Wow, where do I begin? Spring is always a busy time of year, but this one is mushrooming into a real bugger! Just wanted to update you all in case my blogging starts to suffer any more than it already has. First of all, there’s the usual stuff, like holidays and birthdays and graduations. And we have plenty of those going on from middle school to college, which will require a trip out of state. The new hugelkultur garden beds are constructed and planted, so now it’s time for pest control and watering and such. No big deal. I’ve located a fellow about an hour away that will have a nuc of bees soon. Just praying the bees and out-of-town graduation don’t coincide, or that the fellow will be willing to hold a nuc for me. These exciting developments were expected and I thought I’d have time to squeeze in the changes I’m making to my blogging routine with only a little interruption.
Then, the young man who didn’t make it back to finish clearing the lot between me and my neighbor has promised to come this month. When he comes, the clearing of weeds and debris will set off an inescapable chain reaction of grading and landscaping that I’ll be required to throw a wad of cash at, as well as time and labor, if I want to keep my house from flooding again. It will also create my window of opportunity to purchase that little strip of land. So, even though it will be quite a bit of extra work, I really wanted to be excited about it. I mean I am excited about it. You know what I mean.
While I was wrapping my brain around the logistics of getting all the above items crammed into a short window of decent weather, another unexpected event unfolded. My daughter and two granddaughters will be moving in with us the first week of June. Thankfully we have a three bedroom home. The smaller bedroom had been used for storage, but once we move all that stuff into a storage unit, it should serve as an adequate space for my daughter. The other bedroom is larger and is the one my granddaughters use when they spend the weekend. It was already beginning to get a little cramped, even for short term visits. But now that they will be living in there, it will need to be gutted and remodeled. We’ve all become painfully aware that 7-year-old-my-little-pony and 11-teen-metamorphosis cannot peacefully co-exist for long periods of time. So, I’ve got to figure out a way to give them separate spaces in an 12 x 13 foot room. To
exacerbate matters, the room has two exterior walls that are not insulated, so it’s difficult to heat and cool. The only time we open the vent in that room is when the girls visit, so it hasn’t been a priority to correct the problem. Time to modify the priority. We built a storage shed about three feet from one of those walls with the intention of removing the window facing it… eventually. Now that eventually has arrived, we’ll need to pry that sucker out of there and board up the gaping hole it will leave behind. Might as well, since I have to remove all of the sheet-rock and insulate the walls anyway, right? Also, there had been a leak in the closets some time in the past, because they smell very moldy. The girls have allergies and have been forbidden to open the closet doors. Guess what I’ll need to do about that! So, it looks like the blog will be switching gears again. I promise to keep you updated about the garden and the bees while all of this is going on. And you’ll get to “enjoy” my bedroom remodel as well. I will still be preparing to move this blog over to the new one with the better “.com,” but I’ve renewed this domain for another year so I wouldn’t be so pressed for time. The GinaGaines.com domain will be used for the “artsy crafty stuff” and the “jus’ sayin'” categories as well as encouragement and personal musings so that my burbstead blog will have a more specific content… eventually. As always, life is wonderfully full and fully unpredictable. So remind me to exhale and enjoy the ride!