I put insulation around two sides of the cat house. I have a new cooler and I used the old foam ones, two inches thick, for the insulation. I cut all sides and with bottom and top, I had plenty of material to do two sides. I put the foam inside a garbage bag, and then stapled it onto the cat house. It already makes a big difference, and Taz loves it. She was inside the cat house as soon I was done. Hahaha. I will make a plastic cover in the front this week too, so the sun can still give heat, but the cold wind stays out, and it gives them a spot to sit in the sun in front of the cat house.
Monday afternoon my hoof trimmer Katelyn came to do my horses. I was very happy with their behaviour. They were very willing and Katelyn was done in no time. It is so much easier and safer for a trimmer/farrier when a horse is cooperative. Working regular with them does pay off. It was chilly outside, but when we went into the cabin, it was a toasty 26 C in there. Hahaha, I still have to get a better feel of when to stop putting wood in the stove. Even though it’s a little fire, it still heats up fast in the cabin. We had a nice visit with some ice tea and a piece of apple-chocolate pie I had made in the morning.
When they left, Paul just arrived. He stayed for supper. I made a Dutch dish, called rauwe andijvie stamppot. It’s raw endive mixed in with fine chopped raw onions and mashed potatoes. Served with a nice gravy and a sausage. It was SO good! The endive and potatoes came from my garden, so that makes it double tasty of course. For dessert we had apple chocolate pie too. We had a great visit, talked and laughed a lot. Paul was happy to see the dog and cats again. He misses them of course. It was a great visit. After Paul left I cleaned up but saved the dishes for the next morning. I went to bed early as I was exhausted. Hahaha.
Tuesday was well day again. It was a beautiful trip and I enjoyed the scenery. Once back I filled up my bottles and then the water bowl of the horses. Cleaned the bowl first, as it really needed a good scrub. With the water that was left, I washed the truck again. It always get dusty from the grid roads so it doesn’t harm to wash it. I don’t need water anymore for the gardens. I have lots in the rain barrels behind the cabin so no garbage cans to fill. Growing season is almost done anyway.
In the afternoon I picked all the Amish beans and Red Scarlet Runner beans. The coming night there would come frost so I thought it was better to get them in a box in the white shelter to dry. I also covered the melon plant that is growing so well and has 4 melons on it of a nice size. They need to grow more though, and with the beautiful weather that is coming the rest of the week, I don’t want the plant to die now. I was happy I did cover it, as in the morning there was frost right on top of that tarp. My windshield was covered in ice too.
Ah, Fall. Why not wait another month? Hahahaha.