The wind storm wasn’t that bad and it the winds died down quickly after the early morning blow. I had a couple of large branches come down but nothing was damaged around the house. It did get into the low teens some where around 10-14 degrees F, a couple of nights this week. It was a nice little cold snap that got me motivated to fill up the porch wood rack and get both Mom’s and my own kindling boxes filled up for the week of cold weather. I had one night of a successful “banking” of the fire and one night that I smothered the fire in ash with very few coals alive in the morning. I know the theory of how to “bank” a fire overnight. The practice of banking the fire, needs more practice by me. It is early in the fire wood season so I have plenty of time to perfect my “banking” the fire overnight technique. Plus every fire I can start from coals means I use one less fire starter.
Mom bought a load of poplar wood from me. We loaded up the Chevy one ton dually in about an hour with Mom stacking in the truck bed and me using the garden wagon to move the wood from stack to truck. We stacked a little more than a 1/2 cord of wood up to the top of the bed and all the way to the end of the truck bed. This is a guesstimate based on the dimensions of the truck bed, we probably loaded about 70 sq.ft. of split fire wood, or about .55 of a cord of wood.
Mom and split the cost on a load of fire wood in June. I never felt confident that Mom got her moneys worth from that load because the wood was dumped rather than stacked in my carport. So I tried to pick out smaller chunks/rounds of that wood pile so Mom would not have to split that wood in order to burn it. Now I feel confident that Mom has in the two loads of wood she has bought from me, she got a true 128 square foot cord of fire wood from me. A bonus for me is I’m getting much better at seeing how much wood is a true cord of fire wood. Over all I think I’ve broke about even of being “played” and a few giving a cheap price for a “cord” of fire wood. If you are in the Treasure Valley of SW Idaho Tuckers Timbers has always given me a full cord of fire wood at the price agreed. Heck the first year I bought wood from Tucker’s in late Oct.-Nov. the told me the was still green and asked if I wanted to buy a load of wood. This summer Tucker’s Timbers asked if I’d take a load of fire wood early as they needed to get more room for new wood. Well I paid for half of the load of firewood and paid off the rest the next month. That is the best example of how customers and businesses work in a symbiotic relationship.
The Kittens have figured out how to use the doggie door to the back yard. The kittens are exploring around the yard but they seem to prefer staying indoors during cold weather. Tege, the dark striped kitten loves climbing the fruit trees and the more adventurous kitten. Ash tend to stay close to Tucker the peke or myself in loose sort of definition of close. This month the kittens will be getting “fixed” and start getting the shots they need. It’s a little iffy that the kittens will get the rabies shot as they need to be over 6 pounds to receive the rabies shot. The kittens are eating more of the dry cat food, more of Tucker’s wet food and less of the wet cat food. FYI: non clumping cat litter is not the thing for a cat litter box. I’m not sure how a company can claim that clumping cat litter has more “dust” than non-clumping cat litter. Trust me it is much easier to scoop clumping cat litter daily into a trash bag than the non-clumping litter. Plus I tend to dump the all the non-clumping cat litter in the trash bin. With the clumping cat litter I only dump the poo and urine clumps in the trash. Is this a Marketing ploy? Hell I have sandbags, I could use that sand as cat litter and it is not dusty.
The local Pet Haven will be doing my kitty’s shots and fixing. I dropped off 2/ 20 pound bags of kitty litter and about 16 cans of wet cat food. My cats don’t like the pate and prefer a more meat like looking product. It is tough as an animal lover not to help animals in the day to day lives. I think that Nampa has good plan of trapping feral cats by the community and then spay/neuter those cat and inoculate the cats and then let the community release the cats as barn/outdoor cats. Of course it is not perfect, but it will help stop feral cats over breeding and vaccinate the feral cat population against the worst spreading of disease. It is not a perfect solution but it is a good solution.
I don’t have a good answer to so many feral cats and dogs. I wish many of the Humane Societies did not treat puppies as a commodity and make them more expensive to adopt. I could see paying up to $100.00 per pup for shots, Spay/neuter but if you are charging $300.00 + for adoption of a puppy you are looking for profit, not giving a puppy a home.