Okay, that was a little dramatic title, huh? This week has been slow for the home improvement business, but a few fun things happened. On Monday a friend gave me a REALLY COOL cake carrier that was her grandmother’s. The funny thing about it is I was just looking at similar ones at antique stores. I am so glad I didn’t buy one, because I like a thing with a story, and I knew her grandmother so I can imagine her buying and using it. It will go nicely on top of my retro stove in the kitchen.
On Saturday Chet and I started working on our chicken coop. We decided we are going to get chickens, and have been planning the coop forever, we just haven’t gotten around to building it. We had a surprise happen today (I will tell you in a second) that brought about the need to speed things up. Some of the wood we are using came from my neighbor. She tore out her deck a month ago and said we could have as much of the old wood we wanted. We knew we were going to do this, so we hoarded a pile. It feels good to reuse wood that might have otherwise been thrown out. Today we finished up most of the framing, and hopefully can start on the floor, siding, and roof this week. To go along with the coop, I made a trip to my parents’ house to pick up my old dog pen to use as a run. We can’t let chickens loose in the yard due to the dogs. I thank my dad for helping me load and tie down.
The exciting thing that happened today was the arrival of our new ducks! A friend of my Aunt Bea, Becky, knew someone that was rehoming them, and she thought of me when she heard. I was ecstatic and very thankful to be thought of! Today I loaded up the truck with one of the old dog kennels we no longer use, and I picked these sweet babies up! We set up the dog pen and put the kennel inside, then headed to Orscheln to buy some supplies. They came with feed, but we needed a water container, feeder, and some straw for the kennel. We threw in some meal worms for good measure. We have no idea if they are male or female, but regardless they now have a home with us! I feel bad for these babies for being uprooted, but so happy to have them!
Here is another pic for good measure! This week will be about acclimating them and working on the coop. One of the dogs is still in hunting mode, so we will have to be careful. The other has already shown to be trustworthy, but we will keep the ducks behind the fence for good measure.