Monday, August 6, 2012

Stormy Weather Makes for Rocky Sundays...

I usually get up at the butt crack of dawn on Sunday mornings to head over to the flea market and unload some stuff.  About 1/2 of my inventory now consists of things that I make out of recycled materials but since it's a flea market, I can practically sell almost anything that I want.  That is when the freakin' weather cooperates.

First thing I always do is check the weather when I wake up on Saturdays and Sundays to make sure that all is clear skies and I've got the green light.  Yesterday morning, I woke up to this on my phone.  So seriously disappointed!

Whenever this happens, all I can do is wait and see what happens.  No such luck yesterday.  Once 8am rolls around and you haven't arrived yet, you might as well call it a day.  Bummer!

The Girls Right After the Storm
Source: Lanie Ricketts
My morning routine usually consists of taking the village idiots out for their morning potty then bringing them back in and putting them in their kennels so I can go open the coop door to let the aliens out.  With the drought, the coop's eco roof has never really been put to the test to see just how well it holds up in a thunderstorm.  Since I got out there yesterday right after the storm passed, I found out that it's not quite as waterproof as I had hoped.  In fact, I'm going to have to re-visit it this fall after the pumpkins are finished to see exactly why it is leaking.  The hay on the door side of the coop was wet.  Good thing is that the eggs were sitting on dry hay underneath their roosting poles so I know the girls aren't getting wet when sitting on their roosts.

But the pumpkins are hanging on in the shallow dirt of the eco roof and the drought conditions and are still looking promising for a few treats this fall.

Pumpkins on the Eco Roof
Source: Lanie Ricketts
I decided to take a walk around to look for any damage from the storm.  It appears that everything is kosher in tomato land and there's one last squash plant that hasn't been devoured by squash bugs yet that has another nice size fruit on it.  I have to remember to get outside later and fence off my watermelon before the squirrels get it, although I'm sure the chickens would be happy if they did because they get the leftovers of any animal abused items in the garden.

The Last Squash Plant is Still Hanging On
Source: Lanie Ricketts
Anyway, since the market was a bust, I'm not going to be doing them as often and I have all this great stuff that I made, I did some listings on Etsy yesterday.  I don't list on there very often but right now I have WAY too many things in inventory laying around because of the rain out yesterday.  If you see something that you just can't live without, use the coupon code LanieBlogs at check out for 10% off just because I think you are awesome for reading my blog.  I'll be listing more stuff over the next few days too like more record bowls, vintage sheet music, crocheted plastic bag rugs, dusting mitts made out of old t-shirts, chicken feed and dog food bags that I made into market bags, memory boards and some other stuff.  I won't be doing the markets as often after next Sunday so I really want to clear some things outta here.

I've got to keep those damn alien chickens fed somehow, now don't I? :)

Happy Sunday my friends!



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