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Something old, something new, and something to do June 5, 2006

Posted by Joe in Uncategorized.
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When you have a small farm and an old farmhouse, there is always something to do around the place. Some of it is to improve the place, to get ready for something new. Some of it is to repair something that has broken. And of course, a lot of it is the normal activities that come along with the life we’ve chosen. For us, the past few weeks have been busy with all three of those categories.

As you know, we used to have a horse named Gus. He was a good animal and was very content in our care. He never really tried to get out of the pasture (except for the time he threw me and cracked one of my ribs, but that’s another story). It’s a good thing that he was content too. For you see, although about one-half of or land is fenced, it’s not in terribly good shape. It’s only three strands of barbed wire which is not enough to keep much of anything in, save a contented old horse. So Laura and I have been working to improve the fence. We’d like to get a few hogs in the near future so we’re enclosing a small portion in woven wire to keep the hogs in. That’s taken a fair amount of time, but we’re getting there. We’d also like to get cows and maybe some goats, too. But that’ll be a little later on. We’ll need to do more fencing.

The past few weeks have also had plenty of home repairs, too. The most noteworthy of which was the air conditioner. Our 9 year old unit went out; the compressor was bad. The price of a new compressor is about 50% of a new unit so we opted for the latter. We’re now the proud owners of a new 5 ton Rheem A/C and Heat unit. We didn’t do it ourselves; this time we had it installed by someone who knew what they were doing.

And there are the normal activities that come with owning a place in the country. Over the past couple of weeks, our riding lawn mower, tractor, and tiller have needed servicing.

We’re working hard in the garden and it’s paying off. It’s a bit larger than last year and is really starting to look good. We’re already getting peas, lettuce, and radishes from the garden. And the corn, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, etc, are really starting to look good.

We’re trying to find someone who will cut our hay for us, but that’s been surprisingly difficult.

And we’ve been cutting firewood in preparation for the new, old pot-belly stove we bought to use for heat in the family room this winter. It’s not installed yet, but it will be by the time it’s needed this fall.

I’m sure there is more to report, but those are the things that come to mind at the moment. Here are a couple of pictures of the kids riding their bicycles. The other day, I put training wheels on Benjamin’s old blue bike and he handed it down to Rachel. She jumped on and hasn’t stopped since. She’s very proud of herself for being able to go fast. Benjamin’s riding an obstacle course that he created with a new track and field toy set that he got from Aunt Brenda and Uncle Grady for his birthday.

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