Sort of following along on my MPU interview, we are now in full lambing mode. Most jobs are 9-5 but yesterday farming was 5-9. Up at 5am and out to check sheep and the most recent set of twins untangled and out nursing at about 8:30pm, in the pouring rain. Inside and in bed by 9pm.
I had done a complete redesign of the underlying database structure in my LambTracker program and had to quickly re-write every bit of code in each management module before we used it. I just managed to get the Lambing module done before lambs arrived. The first 3 lambs (a set of triplets) won, code had major bugs, but found and fixed before the next lambs were born. Still have many other modules to fix, but that is taking longer. There is decision fatigue during lambing. I am making so many life and death decisions each day that the brainpower to deal with coding complexities is sorely lacking. Lambing tasks have to be well defined, easy to interrupt and not require me to think much at all. Yesterday I scanned 271 35mm color slides using my new workflow and got them ready for import into LightRoom in between lambs and checking for lambs.
Biggest issue so far this year is the weather, pouring rain. Rain drops on touch screens count as clicks and so I’ve had some issues with LambTracker heading off to who knows where because some rain hit the screen. A sheet of plastic wrap seems to have at least lessened the problem. Another is that in the brief sunny bits sunlight readability of the screen is terrible. Somewhere I have a picture of a Marine with his jacket over his head looking at the screen on the GRiDSE-T (that my husband designed) making his own darkened space. The display was totally unreadable in bright sunlight. It’s over 20 years later and we STILL don’t have good, color, sunlight readable displays! I really wish someone made an inexpensive color sunlight readable screen in a waterproof package in tablet sizes that runs Android. If anyone knows of something let me know.
Anyway, been in for a bit, finished breakfast and some coffee and now time to suit up again and head back out.