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Certified organic poultry farmer in SE Mass

Friday, February 17, 2017
Today dawned clear and chilly but warmed up nicely. After getting dressed, I tackled a pile of (Dean's) white wash that had to be done in two loads since there was just too much for the one load and just too dirty to get clean otherwise.

Yesterday, I had washed some of the animal blankets & towels. They were hung out on the clothesline to dry, a nice breeze assisted. I lifted the cover from over my camper's east-facing front window. I close this cover during high winds from the east, east northeast or south east since I am afraid the wind will blow the cover off and make a hole in the camper...always a possibility. The cover acts like a sun shade in hot months, but can be moved up higher to allow the rising sun to light up the interior of the camper early in the day. I like to wake up to the sun. Strange thing with me, I always wake upon sunrise, even when in total dark or on a cloudy, stormy day. I didn't say I GOT up, just wake up.

After all the cloudy & stormy weather we have had over the past 10 days or so, I enjoyed seeing the sun this morning.

I shut off the furnace and opened the camper windows for some badly needed ventilation. It has been stormy and cold, so the stale air inside needed changing. Since the fan over the stove started squealing, I haven't used it to pull fresh air in from a slightly open window for air exchange. Plus, I have been sick with a cold for the past 6 or 7 days, so the exchange was needed.

After supper last night, I was too tired to wash supper dishes, so I went back to my camper and took my laptop to bed to watch some TV. Of course, I fell asleep. I woke up sometime in the night, turned the laptop off & fell back into slumber.

So, in the sunlight, I got up, got BB out of bed and started my day. The fleas have come back with a vengeance in Dean's living room, so I decided I would start working on that project. I took out all the animal blankets I hadn't washed yesterday and hung them on the line. Meanwhile, Max the cat was demanding food every 39 (yes I said thirty nine) minutes. I timed him. Between feeding demands, he said he was on the wrong side of the door...constantly. I believe I let him in and out over a dozen times in two hours. His problem was Dean wasn't in the shop so he couldn't get inside to sit by the shop fire. I got last night's dinner dishes washed, wiped down the stove & counter tops. Took another load of clothes out to the washer.

Dean's house is a real "bachelor pad" that hasn't had a maid since 5 years ago. That would be around the time he moved in. He has a spare room where he piles all his extra tools & stuff. This is where Jake the terrorist dog has a LOT of toys. And every one of Dean's socks he can steal and stockpile under the futon/couch. There is a combination of dirt, dust, stuffing from Jake's once plump toys, tons of Jake hair and loads of spider webs. I pulled out some of the stockpiled socks and had to take them outside to shake off all the detritus. I took Jake's quilt & his active toys
outside to shake off. Jake got nervous when I got the vacuum cleaner out, he went and hid in a pile of dirty shirts in Dean's bedroom. BB slept through all of this activity. I sprayed the inside of the couch and under the cushions with Zodiac furniture spray and set things up so the spray could dry. Time for a break...

As I was getting ready to leave Dean's, I heard a kind of "poof" or "plop" coming from the direction of the wood stove. I turned to look...and saw a plume of smoke, soot and ashes coming out of the intake draft on the front of the stove. I checked the damper on the chimney, for some reason, it was all the way closed...I opened it. The plume continued to spread into the living room and kitchen. I opened a window over the wood stove and turned the kitchen exhaust fan on high and left the smoke/soot filled house.

Since it was a beautiful day and I had a bit of a wait till the laundry was finished washing, I went to Wareham, a 15 minute drive down Route 6 to run an errand. I figured the smoke would clear out of the house by the time I returned. I looked at the chimney and there was a lot of smoke & soot coming out, but nothing I was concerned about. Not a chimney fire, by any means.

In Wareham, BB got out with me and had a walk about in the parking lot. Back at Dean's, I fired up the vacuum and collected all the Jake hair inside the couch and under the cushions. Jake left the room again. BB paid no attention to the vacuum. Max wanted feeding again. And again. I had done an extensive "flea out" (moved the couch out, vacuumed under & behind, washed all & sprayed with Zodiac flea spray)
a week ago Tuesday, but found a new film of soot all over everything. So, I washed again. An order from Amazon had brought my favorite aroma of Mrs. Meyers Clean Day surface cleaner, so I mixed up a bucket of that with hot water. The wash water quickly turned gray, then black. I figure there must have been some creosote built up inside the chimney and it decided to fall into the wood stove, creating the plume of grossness. Yuk.

The day today was so sunny and warm, everything heated up where the sun struck. All the laundry dried completely, so I didn't have to hang it on the inside drying rack. As I was finishing the vacuuming job on the recliner, Dean came in and told me it was time to change, he was taking me out for fish & chips. We hit the road for Horta's in less than 15 minutes. Guess the rest of the vacuuming can wait till tomorrow.
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