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New beginnings

Raised Bed – Electricity – Baby Chainsaw

Our spring weather has been all over the place.  Several weeks ago, we had exceedingly warm weather.  Then some cold, frost, rain and storms.  Finally, the beautiful weather rolled in and I could tackle some tasks that were waiting.

One thing was to assemble a raised bed kit.  I received two for Christmas but haven’t had time to put them together. We decided to cut back on our huge garden this year so we’ll see how this goes.  I’m usually pretty good at following directions so it wasn’t really difficult to assemble.  The hardest part was bending, stooping and squatting to put all the nuts and bolts in.  My knees paid for it the next day.  And I have one more to assemble.  I’ll file progress reports on how it works.

First raised bed assembled. Steel, 8′ x 4′ x 1′. Of course, it will need to be set in place and filled with mulch and dirt.

Then, I had a lamp switch go out a couple of weeks ago. This is my main reading lamp.  Frankly, I’m a little skeptical about working on electricity but thought I’d give it a go.  After watching four videos online, I thought, How hard can it be?  It actually wasn’t.  I decided to repair another lamp while I was at it and had both done in about twenty minutes. And they work!

Two lamps that I rewired.

Finally, I took the plunge with another Christmas gift.  This is a mini-chainsaw!  Yes, really!  If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, then you know that we process a good bit of firewood here on the homestead so we’re not strangers to some big, noisy equipment. But I have never operated a chainsaw and didn’t want to learn.  (They’re big, noisy, and pretty dangerous.)  Anyway, I got tired of asking for someone to cut some brush and small branches for me.  So I requested my own mini-chainsaw. 

Of course, I read every word of the instruction book.  Purchased some safety equipment.  And gave it a try yesterday.  My husband glanced at it (without laughing) and said, you do this and this and this and you’re good to go.  Please repeat that, thank you very much. 

Safety equipment and baby chainsaw

But I had my first foray into trimming some brush and fruit trees.  It worked great but my muscles were sure sore today.  However, this ought to help when I trim the drive later this spring.

So, these were my adventures in new beginnings this week.  There is so much to do around here in the spring that I’m sure I’ll have plenty more challenges.  Don’t forget those helpful videos online if you want to try something new.