Last week I made a 9 hour road trip and spent a fast week with my mom. I left Tuesday and came back Saturday. I didn't see the sun the entire time:
Yes. I know we all need to stay home, but at the time, the government hadn't delayed the tax deadline and I am the only one mom has to tend to her taxes. She and Daddy had a real estate business and I have been doing all the book work for it since he passed 10 years ago. All the property has been sold and paid off so this ought to be the last year. I have been staying home and we didn't go anywhere while I was down there. She was actually booked to take an Alaskan cruise in May and I strongly urged her to cancel that when I first heard of the virus. As it turned out, everything was shut down anyway, but she cancelled her trip before it got that far. We had a good visit while I was down there and I was able to tend to things on her to do list that were important to her. I got my exercise by digging and pulling out green things that didn't belong:
Out where I come from we like anything green, even weeds. I spent 5 hours sprucing up her yard one day and I loved every minute. I love playing in the dirt!
I also cleaned out her greenhouse. She fed me well in return:
German Stuffed Peppers from my childhood - no recipe. It's just something she's always made:
Lots of empty miles (over 500) to get back home:
I did make one stop because a girl needs a bathroom during a 9 hour trip
It just so happens that the nicest, cleanest bathroom I know happens to be at a quilt shop. 😁 But no, I didn't shop around. I look for some solids for a friend that they didn't have and I pulled one bolt for a binding. I wasn't in there for more than 5 minutes. I would have bought some of this Texas Wildflower fabric if they had had any, but they were out and waiting for more:
It's good to be back home:
With our camp man hurt and DH tending to all 128,000 acres alone, it really wasn't the best time for me to be away, but we are about to get even busier and I figure this COVID-19 pandemic is going to get worse before it gets better. We're still on for work at the Sale Barn today and I'll have 3 days of cooking for a crew this week. Yes, I hear you fussing, but folks in agriculture, medicine, law enforcement and first responders are still on the job. I can't help with the empty shelves of toilet paper but we can do something about keeping meat on the shelf.
We have to have all of our bulls tested for Trich (Trichomoniasis) annually as per government regulations before we put them out with the cows.
Trich can cause major economic losses due to infertility, it can cause the cow to abort - thus diminish calf crops - and extend the calving season. It is also very costly to eradicate as cattle must be quarantined and tested multiple times. We have friends who lost 90% of this year's calf crop due to a neighbor's bull that was infected that crossed the fence. That is devastating to a rancher's livelihood.
So, I am cooking this week. Yes, I will take precautions. It's probably only a matter of time, but as of now, there are no cases of COVID-19 in our county, nor in any surrounding counties. Still, precautions are being taken. I keep a pretty good supply of groceries on hand and will be able to feed everyone without making a big grocery run although I might be running low on ice cream. 😉