Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Garden Goodies


We have 'fished' out a few cherry tomatoes here and there. Today I picked another one and I picked our first cukes and a yellow squash.
Our beans are taking a beating from the rabbits (wild).
They have eaten about half the crop plants. I did manage to salvage a 'mess' to eat for us.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Shop Upgrades

Holy Cow! The changes he is making in the shop are outstanding!!
Farrier Pad

Left (Leather Shop) Right (Blacksmith Shop)

Portable Forge sitting on the Big Forge!



 He got so excited that he pulled out some metal and started in on it!






Cannot wait to see what comes out of this shop in our future!!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Passage


Isaiah 46:8-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)


“Remember this, and take courage;
Take it to heart, you rebellious and disloyal people.

“Remember [carefully] the former things [which I did] from ages past;
For I am God, and there is no one else;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 
Declaring the end and the result from the beginning,
And from ancient times the things which have not [yet] been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will do all that pleases Me and fulfills My purpose,’
11 
Calling a bird of prey from the east,
From a far country, the man (Cyrus) of My purpose.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, be assured I will do it.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Summer Reading

I have had quite a few folks say that my book is on their summer reading program! Yay! Thank you! (as she blushes behind the computer screen)
Amazon and Barnes & Noble have it on sale!

Give it a go! You may walk away with hope in your heart......



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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Building Updates

 Mountain Man got his insulation up on the ceiling and the outside wall of the leather shop. What a difference that made!
I understand corrigated metal will be the ceiling
His little air conditioner can keep up now!

He also made some changes in the blacksmith shop and out back in his soon to be farrier working area....it is getting closer to being what he envisions!
He added that table as a permanent unit...concreted the poles in the ground

I heard a window and door area will be in the big wall

just about ready for concrete (backside of blacksmith shop)



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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Projects

Time has slowed down just a bit so I headed to the 'She Shed' yesterday. Spent the better part of the day sorting, cleaning, rearranging the room. Exchanged tables out for a much more work worthy one. I finished a current quilt that just needed the tag attached and went onto the next thing.
Periodically, I get my ongoing projects out to see if maybe this is 'The Day' to get 'er dun'.

Tombstone vests were chosen, and off I went to get one together. I have not sewn vests before. I went to the directions and in my own words "these are foreign" instructions. Another words, I did not understand! Off I went to YOUTUBE! Thank God for youtube. I found a lady who explained the process fabulously in one video. I was able to adapt while working on my pattern.

Step by step, I went to work making this vest. Now this material I had was already cut out. I was given this cut out stack years ago to finish. Now that I have the "know how", I proud to say "I can".
Here is the first reversible that I did yesterday. Needs inside sides sewn shut and buttons/holes.


Onto the next vest........

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Coincidence Or ???

We had noticed some time ago, the date on the particle board. Yesterday we took note that the date is on the insulation! Ha Ha Ha....
Mountain Man says " Hmmmmm...did I forget your b-day this year?" "Is this some sort of sign for me? "
Not sure babe.....I am thinking it is something strange , tho......


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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday Passage

Proverbs 8:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

17 I love those who love me,
And those who seek me diligently will find me.


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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Catch-Up

Writing for me in this blog is like when I used to use up notepads (bound paper with covers) to write my "diary". I had stacks of notepads that I was constantly writing in. I used this as an outlet! Now I put it out there for everybody to see. Ha Ha Ha
So yeah, I guess I could be considered a 'fluff' blog. And ya know, I am ok with that! I like the responses I get from this blog. You may not see it but I do. I get a lot more email responses than I do 'direct' responses. I love hearing from you all! Thank you.
Ok today's blog is really a catch up blog for the week.
Mountain Man worked in his leather shop getting insulation up to ward off the heat. He got a bit done on the hottest day(97) of the year thus far. We had a bit a chuckle at that.
Sometimes our will to get it done overrules our brains! Anyhow, he still has more to do yet. But it is getting closer.

