Finally our subzero temperatures have moderated. In fact, today it’s 41 degrees and our snow is melting. It seems so strange to have mild weather after all that cold. (Yep, we know it’s going to be short-lived; more cold and snow is in the forecast.) Will took advantage of the warmth and put the big log on the sawmill from which David and Ashley’s last long beam was to be cut. Working until after dark, he not only got the beam cut but also three 2x10s for floor joists. Hooray!
Of course, it’s deer season and because the weekends are the only time David (sometimes) has time off, no building on the cabin has been done. So far, David’s only seen does and fawns. I have to chuckle; every day we have deer right here in our yard, including a couple of bucks. But he has been hunting down at brother Bill’s cabin. Bill got a nice eight-point buck but David’s come up empty so far. This weekend David’s hunting down in our new forty and hopes to break his losing streak.
I came in from chores this morning to find a rear tractor tire in the dining room. That was somewhat of a surprise but when you homestead, you pretty much get used to a lot of unusual things; a calf in the bathtub, baby pigs in the laundry basket, or a flying squirrel in the living room. Will has to replace the inner tube of the tractor’s tire, which had the valve stem ripped off. (If it’s too long there, I may hang a flower basket from it for decor!)
I finally got the last of the tomatoes canned up. We did lose quite a few to rot at the end but, hey, we had 12 crates of them to start with so I’m not feeling bad. But I AM glad to be done with it. Now I start again on hamburger! To celebrate getting the tomatoes all canned, I sat down and finished editing my western novel, Spring of the Vultures, the fourth in the Jess Hazzard series. But I’m always kind of sad when a book is finished as I miss my characters. Time to start working on a new book? These novels are my “relaxation” and a time to step back from homesteading and BHM writing. I like to have one to poke around with from time to time, just for fun.