Spring is Starting..I think.

..always slow to turn into summery goodness in these parts…but nature is beginning to run its course. I still cannot believe that the whole section of hens and chicks started with a small 6 plant tray..every year we move new growth further down the rock wall and the hens and chicks love them. I am talking about the plant in picture 2 for the record!

Now, if some spinach and lettuce would just peek out from the planting location we might be able to start eating inexpensive salads again!

And for those keeping track at home, A* won this years peeper prediction date on April 19th. I was off by 17 days. Damn my optimism!

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Posted by on May 2, 2019 in Construction


New Views

..I should not get so  excited when I see an updated view from above..but I do! So nice to see a different view of  our place which I don’t normally see…I mean I am tall but not THAT tall!

Not quite the same level of detail as the view from 2008..but then again the area  which has been de-woodified is much larger!

I believe the first shot is some sometime in the summer of 2018…and the cleared area has grown ( at least in the lower left hand size..we cut down and additional 50 trees around the edges in March.


Last ‘Map’ update post

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Posted by on April 17, 2019 in Construction


Not Helping Predicting Peepers

Drat! I had this weekend in my Spring Peeper prediction pool..might be off by a week or 2. We have not had snow in a month..but it would not be April without a late snowstorm. Booo.

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Posted by on April 9, 2019 in Construction


I need to use my camera more…

..bought a new camera last year and I have bouts where:

I want to take photos but don’t.

I don’t want to take photos but I do.

I want to take photos but I don’t want to upload them.

I am so lazy. Anyway, a somewhat blurry photo of A* ( I use manual lenses with varying degrees of success ), our new tomato batch and a nice nightscape/ is the brook near the stillwater taken during the day.

We also spend March break cutting down more trees, drinking large gin and tonics and making massive bonfires..if you are wondering where the photos are please refer to my bouts above.

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Posted by on April 3, 2019 in Construction


Bonfires, Tree Clearing and 4PM Gin and Tonic

..spend the better part of a week cutting down fresh trees for fuel, to clear more of an open area in the treed oasis AND so that we would have an excuse to make huge ass fires before the season burn ban comes into effect!

Success on all counts..until I lost count of how much gin we drank at least…and we have 1/3 of our fuel needs taken care of next year..glad we did the work when we did as the following week brought rain and warm weather ( = muck )..the cutting weather was perfect at muck and sweating goes WAAAY down.

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Posted by on March 22, 2019 in Construction


Snow Day Painting

..A* loves when the snow flies and combines with workdays and gets a net result of a day where driving is deemed dangerous and she gets to stay home..and complete jobs around the hacienda…

Like finishing off our cupboards painting job. We bought these cupboards years ago for a good price and we are finally getting around to painting them. This is the 3rd set of cupboards we have painted so we are getting pretty good at it..the MOST important thing is the degreasing and sanding..followed by painting. Since this is a cheap set we also opted to not even take the doors off while doing the work..a huge time saver. Last time I did it I think it took longer to put the doors back on then it did to paint everything so we wanted to avoid that hassle!

We ran out of paint and still need to do a little more but this is the more ‘finished’ side.

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Posted by on December 18, 2018 in Construction


Sturdier fortified with ugliness!


..our most prized tractor implement has started to pay the price of time out in the and mud..rain and hard work began to take a toll on the old rear blade of ours ( it was rusted when we got it with the tractor as part of the price negotiation process ). The backhoe is great but for versatility and day-to-day usage the rear blade rules supreme. Moving and leveling dirt, moving dirt, moving rocks and most importantly of is our snowplow so when we noticed it was beginning to pull free due to rust we began to worry..last spring ( it was a ‘tomorrow D-‘ problem which tends to be put on the back burner until something comes to a head..well, the blade nearly ripping free on a fall test run was the impetus we needed to start getting the blade snow-shape before we needed it in the winter.

These things are not cheap brand new…which makes us happy to have it welded anew for $100. It did take me nearly 3 hours to loosen the bolts so I could get the blade off the rest of the entire read blade tractor attachment ( once again thanks rust ) so that it would easily fit into the bed of the truck..but the time is well spent in compared to spending an additional $1400 on a new blade. I was in such a celebratory mood that I also ordered $150 in 1-and-3 gravel..which is the bigger stuff for road building..which we are going to use to cover uneven ground in an area we want to drive through without having to remove trees or dig down. The path winds through a copse of jack spruce on our property so if we did down we would immediately be in roots and we will end up killing all the tree roots..which is to be avoided for now.

Either way..this winter we are all set and fortified for snow plowing. Now lets hope there is no snow this year so we don’t have to use it…ignore the snow on the ground..that amount I could deal practically is not snow.

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Posted by on November 24, 2018 in Construction