So we have been in our house a week, not much of the interior of the house has changed. More of our stuff is slowly arriving, and I am unpacking it into cupboards. Josh replaced the upstairs bathroom sink and shower head so we can you know, be clean, which after six weeks of renovations feels like a new concept 🙂 LJ is settling back into a routine and I am marveling at being able to sleep in my own bed after 14 months of it being in storage.
Its really hard to be stressed in this house. Every morning I grab my coffee and walk around the yard with the dog, having an acre is such an alien concept to the girl that came from England, I really do spend quite a lot of time just walking around it. I seem to be more relaxed about most things here, there has been a few times this week were work and cleaning has been pushed aside to go play ball outside or hang out in the sun room just drawing, painting and playing mousetrap with LJ.
LJ and I had a mission this week, to get the birds back to the garden, it started on Monday with a small suet feeder, by Wednesday we counted 4 species of birds, we upgraded to a wild bird feeder and by Friday we had about 7 species, maybe 30 birds pooping all over the car 🙂 I have no idea what they all are! So we went to the library got a book (also one on how to draw birds, I thought this might be a good past time,) and now at breakfast LJ and I sit identify and count birds.
This weekend we also had the opportunity to go to one of Josh’s friends maple tree farms. LJ and Josh helped with tapping the trees and last night we stopped off at the local farm store on the way home to buy our own (very cheap) version Last night before bed Josh tapped one of the maple trees on our property, and lo and behold this morning we had ‘tree juice’ as LJ calls it. This is exciting as we think we have a few trees in the yard and more down by our river… stay tuned for Anderson maple syrup!!
To finish off the week, this morning I’m talking to a guy about buying a second hand ride on mower/tractor to start thinking about tidying and fixing up the hot mess that is the yard. As the snow is melting, more and more of the mess is becoming apparent, namely the rubbish the past tenants have left strewn all over the place and the piles of rotting leaves that are EVERYWHERE…However you know the saying when you have lemons make lemonade? I say when you have mounds of rotting vegetation make compost!! There is no stopping us now!!