I'm not sure if anyone noticed but I haven't posted in about three weeks now. We decided to take some time off and catch up on a lot of little things around here that have needed attention. We finished preparing the new food storage area finally and will begin moving our food stores there next weekend. It will take us the better part of a day to get it all of it moved and set up in the new storage area, but there are benefits for both of us in making the change. For me, the new location is at least twice as much space and solely dedicated to the preps and food storage. It's also about fifty steps closer and over time, those fifty steps can really add up. For Yeoldfurt, the biggest bonus is getting full use of his shop again. Every man should have his own shop and he should not have to share the space with non-shop items. That's my philosophy anyway and I'm pretty sure he agrees.
We're still chipping away at all the downed brush and limbs scattered along the driveway from the ten pine trees that died in last year's drought. They were 60-70 feet tall and were only topped about 30 feet up the trunk. So after all the brush is cleared, the trunks will have to be cut down, cut up and hauled to the burn pile as well. It may take us all winter to finish completely but it will eventually get done.
Last week was a little rough for Yeoldfurt because I was out of town all week taking care of our new granddaughter. Her parents have both gone back to work and they let me come and stay with her so we could delay her debut at daycare by one more week. I had a wonderful time with all of them and will cherish the memories, but I sure was happy to see Yeoldfurt when I got back home. I think he was happy to see me too. We share the chores around this place and when one or the other of us is gone for more than a day or two, it gets to be quite a load on the one that's left behind. I got home Friday night and we took it pretty easy on Saturday ...just spent the day together and enjoyed each other's company. Yeoldfurt did manage to get some maintenance and repair work done on the electric fence in the front paddock Saturday afternoon. We need to do the same in the big pasture too. That's another job that will require several weekends to finish up.
When you live out in the country, there is never a shortage of projects waiting for your attention. On the agenda for the next few weekends is turning and mulching the raised bed garden, making some minor improvements to the chicken coop, and a final mow and cleanup of the yard. We have a very short 'winter' in this part of Texas. The cold weather doesn't last that long or get that cold and snow is a real rarity here. But you can always tell it's winter because the lawn doesn't grow, so you don't have to mow! It's a good thing too since that leaves more time for all the holiday baking and festivities.
Today was my first day back at work after the week long vacation. My desk was in better shape than I was expecting, but then maybe my co-workers were just hiding the REAL PILES from me so I wouldn't panic on my first day back. Hopefully not. We eat a cold salad for supper several times a week and that's all Yeoldfurt is expecting today. But I think I'll make him a grilled cheese on some of the homemade pepper bread as a surprise. He loves grilled cheese and I think it will make him smile.