Saturday morning I met Rae at KT's, and she and KT and KT's husband and stepdaughter and I all went down to Canby for the Master Gardener's Show. It was pretty cool and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. It's basically like a huge farmers market except that everyone's selling plants or garden art or the like. I found another cider gum, the same size as the other three I already had and spent $1.95 less on this one! So now I have four for the coppice. I also bought an evergreen huckleberry for the front yard- it will go in right of the driveway, and two more tea camellias, and a cilantro. I've planted the all four tea camellias I own now, and eaten half the cilantro. I also bought a Goji berry bush at the show. Goji berries are supposed to be delicious and full of antioxidants, but one of the interesting things about Goji plants is the fact that they're good for a permaculture guild because they pull up a lot of good stuff from deep in the soil and make it available in the soil surrounding them, so plants placed around a Goji berry are supposed to do well.
Then Sunday Steve and I had a good breakfast of Dutch Babies and then hied ourselves off to Home Depot. The plan was to load up on a bunch of materials for several projects at once so that we could get it all home with one truck rental. We live really close to the HD and find that the truck rental is a pretty good deal for us because getting home and back in the allotted time is very doable, and it takes very little gas (you have to top off the truck before you return it).
So what did we get? Materials for the breakfast nook, the dining nook, the chicken coop, the guest beds (day bed and trundle), and if there's anything left over, a rabbit hutch, but that's iffy. This means fourteen 2X4s, two five-eighths-inch exterior grade plywood sheets, two three-quarter-inch certified sanded plywood sheets, three quarter-inch sanded plywood sheets, two different lengths of 2X10s, and one t2X8X10, several different little molding pieces, five pounds of nails, a pound each of two different sizes finishing nails (are you bored yet? okay I'll stop)….suffice to say we spent a lot, but now I have almost everything I need for a bunch of different projects and I'm working on them. We also got two large fiberglass pots for the citrus because I changed my mind about growing them alongside the garage. Lemons and limes don't have the heat requirements that oranges and grapefruit do, but I was concerned that it would still be a little cool out front for them. I think the deck will be the best place for them, since we know that it is a warmer microclimate area for the yard, they should do much better on it. I'll just have to water the hell out of them over the summer.
Today after feeding the Steve and cleaning up the breakfast dishes, I got started on the breakfast nook. It is going to be somewhat rustic because I'm in a hurry to get it done and it doesn't have to be fancy. I got the wall supports in, which is just a couple of 2X4s lag bolted into the studs.
I had to cut around a receptacle box, which was placed inconveniently for me. I also got the bench for the long side completely cut and glued together, and sanded for the most part.
I also got the one half of the short bench cut as well, but discovered that I need another 2X8 for the front half of it because there wasn't enough left over from cutting the long bench. I'll go get that tomorrow and a can of stain for the nook, because I changed my mind about what color to make it.
Last August when I made the big rack in the garage for firewood, I hung on to every scrap piece of 4X4 left over from the job, thinking I'd use them for firewood, if necessary. I never did need to burn them, and I'm glad I didn't because the short pieces are almost the perfect length for the legs for the breakfast nook benches, and the longer leftover 4X4s look mighty like they're going to wind up as bed posts for the day bed for the guest room. Of course, anything leftover from this job also gets saved because I constantly get these ideas and then go out to the garage to see if I've material to do it. For instance, Steve said over the weekend, "shouldn't the hopper to the grain mill have a cover over it or something?" Country Living sells a wooden one, but they want $16.95 for it. I grabbed a piece of scrap pine, traced the outline of the hopper on the underside of the scrap, cut it out, cut a rabbet edge all around with my beloved Marples dovetail saw, sanded it, sealed it with Boos sealer, and popped it on the hopper.
It cost nothing but my time, which I have a lot of these days. I have an idea for a hopper extension, but it will have to wait until my big projects get done.
The garden needs attention because stuff needs to get planted or the tomato bed needs digging, plus I've several trees to get into the ground. I'm hoping to be far along enough on the breakfast nook to do some gardening on Thursday, because that will be the third of three dry days, so I should be able to double dig more of the tomato bed.
Of course, I'm asking myself how would I be getting this stuff done if I'd managed to land that job? There's nothing like keeping busy to help you forget life's little disappointments.