We are currently about halfway through the summer. I start back to work on August 17th with the kids all going back to school on August 29th. We had a list of projects that we wanted to tackle this summer. Some of the items on the list have been postpone due to financial implication and or time constraints. We have been working hard on some of the projects, so this is a mid-summer update.
Kitchen Floor– This was our second project with the first being having the shower room floor replaced and repaired. The kitchen was last replaced in March of 2020. At that time, we chose a laminate floor that we had hoped would last 20 plus years. This floor was not what it promised. The floor started to pull apart and pop up in different areas almost immediately. It has gotten progressively worse to the point that we could not go barefooted in the kitchen due because it was snagging and tearing clothes and cutting feet. We have decided to postpone having the shower room floor completed until next summer due to time and money. The kitchen floor did not give us the option. After some discussion regarding our options, we chose to remove the top layer of flooring and return to the previous floor. The good news is that removal of the floor was fairly simple. We did need to do some minor repair work including screwing some of the floor in place to prevent gaps. I am happy to report that we were able to complete this task last week. I have ordered a couple of rugs to cover the area that was previously a wall. The total expense for the project is $120.
Chickens- After much debate and pleading on the kids parts, we have decided to get chickens as our next pet. The ultimate goal is to have enough eggs that we stop buying but they will also be an additional pet. We knew up front that this would be a rather expensive project. We are moving very close to getting the chickens which will likely be before the end of July.
Expenses so far: Clearing of land- $1000
Purchase of chicken coop- $630
Wire for additional chicken run- $20 found next door!
Wood for additional chicken run and landscaping- $372
I will be adding to this and changing as we finish up but I am expecting around $2500
Bike Rake for Trailer- We actually broken even on this as we ended up selling both our luggage box and hitch rake for $100. The bike rake was $50 and we had to spend another $25 to update the wiring on the trailer.
My other goal for the summer is food preparation for the coming school year. This will be an ongoing project so stick around for the rest of the summer!