Man, has it been cold here! I’m not really complaining. We moved here to the Ozarks after living in the Houston area. When the temps reached 70 there, we all started pulling out our jackets and sweaters! This Fall, on days when it has started to reach 70 here, we start talking about how warm it is!
Grace checked out the sit-ye-a-shun for a while, and then she took off out in it! She is fearless and LOVES the outdoors. The cold hasn’t seemed to bother her much at all, though she has wanted to come in more to take short cat naps and then she wants back outside. She doesn’t like to come inside at night, and has started to ignore my calls when dusk approaches. I’ve learned a new method that ALWAYS works. All I have to do is get the cat food and rattle the bag. She comes a’runnin!
I checked the thermometer this morning when I got up, and it said it was 11 degrees out there. I know this is unusual for this area. All the weathermen were making a big deal about this Polor Vortex that swept through, but most of last week we never got out of the 30’s…so we’ve been chillin’ for a while now. The pond across the road is even frozen.
The builders came back and finished the building. It only took them about 5 work days from the last pictures I took to finish it. We were so amazed at how fast they put it up! …and also that they worked when it was so cold outside. Like I said, the highs were in the 30’s for several days! We kept them supplied with hot coffee while they worked. They finally finished last Thursday.
We had a load of ‘fill dirt’ delivered. We hadn’t anticipated the building being quite so high off the ground. We will need another 2 or 3 loads yet, to level it out. Bud had moved it up to the center doors for easier access to the inside. I worked on building up the area up to the hen house door.
They are coming tomorrow to bring more dirt.
The work on the building has taken us away from work on the house. Sanding and painting the windows for the building was a MAJOR undertaking. It took a long time to finish them. We also had to take a few of the windows in to get the broken panes fixed.
Now, Bud is working to get the inside of the hen house built out. As soon as Bud finished the roosts, we moved the chickens in that night. We wanted to get them into the new hen house as soon as possible because of the cold weather. The old hen house/shed was really drafty. I think the hens like the new hen house! I’ll do another post about the chickens and the inside of their house.
I’m so grateful that Bud has the skills to do all of this. He is doing a great job! Bud is so thankful to have a shop to work in and I’m so happy for him! He is now out of the elements and has plenty of room to maneuver. He will still need to make some counter tops and get everything organized, but it’s so much better than working on the back porch! I’ll post pics of the shop when he has it built out and organized the way he wants it.