Today’s post comes to us from Ben.
I received this hat as a Christmas present a few years ago. I thought it was the dumbest hat ever. The earflaps? Man, what a dork. I put those down and immediately make the “L” on my forehead.
And the lights on the bill? What’s up with that. And camo?? I don’t do camo. I don’t own anything camo.
But ya know…. It’s come in handy. Cold as it’s been, those ear flaps are invaluable.
And the lights, well, that saves me from holding the flashlight in my mouth. Because sometimes I drop it in the chicken pen and then I do actually hesitate for a couple seconds before I put It back in my mouth figuring a little dirt never hurt anyone. But that hat. I groan everytime I put it on and I’m thankful that it keeps my ears warm.
In his book, “Semi True”, Russ Ringsak says, “I couldn’t blame nature for trying to murder me but I wished she wasn’t in such a hurry.” Yeah, really. Does it have to be this cold?
You know it’s cold when I get this many water bucket stumps piled up.
I’ve got a small outside water tank with a tank heater in it. I put the frozen water buckets in there while I put out corn (which is supposed to be for the chickens and ducks, but seems in the winter, only the turkeys and deer find it.) After doing the corn, I can just dump out the ice from the buckets, refill, and take back to the chickens. They don’t actually drink much. The 50 chickens drink maybe a gallon per day.
Meanwhile, my ducks that won’t come eat this corn, some of them, the ‘wild’ ones, are down in the pond.
I know it’s cold when the pond gets ice on the edges. The water comes from springs, through the pipe, under the ice at the top of the picture.
Although since the hawk got a duck in the pond last week, I don’t put corn out there anymore. And the ducks aren’t that interested in going over there anyway.
This is Humphrey being curious about the hawk. Humphrey is very curious about everything.
Ever gotten a gift you don’t like yet still find valuable?