Every spring I clean the barn out completely – all the pens with dirty bedding and in the case of the chickens – all the spilled feed. I just knew I couldn’t do it all myself this year and for the past 3 years 2 high school boys did it for me. They are graduating however so are not available.
Our church youth group is going to Costa Rica on a mission trip in August. Several kids from other churches in Garner are also going along and this group is raising money for their trip expenses. They advertised as Do A Chore Fundraiser and I hired them to clean my barn.
This is a no brainer, you say? I’ve tried this before and it just didn’t satisfy me – either the kids didn’t come, they were too busy on their phones or they had to be told every move to make. I was afraid and nervous that they might not even show up this morning. Then what would I do? I could hardly sleep for worrying about it.
I am so happy to tell you that they did a splendid job! Three adults and 6 young people showed up and they knew how to work! I couldn’t be happier and they were happy with their paycheck. It was a win/win for all of us. I took their picture when we finished even though several had already left.
Here they are “in action” – Hazel and Telly, too! Oh, they had a great time!
Look at these nice clean pens with new straw bedding.
They came about 8:30 and they were done by 10:45! Wow! Thank you to the Costa Rica Mission Team!
As I sit here at the table I am watching 3 grosbeaks, an oriole, a mourning dove, a chickadee, a nuthatch and an absolute FLOCK of goldfinches! And the wrens are back and Rick has made several more wren houses – I love those sassy little birds!
Rick also ran a cable around the two maple trees for me to hang feeders from – the little birds like to sit there, too. Oh, it is so much fun to watch these birds and I wonder if one of the grosbeaks that are out there eating is the one I held in my hand. It was so shocking to have it in the palm of my hand and it did feel so fragile that I was afraid I might hurt it. This experience was almost as special as the young owl last year.
Reed also helped in the barn today and then we took time to prepare his binding – next he’ll sew it to his quilt and then comes the handwork.
Oh, I am tired but not too tired to hit the sewing machine and watch The Crown on Netflix. Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers reading this!