This post is long overdue. Post-able events have occurred. The problem is a plague has befallen the homestead. That might be a bit dramatic, but it kind of feels that way. It has gotten to the point where I have either thrown a rib out of place, or cracked it with coughing. Moving hurts. This isn’t conducive to physical homestead activities like building coops and bale feeders, running fences, or tilling garden plots. Heck, it’s not conducive to collecting eggs. But I am not looking for pity. I will however take any and all prayers for my families health.
A couple weeks ago my wife had a conference in Las Vegas so we decided that the baby and I would tag along. Neither of us had ever been to Vegas so I was interested to see the sights. The landscape around the city is amazing with mountains in every direction you look. It is quite beautiful, but something was missing. I didn’t realize it until we were driving home from the airport, but I really missed trees. The few palm trees just didn’t do it for me.
My wife had meetings every day, and we didn’t want to switch our schedule for one week so were got up at 5 local time every morning. The baby and I would walk my wife down to her morning meetings and then go walk the strip. The strip in the morning is great. It is quiet. The only sidewalk traffic was myself and joggers. By lunchtime, this all changed. Out came the tourists, and the crazies. It never occurred to me to put on a costume and stand in a busy place asking for tips. Simply for wearing a costume these people wanted tips? This wasn’t even my favorite request. There was one guy, whom I saw on a couple of occasions, that had a sign asking for money to buy pot, because he really liked to smoke pot.
The other thing that struck me at the end of our stay was the discord between the opulence of all the resorts and casinos and the multitude of people begging to survive on the street. No where was this more brought to my attention than the last full day we were there. My wife and I had not tried any of the hotel buffets, so we decided to try the Caesar Palace lunch buffet. It was amazing. But the amount of food waste being generated in contrast to those on the street begging was sobering. I don’t claim that food is not wasted in my house, but it saddened me to think that there were people so close begging for food when so much was being wasted.
I enjoyed our trip to Las Vegas, especially the time with my wife, although my wife and I agree it isn’t a place we would choose to go again.
While we were gone, it was supposed to be warm and dry at home. I was really hoping that the snow would melt and everything would dry out. A tall order considering there was still a foot of snow on the ground when we left. While it was still wet and muddy, almost all of the snow melted and it was a good start towards drying out, so that was nice.
With the snow out of the way, I was able to take stock in some areas of the property. One such area was the orchard. I have had nothing but trouble in getting the orchard up and going. This spring is going to be no different. This is what I found when the snow melted.
The mice stripped the bark off the bottom of almost all the trees. I will obviously need to wrap the trees next fall to protect them.
In the coming month I need to start some seeds, get the garden plot tilled up, fence in the garden area, build a chicken coop, build a hay bale feeder for the sheep, work on the grading in the front yard around the drive, build a hoop house, etc. Never a shortage of projects. Until next time.