There are some excuses, which I'll share with you, but excuses or not there's a lot of work to do to get caught up with the season.
- Busy at the day job: I am very blessed to have a day job I enjoy, that pays well, and will leave me with a reasonable retirement, barring the economic fizzledown we all worry about. (Being a geezer in training, I'm old enough, and blessed enough to work for a company that still has a pension plan.) That being said I work 9 1/2 to 10 hour days plus a 45-50 minute commute each way. All that takes a big chunk out of the day.
- Friday evening is date night where De and I usually go out, have dinner, and enjoy being a couple. Takes an evening away from the homestead, but we're sure not giving that up.
- Busy with the public service events. Regular readers will know I run my county's Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). In addition to training to provide disaster relief and emergency communications, we work a lot of public service events. Most of them are benefit bike rides, runs, and that sort of thing that are spread out over large areas. The organizers of those events like to run them in the spring when its not too hot and not too cold. The result is that more that 1/2 of the Saturdays in April and May are committed to service events. That takes a big chunk out of the weekends. We just finished the last scheduled event for this spring yesterday.
- Lesson Planning for Church. I teach classes at our Church about every other quarter. I do my own lesson planning and generation rather than teach out of study guide one might buy at a Christian bookstore. It makes for far better classes, but takes 3-4 hours per week, usually Saturday afternoon. I've been on a spring and fall rotation lately.
- Haven't been the poster child for good health over the winter. I'm much better now, but am still building up the endurance.
Here's some of the good and the bad over the last few days:
Got the lawn mowed. I've always considered the bulk of my lawn to be a pasture that doesn't have critters grazing on it yet, so it never looks pristine. I do mow it though, and this week I got it done. We'll... most of it... part of it.... OK, maybe 20% of it... sorta. I finally got the deck on the tractor this week but its slow going because the grass is a bit long. Well... quite long... Ok, at about 18 inches it's the envy of the friends who DO have critters on pasture. I'll get it all done soon... eventually... one day... yeah....
|At least we can get around the coop, barn and gardens.|
|Zyla the Dog finds a cool place amongst the beds to rest.|
We did get a bit more of the garden planted this weekend! Yes, yes... It was the lettuce, spinach, and strawberries that should have been in a month ago, but at least it's in. Next weekend we should get the rest in. And the lawn mowed... And the trees worked up... Yeah..... (sigh....)
|I have my usual crew of helpers as I work in some compost.|
|It was a bit of challenge, but De kept the "help" away as she planted.|
|If you look close, you can see the bird netting we put over the beds to keep the girls from scarfing down the seed|
And we got out first harvest of the year! De grabbed some rhubarb and made us a rhubarb-apple custard desert. She is a most excellent cook, especially when she has fresh ingredients to work with. It was great!
|I had about given up on the rhubarb plot, but we got just enough let it go another year where it is now.|
|Strawberries in but... Um... Still more work to do in the field stone rock garden, too. Herbs mostly.|
Finally, A couple of detail shots of the decorations in the strawberry bed. They were Mother's day gifts from Daughter#2 and the granddaughters, are made of materials meant for outdoor use.
|From Heaven at 6 years old|
|Harmony at 4 years old|
All in all, we are making progress and still feel blessed that we have a homestead to care for. More to come soon. Sooner than last time.... I hope... Yeah...