It has not been the week I expected. I tried to beat the rain last weekend. We had cut the hay (no real choice if a weed patch was going to be prevented) and I really wanted to make it into hay bales. I spent one evening and on into the dark and finished rowing the hay. Mr Professional had done half during the afternoon and I finished after dark. The rows are very easy to make into tall rows. I told myself not to do it but after turning around at the end of the field it just lent itself to the large row. I also had to get off the tractor twice and cut the grass off of the driveline. Once it almost seized stopped turning there was so much on the shaft. It was very hot when I cut it off.
Mr Professional and I spent Sunday, Mother’s Day, mowing the front lawn. Annmarie wanted the lawn mowed. I spent 2 hours just picking up bones, sticks, branches, dog toys, and disassembling the calf pen we had created in the yard. While I did this Mr Professional worked on mowing the lawn. We had to break out the weed eater and the drive handle on the mower broke. It was one thing after another. Luckily we managed to get it done and after I cleaned up I went out to the barn garden and checked up on the plants out there. I think one of the Seaberry plants might die. I had one climbing plant die and I need to run the sprinkler a little more often. I also spent some time and weeded around the planted items. My goal this year is to just keep everything alive and let it get some roots in the ground. I am not looking for hardly any growth.
I went out yesterday and spread wildflower seeds all over the barn garden. It has been raining a lot so I am hopeful that some of the seeds will take off. I will probably have to get in the garden with the weed eater and knock down the grass. I may even spend some time weeding. I used to hate weeding but it was not so bad the other day.
It started raining right after I got the hay rowed. I got an extra day off mid week with the expectation that the rain would hold off for two days and let me get the hay put up into bales. This did not happen. We had 1/2” of rain one day and 1/4” the next day over 24 hour periods. We even tested the hay moisture percentage to see if it could be baled before the rain but Annmarie got 39% and 49% on the two samples she did. She keeps zapping them in the microwave to get a dry weight and wet weight. We are thinking about getting an actual meter to do this in the field but for now we can do it the old fashioned way. We could use the oven also but the microwave is probably faster.
My goal is to go out this afternoon and collect three more samples to see where we are at after all the rain. I will then hopefully spread out all the rows again and let it dry quickly. It is supposed to rain again in two days!! I may be baling in the dark.
So instead of haying I worked on the upstairs bathroom. I need to get the tongue and groove wallboard installed and oiled so the plumber can come do his part. Unfortunately, Annmarie stated that I needed to follow the angles of the mirror. It took me four boards and on the final board five adjustments to get it to fit properly! Each try requires me to walk downstairs, outside and go over to the old house and use the saw or jigsaw. It took me almost 2 hours for that single board. So when Annmarie said I could use a reject piece for the opposite side I was overjoyed! It would be able to just slip it in even though it was a solid blue piece she was willing to insert it into the plane side. Function over form was going to win. Unfortunately, there is a slight difference and I had to cut it for its own unique angles and spacing. It was off by 1/8”!! So the color scheme was maintained. I was going to square off the mirror with boards over the top of everything but again the design won out and I am now cutting everything to mimic the mirror angles and we found some brass finials online that are 1.5” diameter and I will nail six of those around the mirror to keep it from falling out away from the wall. I also forgot to stick the 1/2” double switch box extension behind the wood so I will now have to remove it and use a different type of box extender. My goal is to keep plugging away at the bathroom until it is done.