Stop by & offer a few pointers, or point & laugh, as a few old farts figure out the fine art of living... Life on a Few Acres

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Surviving the Summer!

july 2015
Blue Mooooon
Besides searching for a spot dark enough to use our telescope, cursing (ever so kindly and without any real rancor) our business neighbor for his security lights, & seemingly single handedly supporting the local hospital/ dr.s/ pharmacies, we've managed to inch forward on our journey.
 As seems common, each step forward seemed to be followed with one or two back. 

On the plus side of the ledger, we got the smoke house down, and it and the dumpster are outta here!!
We also got the chicken tractor and run put together.  Yes, the tractor is from a kit.  CConly.com.  So far, so good.  We've repositioned it a handful of times, even once with the chickens inside.  No one warned me how darn cute a mad young rooster could be.

I lost, and they are about 50 feet from the house instead of down in the garden.    No complaints- from them or us, so far.  They have handled the brutal heat well, it seems, and are making new friends.  Here one of the girls is taking a gander at Bam Bam. 

 Judging from the similarity of their coloring, it is time for me to admit the obvious;  those are not my wished for Buff Orpingtons- no way, no how!
Spose they're Rhode Island Red or Red Stars but they are polite and friendly, whatever they are so I'm not too disappointed.

Other entries on the + side of the ledger include power washing and painting the garage.  It needs another coat, but that will wait until we get the door rebuilt.  Picked up the supplies today so.... hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.  We also got the clothesline up.  Will be hard to tell if it saves money/energy, though.  The electric company has estimated the bill for months, and has grossly under guessed, by my guesstimates anyway LOL.  So, they charge whatever they want, I pay whatever I want, and none of the figures have anything to do with reality.  Aint that America these days eh. ;). 

  Another thing keeping us busy was a week "up north" at the cabin.  Lake superior, and we were gifted a tiller!  The do-due list grows exponentially with every task that gets scratched off... but that's life on the Homestead eh!


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  2. Wonderful progress! You are so right about the two steps forward one step back. Plus the growing project and wish lists! Wouldn't trade it for anything, would you? LOL

  3. I wouldn't change it either; odd feeling came over me while feeding the chickens. After a moment I realized it was a wonderful mix of happiness, gratitude & contentment. :)

  4. Hi Jewlz!
    It is Melinda from Country Dreaming. I have been
    trying to get over here fro awhile. Clicking on thumbnails isn't
    working fro some reason.
    Anyway, just wanted to welcome you to Dreaming and hope
    you visit again soon.

    M :)

  5. Hi Melinda-
    Thanks for stopping by, and for the welcome. Both appreciated!!