I got so much done this weekend! Woot, woot, woot! Of course, only about half of it was on The List, but it still counts. Because I added, then crossed off all the extraneous stuff. I do not consider it cheating, since you asked.
The weather was sort of crummy on Saturday, as the Big Rain forecast for our area dissolved into dribbles on and off all day. I did a drop-off run to the local food pantry (reducing the clutter in my laundry room significantly, as it's the only safe place to store food stuffs in a house that contains the Flying Sausage, aka Butters), picked up 100# of poultry feed from the local supplier, then headed home and hit the ground running. With help from my neighbor and his trusty chainsaw, all the sumac trees were taken down in the section of the chicken yard that was fenced off for grass rejuvenation. Then another hour was devoted to clearing the debris, followed by another hour of yoinking weeds, then another two and a half hours were spent with shovel, pickax, trowel and iron bar, trying - to no avail, alas - to dig out an oak tree seedling and move it to its new home. After following a large tap root (with no extraneous root system) for more than a foot and a half, the root zigged east and south and there was no way I could extract it. I was quite unhappy about it, as I love trees and had hoped to move it out of the flower bed close to the house to the new, grassy oasis in the back. At least I have a hole ready for a potential tree. I will have to start keeping my eyes open for a likely candidate.
By the time I threw in the trowel/shovel/pick/rod, I was mud from head to toe, as rain drizzled on me the entire time. The temperature on Saturday didn't rise above 60 degrees, so it was pure heaven to go inside and peel off the wet clothes, shower and put on nice, dry everything! The dogs spent a contented day, gnawing on their marrow bones and watching me labor in the rain from the dry coziness of their sofa.
There were many other small things ticked off the list - repair mirror chain, put a new layer of shavings in the duck hut and nesting boxes, switch poultry waterers (which I can now fill from my rain barrel!!!), weed the garlic, repair another window screen, etc., etc. I hit bed early and didn't move until 4A.
Sunday, I was out by 6:30, as there was more rain forecast for the day. I made four wheelbarrow runs, clearing out all the weeds I pulled from the grassy plain in back. I also noticed that the platform on which I had balanced my rain barrel had partially collapsed from the weight. You know those times when you do something sort of half-assed and you know it's half-assed and will probably end in a bad way, but you do it anyway because you're in a hurry/lazy? I did manage to prop up one end with part of a cement block and will have to wait until it's empty again (how ironic) to fix it. I am sure we will now be inundated with rain because I need it empty.
I then loaded my car with various flotsam and debris that I have been collecting and zipped off to the transfer station. Where they were having their coffee and couldn't help me unload. Harumph. I was then off to Marianne's for my farm stint. We weeded and fertilized everything in the greenhouse (she has fist-sized tomatoes!), admired her ducks and then headed in for an iced coffee and a nice chat. I really do love these 'work' days. I was back home in time for the rain, so focused on the inside of the house. I did get my mirror chain rehung - I love it so much, Joyce! - and then vacuumed, swept, cleaned bathrooms, and made a grass fed beef/Marianne's mushrooms ragout with GF mushroom noodles for dinner. Yummo! I did not bake one thing this weekend. I'm sure the barn guys are in shock (or mourning), but I took the day off. My latest favorite DVD series is New Tricks and two DVDs arrived in Saturday's post! Huzzah!
I awoke this morning feeling virtuous. I also awoke way too early because someone (SLIMMIE) managed to get my bedroom door open and I was wide awake at 2:30. I put in two hours on my sweaters (yes, I am knitting tandem sweaters because I am certifiable), then cleaned up the kitchen, washed eggs and made my lunch using the swag I picked up on Sunday:
|Spinach, beet microgreens, my lettuce, cilantro |
microgreens, shaved sweet onion, Kalamata olives