Greetings from 25 degree Minnesota. We’ve been getting an intermittent snow/rain mix the last two days, and roads, vehicles and nearly everything else is covered with an icy glaze. It was a long, slow drive to work this morning. On my way I saw several trucks spreading salt and gravel, so thanks guys!
In case you’ve managed to forget, it’s now Thanksgiving week. I thought I would start the week off by taking some time to give thanks for a gadget at the farm that makes life a bit easier.
When you have lots of these that need washing twice a day;
you definitely need one of these handy, dandy sanitizers!
Before we got the sanitizer over a year ago, all bottles had to be washed and sanitized by hand. This was a very wet job, and it was tedious because it seemed like there should be a more efficient way.
If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant or industrial kitchen, you may recognize this as the same, or similar, to a sanitizer used in those environments. Now that we have this wonderful machine, I just need to thoroughly rinse the bottles with sudsy water, turn them upside down in their racks, and put them through a sanitize cycle. For the black bottle tops, we have blue trays with individual slots for each. The trays slide right into the sanitizer too.
Whenever I get tired of washing bottles, I try to remind myself how much easier the process is than it used to be!
With extra slippery ice lurking on most road shoulders and sidewalks, it was definitely a treadmill day. 3.19 miles in 28 minutes. Not too exciting, but a solid effort. A good run doesn’t have to be crazy fast or flashy. A lot of solid runs mixed with some speedier miles and a weekly (or so) long run really does add up to a good running base. Amazing how simple that sounds and how difficult it can be sometimes. 😀
I’m sort of embracing running “maintenance mode” again. I’m pretty sure last month I was lamenting my lack of a schedule, but right now I like running when and how I want. Just being a normal runner is a-okay.
I’m fond of saying that most farmers (like us) are just normal people trying to do a good job raising food. Most farmers fly under the radar so to speak. (Unless there’s a doom and gloom story to be told, and then the media snaps it up. Ug; anyhow.)
And I suppose I’m just a normal runner trying to do a good job getting in some miles and running happy and injury-free. I also fly under the radar, as the general public certainly knows nothing about me and my farming or running escapades!
Any non-traditional items or gadgets you want to give thanks for?
What’s the weather doing in your neck of the woods today?