Around the Farm

The electricians finally made it out last Thursday to move the generator.  I’ve never heard two men whine so much in my life.  They stood around for at least ten minutes complaining about moving a 400 pound generator from the ledge it was sitting on to it’s new position.  The A/C guy kindly offered to help them move it, whereupon first electrician said he had the stuff to move it.  Eegads!  Que more complaining.

Meanwhile I texted my neighbor to see if he could come over with his forklift to move the generator.  He said he could, so I told first electrician.  No smile, no sigh of relief, no thanks.  Next time, he can move the damn thing.  Anyway, good neighbor came over with the forklift and moved the generator.  It’s in its’ new place now.  And I found out that our cement pad is about two feet short.  We hadn’t planned on leaving space for access to either unit for servicing.  Next time, I’m going to plan things out myself rather than leaving it to the so-called professionals.

My A/C guy told me that the electricians left and didn’t even bother to check to make sure that everything worked.  They left me with an electric panel with a bunch of turned off breakers (one to the sump pump!) and no hot water.  I called electrician boss who said to turn on #30, so I did, but still no hot water, and then we got cut off.  Then it dawned on me that the pilot light was probably out on the water heater.  That’s out of my range of comfort so I called good neighbor who sent over good brother who got the pilot light lit for me.  Yay!  Hot water!  And Yay for good neighbors!

Aside from A/C and generator drama, I almost have my barn quilt completed.  Just the border to paint and it’s ready for hanging.  This was a very relaxing and inspiring project.  Each time one of the squares/colors was completed it felt like unwrapping a present.  I can’t wait to see what it looks like hanging on the barn!  I’m also looking forward to painting a barn quilt for my neighbor.  She has a star block in mind.  Once that’s complete I plan on painting a barn quilt for our shed.  Oh, and the big barn and . . .

My order of 5 Silver Gray Dorkings and 5 Dominiques arrived on Friday morning.  I picked them up from the post office and brought them home to a cozy little brood box made from three medium sized moving boxes.  With some fresh food and water, and a warm place to sleep off the hustle and bustle of travelling, these little cuties settled right in.  This is my third year with baby chicks, so I’m an old pro.  Well, let’s just say I’m not as anxious or nervous as I was the first time!

If the wind dies down this afternoon my plan is to do a full bee hive inspection.  After my third beekeeping class yesterday, I feel much better prepared.  I took a stroll down to the hive this morning just to check on things.  It was pretty early so there wasn’t much happening outside the hive, but I did see a couple of bees fly in.  They’re also down to about an inch of sugar water so I’ll be replacing that today.  There were a lot of ants on the top cover inside the hive last time I checked so I sprinkled cinnamon around.  It seems to have worked as there were very few ants this morning.  Ants be gone!

This is what happens when you leave the garage door open . . . my barn cat is now a garage cat.  At least for the time being.

And the peonies have started blooming . . . love.

Until next time . . .


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