Making Hay While the Sun Shines

You know the old saying…”Got to make hay while the sun is shining.” Today that what we did. No, we did not actually make hay, it’s November. But we are in a three or four-day warm up period and we are hustling to get the last of the seasonal work done while the sun is shining. Knowing Michigan like I do, I am figuring that this is the last warm up of the 2015 season.

Scarecrow under oak no leaves USE FIRST

The White Oak trees have lost their leaves and quite early this year.

I stripped the bed and washed the sheets and mattress pad and put the pillows out in the sunshine to air out. Having been sick with bronchitis I feel an extra strong to air out those pillows. The same with the dog’s bed. I can’t prove that sunshine helps to sterilize our bedding but it sure makes me feel better knowing they were out there baking in the warm sunshine for the day.

Rhodies and foge good USE

Two Rhodies free ranges in the leaves behind the blacksmith forge.

I have also been planning on emptying, sterilizing and thoroughly washing out the chickens feeders before the long winter ahead. So today I finally got to that chore too. I did one hanging metal feeder today and I will do another one tomorrow. Hopefully Thursday will be warm and sunny as well and I can washout the third one and that chore will be accomplished.

Chrystal on Rhodies roost bar

Crystal rests on the roost in our warm Indian Summer we are experiencing.

Gene is spending his day draining and putting the hoses away and tackling our big leaf pick up chores. Last week he raked enough leaves to fill up the our three chicken runs with dry oak leaves as well as five large Menard’s leaf bag with leaves to use as coop bedding this winter.

Wire bin from woods studio in distance USE

The compost bin for heavier and thicker materials like ornamental grasses.

Today he is sucking more oak leaves out of the stone landscape bed around our Ranch-style home. The next two days will be saved for blowing and leaf pickup with the lawn tractor. The oaks have pretty much dropped all of their leaves and we are under the gun to get the picked up and distributed on the wood path, along the landscaping beds, in the meadow and so on. He says we did not have nearly as many leaves as we have most summers. By the end of this week  that it is supposed to turn cold and to rain heavily. We are praying we can get these final chores done by then. Wish us luck!!

Amerigas truck delivery 11-15

Even the Amerigas LP company is working to beat the clock of s-n-o-w!

This is the first year the oak branches have been empty of leaves by November 2 – that is VERY early for us here in SW Michigan.

trees forground building in rear

The owl box is up and ready for the schreechers.

Small House homesteader, Donna

4 thoughts on “Making Hay While the Sun Shines

  1. Pingback: Making Hay While the Sun Shines | Small House Under a Big Sky

  2. So good to see something from “senior homesteaders”! Now retired and busier than ever doing what we like – rural living with more time to do “real” stuff.

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    • I hear you! Retired and busier than ever is the TRUTH!! I’m organizing a FB page for senior Homesteaders. I would love to hear lots of tips and tricks on how to work smarter and not just harder from my senior homesteaders. Please consider yourself invited!https://www.facebook.com/groups/142118602794283/

      It’s titled – Senior Homesteaders age 55 and up…- I have it up and running and am hoping to have more time to play with it once the “Fall Rush” is over and the snow is on the ground.

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