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This week we finally say Goodbye 2020 and good riddance! You have been a long, drawn out, crazy year and we are happy to see you go! With Coronavirus turned Covid 19, we have seen shut downs, stupid rules, and a lot of ridiculous face masks. Businesses were forced to shut down and many will never reopen because they are broke. How is this Constitutional? Now they are threatening us all with vaccinations that have tracking and aborted fetal parts in them. What is this country coming to?
Good Monday morning! This is the final Monday of the year. Goodbye 2020.
David has tasked me to get a lot of things done in the home office as well as in my craft room this week. Yes, there are still unpacked boxes and both areas have not had much done to them. In addition, there is taking Christmas down in our home, in the store and in the employee break room.
We had two sets of customers on the Monday after Christmas! We had zero customers last week. I wonder if we will have another rush on seeds like we did this past year from March to May.
Nacho with Top Notch Lawn Care was here with a helper to finish skirting all of our buildings. They are doing a great job.
Well, the day passed by way too quickly and I got little things done here and there but did not do any of what I was supposed to do. It was a warm day and the chickens did not give many eggs. I got 8. What is going on? It is not cold at all out there.
Good Tuesday morning. Today, I am taking away all of Christmas in our home, in the store, and in the employee break room.
Karen took down the store decorations and I did our home and the employee break room. Phil and Rodrigo came in the house and took the tree down for me because it is too big for me to carry. I feel like I have a whole new living room now that the tree is out of there.
We had four sets of customers today at the store. Our online sales are going up after Christmas, and we had one online order that was over $400.00 today! Many of the other seed companies are closed until after New Year's Day. They were also closed for much of the corona virus panic time this past spring. David's Garden Seeds® stayed open last spring and we are open now. We hope our customers will remember how quickly we got their orders out to them from March through May of 2020. We will do our best to continue providing the best customer service that we can into the 2021 spring planting season.
One of the customers complained because we are not located in the city of Poteet. We live in a little town called Rossville. The railroad passed them by so back in the 1940s, they closed the post office and school district and became a part of Poteet.
I did a lot of laundry and even got some put away. I paid eight bills and that took some time.
Nacho and his helper finished the skirting and then they painted it all to match the buildings. It looks good and the project was completed close to 5pm today. So we can say goodbye 2020 with our business buildings looking good!
Good Wednesday morning! This afternoon, David and I have to go into San Antonio for a tax visit with our accountant. It has to do with something about the type of corporation we changed to in 2020 and when our taxes are due. This does not sound like it will be fun! Another good reason to say Goodbye 2020!
Phil and Rodrigo are taking down all of the Christmas lights and blowups today around the property.
Our chickens turned 35 weeks today and there were 18 eggs today. Apparently they like warm weather.
We drove into San Antonio to the accountant's office and he had some new IRS rules and questions for us. We stopped by the furniture store where we got our kitchen table and bought two more chairs as we only got four last year. Even though they had a ton right there in the store, they would not let us take them. So we have to wait at least two weeks for them to come in and then go get them. They have shelves of chairs and they had our chairs but they said they cannot sell them. This makes no sense to me.
We got back to the farm and the wind picked up and it dropped from 77° to 61° within about 30 minutes. I checked the mail and got glitter bombed by our realtor who handled the purchase of our farm. He sent us a Happy New Year card with gold confetti that poured out when I opened it. That was quite a surprise! Thank you, Cristian Olvera. Happy New Year to you.
Now it is raining. I went out to collect eggs and I got 18. The chickens turned 35 weeks old today. I added new shaved wood to the nesting boxes. It is going to be a cold, wet one tonight! It is supposed to get down into the 40s.
Tomorrow is the final day of December. The wind is blowing the year away. I can only hope 2021 brings better things than this year has. Goodbye 2020!
This evening, Matthew got a flat just outside of Pleasanton after running business errands. David went to find him and they are almost back. He should have been home two hours ago so I called to find out what was going on. He was almost finished by the time David got there.
It started raining around 10pm and it got down to 43°.
Happy New Year's Eve. It has been pouring all night. I woke up at least five times in the night. There was a small let up in the rain just now so I took the dogs outside briefly. They are afraid to go out in the rain so I had to go with them to make sure they used the facilities, as it were. LOL!
It is supposed to rain all day today with a high of 47° Fahrenheit. We haven't had rain in a long time and everything is brown and dying so this is good but rain with the cold is awful. So I am enjoying a cup of coffee. I have to clean up and fix my home office the rest of the way today. I moved a few things yesterday and now it is a jumbled mess in here. I hate organizing things.
