I spent the morning doing some errandy things around town. This afternoon, I started in on the trenches for the coop foundation. Even though I know it is a good location for the coop, somebody please tell me why I decided I had to put the coop in the spot where the soil is compacted clay and gravel?
It took me a bit to get the stakes in place so the corners are actually square and then I started digging. OUCH. I got three sides done nice and straight but not deep enough yet. I started using the pick end of the mattock before I had to quit to get a shower before heading off to pick up J16 from an after school play practice. I'll have to be out working again tomorrow so maybe I can get it finished in the morning. V has volunteered to come help me but I hate to have him have to do it. Partly because this is my project but mostly because he strained his back using the tiller this weekend to break up compacted soil that they were trying to move to level out the yard. It's pretty heavy going out there in the trenches and I don't want him to totally incapacitate himself- I need him for construction!!
I do hope the weather holds, the forecast is for possible showers and thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow. Think positive thoughts for no rain!
In fun news, J16 got to work the first farmer's market of the season this evening and had a grand time. The local market is on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. I picked her up from school, dropped her off at the market (did a little shopping once they opened ;) ) and headed to a meeting at church about the plant sale we will be having in another week and a half (the 15th).
This is our second year doing the sale. The committee I am on (the Social Ministries/Concerns) is heavily into fund raising for the local crisis center. This means I need to sort my seedlings into three categories: those for me, those for Jim and those to donate to the plant sale. I really love having the sale- it gives me an outlet for all of those extra seedlings I always seem to have and just can't stand killing.
Back to J16 and the market- she had enough fun that she is actually going to work Saturday morning- before prom! She figures she can take a nap in the afternoon before all the excitement starts. What a whirlwind life she leads.
The new chicks are doing well. It's so fun to watch them run around- they look kind of like fuzzy ping pong balls sometimes bouncing off each other and the walls. Too cute. But I just need to look at the girls in the big bird side to get my inspiration for the coop. Ahhh... I think I'm going to sleep well tonight.