Turns out a file that was installed as part of my printer installation was preventing Office from functioning. I spent hours downloading it, only to have it crash once I was finished. I would have never found the problem without my son's help. Turns out the file is compatible with the old Windows operating system but not the latest version. Plus I had lots of adware that kept popping up, making viewing certain sites a nightmare. Needless to say, I didn't get a lot of office or internet work done before I had the computer cleaned up.
I still ended up having to call Dell for assistance because, even after having the computer cleaned of known adware, turns out files had sent out tentacles that wrapped around existing, legitimate files. The Dell tech was able to clean it all up and she even went the extra mile and added Adobe Acrobat for me after I asked about opening pdf files. Although after my phone call, all I could think was how Dell (and other computer companies) pay to put those programs on their computers, then they pay technicians to help you clean them off. Once I had a fully functioning computer again, I had about a week's worth of work to catch up on.
We took our last two pigs to the processor on Wednesday. It ended up being quite a challenge. Due to all the rain and snow, the pasture was extremely muddy. We were able to get the truck and trailer into the pasture just fine. But with the added weight we almost didn't get out.
|Our neighbor is kind enough to let us borrow his trailer|
|Our truck did not like the mud, even in 4-wheel drive|
|See how bad the mud was|
We're getting some new chicks this week. Our flock has gotten older and smaller. We've lost some girls to age and a number of them are laying fewer eggs as they get older so it was time to freshen the flock. Many farms only keep their hens for a couple of years and then send the to the stew pot. Although it's probably not a good financial decision, we feel that our girls work hard for us so they should be given the luxury of live out their natural lives even after they stop producing eggs. We're going to use one of our portable chicken houses as a brooder where we'll set up a heat lamp to keep them warm until they develop their feathers.
Later in the month we'll be picking up 7 piglets! We raised 5 this past year, 4 for us and 1 for the ministry that works with impoverished people in the inner city.
Our calender for the next couple of months is rapidly filling. We have family members visiting next week, a couple of speaking engagements, some training sessions, and an open house, along with the usual projects we're working on.
The farmers' market opens in May so we'll be busy with that before we know it. I attended a vendors' meeting today and it sounds like the market will be pretty much as it has in the past. The market manager has applied for a grant to get matching funds for SNAP money spent at the market. He's also working with social services and our local transit company to spread the word that the market accepts SNAP money via EBT cards. We're happy to to see them reaching out to help the people who need nutritious food the most. We accept SNAP money, as well as the WIC and Senior coupons that our state provides to low income individuals.
Have a great week!