2011

Not Your Average Snow Day

It's been snowing a lot here in NE TN lately. Personally, I LOVE the snow, but as a store owner - not so much. Business has been terrible lately. However, we are still busy on the farm.

Brett and Ryan are almost done demolishing the wall around our fireplace. We needed to do it because our fireplaces are old and unsafe so we opted to install a wood stove. The installer told us that he would have to place the stove 16" away from the wall because the wall is combustible. Hence the demolition. We didn't want the stove in the middle of the living room.

We now have the wall down and the entire brick fireplace & chimney exposed. The bricks are dirty and the grouting was sloppily done, but it was probably always supposed to be behind a wall. That's OK for now - our house is an old farmhouse and a fixer upper, so it kind of "fits". We can always reface it later.

I wish I could post pictures but I lost the USB cords to both my cameras. So until I find one of them, this blog will be photo-less. :(

I have been tending a sick goat. She is 8 months old and I found her when I got home yesterday laying in the pasture, nearly dead. Her temperature was below 92* (that's the lowest temp my thermometer will register). The normal temp for a goat is 101* - 104*.

We brought her into the kitchen, called the vet, stationed 2 space heaters next to her, put warm towels over her and heated up 2 rice packs to help warm her up. I treated her with an antibiotic and pain killer. The prognosis was not good. The vet said that it is very possible that her organs began to shut down because of her extremely low body temperature and that she would probably die within 24 hours.

I was delighted that she survived through the night and now she is holding her head up, drinking, eating, and pooping. She still can't stand up on her own though, so we are not out of the woods yet.

Our oldest son, Andrew, spent the morning setting up a Facebook page for our farm. There is a link to it on the right sidebar of this blog. Click on it if you'd like to be kept up-to-date on our farm activities and store specials.

This evening we are having steaks on the grill for supper. I love having a roof over our deck so we can grill in any weather. I think it will be a well-deserved treat for a hard day of work!

So, tell me, what's the most interesting snow day you've ever had?

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