I drove into the yard and stopped to check how much water was still in the bowl for the horses. WOW. The top was frozen solid. I couldn’t believe it. Hellooo! I’m not ready for this yet! But we got a little cold spell right now. What can you do huh? It was just a very thin layer of ice, but still....way too early! I broke it and then drove to the cabin. When I let the cats out of the trailer, I couldn’t believe the little deck in front was totally white! I checked my gardens and yup....the soil was white too. Water was dripping from the roof of the cabin, so it had some frost on top too. It was SO chilly so I made a good fire in the stove. I forgot to put wood ready for the morning so I had to look for kindling and small logs. But once the fire was going it was great. I drank my coffee in front of the stove, keeping an eye on the fire that it wouldn’t go out before the bigger pieces caught fire. It’s a little adventure, every time I lit the wood stove. It has to be done right, otherwise it will die off and you have to start all over again. I learned a lot from my friend Carol of how to get a good fire in the stove. Like open up a window a tiny bit and keep the door of the wood stove open for just a tiny bit, so there is a draft that will help the flames to be strong. As soon it all catch fire, you can close the window and stove door. It’s a perfect time to have a coffee when doing this chore.
Once the stove was going well, I turned on the radio and started to work. I worked for 3 hours, then I stopped and had lunch. The cats were playing and running around the yard while Scruffy was guarding, doing a very serious job! LOL When the sun was trying to come out, the cats and dog enjoyed her warmth. I kept the woodstove going and added a little log so now and then. I wanted to get it nice and warm for the day. After 2 PM I let the fire die off. I did so much work today. The north side of the living room is done for OSB sheets. I continued with the bathroom. I had to empty it first, as it was full with stuff and one folding table is loaded with things we use during building. Once it all was out of there, I dragged the scaffold in so I could work on the upper part of the walls. Well, 2 walls are done now. The rest won’t take too much time I think. I’m going pretty fast. It’s not all perfect, but it will work. The last piece I had to put on the wall, was just a tiny bit too big. I’m feeling very grateful for the inventor of the hammer. Hahaha! A few pounds and it would fit perfectly. LOL
I cleaned up all the sawdust and put it in a bucket. I use it for my camping toilet: a simple bucket with a toilet seat and lit. It totally keeps all smell away and it is good for the composting process. Imagine how much water I save by not flushing anymore. After cleaning everything up I was thinking of the cats and the frost. I decided to make them a little house to cuddle up in. I used two left over osb pieces and screwed them together in an A frame. I strengthen the pieces with some small wood so it won’t collapse under the weight of a cat. Knowing cats, they won’t only go in it, but of course also on top of it. Hahaha! Dizzy thought it was an awesome house! I put it on the deck and she was checking it out and went in and out, smelling it all over. I put it in the trailer, covered it with foam and blanket and put lots of blankets in it. Once they are cuddled up in there, it will be cozy. They have thick fur, but still....I’m always worried they are not comfortable.
After I cared for the cats, Scruffy was already waiting at the truck. She was ready to go home now, after a day of being outside and guarding. I let her in, and then got the horse treats. I called the horses but no one came. The wind was my way, so they probably didn’t hear me. I put some hay down for them to nibble on. Then I drove off, and saw Flicka right at the corner. So I got out and called her again and she came trotting. Freya was nowhere to see. I was just driving away when Freya came running around the corner. She is so funny to watch when she is all like WHAT? DID I MISS MY TREATS??? Quickly she joined Flicka at the food bowl to eat her crunchies. It’s nice to know the animals are all cared for and with a happy heart I drove home. I can’t wait for the moment I don’t have to leave anymore. :-)