This week was a lot like last week, weather-wise. Cold nights, mostly, and mixed days. It was clear and warm some days, rainy and chilly others. A couple of days, it came down in buckets. At least the nights were in the 40's on those days, but that's over for now, and we won't have rain again through at least next Friday, so it will be cold, with some wind.
One thing that I did this week, was open a ton of physical mail (And email. I deleted a lot, again.) after we got a bagful from the post office. I don't know where it's been for the past 3ish months, but after it perked for 3 days, I got it gone through. I even got a handful of Christmas cards (!!!) and 2 birthday cards.
Mostly, I get my mail pretty well, considering all that's gone on with the post office of late, but apparently not all the time. It took a while to go through it all, but it's done now.
We have a new/old piece of furniture. It got exposed to the elements after the trees fell. It came from Dd's shelter, which we went through a few years ago. It's going to take some TLC, but Dh enjoys working on wood, and he's good at it, so he's digging out various grades of sand paper.
It's a little difficult to describe, but I'll try. Imagine a long oval shelf about 5' or 6' long maybe 4' off of the ground, which is not all that deep. Under that top shelf, there are 2 others below it, but those have a couple of vertical dividers.
Someone stained or painted it a reddish color, which Dh has begun taking off because he thought that he saw some nice wood grain. And, there is. Do you know how tiger's eye looks, and the way that it kind of 'moves' when you move it? So does this grain. He also found some area of what's called 'birds beak' pattern.
Essentially, the planks were made from a really large burl, and some of the prettiest patterns come from burl wood.
He's only just started on one shelf, but today, he discovered that it's not only from a burl, but that it's redwood! Who would have painted it? Most likely, Dd got it at a thrift shop. We have some local places that sell furniture, and I remember her frequenting them.
Now that we see that it's redwood, we are thinking that we should use a completely clear coating on it when it's finished, so that the wood coloring, and patterns, can shine through. He'll be doing it slowly, a little at a time. We can't put it in the house yet, anyway, so no rush.
I had a kind of close call the other day with a cigar box. (Cardboard.) I have them to put Thyri's little Calico toys in, divided by room and critters. (They are small animals with old fashioned dresses, and there's a lot of dollhouse-type furniture, food, toys etc.)
I was looking at them for size, to decide what to put where. They were 'flavored' cigars, apparently. All smell lightly of fresh tobacco, plus their flavor, such as vanilla, honey, and berries. I got to the last one, which smelled nice, and opened it. Suddenly, my hand began to itch. I put it near the light to read it, and the flavor was whiskey, or some such, and marcona almond!
Yikes! I dropped it, washed my hands well with soap and water, and asked Dh to put it into a bag for Ds. I hadn't touched it long enough to cause serious breathing problems, but still...! Whoever heard of almond flavored cigars? Sheesh! As it was, I had some of Ds's mail in that bundle that was later in arriving, a tick key, and a couple of Post It note pads for him to get one of these days, so I just dropped them in the bag with the box, and it will all leave at the same time. The bag may become a permanent feature for things that we want to send out. Both his things that end up here, or my mail to go out.
One project that I want to work on this weekend, is filling out 3 new books. When we were evacuated, I learned a couple of things. One was that I need to leave more cold weather clothes in the escape pod. I knew that it got cooler when there was a permanent layer of thick smoke, but I didn't know how cold it could get when the fire was right around the corner, and it turned dark during the day. (Remember, the street lights in town went on, because it was so dark, etc.) Even moreso when you are on the ground outside.
I also learned that I should get a large purse to hold everything that I'd need in. But, easier, I decided, for now, was to get a pair of tiny address books. Mine is small, but not small enough. So, I will fill out the 2 small ones, and put 1 in my purse, and one in the pod.
Then, I have a medium sized book. All of the recent talk about copying passwords, made me decide to get a med. sized book for them. And, since that won't take much space, I am going to make the rest into an information book.
I had one in the old house, but haven't found it yet. What I write down in them is absolutely everything that I may need to remember at some point.
Brand names are a biggie, such as the exact name of the bread that Dh is eating now. There are several varieties of the same brand, and we order by phone. I'd hate to order several loaves of the wrong type! Same for other food brands.
But, also the exact name, size, and type of lightbulbs for various fixtures, plus where I get them.
You get the idea...all types of items from food, for people and critters, to dish soap and which batteries things use. (1 AA for my mouse, 3 AAA's for my bedside flashlight, 3 C's for my Christmas snow globes, etc.)
A couple of other things, would be sizes of clothing for various family members, not just dog, cat, bird, etc. foods, but treats; types/brands, where they are gotten, and other things like the names of prescription medications and supplements, as well as notes on them. I have that elsewhere, but will consolidate. It will take longer than a weekend, but I would like to get a good start on it, at least.
The new hens are laying eggs gangbusters! (So are my 4 older hens!) I'm thinking hard on what to do with them. I gave 2 doz. to Ds, and am looking at a chiffon cake, plus egg dinners once a week, or eggs for some lunches.
Also, since I have tried to freeze meals from chili to fried rice, I am also thinking of making cornbread to go with the stews and soups, and freezing it in portions, as well as making fruit muffins and waffles to freeze. If it uses eggs, I'm thinking about it!
It shouldn't have surprised me to have eggs in the spring, though they started a tad early, but somehow, at 8 months old, I thought that the 'babies' wouldn't lay regularly until later in the spring. Silly me, sheesh!
Since my egg laying nests were destroyed with the coops when the tree fell on it/them I bought 2 nests. I don't want them to get into a bad habit of laying eggs just anywhere...that leads to broken and missing eggs which you don't know the age of.
These nests are 100% different than the wooden ones that I have always used. These are plastic, similar to a tote material. People's birds seem to love them, they are easy to clean, and most importantly, they are large enough.
I used to use open nests in the houses, but the 3rd house that we were going to bring up is broken now, so I wouldn't take the room in the 2 remaining houses. This one is an enclosed box that hangs. Most of those aren't large enough for the larger breeds, including mine, but the people who used these said that their larger hens were quite comfortable in them. We shall see how mine like them next week!
Well, that's the news from this neck of the woods. How was your week?
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