2.15.2013

Oh, Good Morning Garage

This morning, I just couldn't take it. I woke up, took the dog out, and then checked on the chickens. Then I saw the mouse mess. Again. Like I do every. single. day. I decided that today was the day.

Since I now have the chicken feed inside the house, there was nothing left to do except down and dirty in the garage. I moved the now empty plastic garbage bins (what the heck am I gonna do with them? The bottoms look like Swiss cheese) and hauled out more than half torn apart bales of hay (yes, hay, free from a neighbor) and emptied out the plastic bin that was housing my loose straw. I moved everything out, and started sweeping. I swept, and swept, and swept. I threw stuff out, I shoveled, I swore.

All in all, I threw away 3 industrial garbage bags full (well, full and heavy enough for me to still be able to move) of mouse crap. Mouse dirt, mouse pee, mouse crap, mouse straw, mouse food, and sadly, no actual mice. Honestly, I didn't hear or see a single mouse. But I sure did scoop a lot of poo. Oh yeah, and I tossed some REALLY old and gross rotten squash from last summer. Gotta get rid of all the food sources, right?

So, on the bright side, half of my garage is now clean, and the other half is just full of junk. Stuff that needs to be organized like gardening tools, chicken wire, trellises, etc... You know, garden stuff that goes astray all year long.

How was your morning??

2.14.2013

I REALLY Need Winter to be Over

Ok, not because I am like, tired of the cold/warm and snow/rain confusion we have had all season, but because I REALLY need something to blog about. And I need something to do other than keep my head buried in books about stuff I don't really care about (school.) I need to start seeds, plan stuff, get my hands dirty, and do something other than just look at my garden and wish Spring were here. I need something to do other than just let the chickens out into the yard and mix feed.

Oh, about the chicken feed, that leads me to a thought. I also REALLY NEED to clean out the garage. We unfortunately have been playing host to who knows how many mice this winter, but let me just tell you, they have decimated my chicken feed. I mean, obliterated it. At a rate that I can't really put into words. The past 2 winters, or however long we have had chickens, we have never had this problem. I always kept the feed inside plastic garbage bins (problem - duh) and the mice ate their way through the plastic bin, through the plastic garbage bag, and of course through the paper bag of feed. Oy vay.... So now the chicken feed is in the house, and I mix it in a bucket (2 parts layer pellets, 1 part scratch mix - don't ask me why, it just sounds good) and then take the bucket out side and feed the girls. The bucket is elevated on top of the metal grill, so I am pretty sure the little mouse bastards can't get to it. If only I could see the little buggers (I have lots of "evidence" aka mouse crap everywhere on everything) and hear them rustling in the straw all the time, and Hubby said he actually had one scurry across his hand, but I have yet to see one, anywho... If I saw one, I would try to bash the living tar out of it. Go ahead, call PETA. But unless you want to pay for my chicken feed, keep your opinions to yourself.

Anyways, back to the garden. I hope it will be super awesome this year. I have it well planned, for the most part, and I have all my tools and supplies ready to go... Can I start now?!


2.12.2013

Homeopathy My Butt

I am sick. And it sucks. Let me give you my homeopathic regimen this time around.

Am - wakeup, try to get the snot out. Make tea (of some herbalistic nature such as gypsy cold  care or throat coat with honey or mentholistic peppermint), eat and egg or toast, take vitamins (C, Zinc, Echinacea), drink an airborne, with an orange juice chaser. Don't forget the Dayquil!

Lunchtime - soup... soup soup soup (make it spicy please!).... tea, airborne, vit c, orange juice.... Keep trying to get the snot out

Dinner - soup... or toast... Juice, yet more tea, more vitamins at bedtime, and Nyquil.

Tonight I thought it might be beneficial to try a breathing treatment of boiling water with essential oils of thyme, tangerine, rosemary, and lavender (I swear to gawd it smelled just like Vicks) and honestly, it really did break up the mucus in my sinuses to the point of actually being able to use my nostrils, but then as soon as I stepped away from the pot, my sinuses were stuffed and swollen to capacity and I am right back to feeling like my ears are going to explode. I actually think I am worse off now than before the steam treatment....

Is there anything I am missing here?!?!?! And don't suggest a neti-pot. The feeling of that makes me want to throw up.