The end and a beginning

We had a busy holiday over the weekend and now we are trying to settle into the last week of school before two days of finals. DD is done with school and should be checking her grades starting today. DS is so over and done with school, but this is the review week. We are hoping that he will only have five finals as the US History teacher told the students that if they had all their work done for the semester, were happy with their grade, and wanted to have one less final, they could send her a note requesting an exemption ticket. He has a good solid “A” and all of his work is done. He does not want to risk it so the note has been sent. That means that he only has the Geometry, Literary Analysis and Composition II, Physical Science, Health, and Chinese finals to take next week. Soon he will be able to begin his summer break.

The chicks are all in the big pen with the regular flock and growing nicely. We are mixing the starter/grower and layer feeds per the instructions of our favorite lady at the local D&B Supply just like the last two years and it seems to be working just fine. The buff Orpingtons are now nine weeks old, while the Silkies are eight weeks old. Unfortunately, they aren’t totally mixing yet, but that will come. They share the coop and pen, but the older hens and rooster like to run the younger hens off when food is put out and water refreshed. The younger hens have learned to go in the coop after dark, stay in the coop in the morning when the door is open and eat, and go around behind the coop to get to the water another way. I am hoping that soon we can invest in one more water container so that there is lots for all of them.

The tomatoes in the garden are growing nicely. I am waiting to see if they all make it. One of the twelve only has one green leaf on it but I am hoping that it will still work out. The water walls are still on all of them. When I was weeding this morning I found green beans, yellow squash, zucchini squash, pumpkins, and beets had come up. The onions, cabbage, and kohlrabi are also doing well. We will keep watering, weeding, and waiting. With temperatures in the 70s and 80s and no rain, we are having to water daily. I also am watering our fruit trees and bushes. We have one apple on our tree–which is a shock for having just planted a little over a month ago–and blueberries on one of the bushes. The blueberries aren’t a huge amount, but since we only planted the bushes last year, I’m pleased. It will grow and it made it through the very cold winter we had and to be putting on berries this early is good. The blackberry bush has new growth. I think this next year we will cover it with straw and such to keep it warm even though it is supposed to be good down to 0°.

The fallen tree branch has been trimmed and will need to be stacked up. The smaller branches will either be hauled to the local dump or we might consider borrowing the mulcher from GPID and running them through. If we do that, I may put the resulting mulch in between the rows of plants in the garden to help keep down week. I still need to weed in the front–and I’m watering so I can work on that in the morning–and mow and weed whack the back yard again. The work never ends when it comes to the garden and yard, much to the frustration of DD and DS.

That’s pretty much it for now. I’ve done a bit of knitting and may do some for the next 40 minutes while DS is in class. It’s too sunny and hot to go outside. I’m not very fond of sunburns. Hope your projects are going as you would like. Thanks for taking time to read. Maybe next time I’ll have some pictures.

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I wear multiple hats: wife of 25+ years, mother and homeschool teacher to DS15, chauffeur/riding companion to DD20, daughter/daughter-in-law, crafter, home engineer and too many others to list.
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