Got a call from the contractor that the windows are now on hand ready to install, no later than Monday the 23rd of October. The Windows will be installed first (will take a couple of days) and then the contractor can start on the siding project. The weather here is okay about freezing at night but into the low 70’s during the day. With the wood fireplace and a few space heaters Mom and I should stay plenty warm during the install.
More good news the fire wood guy that my Contractor recommend will deliver a cord of apple/cherry and then a cord of red fir for only $ 160.00 per cord on Thursday the 19th. That gives me time to build the basic fire wood boxes and measure the cord of wood delivered. Two full cords of wood (4 ft. wide x 8 ft. long and 4 ft. tall) is a lot of wood. If it is just a “face” cord I will keep the order of Pine active and build more firewood storage! Apple and cherry are very nice burning hardwoods and Red/Douglass fir is about the best you can do for fire wood here in Idaho for a reasonable price.
Mom has been feeding some of the local alley cats that seem to be good “mousers”. The cats seem to like the new woodpile area. I have the basement shelves built out of hollow core doors that might make a good cat box with just a little bit of blocking. The area for the cats is fairly well protected from wind and dogs. The cats have already adopted it as their space. My cat Smokey seems to be good with the arrangement so far….
I started cleaning out the garden beds. I tossed all the night shade plants in the wheelbarrow to be dumped and all the broccoli and cauliflower plants went to the chickens. Tucker the peke (my digger dog) seemed a bit confused that we weren’t yelling at him for digging in the garden beds. Tucker did not even try to dig up any of my Marigolds when given an open batch of dirt to dig in! I suppose when your eye level is only 12 inches off the ground your perspective changes.
On to food prep I got a great buy on Pork chops. Albertsons had them for $1.29 per pound this week. So we have a good stockpile of frozen meats. I still want to buy a small turkey in 10-13 pound rage but other than that we are good to go!