It’s been a while since my last post because we’ve been pretty darn busy around here the past several weeks. So here’s a quick run-down of what’s been going on.
At the beginning of the year I moved into a new position at work, which requires learning several new software platforms and skills. It took a while for my old position to be filled so for a while I was basically doing both jobs. The gal who filled my previous position has been with the company for a few years and worked in our department, but she too had a lot of learning to do in her new role. When she needed to be out for a bit due to emergency surgery over the spring, I had to help out by stepping back into that role while also continuing to do my new job. It was a bit chaotic and didn’t leave much time or energy for other things. Luckily it was only for a few weeks and now she’s recovered and back without restriction so we can both settle into our usual duties.
We took a quick trip to visit my Mother-In-Law in Portland, where we did some shopping for the house, attended a beekeeping class (something we’re planning to try next year) and I organized a styled photo shoot. The Hubs and I also took care of a couple small projects around Mom’s house while we were there. Since we still had snow on the ground when we left and returned to a snow storm – it was a nice break to enjoy some spring weather and blooms!
When we returned from our trip we added to our chicken flock with two batches of baby chicks! These little fluff balls have been living in the garage in a large brooder we made from a stock tank planter I had. In addition to multiple feedings a day we worked hard to make sure they were handled often as well so they will be friendly when they are adults. To make room for them outside, the Hubs made a massive addition to the coop, doubling their indoor space and tripling the number of nest boxes. We’re still putting the finishing touches on that project but I’ll share it soon.
I spent many hours getting the green house cleared out and prepped for the season after our trip. I attended the annual VIP plant sale at my favorite nursery toward the end of April, but the blooms had to hide out in the green house for a few more weeks before it was safe for them to be outside. While I waited on the weather, the edible crops were all started in the green house and the Hubs revamped the hydroponic system for the tomatoes with bigger tubing so it’s more efficient. Now everything is growing and we’re already enjoying some of the bounty from our lettuce, spinach and dill plants!
We did several projects around the yard as we prepared for the summer season. I revamped a serving cart for the deck, upcycled an old milk can into a planter and created planters out of old conveyor belt scoops for the new chicken coop expansion. The Hubs extended his egg table with a spot to store his new smoker and built me potato crates which will double our crop this year. We sold the old patio furniture to make way for a new dining table and a set of loungers for the deck we installed last summer. We also started installing a gazebo style covering over the hot tub on that deck. We hope to have that completed soon – but need to arrange some extra helpers to get the roof on. Out front, I styled the vintage cart on the front porch for spring and then for summer with patriotic colors.
Inside, I changed up a few things, including curtains in all the bedrooms, the rugs in our master bath, swapping Brinley’s kennel for a new entry bench. Last weekend we took advantage of the neighborhood traffic for a neighbor’s estate sale and had a yard sale to clear out some extra clutter that accumulated around the house over the winter. We were mildly successful in that goal, but there’s still lots to purge, which is why I only picked up a few small décor items when I attended the spring Alaska Chicks Vintage Market.
Whew – seeing it all written out makes me realize just how much we crammed into a few weeks! As my Mother-in-Law says “No grass grows under our feet!” And now that summer is in full swing we’ve got a whole new round of projects and activities planned. Stay tuned over the next few weeks to see the projects I mentioned plus others that are still in the works! Hopefully I’ll be able to keep you updated more regularly now. In the meantime I’ll leave you with more pictures of those silly chicks, who just moved out to the big yard. 🙂