I realized I was wasting a lot of precious time whining. This weekend, I hoisted my BGPs, stiffened the upper lip and plunged in. We got a good, soaking rain over the weekend and it buoyed (pun intended) my spirits and energy level.
|Two dozen garlic scape 'muffins'|
I will admit that the cleaning of my house continues to suffer. But, hey ho. The dogs and cats don't mind (since they are instigators of all things linty and the hedgehog-sized-hair-bunnies) and I have until Thursday afternoon to spiffy up the guest room and clean bathrooms in advance of my youngest sister's arrival.
|Duck Hut 2 in action|
You can see how easy it is to clean out - DH2 is easier, as it only has three 2x4s to work around - a better design learned from DH1 - which has four. You can tell the builder works on houses. The hinged side/roof has an added benefit of providing shade and shelter from rain. This is especially good when your Middles seem not to have the sense that god gave a turnip, when it comes to seeking shelter. The process of getting the Middles out in the morning is as smooth as clockwork, whereas the process of getting the Middles into their hut at night is still very much a work in process. I have to devise a chute set up so that I can get them herded in as a body, instead of picking them off, one by one.
|Nifty roof lifter|
|Nesting box projection with|
its own lift-able lid
The huts are working out very well. The Biggies waddle, single file, into theirs at night with only the slightest of 'help'. Because of the construction, DH1 has a nesting box in the middle of the side.
|Duck Hut 1 - the Prototype|
Meanwhile, back at the little coop, the pullets got to go out into the Big World for the first time on Saturday. Unlike every other batch of newbies that have gone through the process, instead of peering out timidly until someone got crowded at the door and 'fell' out, these little girls shot out of the door like cannon balls. I have two new (to me) breeds - Partridge Rocks and Salmon Faverolles, plus a "Free Exotic Chick", which is Murray McMurray speak for extra roosters. I have no idea what breed he is. The Faverolles (pictured below) are brassy little things - curious and seemingly fearless. They also go in and out of the coop all day - another first. On the first night, all were inside with the exception of one madly peeping little Partridge Rock. Amazing.
Duck bedding was cleaned, areas were raked, pawdicures were completed, treats were handed out for good behavior. Lovey falls on her side and doesn't move through the whole process, silently willing it to be over. Scrappy and Pepperoni tremble violently, but suffer through it. I then brushed Pepperoni - he loves it so much that his nose runs - and tried to remove some of Scrappy's loose undercoat. I swear that dog sheds a basketball-sized pile o' fur every week.
I got a lot done - although I completely missed two of the two MUST-dos on my list. Last night, I curled up on the sofa with a cat and a dog, a glass of herbal tea and two Aleve and watched the last part of a DVD. Bliss.