Nothing deep today, you'll be relieved to hear. This is just waffly journal stuff. The boys are fighting over the bathroom, and I'm leaving them to it.
It has snowed all week. All week. It started Monday and it's still doing it. We managed to avoid a snow day, but the ploughs have been kept busy, and so has Tom. He has lost count of how many times he's cleared the path, and the walls of snow either side of it are above his knees. And he's 6' 4". It's got to stop soon. This time last year I had peas in the ground. When it thaws the fields will turn to lakes.
My indoor cat, Jeff, is a bit too clever for his own good. He's one of those "talking" cats. I don't mean he speaks English, but when he wants something he speaks cat at you, and then leaves you in absolutely no doubt what he wants. This is straightforward communication. He walks up to me, speaks, and then waits for me to follow him. He then leads me to the place of importance. This morning it was the dog bowls under the kitchen table. Yeah, I get it. You want something to eat that isn't cat food. There's cat food in the basement. If that runs out he leads me to the basement stairs. It's different. So he has a bowl of gravy left over from dinner last night and he's happy.
I am staff.
My neighbour has been supplying us with hay all winter, at a very fair price. When we got the latest bail he told me it would be the last one, as the remaining bales are all sold to somebody else. This leaves us in a bit of a situation, finding a hay source suddenly in March is a bit tricky, as arrangements are normally made in the Fall, and so I have to make a phone call this morning and keep my fingers crossed. It may only be a few weeks until we have pasture, but that's a few weeks, so I have to find some somewhere. Prices generally this winter have been high and we may have to pay quite a bit for it. We need a good season this year for hay and grain, or we are all going to feel it next winter. If you think food prices are high now, you just wait. Please support local farmers by buying direct, if at all possible.
As some of you noticed, I started a separate blog to waffle about my studies, so I don't bore you with it here. Some of my friends mentioned that I hadn't blogged in a few days. I do, I blog every day, usually more than once, I've just got it spread over several blogs. It's an organizational thing.
Food goes here: http://rutabagadreams.blogspot.ca/
Studies go here: http://theolddoglearns.blogspot.ca/
Gardening (not much happening) here: http://paradisewithoutwalls.blogspot.ca/
There's another one at Word Press, but not much there yet.
We are trying out Bebo, and it's crap. It serves a purpose for private communication among those who need it, but the format is a mess, comments are in several different places and don't connect up, e-mail notifications don't arrive and the whole thing is amateur. Is there NOTHING online that works like Multiply used to? Or is that too much to ask. I don't mind paying. I just want a place that works well for blogging AND bantering. This is a great blog site, so is Word Press, they are really nice for blogging. They suck for bantering. It's a good thing I like talking to myself, because that's what it feels like most of the time. Facebook saves me from lack of social contact, so I just link my blogs there, and a limited amount of discussion can occur. And whatever you say about Facebook, its notification system WORKS.
Anyway, life is good, I'm keeping busy, the weather WILL get better, and I'll see you at Facebook.