Once we got home, I began my work on the chicken coop in earnest. I have to say that this has been one of the most enjoyable projects I've ever worked on. I've never built anything before, so this was quite a task. Frankly, I was quite intimidated, but I managed to put out a pretty decent structure. It's still a work in progress, but is getting there. I've got a few more boards to nail for siding, put a roof on it, and then cover the whole thing in chicken wire. I'd like to stain it, too. Pretty soon we'll have chickens and fresh eggs. I'll post pictures once it's done.
I've since returned to work to discover that the already grim budget for the upcoming years is even more so. They're talking 5%-30% reductions in our budget. This translates into very possible layoffs. I'm also one of the more recently hired, so I'm feeling rather nervous. I just keep praying and hoping as I could not imagine leaving such an amazing job.