I expect I’m going to be in a full-on panic about ALL OF THE PROJECTS by the time I get to the bottom of this post, so let’s kick this one off with some good news…
The roof on the duck house is fixed!
The less good news is that apparently there are some rules my grandmothers HOA has about having structures or fences outside your house, and they gave her some grief for this.
Mind you–if we zoom in the the left– the junker with a flat tire and falling-off bumper parked in her neighbors driveway isn’t a problem, but apparently my lovingly crafted duck house is.
That makes sense.
But rules is rules (I live in the country specifically because I don’t like them), and even though my grandmother wasn’t provided any list of guidelines from the HOA when she moved in a few years ago… we’re going to comply. Nicely.
So the ducks may be coming up to the farm or going to live with one of my Aunts. The good news is we have a lot of options, and they’ll still stay with my grandma (and her extra-large cat) for a few weeks while we figure it out.
For my part, I’ve checked my very first project off the list this year (although I may have to add a few more line items if the ducks come up to the farm… small pond being high on that list!)
Annnnd, just a few more little things to do this year like finish the bathroom, and remodel an entire kitchen. No problem.
Before I even start to think about those projects though, I’ve got my regular holy-shit-it’s-spring ass kicking coming up over the next couple of weeks. Here are the projects I’ve got lined up:
1.) Build cold frames for the existing raised beds, and plant some things out doors. I’m going to try starting seeds outside instead of inside this year, and I plan to have this project done this weekend.
2.) Farm maintenance. I’ve got a barn that needs to be cleaned out, a mower that needs to be repaired, a tractor that needs a spring check-up, a trailer that needs to be re-wired, and some large animal living in my attic that needs to be encouraged to live elsewhere.
3.) Build hives and install bees! I’m super excited about this you guys, obv.
I’m going to a bee orientation class at the farm I bought my bees from next week, I’ll have the weekend to build a second hive, and then the bees will be ready the following week.
4.) Fruit tree planting. I’ve been talking about this for years now, and I’m going to plant at least a dozen various fruit trees this spring. No excuses. (And, of course, there will probably need to be another fence installation to go with it, otherwise those trees won’t last a week with the deer out there.)
5.) Build and install new raised beds. I actually cut the lumber for 6 more for a friend already, and she put them all together while I was working on the duck house a few weekends ago…
I’ve got 10 more to build and install for myself this year, plus a good 6000-pounds of soil and gravel to shovel in to place.
6.) Planting! If I’m in top form for the next 6 weeks, I should wrap everything else up just around the time I need to plant the corn, wheat, and hops this year. Might even get a little work done on the flower beds too.
And if you’re thinking “wow, this seems like an ambitious list for someone who didn’t manage to get one whole shower tiled over the course of the entire winter” uh, fair. But I’ve got that early-spring adrenaline rush going right now, it’s light out when I get home from work, and you know I’m always looking for excuses to ride around on my tractor.
Either I’m going to kick ass over the next couple of weeks or I’m going to get my ass kicked, but either way it’s gonna be fun.