Olio- a miscellaneous collection of things
We have had spring again for a few days, but winter is rearing it’s ugly head again, starting with heavy thunderstorms, wind, and possible hail tomorrow afternoon followed with near freezing nights for a couple of nights and even snow flurries on Friday. The peas haven’t broken ground yet, but they will be covered. The onions are up and they will be covered with spoiled hay. The grass already needs to be mowed, almost a month before we usually have to mow.
The Asian pears are blooming, they are my favorite fruit so we are hopeful that the blooms don’t freeze.
Taking advantage of the beautiful day, we went to Lowes and found flexible corrugated nearly transparent plastic sheets that were 8 feet long and 26 inches wide, the perfect size to enclose the sides of the broody coop. A box of screws and thirty minutes work and the coop is enclosed on the sides.
The baby chicks look like little dinosaurs and are nearly feathered. If it wasn’t going to get cold, I would put them in the baby coop, but I guess they will have to wait another week before they move to bigger quarters. While working outside, the netting over the chicken run got re-fastened to fences and long posts so it doesn’t catch in hair and flap in the wind. Tomorrow is nice for about half a day so maybe at least part of the fencing will be installed.
My car went in for its annual inspection and she is 13 years old and just shy of 200,000 miles. We knew going in that she needed some work. We need new front brakes again, 4th time in 3 years, 4 new tires and an alignment, and a new starter, so this is an expensive inspection, but hopefully will keep her on the road for another 80,000 miles.
The Bloodroot is blooming in profusion along our country road. The trillium haven’t been spotted yet.
A couple of years ago, one of our vent stacks began to leak around the boot, ruining a section of our newly finished basement ceiling. At Christmas that year, eldest son ripped the drywall off the soffit under most of the pipes in the basement and build a set of panels of wood siding and finished framing boards that can be removed by undoing a few screws once the leak was repaired. About a year later, we developed a leak at a different vent stack, ruining a different section. He is going to do the same thing in that area now that the leak is repaired. Yesterday in the torrential downpours, the original area began to leak again. Quick work with the power driver, allowed the removal of part of that soffit so that a catch pan could be put in the ceiling until the roof can be repaired yet again. It was nice to be able to get the soffit parts down without the being ruined.
The old adage, “When it rains, it pours” is literal in this case and figuratively in accrued costs for the car and the roof repair.