Since I didn't get anything done the prior weekend, I made up for it this weekend. However, I am trying something new -- I've signed up for a Tai Chi class on Saturday mornings. It is, let me say, an hour of delight. I've always wanted to learn it, and I am sure it will take me the next 15 years to get close to understanding it (do they allow the use of walkers in Tai Chi? I'll have to ask...) but it actually helps me focus. Me! And I was able to barter part of the class fee, which just thrills me down to the soles of my frugal little feet. A dozen eggs a week comes to almost half of the class cost. And I am up to my elbows in eggs right now - a win-win!
After all my usual runnings-around after class - yes, the lovely tai chi calm wore off in about 15 minutes - I was home to hack down the dreaded barberry bushes that gird the front of the house. This year, I cut them down to stumps. And I am sure they will come back bigger and pricklier. I'm not sure what the previous owner was thinking - putting briary bushes right in front of your windows - the same windows that need their screens taken off or put on. I then hunted down my window screens, washed them thoroughly and proceeded to scrub the front of the house, top to bottom, side to side. My house faces north and gets no direct sun. Last year (and the two prior years) were so incredibly wet that I had a nice green and black crop of mold growing on the siding. Lots of elbow grease, six buckets of a water/bleach solution and two hours later, it's all clean! I also discovered what appears to be a bullet hole under the bedroom window, and also discovered that I am going to have to get it re-sided in the not-too-distant future. A new roof gets first dibs on my emergency fund. There's no end to the projects, is there?
I also restacked my scrap wood, laid out another raised bed, mounted a feeder for the sheep to try and force some order to feed-time, raked spoiled hay - although I didn't cart it out because I ran out of steam - and did four loads of laundry, which I, gloriously, hung on the line. From reading everyone's blog posts, it seems like the whole country is dealing with this wonderful - yet, strange - weather. I keep putting my rain gear away, only to have to haul it out every other week. I'm afraid to put the winter gear away because it is, after all, still Farch -- or is it Mapril? Whatever odd season it is, I've managed to get three things ticked off my to-do list (made a nice big batch of laundry detergent, too.)