First of all we got a total of 2 inches of rain last week and this was after 3 inches of snow the previous week so the ground was saturated.  It allowed our lake to rise about 2 feet due to the run off, etc.  We were very thankful!

I got my first pair of farm boots - black and purple Muck boots.  They came in handy after that rain due to all the mud.  I used them when I cut down cedar trees all day last Friday and part of Saturday.  We have so many and I'm trying to get some ground cleared so we can reclaim some pasture.  It was too nice a day to stay inside, so out I went with my bow saw and lopping shears.  I saved the larger ones for the guys and the chain saw but I did what I could and thoroughly enjoyed my day outside.

Back on the inside we got the hot water tank vented and the sewer pipe fixed so this weekend we had hot water.  Now we are working on framing up my daughters bathroom so we can get the vanity, shower and toilet in place and finish the plumbing in the basement.  We also worked on more sanding and applying more mud to the master bedroom wall.

Hope everyone is enjoying winter and hope you have received some rain as well!

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Comment by Karen Paro on January 15, 2013 at 6:14pm

Not sure how much rain I got this past week like a dummy I forgot to empty my rain guage and take it in before freezing weather struck and it froze & the glass broke on the bottom side. My yard was ssssssssssssooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee muddy though but my freezing temps are back so it's refirming up finally. I don't own muck boots (or boots of any kind, I own 2 pair of shoes 1 pair of sandels 1 pair of clog sneakers) so doing birds this week was nasty.

Sounds like the work on the house is really progressing nicely!!!!

Comment by Oak Grove Valley Farm on January 16, 2013 at 5:41am

My husband says I watch my rain guages very seriously :) - I do!  We have one at our current house and one at the farm and I'm always comparing.  Almost without fail we get more rain at our current residence than we do the farm and I don't like that. 

One thing on the boots - I have got to get a "boot puller offer" - very hard to get off by myself - I used my husbands trailer hitch on his truck - the boot fit between the ball and the bumper and worked great but was kind of high to lift it up there :)

Comment by Karen Paro on January 17, 2013 at 8:21am

Delanie, a "boot puller offer" is very easy to make using scrap lumber like a 1/2" thick piece of trim board. Just use a jig saw to cut a curve in one end the width of the boot just about at the top of your heal and using another small piece of scrap to make the lift underneith to hold it at an angle and wala you have a "boot puller offer". Then all you have to do is when you stick one foot in the curve to pull the boot off you hold it still with the other foot.

Comment by Oak Grove Valley Farm on January 17, 2013 at 8:35am

I'll have to task my son/husband to make that.  I remember seeing those contraptions growing up as a kid in my sister's house (she lived on a ranch) and her husband always wore cowboy boots and he had a few of those throughout the house. 

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