It has been a crazy week for me.
Monday was a meeting with Sylvia's (the elderly lady I help care for) lawyer. Tuesday was egg shipment day, so a bit of a lazy day. Wednesday I took my great grandfather to a doctor's appointment - he has unexplained bleeding. Thursday was Sylvia's final divorce hearing and her anus of an ex finally settled after dragging this out for 2.5yrs. Friday we had to run out I-80 to 476 to meet a BYCer from New Jersey who bought 5 of my MFCs. Then do our normal running and drop kids and prepare for yesterday. We got to bed Thursday around 10 and back up at 1:30am to go to Sharpsburg, MD for the swap. We got there around 6am and set up. I sold all my LF Orps, so I am out of that project. I sold my lone Tolbunt Polish. I brought home about half of my MFCs. I bought a SQ black bantam Cochin (came from Tom Roebuck originally). I also got 2 MFC cockerels from Erin (MsBear - Swap holder). We left at 12:15pm to head to Aunt Kat's. Talk about flying. I don't have a cell phone anymore. Honestly, we can't afford them right now. I told Aunt Kat we'd be there between 12-2pm depending on how my sales went. Yep... 1hr and 45min to make a little over 2hr trip and we had no idea where we were really going (no extra time if we got lost). Plus, I knew she had a birthday party to get to! We pulled in just after 2pm. I helped her the best I could sex the turkeys, picked my trio and chatted for bit and then homeward bound. We unloaded, set up temporary quarantine pens for all the new birds and then off to pick up kids. Then pick up Sylvia's prescriptions and finally around 6:30pm we finally ate for the first time all day. When we got home from the swap Dewey had a flat tire on his Tracker, so we had to fix that and he sat out in the rain and in the dark changing his tire when we got home. We were so exhausted, we went to bed at 8:15. Dewey had to work today, so he didn't get to sleep in, but I slept 14hrs. LONG week!
As for lights in winter, no. I don't do it. I don't want my girls to burn out quick. I have 3yr old MFCs that are still laying every other day.
Winterizing? I don't do it. I close windows and clean pens right before it gets to cold to do so. That's my winterizing.
ETA: The news everyone was dreading... My pap's tests for lung cancer keeps coming back negative, but they can see the spots in the x-rays. I told mom that maybe it's just scar tissue? He worked in the HVAC industry all his life and he smoked for over half his life. His one whole kidney is pretty much nothing but cancer. They are going to give him a chemo pill to clean that out. The cancer on his back is right on his spine, so he will be paralyzed within a year. The worst news is that the cancer is in all his lymph nodes. They gave him a year or less to live. My pap is in denial. He doesn't understand the gravity of the situation and thinks the chemo pill will totally cure him. He's 74 and is still working - he milks cows in the morning for a huge dairy farm. He has retired and came back to work 3x now. He won't stop working for treatment, either.
Edited by Reyvaughn - 9/22/13 at 8:08am