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This week; one for the books

This week has been a whirlwind. It started with me being at a conference in Dallas, Texas, and as seems to be always the case if I go anywhere in the spring that is when baby animals will be born. On Sunday Caro gave birth to two baby boys. So without further ado, let me be the first to introduce you to Merry…

And Pippin.

That’s right we had twin filthy hobbits.

Then on Monday my dad had knee replacement. A surgery thirty years in the making.

And within a couple hours of being back in his room the physical therapist had him up and walking the halls.

Tuesday I finally caught the first fish of the year out of my pond, not the monster tuna I was looking for but it’s a start.

I then found a life lesson in the koi pond, “be careful to not bite off more than you can chew.”

Poor froggy couldn’t get the other froggy all the way down before he croaked.

Thursday I was at work when I got messaged that one of our backyard residents had decided the front porch might be a nice place to hang out.

Then the Turken rooster decided to travel from the goat pin to the chicken run and pick a fight.

With severe storms headed in tonight, we will have to see what else this week has left in it.

D.

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Waiting on Flo

Good morning world. Just sitting here on Friday morning, sipping coffee, and waiting for hurricane Florence to bring the rain and wind. My storm prep is as done as it can be. My generator got a new fuel filter and although it is many years old, is running like butter. The chain saw has fresh gas and most importantly starts readily. A rear gutter downspout on the House has been….well let’s just call it fixed (sometimes you just have to make it work whatever it is).

Since I last wrote I finished the back stoop rebuild.

Before

And after

I also took Noodles to work with me last Saturday and found he has grown quite a bit. Here he is a several weeks ago.

And now last Saturday.

I hate to break it to him, but I think he may not fit the next time he comes to work.

I went grocery shopping for everyone before the storm arrives.

I leave you today with a photo I took this morning of our bitter melon vine which in this hot, humid weather looks great.

Stay safe to all of you in the path of Flo.

D.

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I know. Way too long.

I know. It has been way too long since I last posted. I would say I am going to make a commitment to regular posts, but I know where that leads.

Summer is coming to an end and the homestead needs continuous work. Yesterday I started a project that I’ve been putting off for four years. Replacing the rotting back porch.

And like many project I found if I just start it it goes much more quickly than anticipate. I’ve only done the demolition so far and will have to go get the wood in a few days.

The cats are doing their best to do nothing.

And Noodles went to his first groomers appointment Friday. This is him on the at ride there.

He has up to 30 pounds and the vet thinks he has another 30-40 to go. When not being a pest (really just being a puppy) he is taking the cats lead most of the time.

He made one trip to work at the pharmacy and found his “spot,” not that he will be small enough to fit there for very little long.

Well time to go do some yard work. Exciting new to come though. Stay tuned.

D.

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Time off work?

I had last week off from work in preparation for being there a bunch while my partner is on maternity leave.  I’ve found that a week off on the homestead though can be one of the most exhausting vacations you will ever have.

My father-in-law was replacing the deck on his lake house so we said we would love to have as much of the would as they would let us,  so with free wood comes projects. A couple years ago we had taken the wood when he was redoing a deck at another house and used it to build our duck house. 


On of the projects for this bounty of free lumber was a new path from the back door to the chicken coop. 


Put up some cafe lights we had as well to make it look like visiting the chickens was something very special indeed.



The second project was one I was a little prouder of.  I tore down and replaced the old rotting steps and landing to our lower porch using some of the recycled wood.  Before it looked like this…


And now ….



We are going to paint a resurfacer on them still, but they turned out pretty good.  I like the way they make that part of the house look a lot less like a place the Clampetts lived in before they left the hills. 

Well after an exhausting week off it’s back to work for some rest.

D.