We took a day trip to see my parents on the farm yesterday. With all the rain and storms they had three trees go down, falling from the creek bank into the orchard. Dad had worked to get them cut up already but at his age, he doesn't need to be hauling that much wood. So, we all loaded up and made the trip. Many hands make light work and with all our teenagers and V and I working, we had the brush moved and the firewood hauled and stacked in seemingly no time. I teased Justine that it was our strength training workout for the day.
Speaking of training... Justine and I have been doing training runs, getting in shape for the zombie apocalypse that's coming sooner than I imagined. We're doing a 'trial run' next weekend and doing the Mud Run in Des Moines. I think it's supposed to rain next weekend so that will mean more mud to run through. Joy. We did invest in trail running shoes that have better than average tread. Good for running through mud and up and down slippery hills.
The garden is growing. We did manage to get everything planted last weekend. And I noticed a few little cucumbers popping up out there. Mom gave me a few extra eggplant and tomato starts that she didn't want. Not that I NEED more plants but one of my deer ravaged tomatoes isn't coming back very well so I may replace it. Now if only I can manage to keep the baby bunnies from devastating the rest of the garden.
The fab four pullets have integrated pretty well into the rest of the flock. They're not exactly mingling yet but they appear to have achieved a 'mutual tolerance' policy. Abbie (our dominant hen) took it upon herself to bother them for most of the week. Not exactly picking on them, but standing there, giving them the 'stink-eye' if they moved toward the feeder, chasing them off the roost, things like that. But, we made sure they had plenty of unmolested time to eat and she seems to have gotten bored with watching them so they're becoming more adventurous with the flock, even running into the mix to grab strawberry hulls when I toss them in.
Yesterday's harvest: 8 eggs, a bowl of strawberries and a handful of radishes. I've replanted lettuce but it may be a challenge to keep it from the bunnies.
We continue the battle with chipmunks. V has been picking them off with the air rifle but they continue to create havoc. I've pinned deer netting over the strawberry bed but they still manage to get in and eat the strawberries. Grrr! And they dig in the plants on the porch. sigh. But we will persevere.
And... it's raining again today. Looks like my garden plans will be put on hold and Justine and I will be running in the rain this afternoon.