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This week, we are adding on to our home business by adding a second business building. It will be placed across the parking lot from our store building. Our store is almost finished and soon will be ready to open. We started stocking it with packets of David's Garden Seeds® and Phil and Matt began building the store counter this past Friday.
Good morning! It rained all night on the farm and in San Antonio. We got to our city office around 7:55am to greet two new hires. We treated everyone to Salt Grass for lunch today. We had to have our food picked up and brought to the office since Salt Grass still is not allowed to accommodate our large crowd in their restaurant at one table.
The Amazon orders are finally manageable and the website orders are a bit more manageable than they were. Again, thank you to everyone who has ordered from David's Garden Seeds®. We are so grateful for all of your support during this time. So many small businesses went under during this craziness but because of all of our loyal customers, our company thrived.
The chickens were all huddled up together this morning so they were chilly. It was wet but humid and I was hot when we left at 7am.
We got word this morning that our first business building, other than our store, will be delivered tomorrow! Yay! That means we will be on the farm tomorrow instead of in the San Antonio business. When the building arrives, they will place it on the pad across from our store and level it on bricks. Then, we will have to sheet rock it, put in the floor, lighting, and air conditioners. This will be the building where our seeds are kept as well as house David's office.
Early this morning, we opened our gates and some of our guys got here super early. They took down a part of the front fence so that one of our new home business buildings could drive in onto the property. It is now here, set up, and is awaiting sheet rock and flooring. The transport company did a great job.
Someone is hanging seeds in our new store. The counter is still not complete because the guys building it have been working on other things today. David says we are opening our home business store on the farm on Monday, June 15, 2020, so somebody needs to get things finished quickly.
We received a two week notice from one of our employees who is in dental school. A dentist has hired her so we are losing her. We will miss you a lot, Bethany.
It rained hard for a short while this afternoon and now it is hot, humid, bright, and sunny. I was brushing my teeth after lunch and the water cut off just as I turned it on to rinse. So much for laundry and dishes.
We have a lot going on out in the back forty. Someone is mowing, several are weeding. Fencing is going up and there is general clean up going on as well. Several of the guys are in town getting sheet rock and irrigation pipe. It is definitely a busy day here and in San Antonio at David's Garden Seeds®.
The chicks were doing well when I fed and watered them this morning.They have adapted well to the inner chicken coop and on Thursday morning, I will get to introduce them to the run part of the coop. They will love it.
This morning, our manager called in sick so we had to get ready quickly and get into San Antonio. David received bids this morning on finishing out the new home business building we got yesterday. A guy is coming out to the farm tomorrow morning to get the job done.
The truck delivering the building yesterday got stuck in the parking lot so we have another load of gravel being delivered today to fix that problem up since we have two more buildings to be delivered in the near future.
There are lots of veggies and fruits growing in the garden.
The chickens look much bigger. Tomorrow, they will have access to the full run and will be so excited. They seem to be having a blast. Two more were sitting in the nesting boxes this morning. They look so cute.
As the country shifts from Corona to riots all across America, the number of seed orders has gone way down. This is interesting. Maybe we will be able to get the move completed without having thousands of orders in the way.
Good happy morning from the farm. I went out to see the chicks at 7am. For the first time ever, I let them out to roam their run and they were thrilled. The blades of grass growing in there were gone in less than 60 seconds.
The chicks are loving their freedom, running all over the place in there. I hung up a chick thermometer so we can monitor the temperature in the chicken coop, along with a few chicken signs. I have more coming from Amazon.
I also have more signs and things coming for the David's Garden Seeds® Store. Speaking of our store, Matt and Phil are working on the store counter right now. It will look very nice.
The newest building for our home business is being sheet rocked today. The man doing the work said he will finish sheet rocking it today and will paint it tomorrow! Yay. We still have not heard anything about the other two buildings yet.
Tomorrow we are having a catered lunch for our Bethany to say a proper goodby to her after more than two full years of service. We will really miss her as she finishes dental school and starts her new new career!
Today, Bethany Lamb, her parents, and her brother, Stephen, who used to work for us, came to the office for a catered lunch with Gastronomy Company, featuring Chef Josh Schwenke. He served us a delicious lunch and Bethany enjoyed it. Next week, she finishes dental assistant school and has already been hired by a dental office and she will start the following Monday. Bethany is so excited.
But there is more to celebrate in the Lamb family. Stephen walks the high school graduation stage tonight! Stephen, we are proud of you! Pastor Lamb is pastor of the church we attended in San Antonio, Freedom Church. If you are looking for a Bible believing church in the San Antonio area where the Word of God is preached, try Freedom.
Back to the catered food, the macaroni and cheese was a high end,
incredibly delicious treat that I think everyone enjoyed. It was so
good! Everything was good, but the mac and cheese was my favorite!
Bethany was excited. We will miss her so much. Bethany, it has been a
privilege working with you for more than two years. We wish you the very
best in life.
We have known Chef Josh for about four years now. He is a great chef who holds cooking classes and caters. If you are interested, please check out his website above.
Friday evening, I managed to get in the pool for some laps and next door, they created hay bales. It was so fun to watch!
Today, I did a lot of clean up and laundry, very little home business work. I went into town and bought groceries and supplies.
It was a hot, miserable day. The chickens stayed cool in their chicken coop. I took them out some ice water and they loved pecking at the ice cubes in the 100° weather.
In the evenings, about 15 chicks easily go into the inner part of the chicken coop. The rest fly up to the highest roost in the outer part of the coop and it is difficult to get them down. Sometimes we can and other times, I just let them stay. I think we will have to add on a long run they can play in during the day. The higher roosts are in the outer part of the chicken coop while the nesting boxes and shorter roosts are in the inner room.
We picked a lot of zucchini and a lot of yellow squash from the garden today. We will blanch them tomorrow and put them in the freezer.
I went into our store today and it is littered with tools and boards and definitely no where near ready to open.
As you can see, our counter is not complete and we are opening on Monday, June 15, 2020.
Today was a good day. I got up early and fed the cat, the three dogs, and the 26 chicks. They are having a blast in the new chicken coop.
Then we went to church and after that, we stopped by Walmart to get floor mats for the new truck. We got a few things done around the house that needed to be done. It was a slow day, also a very hot day. I went in the pool in the evening and the water temperature was 94° Fahrenheit, which is way too warm.
In the afternoon, all of our zucchini and squash was chopped up and I blanched it and put it all in the freezer. I cannot believe I forgot to take photos of it.
While I was in the pool, a tractor and a big truck came next door to take away the round bales of hay. It was really cool to watch.
Tomorrow workers will come to the farm and try to get things finished so we can get our home business going out on the farm.
This coming Tuesday, June 9, our third building will arrive for our home business. Once it is complete, we will move the rest of the business out here from San Antonio.
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