That was quite a change and we seized the day ... we also seized our ladders, paintbrushes, drop cloths, and wet rags. I have repainted ... restained actually, our home, PFHQ, a few times over the years, but never with so much excellent help.
In those previous stain events ... (PFHQ is covered with western red cedar siding and has always been stained, not "painted") , Mrs. FC was at work and the kids were little, so it was mainly me.
As a result, those paint jobs took a long time to complete and were not much fun.
Yesterday, with Mrs. FC and Junior helping, we almost completed the basic siding staining. We started early, and finished around 8:30 pm.
In the afternoon, I was also multitasking in the kitchen and at the grill.
A few days ago, while fasting for an invasive yet recommended health procedure, I made the mistake of watching Anthony Bourdain's marathon. He was eating his way through the Caribbean as I recall.
As I sat there sipping clear broth, he was downing fresh seafood, good veggies, and JERK CHICKEN ( which I thought was very apropo for the snarky Bourdain).
I love Jerk Chicken.
So I vowed that as soon as they would let me eat real food again, I was gonna make some.
That is where the multitasking began.
On the lunch break, I gobbled a bowl of cereal with bananas and my blueberries, and then mushed up a zillion ingredients to make the jerk marinade which went on the chicken, which went in to the fridge.
I then returned to my high ladder duty staining the house.
The free ranging chickens were a little freaked out most of the afternoon and this guy seemed to be the reason.
He hung out in the very tree they like to night roost in, so they were a bit puzzled about where to go as the day wore on.
Plus ... there was a mysterious clump of white chicken feathers around one corner of the house ... which had us all wondering what event had we missed earlier that morning.
The roosters were on guard, but even they chose another tree to roost when it finally got dark.
The owl wasn't talking.
I will be counting them today.
Usually, all 8 of the newbies are close together, but at sunset last night, I only saw 4 in a group having a snack on the lawn.