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Working Through

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Some chores don’t wait for nice weather, so we ventured out into the constant drizzle on Sunday to open space in our compost area, despite the inconvenience. Cyndie had moved the horses indoors out of the wet on Saturday night, which resulted in soiled wood shavings in their stalls at a time when we didn’t have space in the compost area.

Luckily, there is a spot next to the barn where we’ve been using composted manure and old hay to fill in a drop in the landscape. The area had been a too convenient runway for water drainage that was problematic. Bringing it back to level with the surrounding area will spread and slow water flowing from above.

Out came the Grizzly, after putting air in the leaky front tire, and the metal grate trailer for an increasingly muddier series of loads from the compost area. Very similar to working on moving innumerable bales of hay, as time goes by, the loads seemed to get heavier and heavier and I started to move slower and slower. Cyndie pushed back against my increasing moments of pause, with a goal of getting the job done as quickly as possible so she could get in out of the cold and wet.

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When she proclaimed we were down to just two loads remaining, I corrected her with the estimation of four loads. After I tried to take out a small load to assure my estimation would win, she suggested we could toss some of the last bits into the woods around the compost area, leading to an outcome of three loads completing the task. It was declared a tie.

We were wet, it was muddy, but we had worked through the nasty weather to accomplish a necessary chore. We now have open space for composting again.

And not a moment too soon.

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Written by johnwhays

May 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

6 Responses

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  1. What birds inhabit the house in the picture? I cannot remember you writing about this house.

    obsidcomm

    May 23, 2017 at 11:42 am

    • It’s an optical illusion. That’s the back side of the barn! See: https://johnwhays.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/big-weekend/ for another vantage point. We are filling a notch that dropped down to the back side of the barn coming from the shop garage.

      johnwhays

      May 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      • I’m talking about the bird house on the right side of the photo.

        obsidcomm

        May 23, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      • Hah! That’s hilarious. You can tell my mind is mush from trials and tribulations at the day-job. I didn’t even see the bird house, even though you mentioned birds! I assumed you thought we had a giant building of turkeys or something.
        When I gave up balancing rocks on that stub of a pine tree, we installed a bird house that friends gave us, but it looked funny because it was so small.
        Cyndie solved this by putting in the bigger complex, which I believe is to attract martins. I don’t know that it has succeeded in attracting any tenants, and having seen no activity, I tend to forget it is even there. Obviously, I look right past it.
        Thanks for asking. I’ll check with Cyndie and see if we can do something to bring the house to life.

        johnwhays

        May 23, 2017 at 2:08 pm

  2. I think I need a Grizzly.

    • I couldn’t be more happy with this acquisition. Purchased used on Craigslist and serving us well ever since.
      Now, if it only had a lawn mower under its belly…

      johnwhays

      May 23, 2017 at 12:09 pm


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