And for the first week, they lived in the house. Yes, seriously.
These chickens were picked up from a lady who is clearing out all her stock, so they were no charge, we just had to go get them, fast.
And, they needed to be quarantined from the other chickens. Which meant we had to build a second chicken coop, fast.
That was the tricky part.
Prospector started the coop on Monday, when we first found we were getting them, hoping to be done by Thursday, when we were picking them up. We were picking up a roof along with the chickens, that would go onto the coop.
We got the chickens on Thursday. But didn't get home until well after dark. There was no way the roof was going on that night. So we put the chickens in the dog's box, and went to sleep.
There were six new ones... four hens, and two roosters.
Do you know what time roosters wake up? 5:30. Every morning. and 6:00. and 6:30.
Since daylight savings, we get home after dark every night. So not much got done on Friday either.
at 7:00 on Saturday morning, I asked if I went and turned the light on over their cage, if they would stop cock-a-doodle-dooing, thinking it was daylight. Prospector said try it.
On Sunday at 7:30, I asked him what he wanted for breakfast (yes, we're now up to Thursday, Friday, & Saturday nights now)... The response? "The one that just cock-a-doodle-dood."
Sunday he made good progress.. but not quite enough. Monday, it was cold. Tuesday, it was raining. and Wednesday was high school info night.
Thursday morning we had a midwife appt. So he had a half hour of daylight before we left where he was able to get work done. By the time we left for the appt, a rooster & hen were out there. We figured if they were still there when we got home, it was secure. They were.
By Thursday night, he was nearly done, so even though the weather wasn't ideal, he was able to secure it enough to leave the birds out overnight.
So in total, they spent seven nights here:
Still to be completed, egg boxes, weather proofing, trap door, human door. But at least they aren't waking me up four times before I need to be up now!
Seeing as Christmas Eve is just a month away, I thought I'd share this memory from when Chuck was younger.
Well, not anymore.
But when Chuckles was four & five, he did.
When she & her Dad moved into their new house, the summer when she was four, she was terribly concerned. You see, the first thing that Daddy did was pull down the old chimney. The house had been built in the 30's, and one of the conditions for insurance was that the falling down chimney be removed.
"But Daddy, without a chimney, how is Santa Claus going to get into our house?"
So he took her around back, and showed her where the vent pipe for the bathroom came through the roof. It was he only "chimney" that that house had.
Then he took her inside, and showed her where it went.
"I guess in our house, Santa comes through the toilet!!"
I first met Chuck two Christmases later, right after Christmas when she was five. I'd heard him mention this whole Santa clause / Toilet thing.
As I was admiring all her new Christmas toys, I looked around.... "But Chuck, there's no chimney here... how did Santa Claus get into your house?"
"WELL!!" she says, full of enthusiasm, "In MOST houses, he come through the chimney, but in our house, he comes through the Stinky Stinky Toilet!" (she plugged her nose when she got to the 'stinky' part).
I was glad that I asked her when I did. The next year, when we brought it up, a teacher at school had corrected her. Santa Claus has a mouse, you see, and the mouse sneaks in and opened the door for Santa. We were disappointed, because it was a fun family thing. But it was fun while it lasted.
That year, she brought home reindeer food from school, in a brown paper bag. We stuck the bag on the roof, kind of sticking out of the vent pipe. But unfortunately, she still wouldn't go back to it.
(If you look really really closely at the lower left window pane, you can see her face in there)
Clean & empty 'Crafting Area' of Computer Room. Find new location for materials.
Sell Drafting table from Computer Room that is no longer on Kijiji
Clean 'Sewing Area' of Computer Room. Find new location for materials.
Sell sewing desk.
Clean "Guiding" drawing in computer room.Give away relevant materials to current Guiders.
Empty closet in Computer Room. Find new locations for items in closet in Computer Room. Board games relocated, wrapping paper still looking for a home, Buddy's too big clothes relocated to Chuck's current room, his future room.
Pitch tons of crap from Computer Room
Burn tons of crap from Computer Room
Get Hubby to hang remaining drywall in Computer room, new downstairs bath, new downstairs hall closet, 2nd closet in Computer room. Really, I'd be happy with just the drywall inside the bedroom, as it's the highest priority (at least for me) right now.
Mud drywall in new bedroom. Sand drywall in new bedroom. Mud drywall again. Sand drywall again.Prime Drywall. Maybe even paint the drywall.
Declare that the Computer room is no longer a computer room, and is now Master Bedroom.
Move Bed into Master Bedroom
Move Chuckles into former master bedroom. Get new dresser, for either her or me. Probably me, then we don't need to move my current one at all.
Purchase new mattress for Chuckles.Give Buddy old mattress. Move him out of toddler bed (as it is our crib as well). Make crib look unappealing to him, so that the transition to the big boy bed is easier.
Move Buddy into Chuckles current Bedroom
Re-set up Buddy's room as nursery. Dig rocker out of basement.
Make Sheets for Family Heirloom Cradle that are gender neutral. - Edited to add.... my aunt has volunteered to do this!Or for the bassinet.Or, possibly get rid of bassinet, since I don't think we'll need both.
Make Halo-Type swaddler sleepsacks for thing-three, since our house gets cold overnight. Or, possibly break down & purchase Halo Sleepsacks. But I already have the material. And if I make the sleep sack, that will help with task #3 above. Alternatively, win a Halo sleep sack from one of the ten contests I entered last week. And hope that the contest was indeed open to Canadians, 'cause many aren't....(didn't win, too bad....)
Make Felt Lunch box for Buddy's Christmas present, since he liked Sweet Pea's, and thought it was for him. Maybe he'd like this for his birthday instead.....
Make new cloths for Bum-cleanings, since I prefer cloth to disposable. This should not be hard, I have old flannel, it needs to be cut into squares & just stitched around to prevent fraying. On second thought….Edited... mom said she'd help with this one.
Improve Chuck's sewing machine skills by having her work on a few 'samplers.' She can cut them into squares, and just stitch around to prevent fraying….. hmmmm……..
Dig out receivingblankets & wash. Luckily, most other equipment has been washed & pulled out, as the kids new 2nd cousin will be visiting Ontario from New Brunswick for December, so will be borrowing some items.