 I am allergic to the insulation so I cannot help him when he messes around with the stuff. I feel a bit bad for him! Stuff is nasty!!
You can see he took the old pantry shelves from the front of the house and used them in his shop. He added siding on the walls too. Doesn't it look nice? See the leather to the left of the screen...real dark colored....that is buffalo hide...he is making a coat for a client with that. Oh it is going to be beautiful!
His time is getting shorter to get it done! No worries he always comes in 'under the wire'. Ha Ha Ha
Blacksmith shop in the background to the right.....oh it will be so nice when all of this is done. As Mountain Man says to me all the time....I am only one man....cannot perform miracles just yet!
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It was quiet this morning. No bug noises, no sheep noises, a little young rooster noises but otherwise quiet morning.
 Buffy here is starting to sound like a rooster...err eerr eeerrrrrrr(ha ha made you say it)......he is young yet but he is getting it! And starting to push the girls around too! God Bless 'Em


 Rocky here sounds like a crying baby.....he gets to goin' and makes a errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.....high pitched noise. holy chicken! if he could just figure it out. Scared me the first time I heard it....I wasn't sure who or what was screamin! Ha Ha


Here is the peacefulness overwhelming the sheep and goat this morning! Awwwwwwww

We will be off today finding a waterhole! Some saturday coolness which is much needed!
Have a great day and be safe out there! The world is losing what sense it had!! ­čśÄ



Pray for those who are suffering from natural disasters.....there are a lot of folks without homes on this day.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Reflections


first winter 2013
We have been reflecting on the progress of our farm. It has been 5 yrs this month since we signed papers for ownership on Ozark Serenity Acres. November will mark 5 yrs since we moved in!
Time is flying by...https://adventures--of--life.blogspot.com/2013/11/catching-up.html
We thought it would be kind of fun to reflect on what we have accomplished in these 5 yrs. For those who are not aware, Mountain Man was laid up with a knee injury for at least the first year which did not slow him down too much but it did slow him down some. Then for 2.5 yrs he worked out on the riverboats. This means he was gone for a month and home for a month. So really, he was gone for a little over a year if you add all those months together. Nothing got done during that years time.
We lived in the front portion, built with a couple add ons to a log house built years and years ago. The inside of the front reflects the many add ons and how people just made it work. Using cubicle dividers as the ceiling and placing it according to the dive of the house. It inclines to one direction where the foundation (I use that loosely) is busted out on the southwest corner of the house. Stacked rock foundation with a thin cement facade on it. The wood trim is cut according to this dive as well. The bowing walls are finished according to the effects that this lean is going. Been standing a long, long, long time so why change it! I will also mention that it is FULL OF MOLD! The front half is coming down, hopefully this year! (crossing my fingers)
First of many projects we started was the little change to the bathroom. Painted and floors got a face lift.

Ha Ha! Remember this...Oh how we forget how raw this land was!! Before the garden! Wow!!
 Mountain Man my mighty warrior worked on all of this despite the pain he was enduring due to a knee cave-in at the ranch. He continued to work while waiting for a surgery date.
https://adventures--of--life.blogspot.com/2014/04/hit-ground-runnin.html



Then there is the shop

Chicken pens

 Pasture pens

Garden Area

And then there is the inside the house. We tore out the floors until you could see ground. Replaced every single joist in the back half of the house. Wiggling, pounding and manipulating every board until it was into place. Then adding the subfloor so we could build the little place we call home. 576 sq. ft of living space. Enough for two!


We have been reflecting on all the changes and want to thank all the ones who have helped us along the way as well! Friends, family and those who were hired to do those jobs we could not! You all have been a part of making our farm, our land, our serenity spot a glorious place to be!
This is our "Happy" place! The more we reflect on what we have accomplished from the ground up, the more we are amazed at ourselves! We folks, are homesteaders! We always will be I suppose!
Our goals for the upcoming year:
Finish the shop (blacksmith, leather, outside cover, doors, concrete floors)
Finish the inside of house(chink the wood, trim, repaint, remodel the bathroom)
Finish the siding on inside of porch
Tear down the front half of (old) house
Side the front side of the current house
Build a guest cabin
Make a compost area
Finish the storage container area
Build farrier shop off back of shop

Thank you for  riding along! If you get bored take a look at our first year here, we did!


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Garden Goodies

We have 'fished' out a few cherry tomatoes here and there. Today I picked another one and I picked our first cukes and a yellow ...