As Wally left this morning, he told me to enjoy my day off. Well, it’s a day off from MM, but it isn’t really a day off. I have a lot of things I’d like to get accomplished today. I wonder how much I will get done. So far, I’m being pretty lazy, but it is nice not to have to rush to get the chores done before going to work. It’s nice to not have to go out until it’s light enough so I can see. When I went out to open the driveway gate for Wally, it was misting heavily. Yesterday when I started milking, it was raining and getting the goats to come out of their shelter in the rain is no fun. Hopefully by the time I do go out today, the mist will have let up.
My farrier is coming this afternoon to trim the horses. I really like this farrier and look forward to his visits, he has such a zen quality to him. There’s no high-test, mouth running crap that my previous farrier exhibited throughout the entire session. I feel relaxed when my current farrier leaves; I was often angry and frustrated with the other one.
I am going to make some oatmeal raisin cookies using the Kitchen Aid mixer. Wally told me that oatmeal raisin cookies are his favorite. I plan to make a large batch of them and freeze the dough so I can bake them as needed. Last night, I broke my spree of good meals. I stuffed acorn squash with sausage and it wasn’t very good, at least not in my opinion. Wally liked it, but I think Wally likes anything that has sausage in it.
Maybe I’ll find the time to ride for a little while today. I should make sure I make time to ride and quit pushing it on the back burner. Yesterday afternoon I took Ace out of the pasture to feed him and left him in the yard (our yard is 15 acres) with Gwen. While we were watching television last night, we saw Ace making laps around the house. He was having anxiety attacks because he was separated from Sudi. I didn’t put him back down there; he needs to learn to deal with being separated from Sudi. The grass is better up here, he can share Gwen’s alfalfa hay and it’s easier feeding him when he’s separated from Sudi. I have him on a high fat feed, something Sudi doesn’t need. That said, watching him pace made me think about how much food he was burning … but then again, he’s keeping himself in condition.
I’m almost through with listening to The Help; when I go to pick up meat scraps today, I’ll stop and get the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy and load that on my iPod. I might try to finish listening to The Help today so I can start with the second Hunger Games book tomorrow. Listening to the books on tape make working at MM that much more pleasant. I can zone out, do my work and ignore everything else. That will be good tomorrow and Saturday when I have to work with the other prep bitch lady.
Yesterday evening Wally and I talked a bit about the job situation. I told him that if at MM I had vacation/sick time and benefits it might make the job a bit more tolerable, but even though we were promised benefits when we hired, we won’t be getting them. I don’t think he realizes how few office jobs there are in this area. For kicks, I’d love to falsify my resume changing the three years I’ve been out of an office job to a false office job to see if I get interview requests when I send the resume out. I’d be willing to bet I would. Then again, I really don’t want to go back to an office job. The dread the thought of sitting on my butt eight hours a day. I just wish I could make more money and have some benefits. At least I have a job.
I have a bunch of cheese curds to drain and of course all my chores to do so I best get going and get it done. I should do the chores, process the milk and then go out and saddle up Ace and ride. I know I’ll feel so much better after I ride … I always do. It just seems like such an effort to get a horse ready to ride and then there’s the fear to deal with.
Until later …