I haven't been posting as much lately, I think because I feel like I have nothing "fun" to post about. I really want more time for crafting or going off to do fun things, but honestly homesteading really takes a lot of time. I've spend the past few days working on coops, which I'm excited about and will post pics when they are all done, but feel like telling you I'm again working on coops is a bit redundant and not a lot of fun, for you, the reader. But, they are almost done!
While working with Dad today I made a comment about how he was not left doing all the heavy lifting for this project, as I did about 90% of the ditch digging myself, and the rest was mostly help from Husband. We were digging a ditch around the outside of the growing pen for the meat birds. We did this to bury chicken wire underground, to hopefully deter predators from digging under the wall of the bare ground coop.
He agreed, and when I asked if he could believe I was working this hard, he replied he couldn't and that it was a far cry from the 10 year old Amy who would fuss and whine about hard work, and most often hurt herself, so she could go inside, instead of helping. I honestly don't remember if the little accidents that occurred during projects, such as cutting and stacking firewood, were intention, or if I really was that clutsy, and just benefited from this fact, but he's right. Nearly every time the family went out to cut the wood for our winter heat, I would drop a log on my foot, or hand, or finger, and cry. My parents would tell me to just go inside, and clean the house instead of helping with the wood.
There is such a difference between doing something because you are told to, and truly being compelled by something inside yourself to step up and do the hard work. Working on this project has been very satisfying, and I'm thinking about how glad I am that I have a tub to soak in at the end of such a long, hard, and sweat filled day.
Oh, and I really don't enjoy working with chicken wire! This is my poor left arm. I'm not even going to show you my sad leg!
Tonight I enjoyed this week's One Local Summer Meal. I have a very hard time photographing food and having it look appetizing, so I'll refrain.
Chicken, oven fried with simple herb rub. A mix of veggies, sauteed, including Zucchini, Summer Squash, Kale, Onions, Garlic, and Butter. Then thinly sliced potatoes fried in a pan, with onion tops, garlic, salt and pepper. Yum!