Monday, April 22, 2013

Settling in to a Rhythm

All's well at The Compound.  Spent the better part of Saturday mowing,  cleaning up the garden and planting a few rows of veggies.  Boy are we late this year!  Just too many irons in the fire.  Oh well, we can't do it all.  I've decided to only work on managing one section of the garden.  Our friends are welcome to any other section of the garden, but I no longer have the time to commit to such an undertaking.

All of our chickens are doing fantastic!  There are just so many right now!  You enter the run area and it's a stampede to see what treats I've brought.  We are up to 4 dozen eggs a week.  I need to find an outlet for all these eggs. My family can only eat so many and the Easter Eggers are not laying yet.  They should start in a month or two.  Not to sure about this breed and their timeline. Any ideas?

They've been a great breed, even the roosters so far.  They'll get out of your way, but are not afraid to walk up to you.  I do need to work on finding new homes for the extra roosters.  It's hard to pick which to keep, they're really beautiful. 

We have large Tilapia in the fish pond, right around the 6" mark, so I'm told.  I didn't put on the rubber boots and enter the pond to see.  I'll just have to trust it's the truth and not a fish story.

Things seem to be settling in to a rhythm at The Compound.  Not so much on the home front, but we're getting there.  All the grouting is done, and we sealed the living room floor.  Progress, progress

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Little Rascals

The Little Rascals are now housed at The Compound in the area previously occupied by the Horde of Easter Eggers.  They just love their new digs!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Only 5 Bucks, Continued

Needless to say the Moose found plenty of 5 dollar deals at our community yard sale.  Here are some of the items;

Sander, they asked $35, but took $5.00

The entire counter and two sinks.  We only needed 1 sink.

Yes, it works!

All of these for $5.

$5.00 each, we'll use them for the chickens and maybe ducks?!

For Miss Izzy.
 Our friend Fred, tried the Moose technique and this is what he came away with for $5;

Sorry it didn't work out for you Fred!  Better luck next time!

The Moose also picked up a new desk with two matching pedestals and chair for $150.00 total.  But what he considered his deal of the day;

An unopened workbench for $50.00

I spent a whopping $2.00, on a new collar for Miss Izzy, spray nozzle for our garden hose and a Feng Shui book. We had a great time with friends and family.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Loss at The Compound

We lost a White Orpington hen this past week.  She was always a bit on the sickly side, but it's never easy dealing with the death of your animals.  I don't think I ever want to be the kind of person that just shrugs it off as meaningless. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Only 5 Bucks!

There is a common theme to our yard sale finds, at least for the Moose.  It’s 5 bucks!  I cannot begin to count the number of items he has picked up for a measly 5 dollars at yard/garage sales.  I’m sure you’re thinking, sure I can find stuff too for 5 bucks, but are they worth anything in the end?

Well, would a reverse osmosis system be worth 5 dollars, especially when all you have to invest after the fact, besides some elbow grease, is around $100 to make the whole thing work?

We are getting ready for our community yard sale this weekend, and needless to say, he has a wallet full of 5 dollar bills!  Wish him luck!

Are you a yard sale fanatic?

I didn’t use to be, it always seemed strange digging around in other peoples stuff.  Some people have really great stuff, others think they have great stuff that should have probably hit the end of the street on garbage day.   We’ve basically furnished The Compound with great yard sale finds.  I have nothing to complain about, especially since there’s more in my bank account as a result.

What’s your best find?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew

I have definitely bitten off more than I can chew!  Life has a way of sneaking up on you like that.  Throw in some crazy ideas to redo your floors, paint the walls, and you'll end up just like me in Crazyville or at the chiropractor!

We are still working on the floor.  It is going well, just longer than expected.  I watched so many videos on how to lay tile, it looked like a snap.  I often forget we are trying to lay the new floor, paint the walls, etc in between getting our M-F job done and taking care of The Compound and chickens.  And the work is physically hard, working on your knees, and getting up and down.  Needless to say, the Moose and I are starting to feel the effects of our age. I think my family that has generously volunteered to help are over it all too!  They may not answer the phone next time I call!

With that said, the tiles are all down in the main living areas.  We've opted to extend the tiles in a first floor bedroom and make that our new office space.  That will come later.  We are determined to get these first areas completed.  Right now, we are waiting for time to grout.  We have the first coat of sealer down, and the tiles are ready.  We're not...  We have a big workload this week, and our community yard sale on Saturday.  Then it's off to The Compound on Sunday to mow and care for all the chickens.  I guess the grout work will get put on to next weeks workload..

Dining Room and Entrance

Better view of the tiles

Living Room and view of Dining Room

I'll update you on the new "Rascals" and the "Horde"/ Easter Egger's progress later.