Fine Tuning


We’ve had a few darn chilly days around here lately. I noticed that meant quite a breeze blowing in through the chicken’s pop doors. What to do?

We headed to our favourite hardware store … the basement … to look for an ‘out of the box’ solution. Out came an old greenhouse trolley.

By cinch tying it to the side of the coop I now had a great wind break. It even could provide sunshine heat instead of a cold breeze. Now … for that right angle turn… left… I cut the cover to create a split curtain. They mostly got it. Fast forward to the end of the day. Same! That was a good fix.

A few days back I mentioned my discovery of Facebook Marketplace. A 24/7 yard sale… or flea market. With everything and anything you could be intrigued to own. So far we’re up one stuffed hobby horse, a new Rock Band version, and ….. THIS BEAUTY of a sideboard for our kitchen.

I was more than happy to ditch my university days wall unit and our dishwasher which has sat unused for years to create a roomier and classier (wouldn’t you agree?) kitchen space. The dishwasher was sold through FB Marketplace. That puts us up three items – down one. This idea of downsizing takes some focus. Oh – wait – does letting a set of dishes and an old desk chair AND the wall unit count too? Let’s see. That makes it UP three items – DOWN … four! Downsizing in tiny steps. Hehehe!

And best of all? Our chief cook – who has a serious allergy to change – is even pleased. Win – win! This Facebook Marketplace discovery could mean I will need to get a job! Or perhaps just a little more self discipline.

Over and out from the Meadow Mice!

4 comments on “Fine Tuning”

  1. Isn’t FB Marketplace fun? I have been doing some selling of late as well. And a little buying. Have sold several large pieces of furniture and purchased small things and a few plants. I guess it’s a good substitute for the thrift stores during the pandemic. That is a beautiful sideboard. I love the top. Your DIY fixes are an inspiration. Stay safe!

    1. Fun! And totally addictive! I do love that is a great way to recycle things. No use passing things off to a dumpster when someone else could have a use for them. And a great way to switch up furniture. Thanks re. the sideboard. A good find! You stay safe too!

  2. Everything you’ve done looks great. I’m sure the hens loved what you did to keep them warm. I don’t have a dishwasher, just me. I wanted the space for something else too.

    1. Thanks Dale! By the way – we are currently still looking out for Barney – the little black-and-white cat that showed up this summer. He is not the least bit interested in coming inside – or any contact…. yet! I think of all the cats you guys have helped out. Phew! A roller coaster for the heart!

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