Cowart's Common Room
Cowgirl: Thanks for asking about me!

Hi everyone - have just been finding life very hard work lately and haven't had time to be online much - when I have finished for the day I tend to collapse on the couch too tired to read even. Yesterday marked 3 months since Richie passed away, and it feels like yesterday and forever ago all at the same time. Things here are busy - B&B still pumping, farm work picking up with the change of season etc

We had a mini-cyclone come through on Thursday afternoon/night and on Friday morning I woke to flooding so had to leap out of bed and wade through waist deep water on the drive way to go and check the cows - then move them to safety, and then go and retrieve my electric fence tape (reel) and standards - worth hundreds - from along the rapidly rising river. Then in the afternoon I had to clear the fences and check the pump once the water had gone. Earlier in the week Dad & I spent an entire day at the pumphouse after I had found a broken ballcock arm in a trough - had to be the largest trough - and so had to bale out all the water - a chore in itself - but then once the arm was replaced the pump wouldn't cut in - so we had to uplift the entire thing (v heavy - and I ended up with it being dropped on my finger - nice purple nail now) and replace with our spare, and then return it to the workshop for overhauling (now done).

Yesterday I was walking to get the mail and I noticed a tree limb had become entangled in the stream around our water pipe and was acting as a sieve collecting a heavy load of weed and smelly debris - all of which was eventually going to bode ill to the water pipe so I had to get down into the stream and clear the lot - and to my disgust - I didn't even know we had them in NZ - I found a big leech on my leg afterward - yeeeeeeuch. Pulled it off and disinfected the site..... ugh ugh ugh.

Also during the week I made two batches of yummy damson jelly from fruit a friend gave me, and some chilli and tomato jam from my own cherry toms - they have done so well this year will certainly grow again next season, and of course with the rain comes the grass growth so mowing has been constant -every three or so days I do a bit - no longer try and get the whole lot done at once. The belt came off the mower again, but when friend Robbie came to help me put it on when Dad was in hospital, last time it did it, he showed me an easier way of "walking" the belt back on to the wheel rather than brute force, and happily I was able to do it by myself this time! Yay!

People (friends, acquaintances) ask me if I'm looking for a JOB..... erm, not currently......

Cheers, everyone xoxoxoxooxShockedShockedShocked

Posted at 7th Mar 2009 - 08:53PM   Posted by Cowgirl   Cowgirl: Thanks for asking about me! Comments: 12

Fennie's Avatar And cheers to you, Cowgirl. Wow! You have lots of spirit. Lesson to us all.

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Mar 2009 at 09:12PM

Lampworkbeader's Avatar wow! you are some woman. I hope things settle down a bit for you now.
love Lampie

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 7th Mar 2009 at 10:30PM

Toady's Avatar Blimey Sam hope you've got your water wings.
Wotcha mean you're not looking for a job.

Posted by: Toady on 7th Mar 2009 at 10:35PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Yet again you have shown us what a wonder woman you are. It made me exhausted, just reading it! Do take care, my dear

Posted by: Withy Brook on 7th Mar 2009 at 10:41PM

Jeez Sam, surely the tide must turn for you soon.
Much love

Posted by: @themill on 7th Mar 2009 at 11:32PM

Frances's Avatar I just don't know, Samantha. Damson jelly sounds all right, but a leech! Oh no, oh no, oh no.

I just want a gigantic heap of luck and good news to head right over to Riverdale pronto.

Meanwhile, I send you lots of hugs, kisses, and ... for what the virtual version is worth, lots of support.


Posted by: Frances on 7th Mar 2009 at 11:52PM

Camilla's Avatar Hi Sam,

I hope things ease a bit for you soon for you so deserve it, in the meantime sending you all my love and hugs, take care Sam.


Posted by: Camilla on 8th Mar 2009 at 12:12AM

Crystal Jigsaw's Avatar I feel tired reading about your week! Life can be very testing at times, do take care of yourself.

CJ xx

Posted by: Crystal Jigsaw on 8th Mar 2009 at 10:08AM

Blimey, I'm tired just reading about all you've been doing! Sounds like you need a large glass of red!

Posted by: HimalayanBlue on 8th Mar 2009 at 12:37PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Shocked So yeah what do you do in your masses of spare time Blink

Love and Hugs to you . . . . (Very Happy)

Posted by: Westerwitch on 8th Mar 2009 at 12:49PM

Woozle1967's Avatar Blimey, Sam. As CJ says, am exhausted after reading all this. I hope things calm down for you very soon - think of you often and hope you are okay. Take care and I hope you can find some quiet time to sit down with a plate of fresh crusty bread and cheese and demolish that chili and tomato jam!!xx

Posted by: Woozle1967 on 8th Mar 2009 at 03:02PM

Pondside's Avatar Whew! After all that I was prepared to read that there'd been a sandstorm and Tsunami...but I think if there had been you'd have just rolled up your sleeves and sorted them out!
What a lot you've been through these three months. Like Woozle, I hope you can find a moment to yourself - hot bath, glossy magazine and a little peace.

Posted by: Pondside on 8th Mar 2009 at 03:27PM

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