I’m still here! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and I’m not really sure why. I guess I’ve been busy, but busy with things that keep me from getting actual projects done. Mowing season is upon us, y’all. Four-Six hours of mowing each weekend just to keep up with some of the yard. That means any other projects come to a screeching halt until October, except…
Ticks. Mowing season=tick season. A few weeks ago, we got three ticks within one week, one of which I found crawling on my daughter’s baby doll! That was the catalyst for what happens next…
We’re getting ducks! (Well, hopefully…In true us fashion, we are ignoring all red flags and are waiting for our ducks to hatch from someone who is currently selling their duck hatchery business but assures us that we are on some sort of “waitlist”. No money has been exchanged, and we can’t get a definitive date from these people, soooo fingers crossed!)
Ducks have always been on my life bucket list. Two of my dreams in life were living on some land and having a duck farm. I’m still pinching myself that we have our property, and honestly, I always thought owning ducks was kind of a pipe dream that may never actually happen. But when life gives you ticks, you turn it into…ducks!
We’re getting Indian Runner ducks, which were breed for pest control. I haven’t found conclusive documentation that these will actually go after ticks, but I’m giving it a whirl. 3 Ticks + Infinite Desperation = 10 ducklings living in my bathtub for 6 weeks.
Our to do list just got very long. Brooding ducklings, building a coop, building a 14×20 duck run, cleaning up yard debri… So much for no projects. Pray for us, Folks! These ducklings are coming in 2 weeks (3 weeks? These people need to give us a hatch date!) and we haven’t started any of this yet. Help!
I think I pretty much covered gripes- ticks and mowing, mowing and ticks.
Gifts! We’ve had this new porch light sitting in our garage for a few months, and we finally found the time to hang it. Here’s a before:
Ooooo, it’s even worse in pictures. Add it to the list of easy repairs we wish we had done much sooner.
Much better, I’d say! (Check out my roundup of exterior lights under $50 HERE.)
I found this cute plant stand on clearance, and because I’m one to put the cart before the horse (egg before the duck?), I bought one for the ducks. Heaven knows what the ducks will use it for, but cuteness, and clearance, trumped practicality. Maybe a feeder of sorts?
I need to stop designing the duck house and actually get going building the duck house. If you see me wandering the aisles of Hobby Lobby shopping for resin statues of raincoat-clad ducklings holding umbrellas, YELL AT ME and send me to Home Depot to pick up lumber instead.
You guessed it, inspiration for the ducks! I can’t stop. I’m going to be a crazy duck lady.
There are too many cute options out there, and I’ve got a case of the Pinterests. You know, when you totally lose sight of skillset, time, and budget constraints and begin to actually believe that all this could too be yours. I need to stop.
I’ve also been spending way too much time on the Fresh Eggs Daily blog and YouTube channel. I mean she has a duck named Custard. How can anyone resist that?!
Ok, just come back again next week if you’re over the duck thing. Or maybe not at all if the ducks start consuming my life/blog. I don’t pimp my kids’ cuteness out by putting them on the internet, but I certainly won’t think twice before posting some adorable duckling pictures! (If this pseudo-shady duck hatchery comes through that is…)
The writer of the Fresh Eggs Daily blog has a book out about duck care. You bet I’ve been studying that beast. I feel like an expectant mom reading baby care books all over again.
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I recently upgraded my compost bin. And by compost bin, I mean pile of garbage on the ground that fed the possums every night. The possums that help bring the ticks in. The ticks that are the reason why we need the ducks. The ducks are why we need to move the pile of rotting garbage off the ground. See, my deluded thinking comes full circle. Anyway, if you’re in the market for a new compost bin, I’ve really been liking this one so far:
The doors are narrow, so I needed to change up our countertop compost bowl. I bought these, and they fit perfectly into the doors of the compost bin for dumping:
Bonus is that they take up less room on the counter and the lid keeps fruit flies out!
Well, that’s about it for the week. Happy TFIG, y’all!