... you would not be impressed. I'm dirty and sweaty and taking a break from my farm chores. Phew, I'm worn out but am getting a great workout. And I'm happy and having fun though must admit this would not be alot of people's idea of a good time. For me though? I'm lovin' it.
Since Mike finished the fence for the garden, I've been planting the last four days from about 7:30 in the morning until around 11:30. After that the sun hits the garden full force and it's just too hot to be out there. Miraculously, nearly all my seedlings made it! They hung in there and are now in the ground and we'll see how they do. The mulch hasn't been put down yet and I am anxiously awaiting Mike delivering his big Ford 350 truck-bed-full so I can spread it out - and hoping it will be enough. After that, we've got to get the structures up for the cucumbers, beans, peppers, tomatoes and maybe cantaloupes. Then... maintenance and watch everything grow. And pray that the Mexican bean beetles forgot how much they enjoyed decimating my beans last year... nasty ol' bean beetles.
When I work in the garden planting, I'm literally in the dirt because I have to remove the never-ending supply of rocks that rear their annoying heads and hand dig right before planting the seedlings or seeds - so I always wear my
red-Georgia-clay jeans that are the color of the dirt around here - which is filled with lots of iron oxide. My dirt jeans don't fit me very well or complement my figure at all, but I can wallow in the dirt or mud if I want and no stains ever appear since they match the red dirt! My t-shirts, however, take a serious hit. I always pick my most worn-out ones for garden duty.
The chickens are all doing great and we got our final birds day before yesterday - the guineas. How can such cute and scared little creatures who look like this...
Image from Community Chickens
... grow into cocky bug-eating attack birds who look like this:
Photo by CT Wildlife
Ha! What a face... what a hairdo! Guineas are pretty wild so you don't really love on them like you do with chickens, so they can look as ugly and intimidating as they want as far as we're concerned. From a Mother Earth News article, they describe some of the benefits of having them on a farm: "Like officious little men in baggy gray suits, the guinea fowl scuttle up and down our driveway. Since dawn, they've been scouring our orchard for beetles, locusts, spiders, and ticks. Now they are ready to patrol our yard and garden for ants, cockroaches, flies, wasps, termites, cutworms, grubs, and snails. The guinea fowl are relentless in their pursuit..." I can't wait until they go after some of the bugs we have around here.
On top of doing garden and chicken/guinea duty, I've been selling lots of my silver jewelry on Ebay and that's been eating up some of my time. Since I don't go to work anymore, I don't wear much jewelry and I have lots of silver jewelry. Way too much. I used to sell Silpada years back and collected quite a bit of it and also have silver jewelry just from so many years of collecting it. It's time to get rid of most of it.
The cabin is a disaster inside so I need to catch up around here now that the garden is planted and the birds are all happy and fed. I will respond to comments and emails as soon as I can! My apologies, once again, for being so late in responding, but I've been so busy my head's been spinning.