Tuesday, February 06, 2007
The topiary tree (just a lightning-struck white pine)
M is off school again today and is driving us a bit crazy. We're still stuck at home, though I did venture out yesterday for life's necessities (milk and printer ink: such is the modern world). It is VERY cold. Too cold to go out and play, certainly.
The sheep are even hampered. I am half tempted to shovel some trails for them: they have "taken to their beds" in their shed and venture out only a few feet to their water. And our chickens have accepted that their coop is the new paradigm. I think they're probably light-deprived. It's quite toasty in the coop, though. I have simply made sure they get LOTS more house goodies, like fresh greens and kefir and grapes.
We're also dealing with some frozen pipes. When we bought the house, I thought, hmm, pipes running up the outside wall of the house: maybe that's not a problem in Michigan, but we wouldn't do that in Minnesota. Well, it IS a problem if Michigan has Minnesota weather, it seems. It's the cold water that services both bathrooms. So we're making do with the bucket brigade to the toilets and very, very warm baths. The kitchen and the washer are not affected. It all feels very Laura Ingalls Wilder.