Monday, February 09, 2015

Housekeeping...or Not

Part of the kitchen sink barricade 

Housekeeping around this place has become a horror that I literally have nightmares about. I am not exactly Susie Homemaker at the best of times, but dogs, people, stuff....there are a lot of them living here and they have a lot of the latter, which results in quite a mess.

And water! Plus the objects needed to move it. With the cows gone, all the barn water lines promptly froze. Not much to do but turn off the water and haul what the remaining animals need.

There are four cows, four horses, a large flock of chickens and guinea fowl, and a buncha bunnies.

They all need to drink a lot of water every day, so Liz and the boss and Becky haul a lot of water every day.


Yeah, those barrels in the pic used to contain stuff for the milk house. Now they move water from here to the barn. And there are chicken waterers, bunny bottles, pony pails, all kinds of water containers drug in and out every day, several times a day. 

I have to wait my turn at the sink to do dishes, as the waterline that feeds the cold water is a little frozen and it takes a long time to run all that water. (This is actually a fine excuse to put off my least favorite job.) All of the smaller animals buckets and bottles must thaw too, some at every heat register, kitchen and dining room.

There is always hay in the sink. On the floor. Everywhere. And sand from sanding the walkways gets tracked...lots of that too. Sawdust and wood chips from the stove ditto.

I have pretty much given up on any semblance of tidiness, opting instead to sweep the sand and hay back out the door a couple times a week, just because it makes me feel better, not that it makes any lasting difference....

Add in the mountains of outdoor clothing and mounds of boots, gloves galore drying everywhere there is heat, and you have the perfect recipe for disaster. These are the times when being nearsighted has its advantages.


Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

I know exactly what you mean. I don't even look until spring. A Shop Vac is my broom of choice;)

Our kitchen sink faucets are actually hose bibbs, so we can attach a hose for just such dilemmas. Kinda funky looking, but it sure works.

Cathy said...

Oh near-sightedness has sooooo many advantages.
Hang in there. This is one dang rough winter.

Terry and Linda said...

I don't even have your excuses and my house is full of wood chips and assorted clothes and mud and dirt and Who is looking? I'm not going to.

Linda ❤⊱彡

12Paws said...

Take a deep breathe and chant along with me: "only 39 days 'til spring!"

jan said...

Unless the Good Housekeeping photographers are on the way, I wouldn't worry about it.

Uta said...

Wishing you sunshine and warmth, I think you could use it.

threecollie said...

Nita, I am pretty good at being blind to it, especially since I am so nearsighted.

Cathy, it does, although it does not enhance the birding. It is being a really nasty winter. Lots and lots of bad news on the personal level, which is making it a lot harder to endure.

Linda, lol, well, if you stop by some day be prepared.

12Paws. I keep looking for that first migrant. They are everywhere just a tad to the south of us. But not here. Not yet.

Jan, I try not to, but it is pretty bad. lol

Uta, thank you. It is being a real nasty one. supposed to hit 33 today and I sure hope it does.