I am attempting to get a chicken coop built. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, has gone right. The weather was beautiful and we started the project by getting the platform and some of the wood. We covered it and it has been covered more than uncovered. My boys can only work on it during the weekends and they are limited weekends due to their jobs. So we've had two great weekends, one they were able to get a little work done, the other they had to do mandatory overtime. Almost every other weekend has been crappy. This weekend was no different - okay, a little different. A mere fifty miles away in Toledo, they got over six (6) inches of snow!! We got about two (2) inches mixed with ice. Whoo-hoo? To finish the coop, we need to finalize the roof with shingles and finish the north wall and add one more stud to that north wall to match the south wall so we can put in a retainer wall to keep the chickens on one side and I get to have a small storage shed on the other side. PLUS, I have to build an outdoor enclosure which needs to be all protective. It will be a hoop-type enclosure with fencing going over the hoop and across the bottom on the floor so any invasive critters can't get to my chickens. We have eagles from the top, and cats, foxes, opossums, skunks, stray dogs and yes, even coyotes in the area. I've even heard a bobcat with tracks in my backyard and rumors have it that there is a cougar and bear that roam the outlands where I live - although I haven't seen them - YET. The joke around here at the current time is: The hens will be laying eggs before the coop is done. Just so you understand the joke - it takes a chick to an egg-laying hen - about 5 months. Jeesh! I hope my coop gets done before that!!
I wanted to plant my peas in the garden. My hope was this coming week. Obviously, with the snow and ice this weekend, my plans are going to be delayed a tad. In fact, my hope to weed and cultivate the garden is being delayed with all the rain we've had of late. About the time the ground gets perfect for me to work it, it rains... or snows!
Farmer Bob is getting frustrated... need I say more?
Traveling Bob wants to work on his RV, but again, the weather has not cooperated. Who wants to go outside and work in a cold RV. I mean, the temps have been freezing. Yes, I could "heat" the RV but why should I do that? April is supposed to be a nice month. Remember? March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. April brings May flowers. March sucked and so far, April seems like a "Ground Hog Day" rerun of March. Come on warm weather!!
Writing Bob released a new book. Finally! The collection of stories has been released. Yes, the one which I had you help me decide the cover. It did great the first few days out - reaching #35 in anthologies and even up to position 52K on Amazon. If you're curious about this book...
I was asked just how scary the book was. Hm? It is not a blood, guts and gore type collection. I tend to write more "light" horror - I like to play with your mind, the psychological horror. Somebody told me it was more "Twilight Zone" type stories. Whatever. It deals with death and its myriad aspects, so it don't fall under the romance, western or Christian genres!
Oh, while I'm discussing crappy. I went to the doctor and dietitian this past week. Hm? They weren't upset by my almost ten (10) pound gain. Hey! I was!! Seems I'd given in to despair and given up my diet. Too many all-you-can-eat buffets and not watching what I was eating, including all those fabulous Lent fish frys. I'm not Catholic but I love fish frys and look so forward to the Lenten season splurge of local fish frys at almost every organization. Especially those which offer all-you-can-eat fish! So, there are repercussions to eating like this - and I gained almost 10 pounds. Now I need to get back on the bandwagon and be assertive in my goal to lose some weight. Due to the weight-gain I've noticed my blood sugar increase. Everything is interrelated. So I lose weight, my blood sugar will come down and with a little luck, I'll begin the spiral back up to a healthy body instead of the horrible spiral down into oblivion of fat despair.
On an up note - last weekend I had my #1, #2 and #4 sons and their families to visit me and we had a lot of fun. I enjoyed the antics of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The 6 yr olds kept wanting to play outside, eventho it was close to freezing but sunny. The twins who are just learning to walk kept getting into everything and who can ignore their smiles and get upset? The great-grandkids are still learning to sit up and attempt to crawl. But they don't crawl - YET.
This weekend I had my #1, #2 and #3 sons and their families to vist. The older granddaughters were a lot of fun to tease - 14 and 10. And they had a blast in the kitchen with grandma learning how to make different things. Let me tell you this - the drop biscuits were absolutely fantastic and they did them with grandma only giving directions. Plus they helped me with my Farmer Bob chores, feeding and watering the chickens. They started to name the hens - the egg-laying ones. I told them they shouldn't but if they were naming, only name the brown chickens. They only named a couple. Whew! I don't want anyone making pets of these chickens. At some point, the chickens might become nuggets and well, I don't want upset grandkids.
In case you're wondering - sons #1 and #2 live in the immediate area. Sons #3 and #4 live in the Detroit area - about 2 hours away and all of them have jobs where they work with mandatory overtime and/or weekends. We're always happy to see them visit. LOL. I love making a 7plus pound meatloaf - that is 2 pounds of ground beef, 2 pounds of sausage and 3 pounds of venison. Now add the rest of the ingredients - over 7 pounds. YUM! They LOVE meatloaf.
Until next I ramble on...