Sunday, January 21, 2018

Our Country Weekend - Critter Duty!

Saturday was our first full day to do both morning and evening chores.
It's so peaceful here.

I went up to admire the tank and listen to the country sounds before letting the ducks out.

I think duck duty is my favorite chore.
It's like having 24 pet ducks.

Gathering the eggs is also a treat.
We have been having them for breakfast.
Next week I am going to make Louis Dean a big banana pudding.

Saturday, Louis Dean went to town by himself.
The part he used to fix the water pipe on Friday was leaking ever so slightly so he bout a new compression coupling.

I stayed at the camper and restored order to the new room. 
I don't know how it happened but it was piled high with all sorts of tools and supplies and was in a real mess.

I blocked the wind with louvered doors and a stack of tubs.
I moved all the debris to the far end of the room and will help him sort and organize them better so when he's working on the bathroom he won't waste time looking for his tools.

It was all neat and tidy when he got back home and he said 'thank you' over and over again.
I'm good at cleaning and organizing and he's good at building and fixing things.
Win! WIN!! We make a good team.
All that digging was beginning to take a toll on him so it was an early to bed night for us.

This Sunday morning had rain in the forecast but we woke up to dry ground and gray skies.
Good news since we needed to get down there and do critter chores.

The little banty eggs are so cute.
Dean is learning how to make pickled eggs with them. 
I'll save these for him.

Everyone was hungry today!

The horses were all three up by the gate when I went down to begin feeding.
It wasn't long before they showed up.

I gave them some apples and oats.

This guy was the last one to arrive but I made sure he got his fair share.

The colors of the chickens and roosters are so pretty!

We came back to the camper and did our Bible reading in the new room before going back down to Dean and Sherry's house to take showers and shampoo my hair. I will be so happy when we get the water heater in and the plumbing all worked out and can take hot showers right here!

That's when the showers started.

Perfect sleeping weather and Louis Dean took a nice long nap while I did some writing and tucked myself into the girl bunk to read.

Around 5:00 is the magic moment when the ducks are ready to come in.
I rode my bike down and - sure enough - I could hear them honking up on the big tank.
I filled a coffee can with cracked corn and by the time I got to their pen, they were marching in like little soldiers! The chickens weren't all in their hen houses yet so I decided I would walk back down an hour or so later and then close up the doors.

I had just got in the room when the real storm arrived!!

Lightning and thunder and high winds!

No way I was going to be able to ride my bike now.

I remember how awful the mud was before we had the driveway put in!

It's absolutely amazing how fast the rain came down and the place filled up with water!!
I still had to go down and close the hen houses.

Louis Dean was going to do it but I could get down there and back before he even got his mud boots on! Besides, there's so many things that only he can do that I try to do the smaller chores than I'm able to handle. I look like a real country girl with my pajama pants and t-shirt - but I am wearing my Coach mud boots!

The storm has passed and all is well here.
I love my little tree!
I packed away the colored lights and replaced them with white ones.
I keep a tree up in the den at home year round so now I will keep this one up here.
We ate some of our leftovers for supper. I dearly love that Louis Dean will eat leftovers!
I don't like wasting food.

It's a little after 8:00 and we have decided to call it another early to bed night.
I'm going to make us each a cup of hot chocolate and we will take it out to the room and have what Louis Dean calls 'Our Boston Legal Moment.'
We have been watching the first season of that show again and the closing is our favorite part.

This has been our second weekend here and we will have another one before we go back home at the end of the month.


I do love the country!