Since I just got another reminder of "Uh, Mom? It's been a month since you last wrote...", I decided it was time for another update. <grin>
Where has the spring gone? I've got two months to get the TisaWee cabin done and moved in -- or so says my insurance company who has been more than patient with me. Builder's insurance policies aren't meant to last a lifetime, I guess.
The coop is finally right side up and at it's permanent location. I hope it stays there. I moved it closer to the barn so it isn't in the middle of my view from the sunroom and dining area. Now I've got a wide open view of the back fields. I've got to fix the coop, though. Flipping upside down a couple times didn't do as much damage to it as moving it a few dozen feet. The first time my son tried to pull it, he accidentally jerked out the middle skid under it, so now I need to jack it up and nail that back on. Oh well....I'm just happy it is right side up again! Maybe next spring I can have chickens again, although I'm tempted to maybe get some older hens yet this summer.
In the meantime, I'm fighting thistles. They LOVE, LOVE, LOVE bare, disturbed ground. I thought that when I tilled everything up, moved dirt around and leveled it, that they'd be gone. Nope...they are the ONLY thing growing. I've declared all out warfare. So far they are winning. I'm pulling out the secret weapon, though, as soon as it quits raining. I've been doing a lot of research and it turns out that canadian thistles really have a problem with plain ol' vinegar. The cheaper, the better. I'm intending on using 3 parts vinegar and 1 part dish detergent (to make it stick) and seeing what happens. Will let you know.
In the meantime, I need to find my machete....