After spending the first half of my weekend driving here, there and everywhere, I did manage to stay put on Sunday and got a lot done.
I visited the barn (black bottom cupcakes) and did a lot of ear scratching on Jasmine and chin scratching on Alice. I got a truck load of wood mulch - free! - from a pile left by the electric company on my neighbor's farm. I spread 90% of it on pathways around my raised beds. Then I planted potatoes and catnip. I made a raised bed along my front pathway and planted the alpine strawberries that Marianne had given me (and mulched it with wood chips -- will that work, Mama Pea?). I cleaned out the little coop and all the nesting boxes and put in fresh shavings. I washed and installed my screens. I hauled out the hoses, let the sheep out for a quick bite of grass, cleaned their water bucket, gave the dogs a nice long walk, talked with neighbors and hung out laundry. I only managed to clean one rabbit cage, however, because I was exhausted by then. I did do some grooming work on Little Sister, one of the red angoras, but she and her brother still need a lot more attention. I then fed everyone, took a shower and trotted off for my reward for a hard day's work: dinner at Sylvie's! This morning, before I let loose the chickens, I am going to plant the lovely rhubarb plant that Kay gave me yesterday (so far, the fencing I put around the rhubarb bed has held them at bay).
Needless to say, I had no trouble sleeping last night. It felt so good to stretch all those muscles that haven't been used all winter. It was a beautiful day and, even though much of this week calls for cloudy skies and rain, I think I have absorbed enough natural Vitamin D3 to squeak through to next weekend.