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This week, we will get our fourth and, hopefully final portable building for our business, David's Garden Seeds®. We are so excited to move the entire company to the country! For ten months, we have tried to be in two places at once, here at the farm we have come to love and in our business building in San Antonio where we operate along with most of our employees.
This week, we have finally moved everything out to the farm and on Tuesday, we will get that last building for the bathrooms, break room, and commercial kitchen.
Today was a busy day! I got up and fed all of the animals. Then I made French toast for David, something I rarely do. After that, I fed and watered my chickens. Then I got ready for the day and set up the store and filled orders.
The mailman came at 2pm today and picked up two boxes of orders. He left us two boxes which are already full for tomorrow. The orders are picking up.
Jay and the crew finished packing up the San Antonio office, got a U-Haul and loaded it. Then they brought it to the farm and unloaded everything. Tomorrow, everyone reports to the farm for work! Yay!
I am going to make a roast in the Instant Pot this evening. I have not used my Instant Pot since before we moved to the farm last August.
After having the store open for two weeks, I have reevaluated the amount of hours of sitting in the store. Instead of sitting for 55 hours a week, I have cut it back until business picks up out here. Here are the new David's Garden Seeds® Farm Store hours for right now:
David got a phone call today saying that our fourth and final (for now) portable building is coming in the morning! Last week, they told us it would not be ready for another nine weeks. So we had one of our workers take the fence down so they can easily move the building onto the pad right by the fence.
They called back again later in the afternoon to say we are getting a small portable building tomorrow, but not our "fourth" building as they had said earlier. This will be our rabbit hutch portable building. It will be set up behind the chicken coop.
It is hot and humid out here today. The portable building truck pulled up with a small rabbit hutch, ten feet by ten feet. The man who brought it set it up behind our chicken coop. Now we have to put on an air conditioner and set up some cages. David had bought one long cage a few weeks ago which our guys carried in for him. It barely fit.
While the rabbit hutch was being set up, someone from the Texas Department of Agriculture showed up. She gave us some brochures. She would not go into any of the buildings due to coronavirus and did not inspect anything. She came by to say welcome to the neighborhood.
After she and the building man left, David invited everyone to take a look at the new rabbit hutch and while we were there, we were looking at and talking to the chickens.
This afternoon, a sweet little female dog showed up on the property, trying to win everyone's hearts and trying to get into our portable buildings. We have not seen her before. I texted my neighbors but they said she is not theirs. Hopefully, she has gone home now.
Good morning! We thought the little doggy from yesterday had gone home. We had our gate closed and locked but this morning when we opened our gate, she came back in. Animal Control came to pick her up. We don't know if someone dropped her off in the country or if she got lost but we sure don't need a fourth dog in our home. Three is way more than enough!
Nahass Construction is out here doing some things including giving us all new doorknobs on our home and on our portable buildings.
Nacho and his crew are out here working on the rabbit hutch, adding a porch and steps as well as installing an air conditioner unit. When we visited the largest rabbit farm in Texas a few weeks ago, the owner said they must have air conditioning if you don't want to lose a bunch of the rabbits. I am not sure yet when David will go buy some rabbits from this farm.
We have been filling orders this morning and guess what! We ran out of envelopes. We have boxes and boxes of them in our San Antonio office, but no one thought to bring them to the farm. I thought they had all been moved here but it turns out they have not so we cannot send anymore orders out today. Hopefully, someone will get them this afternoon or bring them tomorrow.
Boxes continue to be unpacked over in the two business portable buildings. I am trying to stock the missing seeds in the store as well as decorate it. I put up a few signs this morning.
Today is the chickens' nine week birthday! They are so big now. I think one of the girls is a rooster. One of the Rhode Island Reds doesn't have all of her (his?) feathers in like the others. She has a comb that comes up much higher than the rest of them and she pounces on the others to move them out of the way when she wants to eat. They were all supposed to be girls...I sure hope this one is not a rooster!
This morning, I started the day by planting some plants and seeds on each of the decks at the house and at our store to keep flies out. The flies seem to be pouring in each time we open the door. I Googled what plants repel flies and decided to plant rosemary, mint, Mexican mint marigold, lavender, sweet basil, and wormwood. By the time I finished for this morning, I was drenched in sweat. I rushed in the house to clean up and get ready for work in the store.
I got to the store at 9:50am to open it by 10am. The internet guy was hammering, attaching our satellite to the portable building that is our David's Garden Seeds® Farm Store that used to be on our house. It is hard to get internet at the store because of the two business buildings between the store and our house. So last week, David had the internet guy come out and add a second line to his building. Everything was working out until yesterday when I could not get any internet because all of our employees were using our internet to run their videos. They were supposed to have been told they could not do that out here because our internet is not good and we need it for work purposes.
