Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
Well another month has passed and even though we are one month closer in terms of our progress made on a move-in date, we’re still not ready and at this point wonder if the one year anniversary of 11/16/13 will be a feasible target for us to be ready. Perhaps the end of the year is more manageable.
We did accomplish quite a lot when you consider all the dynamics of maintaining two homes and working full-time. Add to that a 45 minute commute to the farm each evening and weekend and you can quickly get the idea of just what can be involved.
Things accomplished this last month include: Finished the turkey tractor which included installing two pipe/wheel lifts on each side to make moving the tractor easier. Installed the light in the guinea house with a timer so the crazy 8 don’t have to enter a “dark building”. Moved chickens (they need to be moved every 2 weeks, we made them last 3 weeks). Moved turkeys. Cleaned out chicken and guinea house and added new pine chips. Got the kitchen pantry finished which meant trim on inside and outside is done, all painted, shelves installed and door painted and hung. The underground wire from the well pump to the house is finished which meant digging a ditch by hand (25 feet) and installing the wire into conduit and redoing the connections at both ends. The hall bathroom vanity/sink removed and all wallpaper removed – awaiting install of new vanity/sink/toilet. Basement framing is now complete and the wiring is almost complete and 4 can lights installed in bedroom. Bagged and removed old insulation and new insulation installed as framing has happened. Have plumbed the vanity and toilet in the basement bathroom and awaiting the shower (still to be bought) plumbing to be completed. The stairwell walls and trim work have now been painted. More doors have been painted and installed on upper level. Have 2 left at this point before moving in (others will be replaced as time/$$$ allow). Can lights and ceiling repairs have been made in the kitchen. Gutters have been cleaned out 2 times due to the massive amounts of leaves falling. Three large loads of leaves hauled to garden area and that is just the beginning. Three blueberries planted and six more thorn less boysenberries planted. More brush hogging and tree trimming and mowing as well as burning of brush piles has happened. We got our first eggs from our chicks that we got on 5/23/13. We weren’t sure they would ever start laying. In the midst of all this we’ve had 4 weeks pre-marital counseling and a wedding/rehearsal dinner to do for a couple we know my husband is clergy besides being a full-time electrician and a part-time farmer). Also, been helping a co-worker who has had surgery and unable to drive for 4 to 6 weeks which means picking up/taking home and helping her with household chores/shopping.
Sometimes I wonder what I did before we bought this farm almost 1 year ago. Wouldn’t trade any of these moments though because one day we can look back and look at the result of much hard work with thankfulness and happiness. At the moment, we’re just tired. Hope everyone is having a wonderful fall and looking with anticipation towards the holidays.
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