DH decided that he didn't want to wait until next week to deliver Bambi, Mabel and Worsie to Rita and Ben. So I asked them if we could load them today even if they only have all the money only next Monday when they wanted delivery. OK, they'd accept them, but wanted us to waive the delivery cost. OK.
Took Doofus over to Mikes' to be taken to auction today. Mike charges us $15 per animal to go to auction. His worker was there, as DH wanted to unhitch the animal trailer so that he could load the last 2 bales of hay our $1,000 bought us, then re-hitch the trailer and go home. Once here, we had to haul the broken round bale feeder out of the veggie garden, drag it to the shed. DH got the funny one he welded last year and took the nice whole panel out, cut the bolts off with a reciprocating saw, then we bolted a whole one, 3 nice pieces. Bolted it together with 4 new bolts with 2 large washers per bolt. Let's see how long before the cows destroy this one :). Took it out behind the tractor, I drove the truck with the hay bales on the back into the garden, DH took the bale down with the tractor and eventually got it tipped over. But the bottom edge plastic was too far underneath it for me to pull it out. So cut down 2 sides, he re-lifted the one side with the bale spear and I pulled it out. He just held the bale in place with his shoulder to pull the last little bit out that I couldn't do. Popped the fixed bale feeder over it, and the cows fell on it as if they hadn't been fed for a week.
Had some lunch, tuna salad for me, the last of my home-made bread for DH with the last of the Sloppy Joe's and some salad ingredients, we each made our own.
The tyres of the trailer have been re-pumped (they go flat and new ones are $58 each, so we pump) the buggy put away, the truck re-hitched to the trailer still with one bale on top as it's snowing again and the weight in the back of the truck makes it safer to drive, although I think it is heavier on fuel. Now just to wait for an hour, DH is watching the telly, I'm here at the computer with a half cup of decaf, my feet are thawing, Anni is lying here on the lounge floor. I can see the geese reflected in the computer screen, they are talking a lot out there, and every now and again take of at a low fly across the back yard.
DH found 2 eggs in the chicken house today. I've been out a few times and no more. I started emptying the science projects I've been nursing in the fridge, so the chickens have been eating well. Just dumping it in the chicken house as they are not inclined to leave it these dreary, cold, snowy days !
Bought DHs' mums' Christmas present yesterday on my way back from picking up Anni, as well as his grandsons. His daughter said that the birthday card and money we'd mailed down for boy grand-child earlier this month didn't arrive. Wonder if the schedule of payments for the car I sent down a few days later reached her. Looks as if we'll go back to sending any stuff for them to grandmas', they always receive stuff sent there. We started doing that as anything sent directly to his girls never arrived. Weird. It's a Federal offense here to tamper with anyones' mail, or even open someone elses' mail box and they are pretty strict with it. A woman was prosecuted last year for stealing peoples' mail here in Saranac.
When I picked Anni up yesterday, Rob said Anni had told him that if we didn't want her back she'd be happy to stay with them. He let her out as I pulled up, and she ran around the truck, excited to see me. Then I chatted with Rob a little, as they'll get first pick of the Valentine puppies, and she went and sat by him, pushing her head under his hand, then running back to my side doing the same. Funny, sweet girl. She and Remington mated 3 times, so we should get a good litter, but I'd been home 15 minutes and she and Rosco were doing the deed ! Slutty girl, he's shooting blanks, and don't think there'll be much demand for Border Collie cross Great Pyrenees Mountain dogs.