14th: I telephoned Roy-El Horse Farm about getting some manure and was
told they had already commissioned all of their manure this week and that
I should call back next week. That's the same story they gave me last
week. They don't seem to want to put me on their list. I telephoned
Spirit Horse Farm about getting manure and was told they were selling the
business and only had one horse left, but I was welcome to try to scrape
up enough manure to use. I will do that tomorrow.
Don Gettemy came by this afternoon to pick up his trailer, so I won't
have it to get the manure with, but there probably won't be enough manure
to need it anyway. It would just be easier than using garbage bags. Don
said he might bring me a load of manure from Los Alamos on Sunday, but
wasn't certain he would be done by then.
15th: Don sent me an e-mail stating that he had a trailer load of horse
manure for me and asking if I had a rototiller. I didn't, but thought
that Ella did.
When I went over to Ella's to ask about borrowing a rototiller, Maria was
sitting on Anthony's front steps. She had returned Monday afternoon.
That could get her in real trouble after calling the State Police to take
her to her mother's because she said that Anthony was abusing her, then
returning the very next day. There's something about crying "Wolf!" too
Maria's Crazy Cousin Chris was in the news. He and another man broke
into a church and stole some statues. Now, they are in jail and facing
charges of Grand Larceny, which could result in prison sentences for both
of them. If so, Maria will not have to worry about him hurting her for a
I asked Harold about borrowing Ella's rototiller and he said the only
rototiller they had was his, but he would bring it down from White Rock
tomorrow. I telephoned Don, told him that, and asked him when he was
planning to bring the manure down. He was very iffy and said maybe today
or maybe tomorrow.
I drove to Espanola and got three garbage bags of horse manure from
Spirit Horse Farm. They have a lot more manure there and I hope Don
leaves his trailer down here, so I can haul a lot more in for composting.
This land sure needs all it can get. Don said that the trailer load he
had would be more than my garden needed. Is he joking? Ten trailer
loads would not be enough.
At about 3:00 p.m., Don brought a trailer load of horse manure and we
unloaded it on the garden. The wind was strong and I got a lot of manure
dust all over me, including in my eyes. The load looked like a lot of
manure until I spread it with a rake and raked it level. Then it was
only about two inches thick.
16th: It was only about 30 degrees this morning. The low temperatures
have only been down to 38 degrees lately, but that was a cold wind