This weekend, like all our weekends, was crazy busy.
Saturday was going to a seminar about raising backyard chickens. Well worth the time as it was very informative and we can look into what we are going to do. We can have up to 4 hens, since we aren't rural. I don't think we can be ready to go for this summer; I'm trying to convince DF that if we can work a bit this summer to be ready to go next year, we'll be doing well. If we really enjoy it, we can go a little more into the business on DF's parents' property, as it is zoned agricultural. But I'm thinking that's a retirement project...
Got back from that and I made applesauce. While it was cooling, we took the dogs for a bath at the pet store that has stations set up. They supply all the shampoo and the towels and the station with a wand shower head for $10 per dog. Great, when you don't have a laundry sink.
DF tried to get our grill going but the burner is toast. Have to order a new one. From a company we'd really prefer not to do business with but it is foolish to go buy a whole new grill. So he got my Dad's grill going just long enough to get dinner cooked. Looks like Dad's grill needs a new burner, too. At least we still have the little indoor grill!
In between, I was washing all the dog bedding and beds and the couch covers so we would have fresh clean stuff for fresh clean dogs. Then I threw in a load of DF's work clothes. And the washer died. The drain was plugged. With a combination of dog hair, fluff off the dog blankets, nuts and bolts and assorted detritus out of DF's pockets and the same out of the pockets of the previous owner.
So Sunday, DF took the washing machine apart and cleaned out the drain and the drain pump and put it all back together again, complete with a trip to the hardware store for new hose clamps. Then he and my Dad installed some longer railings on the stairs at DF's parents' place, using the old railings to put along the walls for grab bars for his Dad. And DF's Mom and I did a Costco run.
Unpacked the car, rewashed the one load of laundry that sat in the machine overnight, got two more loads done. Towels and sheets will have to wait. I don't have two sets of spare sheets and there isn't enough time in the evening to get a load washed, dried and the sheets put back on the bed. Electricity price doesn't go down until 7:00 pm and we head to bed about 8:30, to be ready to sleep by 9:00 so we can get up at 4:45.
All of you posting about garden stuff are making me anxious to get out there but it isn't mild enough here, yet. About the most I can hope for is to give the yard a good raking to gather up all the leaves I missed in the fall and collect all the dog... stuff. Anybody need some fertilizer for a non-edible garden bed?