Well, this has nothing to do with stitching and is not even interesting but I need to vent so here goes. DH and I have been saving to have a nice gravel driveway put in. We wanted a nice circular one with a space off one side for parking the boat and trailer. We finally got around to calling someone to have it done. Well, never mind it came in hundreds of dollars over the price he quoted us. I thought DH sounded funny on the phone when I asked him how it looked but today I went home for a laundry run and got my first look at it. You will note there is no picture because I don't want to have to look at it. For some reason the gravel is half dirt which will be great in the spring - a nice mudhole we can all track into the house. There is nowhere to put the boat and trailer - no gravel pad and there is a huge pile of sod and dirt there that apparently I am going to have to move and find somewhere to take? Literally tons of the stuff! At the space at the side of the porch where my pond and shade garden was going to go, there is a gravel pad. Oh yes, and the circular driveway? It is a rectangle! It looks like the parking lot at the front of a bloody strip mall! I understand now that that little change was made to save more lawn! Well, since the only thing anyone ever does with the lawn is complain about mowing it .... goodie. DH and I have discussed on occasion that we would be happier if the whole lawn were gravel with pots of plants on it. I am so mad to think that an entire month of my wages went to make this monstrosity. It looked better before he started. I guess I am the only one who will walk over to someone and say no - that isn't what we want. PO'd doesn't even begin to describe how I am feeling. And the best part? The fellow who did it is a neighbour so we can either grin and bare it - and pay up - or have a neighbourhood feud. Like I said before... oh goodie.
Chickens have got to be frugal, right? They love to forage around the yard looking for things to eat and, in fact, only eat half as much feed as when they are penned up in the winter. I love watching them out there too, interacting in their little social ways. When they are outside foraging the egg yolks get a lovely bring colour and are so much more appealing than pale store eggs. Unfortunately, we heard from the neighbour last weekend that something got in and killed most of their chickens. Not too sure what it was although I thought it sounded like a weasel since it didn't take the birds, just killed them and left them. Of course, that could easily be a loose dog too. The only thing we have caught sight of is a fox hanging around but I am inclined to disbelieve she is to blame since I think she would have taken the birds with her and wouldn't have killed so many at once. In the meantime, my chooks have had their freedom curtailed until we determine if it is saf