Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Day 3 & 4

March 29 & 30, 2013

We actually accomplished a lot the last two days. We were so busy that I took very few pictures and didn’t post until now. But we also spent time with family and friends.

It started with me just fussing over the details of the projects I already did. I ran out of edging, so I can’t get the lamp post to look quite right.

I did have some fun with the path up to my front porch. I got a great deal on some flat stones a few years back. I swept and raked to uncover them, then got an idea. I had a bag of chia seeds which I never did try on my cereal. My original idea was to plant chamomile seeds between the stones, but they require direct sun. This path is in dappled shade. Our chia pets were always supposed to stay out of the sun. So, I poured seeds all over the path and swept them into the dirt between. I thought it would be fun to have a little greenery in between the stones. I don’t know if it will work, but I love to experiment.

The funny thing was, they began to gel before I got them all off the stones. I had to spray them with the hose to release them. We’ll see how they do.

We did get the chicken coop moved into place, but broke the bottom board in the process. I moved most of the compost into the space between for the chickens to enjoy (and turn it and add their manure, get to work girls!). I read that some people never give their chickens commercial feed, just kitchen scraps and foraging in the yard. I can’t let my girls free range unless I am out there, but I am hoping to cut back on the feed quite a bit.

My dear little brother came over and pulled out a stump for me. We had been working for some time cutting down this oversized bush at the corner of the house. We spent most of a Saturday cutting it down to size and hacking at the roots. We wrapped a tow strap around it and hooked it to our SUV and tried to pull it out. It laughed at us. Hubby started the car and tried to pull it out and it did not budge.

My brother came over in his work truck and wrapped a chain around it. He had that stump out of the ground before I knew what happened. Yay! Now I have another planting bed or new location for my garden shed. Still haven’t decided which.

Hubby also got most of the broken fence down and the bamboo cut down and dug up. I wish I had taken pictures of that.

It’s been wonderful seeing my home reborn. I find it fitting that it is taking place in the spring, the season of new beginnings. As I pause to celebrate our risen Christ, I am overwhelmed with joy.

Thank you Lord for sending your Son, Jesus! Thank you for my family and friends. Please give me the strength and resources to celebrate with my family. Help me to remember what is important.