I've decided to let you in on a lil' secret. It's the secret to how I keep Farm Man Extraordinaire so happy.
Ready? Here's my trick:
I look pretty hot when I'm cleaning the chicken coop.
Check this out.
(Cough. Gag. Choke.)
Ok, so here's the real story. A story that proves that I'm still plenty green at a lot of things.
(And I'm not referring to the eco-friendly green, either.)
Awhile back, I went to clean out the smaller chicken coop. We'd been using old straw as bedding since it was free (from the hayloft over our heads). At our old place, we had used wood shavings.
Now, here's the difference between wood shavings and straw. Wood shavings have the ability to soak up moisture. And you can layer them for some amount of time before having to do a thorough cleaning of the coop.
Straw...not the same. Not even close. Only I didn't know that until I went to clean the coop out. After six weeks of layering straw.
You see where this is going, right?
It didn't help that we hadn't yet realized that the coop floor sweats. It also didn't help that the chicken waterer suddenly leaked.
(Water) + (old straw) x (6 weeks) = Pure Nastiness.
Now, I have a pretty strong stomach (after all, I am the mother of boys) but one fork into that pile of bedding had me gagging. It smelled bad, but what I was more worried about was that breathing that in was bad for me.
I need a dust mask, I announced, stumbling out of the coop.
A dust mask. You know, something similar looking to the hospital mask type things?
Well, when you ask Farm Man Extraordinaire for a dust mask, this is what you get...
Ah. Wedded bliss. On the farm.
There's nothin' better. :)