First things first - I got the tractor back up and running. This involved an hour or so with a headlamp flashlight and little machinist hammer laying on my back trying to tap a new hydrostat bearing seal into place. The hardest parts were convincing the chickens I did NOT need their help, and getting my tri-focals, the headlamp, the hammer, and the silver dollar-sized part (the big one, not the Susan B. Anthony version), all pointed at the same place at the same time. I can state unequivocally that I was FAR too unsympathetic towards my Dad when he complained about the same thing when I was teen. Once again, what goes around....
The next job was to get the compost pile turned over. I've not really got the compost thing right yet, but it gets a little better every year. I've been throwing the chicken manure/pine shaving bedding I mucked out of the coop on top of the pile all winter. Now that it was thawed (mostly anyway, somewhat to my surprise) It was time to turn it over.
|Compost pile with a winters worth of coop cleanings piled on top.|
|Step one: Roll it all over enough that the cleanings are inside the pile. Still some frozen bits!|
|Step 2: Spread it out a bit so the chickens can do their thing with it.|
|Coop compost bed as it came through the winter|
|Corn stalks all pulled out. It looks better already!|
|After it was all turned over it became very interesting again!|
I'm slowly getting better from a health perspective. I took a little turn for the worse and saw the specialist doc again two days ago. I got a shot in the backside the likes of which I haven't had since USMC boot camp, another bottle of antibiotics, and more cough meds. I've still got a hack like a lifelong smoker, but I actually feel much better. I felt good enough today that De and I took a drive to an Antique shop we hadn't had the chance to explore. De got some decorations for the kitchen and I got a small brass abacus to add to my slide rule collection. I need to get 'back in the saddle' 'cause all the exciting homestead spring tasks are out there waiting!
Coming up: A deal for a hoop house shed, and granddaughters coming for the weekend!