The New Hampshire Homesteader: Nancy Broadley

“Damn It! Peckerhead” Part 8

We are changing the name of the series from “Hold My Iced Coffee” to “Damn It! Peckerhead”

The Homesteader Punt

Well this week has been one for the books and I am happy it is just about over…we’ve had shit weather, shit moods, shit luck this week it seems.

With the attack of the weasel last week, I had to remove my hen to a safer space, and this has caused quite the stir with the bad boy of the barnyard.  He’s been in a foul mood all week, pacing like a caged tiger, ready to attack anything and everyone that moves, including me.

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Hold My Iced Coffee: Part 7

Well, Damn It Peckerhead!!!!!

Today on the homestead was just one of those days when everything, including the animals get ahead of you.  And when a predator strikes, no matter how prepared you think you are, no matter how vigilant you think you are, they kick your ass seven ways to Sunday anyway.  And today was the day of an attack!  From a slinky, snaky little weasel!

Out in the barn, I’m hucking poop, by the pitchfork full, wading in stinky, wet hay, using the sunshine and warmer temps to my advantage.  The goats are outside, screaming for more food…always screaming for more food and barging in and out through the door to demand that I, their personal slave, listen to them.  I ignore them for good reason…and think of a dog muzzle, wondering if it would work on the bleating little assholes from hell. 

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The New Hampshire Homesteader: Nancy Broadley

Hold My Iced Coffee: Part 6

So here on the homestead I am in continuous building mode…it seems there is never enough room for the frequent additions of animals to my homestead. Why? Well, Peckerhead is one of the reasons..that little flucker spends more time in solitary than he does with the other critters…because he’s an ass! So every once in a while, I have to shove him into lock down in solitary. But, for other reasons as well I build a lot. This spring I had two does pregnant, so I needed to build birthing stalls and a separate stall for the horny buck to get him away from my does. And when I build, I bleed. There is no way around it…hammers fly, tools get hucked into the woods in my fits of rage, fingernails get ripped off, and yup, its’ a freakin war zone…now throw in a nasty rooster and shots are fired across the bow…

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Hold My Iced Coffee: Part 5

Fudge! Fudge! Fudge! I really have to question my own decision making abilities when I face this morning’s brutal temperatures! Why would I live in a state where my face, fingers and toes flash freeze the minute I step outside? Complete and utter insanity I tell ya.

Vertigo…yup I have it…and this does not make for a good morning wake up call, but the animals have to be fed and watered. So, this morning, I stagger out into the cold like a drunken pole dancer who’s lost her pole to hold onto…slip sliding on the ice, hoping at my advanced age I don’t fall and break a hip…

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Hold My Iced Coffee: Part 4

Woot woot! Another record morning under the belt so to speak…Lesson I’ve learned today: Do not be so freaking forgetful!

Picture this: Stumbling out to feed the critters, go into the woodshed where the grain and hay is kept….still dark, but not dark enough that I can’t see, so leave the headlamp hanging on the peg in the kitchen. I got this right?

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New Hampshire Homesteader: Nancy Broadley

Hold My Iced Coffee: Part 3

I knew this morning waking up, that the weather would be a challenge today. Just when you think you have this homesteading gig figured out, bam! Mother Nature throws you a curve ball and smacks you right in the face with it.

Being the smart homesteader I am, or at least think I am, I added spreading sand to my list of morning chores today due to the ice storm we are having. Pretty smart right? And last night I prefilled the critters water buckets in case the power went out. So yay me! I was thinking ahead!

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