Sunday, May 6, 2012
Some Days Aren't All That Idyllic
I hear people say it all the time, "I was born 100 years too late," really well not me. I had trouble dealing with a broken hose this morning. I can't imagine living in a time where I had to go dip the water out of the well or the stream carry it to the animals and water them that way. I would hate to imagine what I would have to do to feed quail, ducks, chickens, baby ducks, chicks and quail plus pigs. Nope not me. I am pretty happy I wasn't born 100 years ago. Most people say that because the look at the scenes in the picture here and think everything was idyllic and wonderful. They don't see what work it takes to keep that horse healthy, even the work just to hitch it to the buggy, let alone what work is waiting once they get back home after church. These pictures are all over my walls. I may not want to live 100 years ago but I do love the pictures anyway.
I did have a plan this morning. I should never even make one. My plan was to butcher several of these bantam roosters and maybe a few quail.
There are only three hens in this pen and about twice as many roosters but once the hose broke things got more complicated and by the time everything was done, it was hot already.
It was not just the hose that was broken but also the splitter that was broken. I have two hoses that run from the spigot. One hose is for filling up the duck "pool", washing out the fountain after the ducks mess it up every day, and watering the few plants in the back yard. The other hose runs into the back shed and connects to a nice deep sink that is in there. It is where I wash and fill all the waters except the duck water pan.
I knew the duck pool hose had a hole in it. I have fixed one already and it developed another but it just sprays under the porch and doesn't hurt anything though I do plan on fixing it as soon as I remember to buy a hose mender thing to fix it with, but today I noticed a puddle in the back shed (it has a dirt floor--which is now mud, of course), I had already turned that hose on and reached down and pulled the hose up out of the dirt and mud, it sprayed like a damn geyser right up to the roof of the tin roof of the back shed....after hitting me and spraying muck all over me of course. It is hard to be mad about getting sprayed, even with muck, it will still make you laugh at yourself a bit. Anyway, I turned the water to that side off and went to use the other hose which meant I had to carry all the waters out to it and didn't get the luxury of my nice sink However,when coming back in to the shed with the pigs water, I notice the puddle had still gotten bigger and there was still water coming out of that hole in the hose. Back out to the spigot to check the splitter. Yup, this is the off position and there shouldn't be any water coming out.
Now I have another splitter in the house....somewhere...of course, never to be found this morning. So I unhooked that hose, put a bucket under that side and still used the other leaky hose to do all the waterers.
The pigs, however, had seen that I had a pan of leftovers this morning. They were quite ready for me.
So the animals got fed and watered. Then I am looking at the back raised bed and the spinach that is left in it. It is trying to go to seed and just as I am thinking I need to get that picked, Simba walks over turns around and sprays it. Yup, so we apparently don't need any more spinach from that bed. Thank you Simba.