We had a very nice weekend. It was sunny and fairly warm! Saturday, Mike made another little chicken coop. And I spent a good part of the day cleaning out the storage shed. It was so full that you could barely get inside the door. I cleared out tons of junk! There is so much space in there now!
Our friend, Les, had gotten a few roosters from us earlier this year. He ended up returning some. He returned two white silkie roosters because he didn't really have room for them. Then he returned a white mixed bantam rooster. The white bantam (which is a pretty bird) got put in with another bantam hen that just started laying her first eggs a couple of weeks ago. One of the silkie roosters also got put in with another bantam hen that just started laying. I didn't know if that would work, but he's topping her (that's what I call it anyway, to be mild). So we will see how that goes, eh?!
Then, my younger sister called to just say hi, and Mike told her to bring the kids over to spend the night. So she did. And it started out pleasant. But Saturday night didn't end well. Cheyanne is eight years old, and did quite well. Joel, who just celebrated his sixth birthday last month, had a big problem. First, a little history (in a nutshell). He's got a very short attention span and was recently diagnosed with ADD. He's now on medication that has changed him tremendously (mostly in a good way) and has also helped him in school. But just before dinner he said that his stomach was hurting. He ate very little dinner and only one bite of his ice cream sandwich. Then the nastiness began. It was diahrea all night long. He was laying in bed with Mike watching tv and fell asleep. When I went to move him it came from both ends. I stripped the bed and his clothes and put him in the bath. Clothes and bed sheets got thrown onto the porch till morning. It happened again, and we went through the same routine. I had no medicine for him, and his mom was not answering her cell phone. So we trudged through the night and he woke feeling better Sunday morning. He did throw up again late Sunday morning after jumping on the neighbor's trampoline and spent the rest of the time on the couch watching cartoons. His mom came to pick up JJ and Cheyanne just after lunch.
Mike and I just piddled around with odd jobs outside. The weather was just too nice to stay indoors. He put the wire on the breeding coop he made, and I moved around some chickens. We've got several roosters that have been alone most of the winter. No need to have hens getting roughed up if they're not laying. So, I grabbed a few hens and put them in with roosters. And Mike put an Omaha Steaks roast on the grill over some oak wood. It turned out very delicious! We had au jus that we dipped french fries into, and a spinach and tomato salad.
Then, I came to work this morning. It was not pleasant. I think I will spare those details, but I get e-mail updates that tell me about jobs that become available in the area. Still waiting on a call from SFC Cook about the reserves. She told me Friday that I'm probably getting the boot out the door. She was checking so regs for some way around (I don't really believe that) but she would let me know for sure today or tomorrow. The really stupid part is I can go see a recruiter and get right back in. That's the U.S. Government (not) hard at work. Whatever. I'm in a pissy mood today, and almost didn't post. I only did because I haven't since last Wednesday.