I have a few outside things I need to do before our cold weather hits next week:
1. move pots of rhubarb and things my sis brought me from her garden to the east side of the old chicken house. I will
bury them in straw soon.
2. Check the lettuce for something more to cover them with. Planted too late and will no doubt succumb to extreme
3. Tidy up around the back patio area before Thanksgiving.
That was yesterday.
This morning after milking which went well again, I moved the pots over to the chicken house and piled straw around them but not over the tops quite yet. I will wait until is get cold and stays cold.
Tidied up patio by moving the pots and had DH take the two dog bowls to the barn and scrub them...hopefully they will stay back there.
Then over to the east sheds where I husked the dent corn and stored it in the milk parlor. I am saving the husks for ??? I might try DIY tamales.........or a wreath or just compost them. I ended up with some nubbins I will give to the chickens.
These sheds are a disaster area where we have stored old lumber from the tornadoed hay barn and other detritus that we can't part with. There were even newspapers blown around from the summer when I laid my tomatoes on a picnic table on the papers. While picking them up, I stepped on a board that turned with me and down I went. I have a chronic dizziness that usually doesn't cause me much trouble unless I get up too high or get on unstable ground. Didn't really hurt myself except for a jammed right elbow and a bruise on my right hip...... I did make some headway though. I will slowly work on the rest over winter. At first glance things are improved.
Next on the schedule was getting the chickens ready for winter by putting down some new straw bedding.
That always sends them into a frenzy of scratching. They like nothing better than scratching in straw. As soon as I got it down on the floor and the nests cleaned out here they came. By tonight you won't be able to find the feeder or waterer. DH will not be happy with me.
I made a new apron today, but like my old denim style better. I am retiring the sewing machine for the unforeseeable future. It is a very messy hobby unless you have a dedicated hobby or sewing room and I don't.