Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Farmhouse Diary

My sister thinks I write like an old woman pounding on a typewriter about the events that happen on my farm.

And she's kinda right. So....
Dear Farmhouse Diary,

Yesterday we spent our emergency fund repairing the well tank. I'm thankful for the emergency fund, but I sure hope nothing happens from now until we can get the ole emergency fund built up again.

I have washed clothes and run my dishwasher twice. I've mopped the floors and the best thing, I took a long hot shower. Running water, it's a wonderful thing.

Remember when I said I broke my vacuum? Yeah, I tried to fix it by taking out all the screws and then putting them back. You know what? My vacuum still doesn't work. Maybe if I bang it with a hammer.

But, the good thing is I have a central vacuum system in this house. I, uh, er, uh, forgot about it until I was talking to my friend and she was telling me about her central vac. Der. So, I was able to vacuum the house. Again, der.

I called to check on Virginia, my sweet-sweet-darling neighbor, this morning. She was crying because she was writing the thank-you notes to all the folks that had donated to the memorial fund for Ramone. She misses him so much, she told me how he made life so much fun, sitting at her table without him is hard. They were such a lovely pair, it doesn't seem right to have one without the other.

I'm so sad for her. I miss him too.

And, yet life keeps going.

We'll be getting new chicks this weekend and hopefully planting some seeds. I'm ready to work in the garden and feel the sun on my back.

That's it for now.

With love from Coal Creek Farm,

April~ the old lady pounding on her laptop

25 comments:

Mujer Puertorriqueña said...

Uhhh uhh I am getting 25 babies this comming monday...I got brown layers...and we are in the process of finishing the chicken coop. Sorry about your well.... I have septic tank problems...we need bigger.

Melody said...

I'm glad that you have your water back! The little things make the world go round.

Loved your diary entry. :-)

Anonymous said...

I think it would be fun to live in your head sometimes. Thanks for the farm insights . You should go on the road and tell about your life and rescue chickens along the way.
Lydia

Jenni said...

It's very cruel of you to take me from laughing that you forgot you had a central vac to crying about Virginia missing Ramone. Damn! Please give Virginia an extra hug for me.

Gladys said...

Dear Farm Woman,
Will you start posting recipes now of all the good vittils you will be fixin?
Thank you
The Mountain Woman
Gladys

Cynthia said...

How in the heck do you forget you have a central vac?

April said...

Cynthia,
I know. duh, der, duh...
But, I never use it and I store all the hoses down in my basement.

Lisa said...

If it can't be fixed by taking it apart and putting it back together, then banging it with a hammer, it's broke for good. So sayeth me.

And the Ramone stories continue to make me cry. Hard. So stop.

Heather B said...

Glad to hear you finally have water! That is just the worst! I went 2 weeks one winter with no heat!!! Our propane tank ran out and they were too busy to get to us! Thank goodness that was before we had kids! Thanks for the comments on my blog about my Dave Ramsey question. We are on our way to getting with the program. We have our emergency fund almost fully funded, and I'm trying to find something pretty to hold my envelopes. I might just break down and order one from his site.

Leila said...

Dear OLPOHLT,

I hope you shoved those mean boys out of the way to get to your shower. Somehow it seems to me like it really was their fault. Somehow.

I love your pretty house, especially the little slats under the porch. Love it.

Very funny about the CV! Very "poor" as my DD says, about Virginia... we'll pray for her...

With love from Central Mass (not Central Vac, alas, at least I don't think so, maybe I should check!),

Leila

Linda said...

I love your pounding at the typewriter posts. I totally get ya. Love running water. Especially when it's hot and you need a shower. Love a good vacuum. Is a central vac any different ... like in sucking power? Does it do a good job? Love new chicks ... you'll have to post baby photos. So sad for Virginia. Please keep checking on her.

Michele Wassell said...

We never realize just how lucky to have so many things till those "little" things go out.. Glad you have your water back... Looks like a beautiful setting in your photo. Great post...

Miss Notesy said...

Can we go with you to get the chicks? I used to love playing with our baby chicks when I was little. I still think you should hatch your own eggs instead of buying them though.

simple country living! said...

Hi April! Thanks for being like a breath of fresh air! Girl, you ARE so funny! Keep pounding them typewriter keys, you're so good at it!

The Inept Aspirant said...

love the picture of your farmhouse, it's gorgeous! and especially the green grass. Is there really such a thing?

Rhea said...

Beautiful house.

What's a central vac sys?

And so sad about Virginia missing Ramone.

Renovation Therapy said...

Did you check to see if the belt snapped on the vacuum? Nine times out of ten that's what's happened. It's an easy fix and they only cost a couple of dollars.

April said...

Rhea,
A central vac is a system that you plug a vac hose into the wall and it starts to vacuum, the dirt is collected in a big can in my basement. It's a nice system, but lugging all the hoses around is a giant pain in the arse.

Renovation T,
Yes, I checked the belt first. I accidentally ran over a big screw that was on the floor and it got caught somewhere and now the whole thing won't work. I'm a dummy.

Elizabeth said...

Well, I for one enjoy the musings of the old lady writing about her farm. :)

cndymkr / jean said...

I feel so bad for Virginia. How will she live without Ramone? It just doesn't seem fair. I know it's part of life, blah blah, but it stinks.

simple country living! said...

Hi there! Just stopping by to tell you how I love your picture of you both (in black & white attire~you holding your chickie!) So cute!
Blessings & hugs!
Leona

Sally said...

You should just keep doing what you've been doing; you're a great pounder, writer.

Your home is lovely! I'm so sorry for Virginia; I know she's going to have a tough time for a while. I'm glad you're her neighbor, though, and there for her.

Shannon said...

Your forgetting you have a central vac system reminded me of when I "forgot" that my old Toyota Corona did actually have AC - but I told my friend it was broken and we drove all the way to Greenville and back with no AC - sweating to death. I had really forgotten that it had AC. Big Der.

Lisa said...

EVEN IF SISTERS THINK THEY KNOW WHAT THEIR TALKING ABOUT, THEY DON'T ALWAYS. I'LL BET SHE'S OLDER, RIGHT?!

I CAN JUST IMAGINE WHAT MY SISTER THINKS ABOUT MY GRAMMAR,NOT TO MENTION SPELLING IN MY BLOG.
GLAD SHE LOVES ME. YOUR SISTER CRACKS ME UP.
BUT THEN AGAIN, SO DO YOU.

HUGS FROM MAINE

http://sophie4me.blogspot.com/

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