Thursday, December 5, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
One year ago.
9 months ago.
A couple weeks ago.
If you were to see it now, this space in our future house is different again. I've gutted all the walls in this side of the house, and much of the old insulation is cleaned out.
I'm making progress now! The space you're looking at is our future kitchen. We began by tearing out the wall between there and what will be our dining room, which really opened up the space. Also, the old block chimney is gone, too. My plan is to gut the whole house and make it so we can put in new wiring/insulation/plumbing/windows very easily.
Last month I got a dumpster brought here. I tried burning the old insulation, but it had obviously been sprayed with a fire retardant... plus I wasn't too thrilled with burning a lot of that crap anyway. So we're paying for dumpster service. It seems kind of like a waste of money, but what do you do?! We've already got one room upstairs gutted, and now half the downstairs is too. So if I keep up this pace, most of the house should be opened up by April. And that's giving me some wiggle room.
In other words: if Laura's delivery goes cheaply (not a c-section), we're going to be living in this house quite soon! A year? But this depends on a number of things... mostly money related!
So what else is new in our life? The heifers we grazed this year are back at my parent's farm, Henry is speaking a LOT, our house takes a matter of minutes to look like a disaster after being pretty clean, we're going to Illinois next weekend to visit some of Laura's relatives, the corn is nearly done being harvested, and oh yeah:
Laura is nearly finished with her long-term subbing for someone's maternity leave! She's been teaching preschool in a nearby elementary school for the last 5 weeks, and has only one more to go! It's been a great thing income-wise, but I certainly feel for you folks where both parents are working full time. It's a push to get everything done! Laundry especially. When our second child is born next month, Laura's going to be finished working outside the home completely. We're both thrilled to have her home full time again soon and for good. Stay-at-home mom's are awesome.
I'll get more pictures of house progress up soon.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
As you can see, Henry is growing up and getting into trouble frequently. You never know what he's getting in to!
In garden news, our garden is producing quite well! The first tomatoes have gotten ripe this past week, basil is doing very well, our bell peppers are awesome, the peas are finished, we've gotten a few zucchini, and I regret to inform you that our decorative gourds are producing as well as ever. Perhaps you didn't know, but we decided NOT to plant any gourds this year. But, as life goes, some seeds snuck into one of our saved seeds, and what do you know! They are perhaps our best producers... Our garden is definitely smaller this year, but I've been very proud of it. It is almost completely weed free, and the plants have all done so well. We've watered this garden more than our previous ones, too, and that makes a huge difference.
We're going to try growing a fall crop this year! I've already planted a bunch of lettuce seeds, and our packets of beets, carrots and spinach just came in the mail. A few trees south of Marie's garage died this year... perhaps from a bug? So we're going to try starting a garden patch there now that there's more sun.
My sister Allison and her husb. live in Sioux Center, and we're going there for Sunday lunch! Aren't we just flying through the stages of life?!
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Today was very nice. Laura and Henry went to a parade on main street in Ocheyedan (the next-door town we go to church in) in the morning. He LOVES machines and has a perpetual need to say their names when he sees them. tractors, trucks, campers, cars, vans, weed trimmers, mowers, pickups, garden tillers, etc. etc. At this point I'm convinced he's going to be a machine-oriented person.
While they were gone, I worked on our garden shed - which we moved over to Marie's house (the place we're working to fix up). Here's a perspective picture! For those of you who don't know, we also moved our garden this year. In the picture below you can barely see our peas that are almost done for the year, and a few of our flopping tomatoes. You can't see by the house our calypso beans, chives, and basil plants. The caged tree in the foreground is a pear tree! The rest of our garden is in a corner of our chicken yard, which lies behind the garden shed in this picture:
So here's our shed just this morning:
And later this afternoon:
I'm completely finished with putting up siding! We used up a gallon of primer for our first coat of paint, which was all we had, and it covered half the shed. So we need more primer. I totally underestimated what we needed. But, If you'll allow me, I'm going to say that what we've done so far is looking very good!
Later this week and next, our shed should come to it's completion. We're going to paint it red with white trim since we fully intend for our future farm buildings to be those colors... The house? Maybe yellow with white trim?
As we were using up the last of our primer, it began to rain. For some dumb reason, I didn't even check the weather forecast. LUCKILY we bought oil-based paint, and the rain took away none of it. Phew! We drove over to Worthington for Pizza Ranch and more primer, but found no place open with paint. Shucks. But: the pizza was great. As usual!
Time to read stories!