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David and I each have different farm plans for our property. David's plans have to do with gardening and our business, David's Garden Seeds®. We will be moving the business out to the farm as soon as possible, probably in March or April. Really, it depends on when the electric company will come out and install electricity for the business. We paid them to do it in November 2019 so it is all on them.
I want to get farm animals and make a pond. I would love to have cows and horses. We are looking at the miniatures. I definitely want chickens so I can have fresh chicken eggs. I have had them and they taste so much better than anything you can buy at the grocery store. If we have extras, we can sell them in the store. I would like to have some goats and sheep as well as ducks and rabbits. I want a pig but David said no to that. He also said no to the horses and cows but we shall see.
Of course, the reason we bought this property last July was to be able to have a bigger gardening area than we had in our yard in San Antonio. As far as yards go, the yard we had in our San Antonio neighborhood was bigger than most San Antonio yards so we were able to plant a lot of vegetables, but not as many as David wanted to plant.
Right now, David has put in 100 raised garden beds as well as a large greenhouse. We also have a 60 tree orchard planted that we are excited about. The orchard was my idea. I will be adding a few more trees and grape vines when our nursery gets them in during the coming winter months.
In the spring, per David's farm plans, the business will move to the farm. What I am most excited about is adding animals to the property. We plan to do that in April, after we return from our first (and probably only) Caribbean cruise.
This morning, there was a pretty sunrise with pink streaks as well as a bit of fog on the hill.
This morning, our farm plans have changed. We were going to have team members clear some more fence line and plant a table full of seedlings into the raised beds. However, we are having to send out thousands of packs of seeds this morning instead so David sent everyone to our office in San Antonio to give our manager, Jay, some much needed help getting the seed packs out. David and I are still on the farm.
Good news! I finally found the rest of my missing camera equipment, including my camera battery charger. It was in a burnt orange backpack that I could not find, but this afternoon I located it. Yay!
We got a lot of work done here but this evening, David said we will need to go into the office tomorrow to help because there is too much that needs to be done there.
Today, we got up super early to get ready to go into San Antonio. We left the farm at 6:30am to get to the office by 7:30am. There were a lot of seeds to send to Amazon Prime. We do sell our seeds on Amazon Prime. I spent the whole day packing seeds in boxes to send up. I did get a lot of seeds sent up. If they are not at Amazon, we cannot sell them to you, right? Actually, we can if you order them through our website.
We finally left the office around 3pm for the long drive back to the farm to beat traffic. I was pretty wiped out so did not do much on the computer this evening. I did all of the normal morning chores that I did not get to do this morning. I have to say that I do not miss the commute to work and that I love working from home!
Our farm plans include bringing the business out to the farm this spring. First, we have to have the front part of the property packed down with rocks. It cannot support buildings now because it is all beach sand. All of the property out here is the same, all beach with no water!
This morning, I was sleeping on the couch because I couldn't breathe in bed. Lucy stuck her face in mine. Then David said we had no power. I did not comprehend what he said because my finger was on the button trying to get the reclined seat to go upright. He said it again and this time he added that the button will not work. I finally let go of it. LOL!
Two of our team members, Matt and Phil, came bearing coffee and breakfast tacos so that was awesome. David let them know that we had no power.
Two people representing the USDA came by the farm this morning to talk about getting funding so we could have a High Tunnel in our backyard for growing. They said it would have to go on the left where nothing is currently growing and we have to use the sandy soil in our yard for it. I am not sure of the price, but you have to fill out an application and wait for them to okay you to get this thing. It extends the growing season and shields plants of excessive heat. They can be 20 or more feet high. David is excited about it so it is part of his future farm plans.
Matt V. got a lot of plants from the greenhouse planted into the raised garden beds. Phil mowed the entire yard, trying to catch all of the sticker seeds that are everywhere. It was a very windy day. Even though it got up past 70° Fahrenheit, it never warmed up.
This morning it is grey outside, but no rain. The high is supposed to be 77° and it is already 66°. All of our team is at the office in San Antonio.
We left the house at 9am with several errands to complete, including taking our three dogs to be groomed in Jourdanton. They were just going wild with anticipation in the car, wondering where we were going. We dropped them off and then went to the courthouse to get more copies of our deed so we can have more property work done. Each time you need something done by a professional contractor, the contractor needs a copy of the deed, even if they already have a copy.
After that, we had business with DPS, and then on to Walmart for groceries. Then we headed on back to pick up the girls. They look adorable now.
The high winds continued all afternoon into the evening, making outdoor work unpleasant so we were not out there for long. David worked out in his office for most of the afternoon and evening while I worked in my office.
Hopefully it will be better tomorrow so we can get some work done and farm plans accomplished.
Happy Friday! Today would have been my father's 89th birthday. He passed away in 1991.
Right now, I am working in my office and enjoying some delicious coffee. David is a coffee snob so he is always ordering exotic coffees off of the internet. He made the coffee before I woke up and he is outside working so I don't know what kind it is but it is pretty good.
The wind picked up again today and kept blowing. Matt V. and Phil worked more on the fence line and got a lot done. It really is shaping up out there. Our farm plans cannot happen without having help from our crew. They do a fine job for us.
The weather called for thunderstorms all day long, yet that did not happen until the evening. Somewhere around 8pm, the thunder and lightning started and then the rain. Then around 10:30pm, it hailed small hail. We could really hear the hail hitting our metal roof. It did not last long and was followed by more rain.
This morning, I woke up, thanks to Ethel, while it was dark. Ethel was in bed with me this morning and she was rooting all over in the sheets and would not hold still.) There was a pink band on the eastern horizon and in the western sky was a full moon that we could not see last night because of the thick rain clouds.
The day dawned bright and clear. It is 50° now and will be 66° this afternoon. It will be a beautiful day.
My house is still so messy because there are boxes that still have not been unpacked. I spent yesterday working on the business so today I need to work on the house.
We drove into Devine to pick up a few things at the store and then back home. We spent the rest of the day working on the farm.
Early in the evening, I let the dogs out and saw a beautiful orange full moon, pictured below.
We watched Walker Texas Ranger again later in the evening. We watched the wedding episode. It was awesome.
This morning, it was chilly and the sunrise was gorgeous. We got ready for church and drove into San Antonio. We had a good church service and then went shoe shopping at Skechers. David found two pairs and so did I. Mine are for our cruise coming up soon in the spring. David's new shoes are to wear now.
Then we picked up some Cane's chicken and stopped by our store to check out a few things. If you haven't had Cane's, it is a chicken finger place that is delicious.
We came back to the farm and a little while later noticed that our next door neighbors were visiting their property with their sweet little baby. We walked up to say hi and had a good visit. We discussed our future farm plans with them and they discussed their farm plans as well.
Now we are doing some computer work and watching Longmire while we work.
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