Sunday, June 10, 2018

Where Have I Been?

Right here.  What have I been doing?

Working in the garden.  I may be losing my grip on how long it takes to get our garden completely planted, but I do believe it's been a longer process than usual this year.  I've also spent time watering as we're dry as dust again and all the transplants and seeds need moisture to make it.

Cooking and cleaning (more cooking than cleaning!) and finding a few hours in which to sleep each night.

Visiting with and putting food on the table for friends who have either arrived in the area for their vacation or are just passing through.  No overnight company though.  (Whew.)

Find, cutting and marking our south property line.

There are some very tall trees there, and on the east side also, that we've been wanting to take down for years.  It seemed a good idea to make sure the ones we take down are on our property.  As much as we dislike removing them, they've always shaded the gardens and orchard until about 10 o'clock each morning.  Up here, with our short growing season, we have to take advantage of as much sunshine as we can get.

Taking down a couple/few trees that were half dead and leaning precariously near the house and/or buildings.  This seems to be an ongoing, never-ending process, but a necessary one.

Dismantling the temporary wood shed we've used for the past two (or is it three?) years, upgrading the gravel foundation pad and moving the tractor shelter onto that spot.  

Now we can put the addition of another wood shed next to our bigger wood shed as the tractor shelter was in the way of that.  The new wood shed will go approximately where the large shadow is in above picture.

We've had a visiting brush wolf (coyote) harassing our poultry all week.  He's made a few attempts to go through the electric fencing (big fail).  Strangely enough, our big rooster and some of the hens don't seem the least bit spooked by him and trot right over to get a closer look.  Dumb clucks.

We've always had older vehicles that keep going like the Energizer Bunny due to the fact that Papa Pea takes such good care of them.  Our pick-up is at our mechanic's getting wiring installed so we have lights and brakes (seemed like a good idea) when pulling either of our trailers.  Same pick-up got the tail gate and driver's side door handle fixed this last week at another garage.  This coming Tuesday we take our Suburban to get the hood repainted.

All this may not seem like much as listed above but it all sure took a big chunk out of last week.

Don't know how much of this is of real interest to you all, but I did want to get a post up since it's been a smidge more than a week since the last one.  Hope all is going well in your neck o' the woods and that you're having a good month of June.


coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I'm always interested. Taking down trees is a big job. So much cutting and clearing up the mess. It is odd to hear the coyote being called a brush wolf. I've never heard that before. Silly chickens. -Jenn

wisps of words said...

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Mama Pea said...

Jenn - Yep, up here they're often referred to as brush wolves (the coyotes) and timber wolves (the honest to gosh big wolves). I think the "mess" of clearing the brush from the trees cut down takes more time than anything! The big stuff we, of course, save for firewood.

wisps of words - Okay, I'm e-mailing you the blogs I read that come up "too big" for the screen.

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Keeping busy as usual :) We had to trim a tree recently too, to much shade in the veggie garden...

Mama Pea said...

Nancy - Unfortunately, we have to do more than trimming trees to enable that ol' sunshine to get at much of the garden. I really do hate to take down any trees (even the ones that could fall on buildings), but bottom line it's the only sensible (and safe!) thing to do.

Susan said...

You are never lacking for something to do on the homestead, are you? I so admire you, two - besides the fact that you need to keep the basics going - house clean, food made, etc., you cut trees down, make it into firewood, stack the same, it's awe-inspiring. AND you maintain a sense of humor throughout!

Marie said...

I'll send the rain your way .... 5+ inches in 3 days ... will be pulling the ark out of storage this evening .... (and more in the forecast for the week ahead) .. need some sun ... sooooonnnn

Mama Pea said...

Susan - What do they say? If I didn't laugh, I'd be crying? (But that's only on my low days.) I think I've been pushing too much as I've been feeling cwappy for a little while. After FINALLY listening to my body that was trying to tell me something (!), I've really taken it easy (gotten diddly-sqwat accomplished) for a couple of days and I feel oh-so-much better today. Matter of fact, I feel so good tonight I don't want to stop. (Do you see a pattern here?)

Marie - I tell ya, it's either feast or famine. Why can't Mother Nature play nice??

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