What can you see as you look to the left of our fountain?
It's a wonderful thing, well, maybe our neighbors won't think so
but it will only be there for a few weeks.
I am sure a few of them are wondering.
You see, it's the only flat spot we have.
What is it?
A Chicken Tractor!!!
THE CREEPY MEATS ARE OUT OF THE HOUSE!!!
(you might hear a band playing or imagine confetti floating in the sky)
The awful smell is gone.
The twice daily litter cleaning, gone.
All out in the tractor.
They will stay locked up in the coop area for a few days
to get them used to the new food and water location and
then we'll let them out to peck around in the grass and
run around looking for bugs and the like. You can raise and lower
the wheels so it is elevated or flat on the ground.
The entire thing is a cage so nothing can get in or out.
My husband's boss loaned it to us so we don't have to make
a coop addition yet.
We also have a compost barrel now. The compost
pile is pretty far from the house, up by the garden
and wasn't easy to access to throw away the daily egg
shells and vegetable scraps. This one will sit closer to the house.
We had to bit the bullet and get a new tiller.
The old one isn't working and since we didn't have
a garden last year due to the rains, it has
completely covered itself in grasses.
We found this one on sale.
The roses are doing well so far
as are the iris.
Hopefully the bees will discover the bee balm
and the blackberry blossoms that are starting to open.
The peony plants are smaller this year, maybe
due to the cooler spring with all the rains we have had.
The bees seem to be OK. We think we have saved at least
one Queen and maybe another. One hive is coming along better
than the other. My husband will check today to see if he sees
progress. We are expecting new bees towards the end of the month.
More details later but we have had a couple of setbacks.
My mother in law passed away on Tuesday night.
We were able to sit most of the day at the nursing home with her.
She has been there several years and was pretty non-responsive
for quite a long time. My son is flying in for the funeral which
is scheduled next week at Jefferson Barracks national cemetery.
Secondly, I was diagnosed with diabetes, probably from the
prednisone I had been taking for a few months. They say if you
genetically lean towards diabetes, it can flip you over. My sugar
was very high and they sent me home with medicine; however,
no guidance whatsoever! I get classes today but it's been a week
and I have no idea what to eat or if I am high or low. It's not a good
thing. A one page diet example would have been nice. I looked on
line and found lots of diets but I need one that will also work with
the colitis since they seem to want me to eat different things.
I'll work it all out today.