Wednesday, December 10, 2014

a lovely day

Yesterday was a day of freezing rain, relentless and bone-chilling. But today has been a day of slightly lighter freezing rain. The bored goats are on extra hay rations, to give them something to do while they look out at the rain from their shelters, hour after hour. I don't think any goat has been outside for more than five minutes in the past two days.

Despite these somewhat grim conditions,
the carpenter and his assistant showed up right on time today
and got to work on the last open wall:

And when they left, the fourth wall was
my kind of wall:

mostly window.

Lots more to do, but it's a good start.
And it's pleasant to have people working here
who don't whinge about the weather.

I just remembered something:
years ago, a forester said to me,
"A good thing about you? You don't complain."
He said this on a bitterly cold December day after we had walked
high up a very steep slope in deep snow to look at a stand of trees,
then walked back down again.
At the time I said nothing but I thought,
"Heck, get to know me. I have better qualities than 'not a complainer.'"
But now I understand what he meant.
Everyone complains sometimes, but
it's just a nicer atmosphere when you're not waiting
for a chronic whiner to sound off about things that can't be changed.


The carpenters are scheduled to return tomorrow.

The weather is predicted to change tonight.

To snow.