Little things make me happy...my husband once got me a manure fork and a pitch fork, for some occasion...I forget what now...(I think it was an anniversary..can you imagine!?)
I got a package from Lee Valley today..a heated hose!!
For a long time, during the winter I have had to lug water out from the kitchen, to the animals 3 or 4 times a day....ever try to carry a full bucket of water? It ruined my hip...(I do get help from my sons but it was starting to ruin their hips too and I thought they are too young to start having trouble with hips..) My husband did it for 10 or 12 years before he died, and I have done it myself now for 8 years......
The way our back patio is "installed" (not by us) it would be impossible to put a water line in without digging up the whole patio and starting over...I'm afraid I can't do that...A friend of mine, in Alberta Canada, told me Lee Valley has a heated hose, so I looked into it.
The hose has a heating coil in it and a plug for an outlet..now again, because the way this house is "arranged" I will have to run an utility extension cord from the garage, to the hose and faucet. I am hoping I will not have to leave it plugged in all the time....I don't like having an extension cord plugged in all the time..especially running through the garage and over the HAY!! It will not go all the way out..I got the 50' hose (they had 2- a 50' and 25') but the distance is 85', so I will use a shorter hose I hook up and unhook as needed, to run the extra distance...if that doesn't work I will buy another one....here's hoping it works..this might save my hip!!
My absolute greatest dream is to someday have a place, with SUNNY rooms, and with a real barn, with heat and electric, to keep everything in....that isn't going to happen here...so I make the best of what I have now...
Bathroom projects have to wait for leaves and garden while I can!! (and I am hoping to see if I have any yard pictures on the old camera to post...I will check on that later,...off to feed the animals, do some garden clean up and go food shopping before it gets dark..! Can't see so well in the dark any more.)
Have a GREAT day,