I disappeared again. Not that you would necessarily notice, but I am house sitting for three weeks and it has turned out to be more time and energy consuming than I expected.
I thought I’d be writing beautiful posts and taking amazing photos to share, but I am exhausted!
It’s a lovely home in a beautiful (and surprising) setting…a bit of country right here in the city!
My primary charges, two wonderful dogs, are a huge handful of sweet, with more energy than hummingbirds!
Even though this property is unusually big for the area where we live, besides playing in the yard, the dogs require a lot of additional walking every day, especially the small Setter. Even though he only has three legs (a recent change for him), he could run for hours, like a full size Irish Setter!
I discovered on my first day here, because of my ailing hip, I have a hard time even making it up the hill (driveway) from the house to the road, so have had to take the dogs in the car to find some flat land to exercise on.
Then there are the fish…I have no idea how many there are but their huge tank needs cleaning…badly. The schedule says not until Wednesday, but I’m going to have to break down and do it today…which requires remembering all the faucets and hose nozzles and twists of valves and different positions and, and. and…
Day one vs Day six
Even as my temporary employers were demonstrating the process before they left, the tank overflowed all over the floor. (Hmm, I wonder where they put that huge, clever twist-able mop…you know, just in case…) And the big tube they used to suck the water out, they almost lost a tiny fish up that tube, right in front of me!
Maybe I’ll just fill the bathtub and let the fish have a leisurely soak while I’m cleaning their home.
Lastly, but actually first each day, are the 7 chickens and 3 ducks! I panicked the first day as I could have sworn they told me there were 13 chickens. I knew they had had a recent Great Horned Owl incident and were down one duck so that first day when I only counted 7 chickens, I lost it! My people were still en-route to their destination so I could not confirm poultry numbers for 36 hours!! Stressful to say the least.
Then, on my second day, I had to quickly learn the difference between a chicken that is almost dead, (unmovable, head lolling to one side, stuck inside the laying house) and what’s called “broody”.
I finally found this article which helped immensely with my panic and guilt! Interesting read, whether or not you ever care for chickens. I moved her yesterday so we’ll see if she stayed moved this morning. (Nope, she was back!)
The whole thing was strangely poignant, until I remembered all those years in my late thirties and early forties when I would have done obscene things to be able to have another child!! And, I have “adopted” countless adult children over the years.
I understand “broody”.
The next issue with these chickens is a plethora of eggs! I’ve carried 2 and 1/2 dozen eggs over to my nearby home to share with my neighbors.
All in all, this has been a wonderful, enlightening experience.
One week down. Two to go!!!
6 thoughts on “Bla Bla Bla 6/30/19”
You’re an adventuresome woman! I couldn’t have handled just the fish much less everything else! Just wanted you to know I’m sill out here in the world, just buried under traveling in my quest to escape the LA heat and humidity for as much of the summer as I can, and an upcoming kitchen renovation! I’m reading our posts and emails, just haven’t responded to anything lately. I think of you often though….you cross my mind often….sending virtual hugs!
So good to hear from you. Been meaning to drop you a line myself! Miss you.
What a lovely house sit Kathie and welcome to the world of walking high energy dogs! They look adorable and we wish you lots of fun for the remaining two weeks of this new adventure 🤗🐾💖🐾 xxx
Thanks. Wish I had one of your beaches for them to run free on!!
Years ago I had the pleasure of living on an empty beach and a beautiful Irish Setter named Rain. Like yours, she was a beautifully graceful runner!
wow- that is a lot of animals and a lot of work. I love how you say it is enlightening… good for you! Keep sharing the adventure when you have a spare minute! <3
It sounds like you took over a whole farm! I can’t walk much either, so I sympathize. I couldn’t do it. Good luck with the fish tank. I have not had a lot of luck with fish in general. Not that I haven’t tried, but something always goes wrong for me. One year, I simply gave up. Clearly, it wasn’t going to be my thing.