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Today’s mail brought a box of 15 Rainbow Ranger chicks to be raised til late fall.  One of the little yellowish peeps has strange markings that from the top makes the little one look like a chipmunk.  They are safely ensconced in the brooder with food, water and a heat lamp.  It would sure be easy if I could just give them to Broody Girl and let her raise them.

We woke to rain with the task of moving the remainder of the scaffolding from the barn to the house.  We decided that unloading the trailer and reloading it was more trouble than just folding the seats down in the Xterra and loading it down to the house in the back of the SUV which is what we had decided to do.  When we returned from our vacation, we noticed a puddle near one garage door and had seen on the weather reports while we were gone that we had rain, so we didn’t think much of it.  We have had rain blow under the door in the past.  As we were preparing to go down to the Post Office to retrieve the chicks, I noticed that the puddle was larger, much larger and grabbed the garage broom to push it out only to discover that instead of water, it was oil based house stain.  One of the 5 gallon buckets had a small vertical slit in the side and it had slowly been leaking.  Fortunately I had an empty 5 gallon bucket, but no lid and we were out of Oil Dry granules so our adventure out had to include a stop at Lowes for a lid and the Oil Dry.

Once the chicks were in their new abode, the clean up commenced.  Oil Dry absorbs the oil and there was enough oil that it had to be applied, shoveled up and reapplied.  It will sit for a few days and again be shoveled up and possibly reapplied until the corner is cleaned.

It looks like our weekend with our son here will involve only erecting scaffolding in the rain, we won’t get any caulking done with it so wet.  I will begin staining the garage doors, the ceiling of the front porch and front porch logs once the rain ends.

Life is always an adventure on our mountain farm.

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