Tonight we say Goodbye 2020 and we pray for a good 2021.
Our team will be here working and our store will be open today starting at 9am. However, it will be closed tomorrow and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021.
Our seed orders are starting to really pick up so if you are looking for those special varieties that you love to plant, order early. If this year is anything like last spring, we will run out of a lot of varieties very quickly.
I made chorizo and eggs for dinner and they came out good. The chorizo is made from wild hog that a friend of ours shot and had processed.
I fell asleep on the couch this evening and woke up before 9pm while watching TV with David. He says I was snoring. Then he put in a zombie movie and it was weird. After the movie, he had something else on and I fell asleep again and missed saying goodbye 2020. I woke up at 1:30am in 2021! Goodbye 2020 for good.
Happy New Year! As I said above, I woke up on the couch at 1:30am, got up and went to bed. I slept good until 5:30am because my sinuses were draining down my throat, making it feel uncomfortable. I tried to sleep an hour longer and then got up. The eastern sky looked fabulous when I finally made it to the kitchen. I had some fresh coffee that David made and then I made eggs for breakfast. After that, I changed the sheets.
I have been wanting to make sourdough bread so I found a good recipe for the starter last night. I made the starter at 10am! Now to wait for bubbling activity for 24 to 48 hours.
I made a bowl of turkey stuffing for our New Year's Day turkey this morning. I chopped and sauteed celery, onion, and mushrooms and mixed them in with the bread crumbs and broth. David prepped and stuffed the turkey and it is baking now. I am so excited to have a delicious turkey for today. It is a great way to say goodbye 2020 and hello 2021!
The turkey was incredibly delicious, moist and tender. So good! After that, we started watching a new series, Touched By An Angel. We watched this back in the 1990s when it first came out but we never saw the first two episodes. They were pretty good.
After that, I worked some more on my closet and then we went out to spray the pecking chickens. I only collected 13 eggs today and it is just about time to go put them away for the night. I also helped Matt with the rabbits as he cleaned out cages.
Happy Saturday morning! It is still dark and I am the first one up. There is some pink in the sky where the sun will pop up and it looks like it will be an incredible sunrise. Those don't get old out here on the farm.
It is currently 34° Fahrenheit, but a clear day and finally, a beautiful sunrise.
I just made coffee and while I was in the kitchen, I checked on my sourdough bread starter. Nothing appears to have happened yet. It looks like a big blob in a jar.
Today, I need to buy some groceries, fold a ton of laundry sitting in the bedroom, finish organizing my closet, and clean the chicken coop. I still have not started on the craft room. Why is it taking me so long to do all of this?
I read a post on Facebook that says we are being ungrateful for being happy while saying goodbye 2020 because God kept us safe, kept a roof over our heads, gave us food and supplies, kept our business going, etc. Yes, God did do all of those things for us in 2020 and we are grateful. We just want all of the bad things to be swept away and not have to think about them.
As I was going out to get in the car, there was a large, white truck with four people in it and the engine running. I asked how I could help and the guy said they were waiting for the store to open at 10am. I told him we don't open on the weekends. Then the lady said she was told by David that we are open today. I called David and he came out and said he would take care of them. I went in and set up the cash register and the digital payment system and finally left to get groceries.
So, we are now open on Saturdays for you to buy seeds from 10am until 2pm. We are still closed on Sundays. We go to church and we don't normally get home until around 1pm. I do have to have some time to do laundry and housework and just relax once in a while, not to mention that I have to clean the chicken coop out and do garden work. None of our employees will work on the weekends.
We bought groceries and I got all of my laundry folded and put away finally. I did a lot of other household things as well.
Svengoolie was a strange movie tonight, Leech Woman. I had never seen it before or even heard of it.
The chickens put out 17 eggs.
Glad we said goodbye 2020 and we have a whole new year in front of us.
Good Sunday morning! It was 34° when I woke up but is supposed to get in the 70s today. So far, there has been cold wind. We went to church and then had barbecue from someone in Poteet. Now I have heartburn as I do whenever I eat anything barbecue...Getting older is not fun.
The sun is bright and the sky is blue on this beautiful afternoon. It is 71° Fahrenheit but it sure doesn't feel like it.
This afternoon, my sourdough starter was bubbling so I tossed most of it and added white flour and water.
We just went outside and sprayed the chickens in purple again. They just keep plucking each other. I only collected eight eggs today.
I am doing a marathon of new laundry and I still have to finish my closet tonight. I finally got my calendars for 2021 completed.
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