A Beautiful Texas Sunday

You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.  The temps were in the 70’s, no wind, sunshine and an extra hour of daylight which means it’s 7:30 p.m. and Vince still hasn’t come in the house for dinner.

Vince worked on the chicken coop.  He said the hardest part is done . . which was getting the posts cemented into the ground and getting everything level and square although I think I have all that in the wrong order.  The cement was done last.  Lots of measuring and moving and measuring and moving but he said he feels like he accomplished a lot today.

See the sun setting . . peaking through the trees.  Told you it was a beautiful day here in our part of Texas.

Here’s a bit wider view of where the coop sits.

In the background sits the garden, not yet planted because the fence isn’t up.  There’s only so much Vince can get done but with it staying daylight longer in the evenings, I think we’ll get a whole lot more done.

For the garden, we bought Zipper Cream Peas, Purple Hull Peas, Contender Green Beans, and Alaska Peas while we were out yesterday.  I already had quite a few seeds that I had ordered.  I’m pretty picky about trying to get heirloom and non-GMO seeds so I mostly order them but was  happy to find a few here locally.  I also have potatoes and asparagus to plant, as well as strawberries but I’m not going to plant the strawberries in the garden and may not plant the asparagus in there either.  Everything has to be fenced so the deer can’t get it so we’ll have to see where things end up.  I’m so ready to plant something . . anything . . anywhere!

Changing the Blade

When do you change your rotary blade?  I have extra blades and I still wait til I’m having to saw through fabric before changing the blade.  Then when I do change it, I can’t believe I waited so long.  There’s nothing like cutting with a new blade!

The blade I was using was so bad that I was having to cut every line twice.  I have no idea why I didn’t just stop and change the blade.  Finally I ran over a pin.  I wondered what was that and cut over it again so that was the end of that blade.

All the pieces for the alternating block on the March Color Palette Challenge were cut . . with a nice, sharp, fresh blade.  And, once again, I promised myself I will change my blade more often, but I know I won’t.

More About the S-10

It’s not that I want to get rid of it because it’s old.  My Honda is a 2001 model and I still feel like it’s new.

In 2007, the engine went out and left us stranded in Joplin.  Chad came and got us, the truck got towed back to our town and we decided we weren’t going to keep it and that’s when we bought the Highlander.  But then Vince decided to keep the truck and had a new engine put in it and that’s how we ended up with an extra vehicle.

But now, we need a pickup that will haul a trailer with a tractor, or a few livestock or even pull a garbage trailer to the landfill since we don’t have trash pickup out here.  The S-10 will pull light trailers but not the kinds of trailers we need it to pull.  We do not need 4 vehicles but we need a larger pickup . . that’s why I want to get rid of the S-10.

The S-10 is in good shape, with not many miles for its age, has the best air conditioner of any of our vehicles, and a great stereo system.  It’s never had an accident.  It has no rust.  It looks pretty darned good for its age.  But, it just isn’t the pickup that we need these days so unless it absolutely stops running and cannot be fixed, I doubt Vince will get rid of it.  I know he won’t get rid of the Honda or the Highlander so . . we’re going to eventually end up with 4 vehicles and I think it’s crazy to pay insurance and taxes on 4 vehicles for 2 drivers!  But, so long as all my needs and wants and desires are met, I won’t squawk too much about the vehicle situation around here.