Saturday night I was out on the bike (it got down to 25 F at the end, but it was clear. Big day Sunday. We built a ton of hive frames and boiled the last of the sap down. We ended up with over a gallon. MUCH better than I thought we’d do with so few buckets and starting so late. Next year is going to be much better, now that I have a plan and some experience.
Then I looked at the weather. So much for the rest of my outside projects. SNOW! So there it ends. Hopefully next weekend is better. I have a trip planned that will leave me way behind the 8 ball if I don’t get shit done early.
It’s going to be a busy week. The To Do List:
-assemble bee hive frames
-paint the new hive
-treat the wood line around the top few acres for ticks, including tick tubes
-till, fertilize, and de-sod the garden and extension
-boil the last of the sap
-store maple equipment
If I can get through that I’ll be happy. I still need to build chicken tractors, install a ton of fencing, build nesting boxes, scratch and lay grass seed, change the hydraulic fluid and oil in the tractor, and start seedlings in the next 30 days. I’m running out of time.
It’s finally spring! The chickens are finally getting out into the yard. We’re boiling maple sap as fast as we can. The work load has dramatically increased.
We have big plans for the homestead this year. We’re adding a large garden, bee hives, and clearing land. We’re hoping to do two runs of broilers this year, 20 birds each. We’re going to add laying hens and maybe a few turkeys for fall.
Living in the sticks is a never ending work cycle, but raising and eating your own HEALTHY food is worth the effort.
Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. What’s been taking up my time? Work. Shooting. Skydiving. Home Brewing. Gym. The list is endless. When the hell did I get so many hobbies?
In a sick way, I miss blogging. I wonder what happened to all my stalking, death threat delivering, nutcase stalkers? Those were the days. I was always amazed at how seriously idiots take the internet.
So let’s play catch up. My lab is now 3 years old. I only went on one skydiving vacation this year. I’ve purchased several new firearms, another 34′ camper, and a helmet cam. I’m sure I missed something there.
My chimney blew off.
Then part of my roof blew off. Having a house over 100 years old is pretty slick, but requires constant repair.
I just bottled a batch of Amber Ale, and I have a batch of Imperial Pale Ale in primary.
I hit 30 countries in 2 days on 20 meters last month.
So that’s about it. Guns, beer, travel, and falling from the sky. Who could ask for more? Here’s hoping 2010 is as great to me as 2009 was.
I haven’t been writing. I just can’t seem to get motivated when I have the time. Every minute I’m not working, I’m either jumping out of planes or hunting. I jumped all day yesterday, doing relative work.
Michelle “The Racist” Obama is pissing me off. I’ll work up something on her shortly. She’s a fucking tool bag.