Really, I feel like that’s what we’re doing. We stay fairly prepared but there are thing we never thought about so we’re scrambling to get a few things done.
We’ve had a couple of rainy days and the grass/weeds have grown like crazy. It was really too wet to cut the grass but I’m sure snakes are starting to emerge and Rita doesn’t like tall grass so Vince cut the grass around the house this morning. Vince gut the grass and bagged it so it wouldn’t mat up and choke out the other grass.
In one chicken area, we have 5 hens and 1 rooster and they have a smaller “yard”. In the other group of chickens, we have 19 hens and 1 rooster and they’re in the orchard and have about 1-1/2 acres.
The fence for the chickens in the smaller yard is not in great shape, and not terribly secure. I’d like to combine them with the orchard chickens but one of the roosters would have to go and I don’t want to do that. Wilbur, the rooster in the orchard is elderly and may not be around long but I like him a lot.
Anyway, the small group of chickens found a hole and when I went out this morning, there were chickens running around all over the place. They were having fun so we left them out, fixed the hole and will get them back in the fence later.
They have a little “porch” outside their coop and it needs cleaning often so Vince used the pressure sprayer and cleaned it this morning, sprayed it all down with bleach.
I’ve worked in the sewing room most of the morning trying to get things organized in there. Anything that doesn’t have a place in the house seems to end up in the sewing room and it can become a mess really fast.
All arriving packages now get sprayed down with bleach water, maybe more than once. If it’s a sunny day, they sit out for at least two days; if it’s a cloudy day, they sit out for at least three days. Unless it’s something we need now, and I’m not sure anything like that is arriving, they go into the shop and will sit there til needed. We’re writing on the outside of the box what’s in each package so we can go right to it when we need it. This particular package has fertilizer for the garden and won’t be needed for at least a month.
I was telling a friend this morning . . I get up each day with a determination to get things done, check on an elderly neighbor, stay busy and keep the TV off. About the middle of the day, I start thinking . . I can’t believe this is happening in the U. S. and then by dark, I’m fighting tears. I’m not scared or upset for myself but I hate that so many lives are being changed. I’m so happy to see Governors making bold calls and closing businesses. I wish it was on a national level and each state wasn’t having to make the tough decisions on their own.
I’m sad for businesses, especially small businesses. It’s going to be tough on them and their employees but sounds like there’s going to be some aid for them.
Vince talked to his brother this morning and he said he spent several hours looking for toilet paper yesterday and couldn’t find any. His son lives near them and said he has plenty . . he’ll bring some over. He’s 90+ years old in New York. He doesn’t need to be out looking for toilet paper. Can you imagine being that age and going from store to store to store and not finding anything?
Addie’s school is closed and they could really use my help but we don’t feel like we should be traveling anywhere. I’m sad that older folks are probably scared and some live where they don’t have a good support system.
I think about 9/11 and I think about how, for so long, life was defined as “before 9/11” and “after 9/11”. I think we’re facing another defining time in our lives.
I get through the day better when I stay busy and I think that’s why I’ve been making bread and cake and cooking big pots of soup! I should probably direct some of this energy towards cleaning the house! 🙂