Rain Barrel

Weather:  58* & Cloudy

My husband LOVES to thrift shop/go to flea markets.  I used to resist any attempt to drag me along, but in recent years I’ve become just a big (if not bigger addict), but lately I’ve been trying to focus on my garden plan and putting any spare money into raised beds.  But Saturday I made the mistake of telling him that he was driving.  To eat.  We were supposed to be going out to eat!!  Of course, with him behind the wheel it was flea market first and then eat.  Good thing I had a few dollars in my purse, because I had to get a grilled sausage to stave off hunger pains.  We had not eaten breakfast and didn’t make it to the chinese takeout until 4pm!  (AND I wound up sharing the hot dog with him!)  But I digress.  He found a commercial blower – the kind that’s used when your house floods – for $15 and a heavy duty extension cord for $3.  We bought the kids some a couple of Million Dollar bills for a buck (their inheritance 😉 ), and I found a 50 gallon plastic terracotta rain barrel for $10!!  Ten dollars!!

2-8-15_dogwaterIt had a small amount of dirt in it which took me a good hour to get out today because of the lip.  I put a screen over the top and weighted it down with a brick.  I screwed together another 2x8x8 bed that I had Kilzed the other day.  Picked some dandelion greens and purple nettle for the chickens (Ms Blackie and her arch-enemy Henny Penny are co-sitting – same nest box – on 9 eggs).  Hopefully I’ll have my first set of home-born chicks soon.  SO eggs-cited!!  😀

2-8-15_herbsI let my new broken (?) Rex rabbit out to run around the cabin and munch on some kitchen herbs while the dogs were outside, then I gave Jazzy, my Japanese Chin, a much needed bath.  She desperately needs her nails clipped, but I’m as big a coward as she is.  I came home last night to tiny pepper sprouts and mounted the 2 clip fans that I got at Goodwill for $4 and have been misting them every few hours today.  Other than that, today has been spent entirely on Facebook groups and researching tomato varieties.