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Getting Ready

27 May

I am more than ready for summer.  Trust me on that one.  But that’s not what this post is about.  Remember all those things I said I had to do this summer.  Well, that’s what I’m getting ready to do.

I couldn’t resist getting a house plant when I got my garden plants.

One thing that put me behind was my Ranger not running.  It would start and then die, like it wasn’t getting gas.  So my dad came out yesterday morning to load it up and haul it to the shop.  (Thanks to Dad for the pictures)

Um. It didn’t go quite as planned.

He had to get a loader and pull it out of the floor and back onto solid wood.  Oops.

On the way back from dropping it off, he picked up my panels and boards so that I can start fixing the chicken/peacock/goose outdoor pen.

As if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy this weekend, I also stopped on my way home from work to pick up the stuff to seal/finish the deck.

Now I just need sunshine and a plan to keep the dog from tromping through my work.  He seems to think it’s time to play.

Sky with his Jolly Ball

My mom came out last Monday, and we planted garden.  I got as much done as I could before the next two days of rain.

Mom in the garden

I have just a few things left to plant, and then the garden is ready for summer!

cucumbers and celery (with strawberries in the back)

I am soooooo ready for summer!

Odds and Ends

18 May

My corn was planted this weekend.  After a cold, wet start to the spring planting season, farmers have been planting as quickly as they can to get everything planted. Now we just have to hope for a good growing season.

My garden was tilled this weekend as well.  I’m afraid to plant because it’s supposed to be pretty cool this coming weekend.  I’ll probably wait until next week to plant.

It’s smaller this year because I just can’t keep up with everything.  Also, we are leaving for two weeks for vacation this summer, so I need to have a bit less to deal with.

Salem–just because he’s cute.

Um. At some point, I need to decide what to do with the blog while we are gone–just post a couple of farm pictures each day or maybe give a few vacation updates.

The chickens and goose are sharing a nest in their new accommodations.

I’m still working on getting my yards into shape.  I did manage to get a lot more tamed down this past weekend. Caroline was helping me with cleaning up some scrub mulberry.

I even managed to get everything under the windmill cleaned up.

I have been cutting a lot of asparagus for the last week.  It just came up like crazy when we turned warm.  I’ve already cut more than I got all of last year.

I did my first planting of the year.  I put in some rhubarb.

Hopefully, my dog will not destroy it.

Summer Projects

2 May

I have quite a few projects in the works right now.  Some I’ve already started, like cleaning twenty-four years of excessive stuff out of the house and buildings.  I keep filling the dumpster.  My hope is that when I get done with the basement, I can get someone here to do some waterproofing.  Our recent rains have reminded me how much I need to get that done.

The board is new after the derecho; the water stains are from our recent rains.

I also need to do something in the front of my house where it’s currently mud.  I think, for now, I want to put strawberries there.  I might even try some rhubarb.

I also need to find a time next month to finish my deck now that it’s had time to cure.

Sky

Now that I have the goats out of the garage, I need to clean it out.  Seriously.  I am tired of my garage being a barn.

I also need to get the Ranger worked on.  It won’t keep running.  Hopefully, my son will find time to get it fixed because I need it to do some projects like cleaning up the barnyard.

I have a lot of old posts and limbs that need to be hauled up north and burned.

Most of this is from derecho cleanup.  It will be a massive bonfire.

Another big project is working on the birds’ building/pen.  To do that, I had to start by hobbling the greenhouse to put the birds in it.  My dad came and helped me with the last little bit of hobbling, and then my mom came the next night to help me catch the birds.

These two brown leghorns are totally wild things.

peacock

goose

Then I want to clean and make the outside pen much more secure again.  I also want to remove the part of the outside pen that has a limb in it.  I’ll return it to the north paddock for the goats.

We got everyone moved!

Add to the list regular yard work, planting my garden, and a two-week genealogy road trip, it’s looking like it’s going to be a super busy summer.