That was the lesson I learned the hard way last week.
Just when I start to think I might have a little intelligence, I do something like the following . . .
I woke up one morning last week to a fine dusting of ash on the ground and cars. There was no doubt where the ash had come from. We have four major forest fires going on in Washington State, and with the wind shifting, blowing from eastern Washington to western Washington, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the ash was a product of those fires.
So I did my writing thing for a few hours that morning and then decided to paint the picnic table the same color as the outside sheds. It was a hot day and that was pretty much all I planned to accomplish outside that day, but I was determined to at least do that. I whipped through that chore in good time, washed off the paint brush, put everything away, and poured myself a nice, tall, cold glass of water, quite pleased with my accomplishment.
An hour later I was reminded that I’m not nearly as bright as I want to believe I am.
Yes, the ash fell on the new paint job, stuck to it, and left the picnic table looking like a cheap knock-off of some Jackson Pollock painting.
Welcome to my world!
I do that stuff quite often. I get so focused on getting a job done that I don’t take the time to properly plan the job out. Part of the problem is no training. I’ve had to teach myself practically everything related to home improvements, so I make a ton of mistakes. But I do learn eventually, so there’s that to embrace.
PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR
That’s our main focus right now, getting ready for next year. There is still about 30% of our backyard which is not used for much of anything, and that bugs the hell out of me. Bev and I need to figure that out fairly soon. The problem is the chicken population we have. Planting in that remaining 30% yard is problematic with the chickens running loose. They would love to dig up anything we plant. Yes, we could cage them, but I won’t do that to my birds. Perhaps, and I’m not joking about this, I’ll cage the new planting section instead. I have enough leftover chicken wire. All I need to do is make a hay bale garden section and cover that section with a wooden frame and chicken wire.
Something to think about, and that’s a project I can do without worrying about forest fire ash.
SOMETHING ELSE TO THINK ABOUT
Three years ago I built our first aviary. I followed that up with another one the next year. We have a third out at our son’s farm.
No, I know nothing about building, but I studied enough framed buildings to understand the basics, so I did all right. I was a half-inch off plumb with that first aviary, 10’x12’ in size, so that ain’t bad for an amateur.
Anyway, the reason I mention it all is this: those three aviaries have been great multi-use structures. One is currently holding our firewood for this coming winter; the other is holding fifteen nine-week old hens until we sell them as pullets. Those aviaries have also been homes for quail, other chickens, and have served as greenhouses.
One thing I would suggest for those of you who are not talented in building things: plan the aviaries, or any building projects, so they are the size of pre-cut lumber. Please note I said my aviaries are 10’x12’….those two sizes are standard cuts for 2’x4’s at any lumber yard, so I didn’t have to do much cutting while building the aviaries. That may seem like a small thing, but I don’t like to do any more work than is absolutely necessary on any project. Anybody who would build a structure 15 feet in length has a screw loose. LOL Pardon the pun!
THAT’S ALL FOR THIS WEEK
Rain is coming! I can’t tell you how excited I am to report that news after the summer we’ve had. Of course, check with me about November and I’ll be singing a completely different tune. J And I’m really not complaining about our weather. After watching not one, but two hurricanes on the news, I’m quite pleased with Western Washington weather.
Bye for now!