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Get’er done

I had the last week off work, a start of summer vacation. Well not exactly what others may call vacation. Over the past month I had been accumulating a list of projects I needed to get done around the homestead. I actually started the list just so I would stop forgetting about what I needed to get done and get down to it.

The week started with more of a routine item, the cleaning out of the goat barn and the boys house.

I started with this project as I knew it was the one that was the most labor intensive, so if I waited until later in the week my body may already be sore.

The next day I found myself under the house replacing the dryer vent tube. Well it started with that and like other projects to come it turned into a rebuild the entire thing project.

I also too this week as an opportunity to rent a van and pick up our new pantry cabinet.

We are trying to add some lighter colors in the cabin because all the wood sometimes makes our place just feel dark.

Of course the mower blade broke loose again while mowing, so I had to reweld it.

I also borrowed a power washer to clean the pool area.

Defrosted the freezer.

A replace the wax ring on a toilet, turned into a replace the flange and three trips to Lowe’s project.

Noodles spent a bunch of the week napping and watching the woman’s World Cup.

And a couple time a day we would take walks.

All in all it was a very productive week off.

D.

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A special occasion 

This past weekend brought a couple of special events to our little piece of Planet Earth.

The first one: our goat Caro discovered she is a goat.

All of a sudden Caro started showing us her Alpine heritage.  She found that she could jump up and balance on the 2×4 that is the top of the barrier between the two stalls of our goat barn. It’s a pretty impressive little trick, also very annoying.

To rectify the situation I put up an old window we had as a deterrent, and it seems to have done the job for now.


The other event we had the honor of witnessing was the first annual Cartersville, Virginia Christmas tree lighting.  The “coffee club” that meets at the general store each morning decided that our little community needed an event to bring everyone together.  On a piece of land next to the bank was placed a donated tree and at precisely 6pm, Spanky, the unofficial mayor of Cartersville, said a few words and the switch was thrown. The 200 or so people who were there sang a few Christmas carols, and the lights from the tree allowed you to see and meet your neighbors. It was truly an event that made this move-to-the-country experiment feel like a great idea.

And Santa Claus even made appearance.

To my new found community, Merry Christmas.

D.