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I'm happy to report that this weeks entry is much less catastrophic sounding!  I think we finally have a good handle on our drainage situation (and the fact the torrential downpours have reduced has sure helped the stress levels).  The guy who dug our Quonset pit (the 6" pit that ended up being 8' deep) is coming out to help us with some grading.  Hopefully we don't get extra depth this time!  Of course the wild flowers I planted and a bunch of pretty storks-bill are right where he needs to dig but I guess I'll sacrifice beauty for not having the side of the house collapse ha ha.

 So much...STUFF!  The Quonset will be coming in handy!

So much...STUFF!  The Quonset will be coming in handy!

 Storks-bill and a puppy being (as usual) in the way.

Storks-bill and a puppy being (as usual) in the way.

We have been letting the chickens free range a lot lately.  We don't let them out 100% of the time mainly because they know EXACTLY where the garden is and would be in there like a shot if we didn't have the fence up around it.  It is pretty fun having them around when we are working outside as they are very curious and always come over to see what we are doing.  Sushi is especially interested and likes to help with jobs like re-stacking the wood pile and mowing the lawn.  Unfortunately for Sam this means yet another creature butts in front of him at the water dish outside...Sushi is definitely not afraid of the dogs!  (Actually none of the chickens are and will gladly run Tucker off when he gets too closer to them.)

 Sharing some chili with a friend.  Sushi does not like celery so she would spit those on the ground for Tucker to eat.

Sharing some chili with a friend.  Sushi does not like celery so she would spit those on the ground for Tucker to eat.

This nicer weather has allowed us to kick off more new projects lately...its hard to remember the winter and spring when we almost had too much time on our hands!  It seems like we have things to do all day every day.  We have still been doing harvest day at the CSA on Thursdays (getting it down to a fine science now I think!) and this week Mike and neighbor Dave have started putting up our fences.  I'm going to try very very very hard not to fill those fences with horses (or goats or sheep or a miniature cow) before next spring.

 The start of our fancy new fence!

The start of our fancy new fence!

We haven't been able to use the Boler again since last camping trip.  We tried to go the weekend before last but it...didn't work out.  We left on Friday afternoon and I decided I wanted to try driving the truck and trailer so I'd get better at it.  The Mazda does not have the guts to pull that thing up the hills along highway 22.  So it was a bit stressful going 80km/h while the traffic was piling up behind me.  Fortunately it flattened out once the 22 meets highway 3.  Unfortunately this is when the tornado and golf ball-sized hail warnings happened.  I pulled over to the side of the road just at the hail came down and Mike spent the next 5 minutes dealing with a hysterical wife before he switched places with me and drove us to Claresholm, basically out running the storm (the Mazda was revving pretty high on that stretch!)  I had calmed down by then and decided I wanted to end on a good note and it was barely raining so I'd do the last 40 minute stretch home...and it immediately started down pouring again.  We made it home but some wine was consumed upon arrival.  Like all of it.  Sheesh.

Hmm...what else?  Oh!  I got to play with bees this week!  Like full on bee suit and everything!  Our CSA neighbor and her friend have 2 hives so I was able to go help and move some frames around so the bees build their honeycombs in the right spot.  It was not nearly as scary as I thought it would be (or thought it would "bee"? Zing!)

 Mike's home garden looking awesome!  Those big things are squash.  In the background the chickens are plotting how to get in and eat that squash.

Mike's home garden looking awesome!  Those big things are squash.  In the background the chickens are plotting how to get in and eat that squash.

 Tiny pumpkins are starting!

Tiny pumpkins are starting!

 The sunflower is almost ready for its close-up.

The sunflower is almost ready for its close-up.

Yesterday Joel came for a visit and we talked him into coming up to the hills to help with a branding.  Mike got much less beat up than usual (he must be getting the hang of it!) and I did injections and did not stab a) myself or b) others so I call that a success!  My thighs are sore today though from doing 75 squats in a row to give the needles and Mike's whole self is sore from "wrasslin" so I think it'll be a quiet Sunday for us today.

That's all for now!

 "Cheese?"

"Cheese?"