The ground has thawed and the air has finally warmed up here in Western PA. This past weekend was absolutely gorgeous, sunny, and in the upper 50's! Saturday, Brad and Sergei spent a good portion of the morning hauling wood chips for our blueberry plot, and then Brad worked on tilling up the plot so that it doubled in size. Now, I'm waiting for a call back from our blueberry supplier so I can place our order. We'll have 30 plants after we get the new ones planted. I sense a potential business opportunity for my children here in a few years once the bushes start producing.
Brad and I tag-teamed the chicken coop also on Saturday afternoon. As much as I love my chickens, I so do not love cleaning the coop. This was the heavy-duty spring cleaning. We use the deep-litter method in our coop because we then use it for compost, so there was a whole cart load full of compost that Brad shoveled out. Then I went in with the hose and broom and scrubbed it down.
Now it's so nice and clean. Clean walls, clean nesting boxes, cleaning roosting perches, and nice clean pure-smelling pine chips on the ground.
Unfortunately, I've been battling a bad sinus infection for the last three weeks, so despite the fact that yesterday was absolutely gorgeous, I was in bed with a headache and sinus pain. Brad took the kids for a bike ride, and I felt like a total loser curled up in bed. I finished my first antibiotic this past Saturday, and immediately the pain started to come back. So my doctor ordered me another week's worth this morning, and I am really praying that this clears it up so I don't end up having to have surgery again.
Last night after everyone was in, we sat by the open windows while Brad strummed on his guitar and the younger two performed acrobatics on our bed. You must think that I neglect Sergei here on this blog of mine, but, honestly, he kind of makes himself scarce. Plus, he attends school during the day so he's not home when I'm taking most of the photos that I post on here.
And today. Oh my, glorious day. We did our math lessons this morning, and the kids have been out playing ever since. They've been making roads and such through one of my raised beds. I stuck them in it because I figured that they would have fun and they'd also work the soil loose in the process!
Some spring flowers popping up!
The kids and I have been having fun putting my new yarn ball winder to good use. Now that I have one of these little gadgets, I don't ever want to go back to working right from a skein or winding by hand. It winds up a 6 oz. yarn cake in under five minutes. It's really unbelievable. And fun. And kind of addicting.
And, of course, Lily just had to wind her skeins of yarn!
I'm also working on a new crochet project, this cowl. I really like this pattern. I like the stitch and the pattern is easy to follow.
Well, have a most blessed day. The kids are cleaning up for lunch, and then we're heading to town to pick up my antibiotic and make a trade with one of my friends (my chickens eggs for some of her kefir grains. I love trades.) Then I'll probably pick up a few groceries, and then head back home to finish up the rest of our schoolwork. It's a backwards kind of day today, but I just had to let the kids take advantage of our first really warm (upper 60's!) spring day!