After a $400.00+ day at the repair shop and helping my mom and dad all day long on their front yard project and dinner with freshly baked (and flattish) 100% whole wheat bread (very long run on sentence) in which we were so happy to be a blessing to my folks for the day and in which, despite being faithful to my juicing I ended up eating too much leftover Halloween candy from stressing out over the unplanned repairs on the van, we will continue to enjoy a week in which most of our regular activities were canceled.
So it's a work day here at home for me, and for Michael, when his school work is done. I have a wish list in front of me. Maybe I should add "Clean off desk" to it.... Nah.
1. Drive about 10 beautiful country miles to a farm and buy as many bales of straw as will fit into the back of the minivan. I might fit 10 or 12. Good deal, but no delivery.
2. Mulch the freshly manured gooseberry plantings with 2 bales of straw.
3. Repair the barbed wire fence that the neighbor's cows keep busting up. They did not come through yet, but it's torn down again. Probably the long-horn crosses. They really learn how to use those horns as tearing tools.
4. While back there making repairs, also pick up a wheelbarrow-sized load of manure for the raspberries.
5. Spread the manure in preparation for the rootings which should be here soon.
6. Leave 5 bales of straw next to raspberry row.
7. Neatly stack and cover the free lumber we got from my dad with the the $5.00 doors we found at the thrift store. These are for the future tables in the greenhouse.
8. Fasten the side base boards to the greenhouse hoops in preparation for walls. Wear black-widow smashing shoes. WooHoo! That stack next to my driveway for years will finally be gone.
9. Draw out a plan for building the ends, now that I have the storm doors (5 dollars at the thrift store) and locate the lumber from the wood pile. Hope there is enough there that has not rotted.
10. Cover 6 figs in straw (whatever is left) build cages or use rope to contain them, and cover with tarps.
11. Try to get some rest before doing an office cleaning tonight. :o)
I am glad that I have 3 good days of sun, in case I can't finish this as I hope to.
5:45 am. Time to clean house, juice, cook breakfast, pray, and load my iPod with Bible study lessons for the day.
Awaiting a beautiful sunrise,