Possible New Job Opportunity

I interviewed yesterday evening for a possible new job opportunity.  The interview happened way past my bed time, which was interesting, but this was the time the potential employers were able to meet with me so that was when I went.  It’s an animal/farm caregiver job working primarily with horses at a breeding farm near Hickory.  It may not happen, but if it does, I think it will be a wonderful opportunity.

Fingers and toes crossed.

Meanwhile, I would like nothing better than to go back to bed right now.  Wally waited up for me, then we watched a bit more of Water for Elephants (which is excellent) and didn’t get to bed until almost 11:00.  Five AM comes really, really early when you go to bed that late.  It’s really more like 4:30 for me because I get up well before the alarm to start the kerosene heater in the bathroom and the coffee pot.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get out of work on time or even a bit earlier today because I was invited back to the farm to watch a dressage lesson.  I’ve been interested in dressage for a long time now, just haven’t had the opportunity to explore it much.  A good friend of mine is involved in three day eventing and swears by dressage for teaching a horse to use its body; Sudi very much needs to learn to use his body.  If I were to get this job, I’d be well exposed to dressage.

I’ve really all but given up on the possibility of getting back into an office job.  As I told the couple I interviewed with last night, about the only time I really want to be sitting on my butt would be if I were on a horse.

Last night, I sold the Circle Y barrel saddle along with some miscellaneous pieces of tack that I was not using.  This money is going to go into the savings account which will bring it back up to close to where it was before Yoda needed repairs.  That means I’ll be able to get back to riding at South Mountain and elsewhere.  If all goes well, I’ll get together with my friend that does dressage on Thursday.

Can I tell you how much I do not want to go to MM today?  I just love to not go and hope that I get this new job, but, can’t put all of my eggs in one basket because that basket may not hold eggs.  I recognize that this job is likely going to include some hard, uncomfortable labor, especially when the weather is bad.  But heck, I have to be outside taking care of my animals here, I might as well do it for someone else as well and get paid for it.  I have plenty of foul weather gear and the farm has all the equipment to care for their animals.

Speaking of eggs: we were getting at least three duck eggs every morning.  I really like duck eggs; I like them better than chicken eggs.  Then, all of a sudden, no more duck eggs.  Yesterday morning I saw what looked like three duck eggs sitting in the grass.  I thought to myself, that’s an odd place to lay eggs, but ducks do lay eggs in weird places.  I went to pick them up and discovered they were nothing but duck egg shells.  As I suspected, Rose has been helping herself to the duck eggs.  I could close her out of the poultry pasture at night so she can’t eat the eggs, but I’d rather she had access to the poultry pasture so she can patrol there.  I guess the eggs are inexpensive enough payment for the work she does.

So far, no signs of heat from Gwen!!!  Maybe that sneaky CB did get her!!!

When I went in to take care of the rabbits yesterday, I saw one of the new baby rabbits on the ground.  It was dead.  Sometimes the baby rabbits stay attached to the mother’s nipples when she leaves the nest box and end up on the wire where they crawl around blind and eventually go through the side bars of the cage and fall on the ground or simply freeze to death on the wire.  I took the remaining babies out of the nest box they were in and put them in a larger one with higher sides.  When I put them in, there were only five so apparently another baby fell out of the cage and someone (likely a cat) removed the body before I discovered it.  We’ll need to add a bar at the front of our boxes to “scrub” babies off the mother’s nipples to avoid this happening in the future.

Yesterday I made Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars using cream cheese I made from Gwen’s milk.  They came out excellent!  It’s okay to eat cheesecake for breakfast if you are using homemade cream cheese from raw milk, isn’t it?  If the cheesecake contains blueberries, it makes it okay for breakfast, right?

Can I tell you how nice it is to just have one cow to milk in the morning?  I’m so enjoying having the extra time to do other things so I don’t have to rush to get ready for work.  I have the cats’ and dogs’ meat warming in the oven.  They eat their meat so much better when it’s warm, not that I blame them; I much prefer handling warm meat rather than cold meat.  Yesterday morning, it was a bit too warm, but it cooled off quickly.  It’s quite cool in the morning, but it’s supposed to get close to 70 degrees later.  There has been a lot of fluctuation in temperatures here lately.  By Friday morning, it’s going to be below freezing in the morning, but it will warm up again over the weekend.  We haven’t been getting much rain so I’m going to need to water the garden again tonight or tomorrow night.  I sowed another batch of lettuce seeds over the weekend.  I don’t expect that they’ll germinate, but I might as well try and get rid of these old seeds.  I still have two or three more packages of seeds to use up, then I’ll order more.

Until later …