Life on the farm is about to change once again. We are getting ready to put the David's Garden Seeds® store in the front yard! Then we will close the store in San Antonio. Eventually, we will bring the rest of the business to the farm.
We started the morning off today with a doctor's appointment in San Antonio which meant leaving the farm early in the morning. At least it wasn't raining or dark and I did not fall down the stairs again! The doctor visit went well.
Then we stopped by our store, David's Garden Seeds®, in San Antonio. As I was going out the front door of our business, I met one of my Instagram friends in person, for the first time! She always posts nice things about our store and our seeds so I was pretty excited to finally meet her. Allison, it was so good to meet you and your son in person!
Life on the farm is getting pretty busy as we are planning to bring the business here soon.
Next, we grabbed a quick lunch because we had an early afternoon appointment to buy the building for our store on the farm. We thought we would buy the building we wanted right off the lot but we needed to make a few changes. The salesperson said he would have a whole new building put together for us with all of the windows, doors, outlets, and everything else we want. We bought our new store. It should be ready within a month! Then we will have to finish it out and set it up. We don't have an opening date yet.
Right now, we have to have the front yard smoothed down and packed so it will hold the buildings and be good for parking. We will need the electricity turned on for the business as well. David got notification that the electric company would be out here sometime in the next month, but the parking lot guy has not given us a date yet.
They say that life on the farm begins early in the morning. Today, Home Depot showed up bright and early with a truckload of supplies we need for some building projects. However, they still owe us more supplies. As of 7:49pm, they still have not shown up with the rest of our things. They stop delivering at 8pm so my guess is that we won't get it tonight.
Trays were filled with garden soil for starting seeds today and a lot of seedlings were transplanted. A keyhole garden was built just outside of our fenced in backyard. It is not quite finished yet but looks good.
I rearranged all of the books in the library/my office today and things are looking so much better in there.
Guess what is back on the farm? (If you are new here, we had to use an orange outhouse from last July (2019) until they allowed us to move into our new home in the middle of September.) So life on the farm has come full circle as far as outhouses are concerned.
Our new David's Garden Seeds® Store building has been ordered. The electricity will be turned on soon. Hopefully, soon, the entire front yard will be ready for buildings and a parking lot. The guy who will be doing the work will be coming by to look at what we need done sometime this week. He has already been here once a while ago.
David called Home Depot to find out where our other supplies are. They said they had truck trouble and will deliver them tomorrow.
On November 25, 2019, we paid Karnes Electric to have a business line run in our front yard so we could bring the business out to the farm. They told us it would be four months so they should not come until March, right? Well today at 4:45pm. three large utility trucks carrying poles and transformers and a little tractor of some sort backed into our driveway and parked in our yard. We went out and they said they will put the electric line in on Thursday morning. It has only been two months. Very interesting. When we were dying last year in the heat, they said four months but showed up after three months.
Today it feels so cold outside, windy, and overcast. The high is supposed to reach only 50° Fahrenheit. We are headed to San Antonio for some appointments. Some of our guys are out back working on the farm.
There is a large crew out front from the electric company putting in electric for the business. Home Depot has not yet shown up with the rest of our supplies that should have been delivered on Tuesday.
We finally arrived back at the farm around 2pm. The electric pole for the business is up and the two giant holes left from digging our water well are filled in. Home Depot made their delivery. The driver actually called us three times while we were in San Antonio. At first, he was at someone else's farm to make the delivery. David clarified the address with him and he finally got to our place.
It is still so cold outside. It feels like 30° out and it is still overcast. It looks like it could snow. However, I know we are in Texas so that won't happen. Alexa says it is 54° right now but we have the heater on and the fireplace going, two things I seldom do because I am always hot.
We grabbed a quick lunch after we got home and now we are working on the computers. Our manager went home sick before lunch today but we did not have our computers with us so we could not stay in San Antonio and work.
David told me that we are having company for lunch tomorrow so I will need to clean up the house again tomorrow. The main thing is the animal hair that gets all over the place.
Life on the farm means lots of visitors. We had nine at our table for lunch today. Some of David's family and some friends came, bringing Heavy's barbecue, the best barbecue around the San Antonio area. There is one in Hondo and another in Devine and the smoked turkey is especially wonderful.
We had a good visit and then they left before 2pm. Then our son, Matt, showed me how to fly my new drone. He is pretty good at it. It was a bit windy and the charge for the drone was not complete so all of a sudden, the drone went high in the sky. I thought maybe it would fly far away like a kite, but then Matt got it to land. It was pretty cool. However, it took no video, but we got a few photos.
Since then, we have it plugged in to get fully charged and will try again to take video tomorrow afternoon.
I went through the orchard. A few of the trees look dead with no signs of life. Most of the trees have signs of life. One of the Meyer lemon trees has baby lemons on it.
The keyhole garden now looks a bit different. Life on the farm means constant change.
This morning, the person who will be creating a small parking lot, showed up to discuss it with David. He says he should be here in two weeks to get the job done.
Our animals are happy because a box from Chewy.com came.
Matt cleaned up my computers as they were running very slowly. It turns out that I had way too many photos and documents on both of them. So far, they are working quickly now so that is a big relief. Thank you, Matthew!
Matt gave me my second drone lesson and we got some video. We also had a minor crash into the PVC pipes on the keyhole garden. It turned out fine.
We started Sunday early this morning with breakfast and then got dressed for church. We made the early morning hour long drive into San Antonio for a good church service. We stopped by our store and did a few things. Then we took off for the farm.
We stopped at the Alamo Ranch shopping area before leaving San Antonio and went to a burger place we had never been to before. I hated the fries. They were crinkle cut and not salted. The burger was very good. However, David hated the burger because it was thin and flat and almost charbroiled. He said he could see why I liked it. LOL! So I don't think he will be stopping there again.
Life on the farm sometimes means things don't go as planned. This afternoon, Matt gave me my third lesson but somehow the buttons on the remote were not all set right. The drone took off and shot off across the field, across two other yards and into a third. Then it crashed right into a large oak tree. No amount of moving the controls would bring it back before it crashed.
We went rushing over there. A renter was there on the property and as we passed him, he wanted to know what we were doing. We were not in his fenced off yard and the landlord does not live there. Matt dealt with him after I told him twice that my drone had crashed off of a tree that was not in his yard.
We finally got to the drone and Matt went in and retrieved it. It was still running upside down. We got back to our farm and Matt re-calibrated it and tried sending the drone off again. This time, he could not control it and it crashed into our water tank. Then he took a good look at the remote and realized that the two buttons, one for GPS, were turned in opposite directions of what they should have been. He fixed it and re-calibrated the drone and it was fine.
Now we are watching the Super Bowl. It should be in the 30s again tonight but it got up to 72° today and it was beautiful day for life on the farm.
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