You know it's been a busy week when Friday comes along and only now do I mention what we did LAST weekend. Normally, I'd just let it go, but somehow, the start my chicks' future home seemed monumental enough that I needed to at least mention it.
But first...just to set the stage for the type of weekend it was:
The weather was sunny and mild and perfect for hanging out at the farm.
On Saturday, my mom threw a weekend birthday party for me (at our house) which was just the best thing ever. She cooked German schnitzel for thirteen of us (yummmmm) with asparagus and potatoes. My step-dad turned over and prepared a portion of my garden plot for me to plant my first crop of peas in. My sister gifted me with a lovely certificate to my local feed store (woo hoo!!). My husband's two grown sons were able to be here, too, and added to the party spirit perfectly. There was a lot of noisy conversation, silly stories, laughter, eating and just enjoying being together.
Silly group shot:
I loved the laughter:
Scats and Tracks of the Pacific Coast was a gift from my mom and step-dad. Being the mature group that we were, LOTS of giggles and snickers happened as a result of this book:
This was our first official celebration in our new home and it felt wonderful.
On Sunday, Jim, his oldest son, Brian, and my son, Aidan, began building my chicken coop. I have to say, the hardest part - truly - is just getting started! Figuring out what to build, where to build it, how to build it, how to level it, what to level it with...the devil is in the details. Each decision creates an additional list of questions needing to be answered. Fortunately, they made a great team and the foundation and floor of the coop are now done.
When it's finished, it will be an 10' x 8' cedar tool shed converted to be a wonderful, safe chicken house for my girls.
"Does this look level to you?":
"Ok, everybody move one footer one inch to your left":
The framing of the floor commences:
Testing the floor:
What did I do, you ask, while all this manly building was going on? Well, first I made chocolate chip cookies and delivered them to the coop builders. Then I decided it was time to dig some steps into the hillside that we all kept sliding down to get to the coop building site.
Fortunately, the ground was fairly easy to dig:
But look at how steep this hill is:
Ta daaaaaaa....a great use for left over pavers:
What's funny about this is that, now, looking at these photos - these steps look like doo-doo. Right after I had finished placing the last stone paver, though, they looked like a work of art to me! How does this happen??? Oh well, the important part is that they are functional!
My feet on my new chicken coop floor:
I think we're going to put a plywood floor down on top of this that can be replaced when it gets really smelly and ucky to try to keep the base floor as functional for as long as possible. I wonder if there is something I could put down that would be easier to clean and disinfect than wood?