Schmidt Homestead

Our new home in Woodburn, IL

Monday, October 1, 2007

Soon after we turned the kittens loose a few weeks ago, Murphy disappeared. We haven’t seen him for a couple of weeks, so we went back to Bob’s for another one. Bob picked out a white kitten with dark grey spots. He said the kitten was really friendly, but we haven’t seen it so far. He’s older, bigger and stronger than Oliver, and he didn’t take to the move very well. He’s been very UN-friendly to everybody except Oliver. We’ll give him a week or so then turn him loose. If he sticks around, that’s great, but if we don’t see him again, I won’t be too upset.

We had a lot of wind this weekend, so Steve got to fly his stunt kite several times. He’s getting pretty good with it. I tried too, but I can’t control it as well, and it kept crashing.

The chickens stirred up a little garden snake yesterday. Steve found them in front of the garage looking at the snake like they didn’t know what to do with it.

We went down into the basement of the old house to empty out anything that we wanted to save. We used the tractor to lift an old cast iron sink out, and we carried out several baskets/buckets full of china and other glass items. Everything was covered in dirt and crud, so I gave it an initial wash-down. There’s quite a bit of china, although it’s nothing fancy.

Also, Steve finally got the well pump working. Now we can water the garden from the well, and not have to run hose from the faucet on the other side of the trailer – not to mention paying for the water.

I’m taking Oliver to the vet this afternoon. I wasn’t planning to do it, but his snotty nose has gotten worse rather than better. When he sneezes, it’s like being sprayed by a dog sneeze, and droplets get caught all in his whiskers. I’m constantly wiping his nose and eyes, and when he breathes you can hear that his nose is all clogged up. This way he can get his shots and have his ‘cold’ looked at.