Ah! Finally a break in the cold weather. I was able to get out and help Jason with some brush pile burning. We have a lot of sticks and small limbs that have been laying around for a couple of months in these lovely piles, and we got to burn them out today. I was excited that we got to work on the large pile in our (future) goat pen. It looks oh-so-much better now!
I was lamenting to Jason about how some of the larger limbs needed to be cut up and he said, “Well, the saw (chainsaw) is over there. Have at it.”
Me: “Are you kidding me? You know I can practically kill myself with a screwdriver!”
Anyhoo, he taught me Chainsaw Basics 101, and in 3 minutes, I was carefully buzzcutting down anything in my path. My mind kept going back to a Reader’s Digest story that I read about 20 years ago about this unfortunate man that was cutting up some trees (alone) on his property and the saw hit some embedded barbwire, ricocheted back and sliced into his jugular. So, here he is, bleeding to death and he manages to crawl back to his truck and go find help. That image kept me very, very aware of what I was doing with that chainsaw! Anyway, I had a good time learning to cut up things, and cleaning up the place.
I hope that you all had a great Christmas/holiday. We got in our chicks from Ideal Poultry the day of Christmas Eve. They are wonderful! We ordered 12 Silkies, and they added 9 standard breed roosters for heat purposes. Now I have these big ol’ chicks munching their way through my chick starter. I am debating selling them now or waiting till later (the rooster chicks, not the Silkies). After all, what are you going to do with 9 + roosters? I guess we could eat them; I just am not sure about that yet. Oh well, I’m enjoying playing with them for now. Here in a few weeks, I am going to put in an order for some Dorkings and Salmon Favorelles. They are good dual purpose chickens; meaning, they are good for egg laying and good for eatin’.
Well, that’s all for now. I am going to go sit down, rest my bones, and pore over my current issue of Countryside.