I got my whole list done--DONE, I SAY! And I was having a record-breaking crappy weekend. Crappy enough that today at church, various kind people approached me quietly to make sure everything was okay. Well, no, not a bit actually. But nothing is wrong that I'm at liberty to discuss (and yes, that includes here as well, sorry). And having that list of stuff to do hanging over my head did wonders for focusing the mind--sort of like the hangman's noose. It actually provided some respite for the tormenting thoughts I was otherwise having.
So what did I accomplish? Let's review:
- temporary chook pen: done and done. It is the definition of the word "kludge," but that's where my DIY skills max out, so it's just as well. I'll try to get pics soon. The baby chicks are now happily installed in their new homes, protected from outside evils like raccoons, owls, and the adult hens eyeballing them through the chicken wire. The interior of the pen is a bit difficult to access--I did mention that it's a total kludge, right?--but otherwise, it's all good. And though it was designed to be temporary, I might keep it up as an isolation area, in case I have a sick chick, or a bully that needs to get taken down a peg or two. Of course, if I do, then my next weekend list will have to include "paint roof of temporary chook pen."
- I made the new waterer with the chicken nipple, and gods alive, they figured it out! I ended up using the "put jam on the nipple to encourage them" method, which was just the trick. The babies now have fresh and clean water in an easy-to-refill setup. And the hens have taken notice since they've been outside. I think I'll make another one and hang it on the outside of the pen, near where the baby chick's one is, and see if the old hens can be taught any new tricks. (Wondering what the hell I'm talking about? Click here.)
- I made a wheel of Wensleydale. I'm not sure how it will turn out, though. I might've been too rough with the curd during several of the milling steps, and it's also really quite hot in our house. I think the combination of these two factors might have created a "catastrophic butterfat loss" situation--it was leaking out everywhere. Ah well, we won't know for another 3 weeks when it comes out of its cave. My guess is that it'll be good, but very crumbly rather than smooth and creamy. Live and learn, right?
- Garden paths: weed-whacked. And I totally deserved the flying object right in the eye, since I couldn't be bothered to take an additional 5-10 minutes tracking down my safety glasses. No harm done, but it was a good warning shot.
- Blackberry brambles are as back under control as I'm likely to get them this year. And some of the blackberries are neeeeaaarrrrllllyyyyy ripe. Mmmm, blackberries...