Following a shaky start to my eagerly-awaited vacation, I gained momentum and added a steady stream of checks to my to-do lists. Last Friday, on what should have been the highlight of my week, I straggled home early to clean the house for Girls' Night. It had been a stressful week. I got out of my car to the sounds of....Sage. Yes, she had found the ONE part of the fence that had not been Sage-proofed and had her bony noggin firmly caught. Chickie was so happy to see me - he had been keeping her company which was very boring. I went into the house for wire cutters to find...Bernie had dragged a box out of recycling and had virtually shredded it. All over the living room, dining room and kitchen. I did what any sane person pushed to the brink of madness would have done. I put my head back and screamed at the top of my lungs. It cleared the room and luckily didn't bring any neighbors running. That done, I got the wire cutters, freed Sage and came in and cleaned the house.
|I am not stoopid enough to put my head |
through a fence. Multiple times.
Saturday was equally as peaceful. The couple with whom I had been communicating for months about buying two of my remaining lambs, changed their plans (for the 200th time) and, instead of coming that Monday morning, told me on Friday they were coming the next morning. He ("hubby") called me when he left at 7a and we figured it would be 3 hours. I dragged Kay out of bed to come help me do a mass herd vaccination/worming and hoof trimming. We got all shots done and hooves trimmed on the two lambs by 10:15. They showed up at 11:30. When I remarked that it was a lot longer trip than we thought, they casually said that they had had a nice leisurely drive and stopped for an equally leisurely breakfast. After they left, I found that they had also leisurely short-changed me. Had they not been friends of my sister, I would have gotten in my car and tracked them down.
And did I mention that I developed laryngitis by Saturday afternoon? Oh, never mind. Since rain was predicted every day except Monday, I arose Monday at 4:30 and hit the gardens as soon as chores were done. I got everything planted with the exception of the summer squash. The two raised beds remain unfilled. I contemplated it Wednesday- the only other day without rain forecast - but I also had to replace my storm door and finish cleaning the chicken coop. I am now realizing why most of the retired friends I have are so busy. It never ends.
|Pak choy coming up on right|
|Tire "garden" potatoes and herbs|
|Tomatoes, cukes, peppers, basil|
What should have been a one-day coop cleaning, turned into a three day debacle. I hadn't realized that a) it became summer overnight and b) I have rats. Day One was most of the shoveling and sweeping. Day Two was the heavy shoveling and cleaning out of nesting boxes, along with more sweeping. I let the area under the roosts dry completely so I could survey the rat-damage. They had managed to chew a couple of holes in the soft wood. Sooooooo, Day Three was spent on hands and knees with clippers, pliers, hardware cloth, hammer, nails and staple gun - and haz-mat suit. All holes were tightly covered with hardware cloth. Then a nice fresh dusting of shavings and we're done (please, God) until fall. I also took a half a box of moth balls and tossed them all around the attached shed, or the Rat Haven, as it's now known. Ick. Ick. Ick. That extra time put the kibosh on goat barn cleaning and building up the fricasees' new digs. But there are more weekends to come, right?
After getting one day straight of rain, we have had nary a drop. But, wait! I am now armed with my handy-dandy retractable 100' garden hose! And I (puffing up with pride) installed it myself. I dug out my masonry drill bits and my 'real deal' drill and managed to mount the holder securely (and fairly level) to the foundation. I L.O.V.E. my retractable hose. I also had one of those 'duh' moments and realized that, since we had now, somehow, rocketed forward to August, the cold frame was a hotbox to my lettuces. So I stuck in four step-in posts and rubber banded a piece of row cloth to make a shade cover. That seems to be working nicely. We will see how it holds up under the severe storms predicted to come our way this afternoon. After slogging around Monday afternoon in heat and humidity, trying to convince myself that I should start schlepping wheelbarrow-fuls of dirt to the new raised beds, I said 'to hell with it', and came inside and read a book. It was marvelous.
|The hose, in all its glory.|
|Makeshift cold frame canopy.|