Everyone supposedly signed out of it but I still could not get any coverage out here at the store. So now, I hope I can get internet at the house by way of Wi-Fi when I am there. We will see.
At 11am, I had a wonderful surprise! The trash man came and dumped our overflowing dumpster! That means they have off tomorrow. Unfortunately, with the move and Amazon still not back to normal, we at David's Garden Seeds® have to work tomorrow since the Fourth of July is on a Saturday this year. Our retail store will not be open on Saturday, July 4. Remember that we have over 1,600 varieties of seeds as well as our David's Garden Seeds® famous caps, and some grills. The big red one went a few days ago but we still have a large black Weber Original Kettle and three Smokey Joe small kettles.
One of the contractor teams we use is out in the back finishing work on our rabbit hutch. Rabbit manure is so wonderful for your vegetable garden because you don't have to worry about it burning your plants. Once we get our rabbits, we will be selling the rabbit manure to our customers. We will also be selling our chicken manure but that has to be composted first or it will burn your plants. Speaking of chickens, we will be selling our farm fresh eggs as well. The chickens should start laying some time in October. I cannot wait to have farm fresh eggs every morning!
Two of our former employees came out today at different times to visit and say hi. It was so good to see them. Then I got an email from my brother around 7pm saying that we all have to wear masks per Governor Abbott anytime, any place. I looked it up. Starting tomorrow at noon, we all have to wear a mask if we are in a public place in Texas, no matter what county we are in. So much for going anywhere from now on.
We have to work today because we are so far behind from the move earlier in the week. Since the 4th of July is on a Saturday this week, we are not getting a day off for it other than Saturday. I was going to keep the store open, but now that Governor Abbott is making mandatory that we have to wear masks everywhere in the state and he said to stay home, I doubt that we will have many visitors. So I am just going to enjoy being off and get some work done that I need to do.
Now it is 5pm. The newly dumped trash dumpster is nearly full again because of unpacked moving boxes. It is crazy.
Today is Joshua's birthday so we had ribs catered in and a cake in one of the portable buildings. We did a job interview this afternoon. Between David and me recently, six people out here approached us about getting a job here. We told all six to stop by the next day with a resume. One person stopped by and she brought nothing. But the rest did not even show up! Are they sure they want to work? We are not hiring right now, but we did lose some people from San Antonio because they did not want to drive all this way so we may lose some more. It is always good to have people to call if you need someone.
With the masks being forced upon us in Texas and so many believe the media and think masks are great and responsible, more people are beginning to order a lot of seeds again. I spent the entire day filling orders and I am not finished. The real experts say they are harmful and healthy people should not be wearing them. So I am stuck here at home for quite a while. I am not wearing a cloth mask. God created me to breathe air without a filter. The masks clog my nose right up, both cloth and paper.
Happy 4th of July! Our store, David's Garden Seeds®, is closed today so that I (Juanita) can have a break.
One year ago today, David and I put on our boots and walked our current property through waist high weeds all the way up to the fence line for the first time. Today, the weeds are mowed, there are two greenhouses, four hoop houses, an orchard with vegetables growing between the rows, four sheds, a chicken coop, a rabbit hutch, a well shed, a lovely home, a carport, two outhouses, three portable buildings including our store and a pad for our fourth business building which should be delivered next Wednesday. We have done a lot in eleven months! God is good!
Just last week, we moved our business, lock, stock, and barrel to the farm, housed in three portable buildings. Soon the outhouses will be gone because our fourth portable building will house restrooms.
We spent a very hot and humid day at home. David made pickles. Juanita did laundry. We grilled steaks and went in our pool. We also went to the firework stand. However, we fell asleep on the couch while watching Svengoolie so we postponed our fireworks show. We will have one soon. We enjoyed looking at some of the other fireworks around. They went on until after midnight.
Today we got up and went to church. Then we came home and David made more pickles. I folded all of the laundry stored up in the bedroom. Then we watched a documentary on PBS about FDR and his family. It was so interesting. You see, I was raised in the town of LaGrange, NY near Poughkeepsie. My maternal grandparents lived in Hyde Park, where the Roosevelts lived.
Growing up, I was taught that FDR was the best president ever. Now that I am an adult, I disagree with a lot that he did. I am definitely not a liberal. However, I still enjoy learning about them. I loved to visit his presidential library whenever I could. Every Fourth of July, there was a huge parade in the town of Hyde Park and a beautiful fireworks display on the grounds of FDR's land and we almost always went. My father was a volunteer fireman so he always marched in the parade. It was always a wonderful time that my family enjoyed.
Back to reality--our two day holiday weekend went very quickly and tomorrow is back to business as usual at David's Garden Seeds®.
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