Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Tin Roof and Dairy Products

Its been a busy two weeks with Jay taking off work to try and help Matthew and his crew get the tin roof on. Neither of them had any previous experience with tin, but by-jiminy they have figured it out and are making serious progress. Although, I'm not certain the progress should be going so slow. I guess you can't hurry perfection.

They chose the week of spring, where we had record high temperatures, to be up there on the tin and Jay is still recovering from the sunburn. Even tho he wasn't on the roof as much as Matthew was, he was still catching the reflection from what was laying around on the ground.

They've still got a bit more to do, but it really looks awesome!

The warm temps have everything blooming like crazy (more so than the eleventybillion other blooming things I have posted). The fruit trees in the orchard have (mostly) all bloomed - I think I pruned a peach to the point where it had no blooms on it, only a few leaves. Note to self. We planted 3 apples trees, 2 Virginia Beautys (gifts from dear friends) and 1 Golden Delicious.

This is one of the pear trees. See how tall and skinny it is? Mostly all the fruit trees are small enough that when it frosted a couple of nights ago, I was able to slip pillow cases over the trees to protect them from the frost. Probably won't be able to do that again next year. I'm sure the neighbors will appreciate that.

We've worked on the berry patch and the garden spot. After last year, I realized that I had too much garden and we made a considerably smaller plot. We also moved it away from the road. Jay tilled it yesterday and we put a load of mushroom compost on and then he tilled that in as well.

I planted today - tomatoes, onions, peppers, corn, beans, cucumbers, beets, squash, sunflowers and about 10 million zinnias. Tomorrow I'll try and get the okra in and see if I can't get pictures. I have this coming week off and a whole list of things to do. I wish getting a manicure was on that list - I could seriously use one.

In the past, Jay and I have discussed livestock. It's always been a brief conversation because 5 pets tie us down enough. We've talked about miniature jersey cows. You'll have to look them up to see how cute they are because I seriously could not figure out how to post a picture here from the internet. Pure genius. Anyway, we always get back to having to milk the things 2 times per day, every single day for the rest of our lives - or at least as long as we can keep the cows alive.

We could have fresh milk, butter - I might could figure out how to make cheese, because, you know, I don't have enough to do already. But, we just don't seem to want to make that commitment. Besides, I would say we've probably got enough cheese around here as it is.

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