Plugging Away at Spring Projects

Spring projects for Caleb include building and repairing chicken fences, mower repairs, garden work, building a duck blind and more.

| May/June 2016

  • A rooster investigates.
    Photo courtesy GRIT staff
  • A rooster’s crow and hens scratching and pecking at fresh grass is extremely gratifying.
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As the seasons change in the early part of the year, I can’t help but feel behind with the projects around home. And it sounds odd to say it, but that’s one of the many things I love about living in the country.

While I don’t particularly enjoy the feeling of being behind, I love the necessary seasonal projects that require a little bit of skill and know-how, even more grit and determination. The fulfillment that comes when you can sit back and have it more or less in order, there’s nothing else like it.

By the time this sees the printed page, my hope is that the fence enclosing our chicken run is fully reconstructed and secure, and I hope to have a dozen or so chicks in the brooder here in the office to replenish what was once a flock of 15 or so laying hens and one watchful, keen rooster.

Another project that comes to mind is making sure the riding lawn mower is repaired and ready for the season – I’ve got to either weld the seat secure to the frame or replace a couple of brackets that have held it secure in years past, as well as replace the throttle cable that broke right as the mowing season ended last year. And there’s also the routine seasonal stuff like restoring the edges on the blades, regular engine maintenance, and so forth.

Just like most who read this magazine, our garden is yet another ongoing effort, and although we have seedlings looking healthy under grow lights in our kitchen, it won’t be long before we’re planting potatoes, hardening off and transplanting those seedlings, and fighting the bugs as we try and stay on top of the weeds.

And cutting, splitting and stacking firewood is, of course, an ongoing chore.

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